Although millions of eight-year-old girls in Nigeria are presently playing or disturbing their mothers for more noodles, there is one particular eight-year-old girl who is now a married woman.
It has been confirmed that two days ago, a marriage ceremony was conducted between a rather curious couple: the bride is eight years of age and she is in primary four (we are presently still getting more information on the groom but initial reports say he is aged 14 and is in SS1).
They are of the Baba Ahmed family in Zaria and this is reportedly not the first of such marriages they have conducted. Sources told Abiyamo that although the marriage has indeed been formalized between the two ‘lovers’, there will be no sexual intercourse until at least they finish their secondary school education.
It is unclear if there will be other marital duties such as cooking, living together or going for romantic time outings. We are still getting more updates on the story and will be updating as we get them. The marriage has raised a lot of controversy among Nigerians. Some are totally outraged at the concept of wedding between minors and even say it is unconstitutional as the ‘bride’ is not of age and she did not give her consent while others say there is nothing wrong with it.
(The News Mongers)