Child Marriage In Nigeria: Viral Video Mocks Yeriman, Country’s Child Marriage Superhero

July 31, 2013 • Nigeria, News

Child Marriage In Nigeria: Viral Video Mocks Yeriman, Country’s Child Marriage Superhero
See: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/25/child-marriage-nigeria-video-yeriman_n_3653660.html

Is this Nigeria’s newest superhero? Let’s hope not.

In a YouTube video for his “What’s Up Africa?” series, Nigerian-British vlogger Ikenna Azuike hails the arrival of Yeriman, a muscle-bound hero who protects the rights of Nigeria’s “over-50 males who think it’s OK to marry a 13-year-old girl.”

The video is satire, of course, but the debate over child marriage in Nigeria is no joke.

Nigerian newspaper The Premium Times reports that a Senate vote over a constitutional amendment has sparked new concerns for child brides. The vote concerned a constitutional clause defining the age of majority at which Nigerians can renounce their citizenship. It specified that females should be considered fully of age regardless of their actual age if they are married. Senators introduced an amendment to remove this language and set the age of majority as 18 across the board. The amendment initially passed, but was reconsidered and voted down after Senator Amhed Sani Yerima, the inspiration for Yeriman, argued that it conflicted with Islamic law.

Though child marriage is still banned under Nigerian law, activists fear the vote sets a terrible precedent for discussions about the legal age for girls to marry. According to UNICEF, 39% of Nigerian girls currently marry before the age of 18.

To read the full story, please click here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/25/child-marriage-nigeria-video-yeriman_n_3653660.html


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