Home News Help Raise the Age of...

Help Raise the Age of Consent in Nigeria From 11 to 18 #raisetheage

According to statistics provided by the UNICEF “In Nigeria, nearly half of all women (48 percent) are married before the age of 18 and nearly one-third of women aged 15-19 years (29 percent) are currently married.”

Although there was a recorded positive changed in the numbers from between 2007 and 2011, that didn’t last long as the prevalence of early marriage slightly increased again in 2013.

In recent times, there has been a rise in awareness with regards to gender equality in Nigeria through the use of social media. But amongst the core issues that have been addressed, the topic of child marriage, especially in northern Nigeria is the least discussed.

In many places around the world, a child officially becomes an adult at the age of 18 and the constitution of the Federal Republic supports Section 23 of the 2003 Nigerian Child Right’s Act.

This section of the constitution says “a person under the age of 18 is incapable of contracting a valid marriage. If such a marriage does take place, it should be declared null and void and of no effect.”

However, the 1999 constitution takes a contradictory stance. In section 29(4b) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, it states that “any woman who is married shall be deemed to be of full age.”

At present, the age of consent in Nigeria is 11 years of age. Which makes it legal for a child of as young as age 11 to be given away in marriage. This backs up the statistics from the UNICEF that suggests that Nigeria has the 11th highest percentage of child marriages in the globe.

The implication of the stance of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, is a total of 44 percent of the Nigerian female population (40 million people) going into marriage before they clock 18 years of age.

This also exposes the vulnerable female population within the age range of 11 to 17 years to complications like STIs, VVF, HBP, PPD, and even maternal mortality.

#raisetheage is a movement initiated by It’s Never Your Fault. It’s never your fault is a not-for-profit set up by a group of teenage girls: SusanUbogu (susanubogu@yahoo.com), Kudirat Abiola (kudi_a@icloud.com), and Temitayo Asuni (temitayoasuni@gmail.com).

The purpose of the #raisetheage movement is to get as many people as possible to sign a petition to raise the Nigerian age of consent from 11 years to 18 years and also to ensure that the law is enforced.

This petition aims to make the stance of the Nigerian constitution on child marriage clearer and to create awareness on the dangers associated with marrying off our young girls and endangering their future.

Because of the vagueness of section 29(4b) which states that “This is by its provision that any woman who is married shall be deemed to be of full age,” people who marry underage girls can walk freely without fear of any legal consequences for their actions.

Please take five minutes of your time to sign this petition I’m saving Nigerian child from early marriage. You just might be touching a few lives by this singular action.

Follow on Twitter: https://twitter.com/neveryourfault_

Follow on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/itsneveryourfault/

Emmanuella Ekokotu
Ekokotu Emmanuella is a sociologist and Anthropologist, writer, and fashion model who lives in Benin city, Edo state,Nigeria.

Trending Posts

Water facts in Personal Hygiene

Paper beats rock, rock beats scissors. So water beats everything. Water is cleaner than toilet paper and it doesn’t leave debris like toilet paper...
- Advertisement -

Recovery After C-section

Some births won’t be possible without the need for a cesarean operation. This is why a c-section is done as the last option for...

Eating Vaginal Discharge and It’s Health Benefits

For many people, vaginal discharge is a sign that a woman is ready and willing to have sex. Vaginal fluid is a whitish fluid...

Genital Warts: Do They Go Away Naturally? What to Expect?

Human Papilloma Virus is the causative organism for genital warts. The virus is available in various strains, and it can be contacted by many...

Anklet Charms and Hot Wives What Do They Mean?

Women all over the world love to accessorise. From putting on necklaces to wearing makeup and buying the latest trending clothes, women are ready...

Skin Rashes: Causes, Symptoms and Effective Home Remedies

Skin rashes are common skin problems experienced by millions of people worldwide; it is characterized by a visible change in the color and texture...

A Few Reasons Why Its OK to Go Braless

Having a bra on for long hours is one of the most uncomfortable things that a lady has to deal with almost every day....

Vaginal Yeast Infections: Causes, Prevention and Treatment

The vagina contains bacteria and yeast in proper and suitable amounts and the balance of these two is one of the necessities of a...

Kinky Sex Punishment Ideas You Should Try

Is your submissive being a spoilt little brat? Are you noticing some unwanted behaviour? Do not be dismayed. Sometimes subs can be naughty, and...


Stay Connected

Get our Wellness newsletter

Nurture yourself with health tips, wellness advice, and more.

Related Posts

W.H.O and Johnson & Johnson Support FAMSA in Repositioning the African Healthcare Sector

The Federation of African Medical Students’ Associations (FAMSA) recently held the 32nd Edition of its General Assembly in November 2018. This year’s conference which...

A Public Lecture on HIV/AIDS for World AIDs Day

Approximately 9.4 million people do not know they are HIV positive The acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDs) was first recognized in 1981, although the earliest...

Stack Diagnostics to Revolutionize the Nigerian Healthcare Sector

Molecular diagnostics and personalized medicine company Stack Diagnostics (StackDx) is changing the face of healthcare in Nigeria by making available to doctors over 300...

Register to Attend FAMSAGA’s Week-long Health Conference Towards Sustainable Development |18th -24th November.

From the 18th -24th November 2018, the Federation of African Medical Students’ Associations General Assembly (FAMSA GA) will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in...

Africa’s Leading Molecular Diagnostics Company Stack Diagnostics Introduces DiagnoseMe

Nigeria’s first molecular diagnostics and personalized medicine company Stack Diagnostics introduced its subsidiary, DiagnoseMe Africa at a stakeholders meeting on Tuesday 22nd October 2018...
- Advertisement -


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here