Ibrahim Kanuma winces for his teenage daughter’s hand in marriage as he recalls the moment a 63-year-old man asked him. The proposition had not been unusual in northwestern Nigeria’s remote, dust-blown state of Zamfara, but he considered the suitor too old for his only child, Zainab (13).
“No matter if he previously been aged as much as 50 – okay. But that old, he will quickly perish and keep her lonely, ” states the servant that is civil their workplace in Gusau, their state capital.
To guard their school-aged kid through the crushing stigma of widowhood, Kanuma alternatively offered their blessing up to a union having a “reasonably aged” colleague – in their 40s – and even though this kind of betrothal is unlawful. (mehr …)