Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Stella Damasus Cry Out! What Celebrities Are Saying About Underage Marriage

Many Nigerian female celebrities and public personalities have taken to the media (online and broadcast) to express their disdain of the senate bill endorsing child marriage in Nigeria.

One of such celebrities is Superstar Omotola Jalade Ekeinde. The actress was presented with an award at the just concluded 2013 Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria pageant. Just before receieving the award, Omotola delivered an emotional speech on the underage marriage issue that has become a controversy in Nigeria.


Seriake Dickson, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde & Ben Bruce, MBGN 2013 Finale

In her speech, she expressed her shock that the senate will even consider such a bill in one of the most prominent nations in Africa where such an act could mar the future of the girl child. She used her achievements as an example of the kind of potentials that can be ruined with the effect of such early marriages.

Referring to Hollywood and the parental guidance law as it affects the bill, Omotola said: “Should we now remove the parental caution on movies that say ‘Not for persons below 18.’?

“This is a call for justice and equity for children especially the Nigerian Girl child, who has the right to quality education, a childhood and the decision of whom and when to marry.

My Name is Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde and I say No to phedophilia and No to the senate Bill endorsing Child marriage in Nigeria.” She concluded.

Also, Actress Stella Damasus, has put out a video where she went ‘all kinds of bizarre’ on the senate. She said in a country where we have numerous crisis such as terrorism, economic instability, political crisis and more, the senate has sat down to waste tax payers money and discuss ways to enable “shameless randy old men” marry underage girls legally. Watch the video below.
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Honourable Abike Dabiri who is known for her perseverance of human rights and justice also shared her thoughts on her twitter account.

Abike Dabiri-Erewa

She also pointed out the effect of the underage marriage by saying she has had to witness “first hand” many cases of a medical condition caused by early sex in the female child’s life and as a result, she is against the bill.

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