Society: Child marriage in Nnewi, Anambra state

A 17-year-old boy, Somto and his 16-year-old girl, has tied the knot traditionally according to Nnewi customs and tradition, over the weekend.

Sources say the groom hails from the Nwachukwu family in Okofia Village in Otolo Nnewi. The boy, a last child of his parents, allegedly dropped out of school last month, after insisting that he wanted to get married.

After mounting serious pressure on his family, the family decided to accept his request, and also sponsored the traditional marriage.

Reports have it that after the traditional marriage, his parents opened a retail shop for the couple to manage and possibly take care of themselves. .

Somto’s elder brother works in a Hospital within Anambra State, thus dispelling insinuations that he married early because he is an only son or child.


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