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Over the weekend, heated discussions have been had over the social media about the latest political furor; the ‘Child, Not Bride’ issue. According to the news, the new law in Nigeria states that a woman is of full age once she is married, regardless of the age at which she did so, and this was inspired by Senator Sani Yerima, former governor of Zamfara State. Before Yerima interceded, the law makers had originally said that 18 was the legal age for anyone to be married. After his intercession, 34 other Senators agreed with him. Somehow, the 35 senators won the vote over 109 on the board, and this is what Stella Damasus has to say about that. Stella Damasus is a Nigerian actress and singer.  She was nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role at the African Movie Academy Awards in 2009, and is blessed with two children. NB: Senator Yerima married a 13 year old Egyptian girl in 2010 and paid her family a whopping sum of $100,000 for her dowry. He defended his decision to marry a 13 year old girl as his fourth wife by saying that the great Prophet Mohammed married at the age of 9, therefore making any marriage to a person 9 years or older to be in accordance to the teachings of Islam.

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This article was first published on 22nd July 2013

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