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Outrage on social media as 63-year-old Ghanaian priest Nuumo Borketey Laweh marries 12-year-old girl (Photos)

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A 63-year-old influential Ghanaian traditional priest, Nuumo Borketey Laweh Tsuru XXXIII has sparked outrage after marrying a 12-year-old girl.

Tsuru married the girl in a customary ceremony held on Saturday in Nungua indigenous community in Accra, the Capital of Ghana.

Outrage on social media as 63-year-old Ghanaian priest Nuumo Borketey Laweh marries 12-year-old girl (Photos)
Outrage on social media as 63-year-old Ghanaian priest Nuumo Borketey Laweh marries 12-year-old girl (Photos)

Local media reports that videos and photos of the elaborate marriage ceremony that was attended by dozens of community members have been widely shared on social media, triggering an outcry among many Ghanaians.

“During the ceremony, women speaking in the local language Ga told the girl to dress teasingly for her husband.

“They can also be heard advising her to be prepared for wifely duties and to use the perfumes they gifted her to boost her sexual appeal to her husband.

Outrage on social media as 63-year-old Ghanaian priest Nuumo Borketey Laweh marries 12-year-old girl (Photos)
Outrage on social media as 63-year-old Ghanaian priest Nuumo Borketey Laweh marries 12-year-old girl (Photos)

“The statements fuelled the outrage, as they have been perceived to mean that the marriage was not merely ceremonial.

“Critics have called for the authorities to dissolve the marriage and investigate Mr Tsuru.

The legal minimum age to get married in Ghana is 18, and the prevalence of child marriage has declined, but it continues to happen.

According to the global campaigning NGO Girls Not Brides, 19% of girls in the country are married before they reach 18, and 5% get married before their 15th birthday.

Outrage on social media as 63-year-old Ghanaian priest Nuumo Borketey Laweh marries 12-year-old girl (Photos)
Outrage on social media as 63-year-old Ghanaian priest Nuumo Borketey Laweh marries 12-year-old girl (Photos)

In the face of criticism, the traditional and community leaders have insisted that those who criticise Gborbu do not understand their customs and tradition.

“But leaders of the Nungua indigenous community, to which both the girl and the priest belong, have condemned the public’s opposition to the marriage, saying the criticism comes from a point of ignorance.

“Nii Bortey Kofi Frankwa II, a local community leader, said that the girl’s role as the priest’s wife is purely tradition and custom.

Outrage on social media as 63-year-old Ghanaian priest Nuumo Borketey Laweh marries 12-year-old girl (Photos)
Outrage on social media as 63-year-old Ghanaian priest Nuumo Borketey Laweh marries 12-year-old girl (Photos)

“He added that the girl started the rites to become the priest’s wife six years ago, but the process did not interfere with her education.

“The girl is expected to undergo a second customary ceremony to purify her for her new role as the wife of the high priest. The ceremony will also prepare her for marital responsibilities such as childbearing,” the local media reported.

The government authorities have yet to respond to the controversial marriage.

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Ashanti confirms pregnancy as she announces engagement to Nelly

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Ashanti, an American singer and songwriter, has turned to Instagram to announce her engagement to rapper Nelly.

She also announced that they are expecting a kid together.

This comes after they reignited their relationship last year.

The pair announced their engagement and pregnancy to Essence.

“This new year of my life is such a blessing full of love, hope, and anticipation,” Ashanti told the outlet. “Motherhood is something that I have looked forward to, and sharing this with my family, fiancé, and loyal fans, who have been so supportive of my career, is an amazing experience.”

The “Foolish” singer also posted a video on social media advertising her and Nelly’s brand, Proov, which offers an at-home pregnancy test. In the footage, Ashanti appears to be getting ready to walk onstage when someone asks how much time she will need.

See the video below.

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‘I didn’t do it’ — Korra Obidi kicks as ex-husband accuses her of cheating during pregnancy

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Korra Obidi, the Nigerian dancer, has denied a claim by Justin Dean, her ex-husband, that she cheated on him while pregnant with their second child.

In a video, Dean said Korra traveled to Nigeria for a friend’s wedding when she was five months pregnant.

He alleged that Korra slept with her friend’s fiance. He also shared what he claimed to be chats between his ex-wife and the man.

“Korra, my ex-wife went to Nigeria for her friend’s wedding and slept with this woman’s fiance, while she was 5 months pregnant with our daughter,” he said.

“I was so upset when I found out that she has been sleeping around. It was very risky. She could have contracted SDTs while she was pregnant. That is a big deal.”

Reacting to Dean’s claim of infidelity in an Instagram post on Wednesday, Korra she “did not do it”.

“Long story short, I didn’t do it. If you believe, your papa papaaa,” she wrote.

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Simi and Adekunle Gold made me regret being single, says Tiwa Savage

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Nigerian singer and songwriter Tiwa Savage has stirred reactions online as she reveals how Simi and her hubby Adekunle Gold make her regret being single.

Note that Simi and Tiwa Savage recently made headlines in the Nigerian music industry as the top singers released a new song together dubbed “Men are Crazy.”

However, following the release of the new song, Tiwa Savage used the opportunity to narrate her experience with Tiwa Savage while at the studio.

According to Tiwa Savage while she was in the studio with her colleague, Simi her husband Adekunle Gold always calling and checking on her all the time.

Speaking further, Tiwa Savage utters that Adekunle Gold can call Simi 10 times every 10 minutes stressing that their love is still burning fresh just like yesterday.

Tiwa Savage said;

“While on set with Simi I had to ask her when she met Adekunle Gold again. Coz AG kept calling & checking on her every now and then, like 10 times in 10 minutes hahaha. Their love is still burning fresh like they started just yesterday. Omo, na that day single life pain me…”

Simi and Adekunle Gold made me regret being single, says Tiwa Savage
Simi and Adekunle Gold made me regret being single, says Tiwa Savage
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Bodex F. Hungbo, SPMIIM is a multiple award-winning Nigerian Digital Media Practitioner, Digital Strategist, PR consultant, Brand and Event Expert, Tv Presenter, Tier-A Blogger/Influencer, and a top cobbler in Nigeria.

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