Call to End Money Marriage and #ChildMarriage in Cross River State – Nigeria 

1 Apr

By Bryce Edem

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As you can notice, we all are not from Cross River State. We all don’t speak Efik, or Bekwara, or Ejagham. Some of us are Ibos, some Yorubas, some Hausas, and some from other tribes. We are from different religious backgrounds. Yet here we are, affirming that beyond what should divide us, there’s something that unites us – Ubuntu; the cord of shared humanity.

Ubuntu means a girl-child in Kano who can’t attend school matters to me even when she’s not my child.

Ubuntu means a girl who is sold as ‘Money Woman’ in Becheve matters to me even when she’s not my child.

So, 14-year-old Rachael Ayan from Keyi who was sold to her 50-year-old husband when she was 5 years old, matters to me.

15-year-old Charity Ajil from Amana who was sold to her old husband when she was 4 years old, matters to me.

35-year-old Dorathy Obu from Ugbakoko who was sold to her 50-year-old husband when she was 7 years old, matters to me.

Now, you may ask, ‘How can I help?’

You can use your social media platforms to create awareness.

You can register your skills and competencies at the End Money Marriage Skills Bank. You can make a financial contribution to End Money Marriage Intervention Fund.

You can visit these communities. There’s something you can do. With your effort, no matter how little, we will produce incredible results.

The United Nations calls us to keep hope alive.

African Union calls us to keep hope alive.

Martin Luther King Jnr calls us to keep hope alive.

Nelson Mandela calls us to keep hope alive.

Malala Yousafsai calls us to keep hope alive.

Richards Akonam calls us to keep hope alive.

Hope that in the place of this offensive odour from Becheve, we will smell a pleasant fragrance.

Hope that in the place of this dark cloud that covers Becheve, a beautiful rainbow will emerge.

Hope that from the hills of Obudu and the plains of Obanliku, we will hear emancipated ‘Money Wives’ singing redemption songs.

Yes, we will produce incredible results when effort and hope to travel hand in hand. We will produce incredible results when effort and hope sing in unison. We will produce incredible results when effort and hope unite in holy matrimony.

By Bryce Edem

Let’s re-write history.

P/S-
The speech was to be delivered at #EndMoneyMarriage ‘Awareness March’ in Calabar on Day of The African Child

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