Child Marriage Around the World: Nigeria — Khadijha

Growing up in a family of clerics in northwest Nigeria, which has the country’s highest prevalence of child marriage, Khadijah was expected to be a young bride. “A girl cannot be more than 14 without getting married off,” she says. She became a bride at 13. But she ultimately did not accept limitations on her education, for which she “sold all my property to pay for my studies.”

Voice of America reporters around the world focused on the worth of a girl to reveal how a young bride is valued by two families: the one she leaves behind and the one she joins. Explore the full project

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