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“Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses” - Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948.


Child marriage is a truly global problem that cuts across countries, cultures, religions and ethnicities. Child brides can be found in every region in the world, from the Middle East to Latin America, South Asia to Europe.


About Child Marriage


Every year, an estimated 14 million girls aged under 18 are married worldwide with little or no say in the matter. In the developing world, one in seven girls is married before her 15th birthday and some child brides are as young as eight or nine.

Neither physically nor emotionally ready to become wives and mothers, these girls are at far greater risk of experiencing dangerous complications in pregnancy and childbirth, becoming infected with HIV/AIDS and suffering domestic violence. With little access to education and economic opportunities, they and their families are more likely to live in poverty. Read the complete article here -


Miss Iheoma Nnadi, representing Akwa Ibom  recently emerged the Most Beautiful Girl inNigeria at the finale held in Bayelsa.

She will represent Nigeria at the Miss World pageantry, gets a brand new car and a grand prize of N3million.

Top 4 - Miss Abuja (4th Runner-Up), Miss Osun (3rd Runner Up) Miss Kwara (MBGN Tourism), Miss Edo (Miss Universe).

Top 15 - Miss Plateau, Miss Bayelsa, Miss Kogi, Miss Ondo, Miss Adamawa, Miss Delta, Miss Abuja, Miss Kano, Miss Edo, Miss Imo, Miss Anambra, Miss Lagos, Miss Kwara, Miss Osun, Miss Akwa Ibom.



Scores of cheering Malawians thronged the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) on Saturday, 21 June 2014 to witness their newly-elected President Peter Mutharika marry his long-time lover and confidante, Gertrude Hendrina Maseko.

The church, known as St. Michael and All Angels, was filled to the brim by 8am despite the chilly weather.

A huge cheer drowned the choral music as the First Lady, 54, walked the aisle around 10.15am to be joined by her new husband 10 minutes later.

Prof. Mutharika, 74, wore a silver grey suit while Gertrude was dressed in a white wedding dress. A horde of politicians, including the president of the main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) Lazarus Chakwera, who came second in last hotly contested poll, and diplomats were among the invited guests.

Rev. Macdonald Kadawati started with the procedural last wedding announcements to see if there was anybody who opposed the union for some legitimate reasons. Nobody stood up to oppose the marriage blessing, prompting Kadawati to say “silence means all is well.”

After going through the necessary vows between both of them, Rev. Robson Chinkwezule,
pronounced them husband and wife. “What God has joined, man must not separate,” said Chinkwezule amid joy from the congregation.

Outside, the newly-wedded couple posed for pictures and mingled with thousands of well-wishers before driving to the Mutharika's Ndata Farm in the tea-growing district of Thyolo, some 30 kilometres away for a traditional private ceremony.

Prof. Mutharika has two daughters, Monique and Moyenda, and a son, Mahopela Peter Junior, from his first wife Christophine from the Caribbean islands who died over 30 years ago.

The new First Lady also has a son from her first marriage.

Prof. Mutharika becomes the second Mutharika to wed while in State House. His brother, the late president Bingu wa Mutharika, married his former minister Callista Chimombo in 2010 three years after losing his wife of 30 years, Ethel.

Former President Bakili Muluzi also married his second wife, Shanil, while in State House in 1999.


The 54-year-old new Malawi First Lady, who has just lost her parliamentary seat to Malawi's top-most musician Lucius Banda served as an MP for the southern town of Balaka between 2009 and 2014 in her new husband's late brother's administration.


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  • Diplomat commits suicide in Tanzania

  • Cameroon to tackle problems of widows

  • Ghanaian General heads UN mission in India, Pakistan

  • Notorious Apartheid-era killer denied parole

  • EU sanctions South Sudanese military leaders

  • Rwanda approves Kyoto documents on climate change

  • Netherlands acts as mediator in Niger Delta

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  • Court refuses to extradite Nigerian to the Netherlands

  • Child benefit and support for children outside EU to stop

  • Change in civic integration exam

  • Teaching of foreign languages in primary school

  • New rules are in effect in the Netherlands

  • Asylum seekers may live on boats or in tents

  • The Netherlands' oldest man is 108

  • Government campaign against child marriage in Ghana

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    • Pubs flouting the smoking ban

    • More police fines for unreadable number plates

    • Sharp fall in asylum applications

    • Belgian sperm donors wanted!

    • Dramatic drop in birth rates among young

    • Baby dolphin named after goal-getter Origi

    • Politician stuck on the toilet for an hour

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    • Africa shifts focus to 2015 AFCON qualifiers

    • Liverpool agree Divock Origi deal

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    • African teams failures at the World Cups

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