Child marriage in Nigeria
Child Marriage in Nigeria. In 2017 in Nigeria, 43% of girls are married off before the age of 18. 17% are married before they turn 15. Nigeria is the 11th highest nation in the world for percentage of child marriages.
Data shows a 9% decline in the prevalence of child marriage compared to 2003.
These figures are higher in the northeast and northwest, where nearly 3 out of 4 girls are married before becoming 18-years-old.
Married girls are often pressured into early and repeated pregnancies.
Legal age of marriage
The Nigerian Constitution does not establish a minimum age of marriage. The Child Rights Act, which was passed in 2003, sets the age of marriage at 18 years-old. However, only 23 states of the 36 Nigeria states have begin to taken steps to implement the minimum age of marriage.