PHOTOS: 85-Year-Old Among 250 Men Married Off In Kano Mass Wedding

Kano mass wedding

Kano mass wedding

Kano mass wedding

Kano mass wedding

85-year-old Ibrahim Abdurahman

85-year-old Ibrahim Abdurahman

65-year-old bride of Ibrahim Abdurahman

65-year-old bride of Ibrahim Abdurahman

Kano mass wedding

Kano mass wedding

Ibrahim Abdurahman cannot hide his joy

Ibrahim Abdurahman cannot hide his joy

Ibrahim Abdurahman cannot hide his joy

Ibrahim Abdurahman cannot hide his joy

Kano mass wedding

Kano mass wedding

Kano mass wedding

Kano mass wedding

Kano mass wedding

Newly weds were given furniture, clothes, food and money

Each bride was given N20,000

Each bride was given N20,000

Each bride was given N20,000

Each bride was given N20,000

Each bride was given N20,000 and other gifts

Each bride was given N20,000 and other gifts

Organisers say divorce is not allowed without permission from the state govt

Organisers say divorce is not allowed without permission from the state govt

Marriage certificate

Marriage certificate

Kano mass wedding

Divorce rates in northern Nigeria are among the highest in West Africa, with one in three marriages are said to fail within the first three years.

Taking this into consideration, the state government of Kano hosted a mass wedding ceremony for 250 divorcees, widows and young unmarried girls.

The newlyweds were helped to find their partners, and provided with furniture, clothing, food and money.

This support comes with a strict condition. Organisers say the men who marry through this programme will not be allowed to divorce their wives without permission from the state government.

Culled from Al Jazeera

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