My Experience With A Child-Bride

“Sunnana Balira, ni sabowar amayar cha,ama ban san shakaruna ba,ni kam ko makaranta, ko kuwa aura duk wanda an yi mi, zan karba,” Balira said in Hausa. This means, “my name is Balira, I am newly wedded but I’m not certain of my age. If either school or marriage is being asked of me, I will accept any.”

BaliraDuring one of our numerous community outreach with CODE’s team to the popular Relocate Gutsura in Gummi local government area of Zamfara state, I interviewed a young girl called Balira. Although she looked about ten years of age, she is married.

Balira appeared timid and wouldn’t even look at our faces. She nodded her head when asked a question or looked at the old woman behind her for answers.

Balira, a child, has been saddled with the responsibility of being a wife and soon, a young mother.

She represents the reality of young girls in some northern communities in Nigeria. Their stories, most times ignored.

As a young female journalist, Happiness has a keen interest in rural growth and development, as it affects the lives of children, girls and women. She currently covers grassroots stories from rural communities in Northern Nigeria. Happiness Titus Zirra ventured into Journalism as a member of the Press Club Niger State College of Education. She served as the 'Editor-in-Chief' for one academic year and also served as a reporter. She was awarded a certificate of attendance on News reporting and News writing by Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Niger state council and also a certificate by Press Club,Niger State College of Education Minna.