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As part of the campaign against under age marriage, Nollywood actress and musician, Stella Damasus lends her voice to the #ChildNotBride campaign!

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  1. steve

    July 22, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    You’ve done well and I’m proud of you, I only hope more women and definitely more male celebrities would voice their concerns and oppose such barbaric acts against girls. Give the girl child a PEN, not a PENIS.

    • yunusa

      July 24, 2013 at 11:30 am

      4 all I knw is dt let er burn 2 ashes nd b condenm 2 sufer!!dtz soo voilent of her,dia ar so many reason dt I see dis issue is ryt so 4 u makin out a video full of range wit insult on our leader 4 d rest of d world 2 see mks no shit 2 me!!u are jus anoda syupid person tinkin ur faculty is above!!!it doent mean 2 marry out a girl @d age of 13 acknoledged ar sex scandal bt rather a vry gud motion 2 kip er dignity or u prefer ur daughter gettin 2 eer husband. Crib wen she’s been 4ckd by d enture region sha I bliv ur typ of women don’t knw watz dia dignity !!1 last tin neva associate islam in wat eva tin u ar doin ,4ck u nd ur future generation stella coz I can c dt voilence is ur way

    • osa

      July 26, 2013 at 2:40 pm

      I can see you have no class or education. you can not string a correct sentence together so how can ou be expected to understand the bigger issue at hand. do you know stella? is her mother your friend? or the senators your uncles?! because im baffled by your response. these are the same senators that take the country’s money abroad to train their children, to buy cars and houses while nigeria and her children have no hospitals they can afford, no proper infrastructure or energy provisions, inflation is over 100%, roads they will not build, schools they will not build, pay your police officers so they can provide security for the people they will not pay. with all these issues senators even have the gall to decide that child marraige is the most important issue to be discussing?! look at our country my friend are you proud? because i am not. what will become of your children and grandchildren? Africans are rarely respected in the world and instead of bettering ourselves the best people like you can come up with is ignorant nonsense. please!

  2. Godslove22

    July 22, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    That’s right……Naija’s politicians should be ashamed of themselves……Under age marriage???? nawa ohhh……This adds on to the problems Nigeria faces today…..SMH 🙁

  3. uh-huh

    July 22, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    yall make sure if they dont have no 8 or 10 yr old wife at home before they pass this bill. Perverts……..thats just gross

  4. SpeakOut

    July 22, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    Luv you Stella D. Shame on Nigeria for this one -__-

  5. Sel

    July 22, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    Wow I salute you Stella!! Mucho respect

  6. SpeakOut

    July 22, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    #Pathetic #Nigeria #Corruption #Politics #Elections #Demallcrazy #Leadership #Chaos #EconomicIssues #Africa
    Where are we going???

  7. cathy

    July 22, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    bless you dear. more celeb should join the movement

  8. Angry grandpa

    July 22, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    Well done stella we stand with you!!! Well said!!!

  9. mel

    July 22, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    Well done Stella. This is the time that we require of all celebrities to be one and fight this bill. Do not leave Stella in this alone. This is about Nigeria. Please come together and fight this now!!!!

  10. Cee

    July 22, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    So much passion. I am with you Stella. So proud of you for doing this.

  11. neressa

    July 22, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    Well spoken Stella. ..

  12. Sylvia

    July 22, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    OMG!!! Love you much Stella for this. If only more people will speak up.

    sylviachima.blogspot.co.uk

  13. Es

    July 22, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    The passion and intensity with which she speak…. I’m so impressed and proud that you spoke up. Ghana wanted to pass this law some years ago and they finally settled on 18 which is the legal age to do anything else because our women in Parliament and the senate fought hard. The women in Nigeria must speak up and stand up for our girls; Auntie Patience, this is no time to be patient. ACT NOW.

  14. mech ejikeme

    July 22, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    amazing am with you all the way

  15. Mma

    July 22, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    Glad she spoke out.

    africansweetheart.blogspot.co.uk

  16. miss bliss

    July 22, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    I love this woman……sooo much

  17. Deedee

    July 22, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    Am so proud of you Stella, you are a real African woman

  18. Lollipop

    July 22, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    Stella, you have said it all. I’m so proud of you …… Shameless Paedophiles. Let them even come near my 17 year old niece or cousin talk less of 13 years, that’s when they will know that second circumcision will be performed on the idiot and nothing will happen.

  19. Olajumoke

    July 22, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    So much vigor!!! Thank you very much Stella for voicing this disgraceful and shameful act out…Our leaders our in God’s hand.

  20. BimOgs

    July 22, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    suddenly, Stella has earned back all the respect i lost for her ………. we need more to speak up

  21. My oga at d Top

    July 22, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    That aboki man is nothing but a devil! Stella has said it all.

  22. damepenelope

    July 22, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    Thanks for speaking up Stella. My heart bleeds for Nigeria…

  23. Flakky

    July 22, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    Don’ forget she is an actress.Though she is right. she has lost all her credibility,and this is just an opportunity for her to jump in limelight. of acceptance again.She is smart, i can see she is using Yerima issue to stage a comeback.Good for her…all celebrities will join the protest which is a good thing.She is living in the US with Daniel (which she is yet to come clear and we will forgive her being her fan.I believe she should clear the air to her fans that is MY take) and sends a recorded acting of speech on a situation that is truly affecting us.Stella, i am a psychologist and i use this lence to see your move.But all the same we reject the child bride bill.

    • CarliforniaBawler

      July 22, 2013 at 11:59 pm

      you lost your credibility @lence…..#dropsmic#creepwalkingouttahere

    • beforesheimplodes

      July 23, 2013 at 9:51 am

      LMAO!!!! OH MY DAYS!

    • Ogechi

      July 23, 2013 at 2:41 am

      Please shut up! She and the man are both adults. Nobody can snatch someone else unless they want to be snatched. What blame are you apportioning a man who left his wife? Please go and sit down and face the issue at hand

    • Damsel

      July 24, 2013 at 1:57 pm

      i pray your husband will not be snatched. Let’s see if you’ll make this same statement if that happens.

    • Church Girl

      July 23, 2013 at 3:02 am

      my tots exactly

    • Dee

      July 23, 2013 at 4:23 am

      I totally agree with you, to me Stella has lost her credibility, despite the fact that she has spoken out in this issue which is commendable, it doesn’t change much as to the way I see her. On second thot, shes an adult and its her choice and life. Not a fan of her.

    • SlowtoJudge

      July 23, 2013 at 4:57 am

      Reason why many countries in Africa will never move forward. When someone is passionate and is seeking justice, you are focused on irrelevant issues…

    • sonaodafen

      July 23, 2013 at 5:20 am

      what credibility.. stella is crdible for her acting her personal life which is personally just hearsay is none of your business..besides its just talks and it might not just be true..

    • deep

      July 23, 2013 at 5:35 am

      “lence”??? Lmaoooo. You can’t be a psychologist because that would mean you have a Doctorate degree.

    • enkay

      July 24, 2013 at 6:05 am

      I somewhat agree – although she was very eloquent and spoke impeccably to the issue at hand, I nonetheless feel it is all contrived with the video to me showing similar expressions reminiscent of her acting – something about the facial expressions and hand gestures I guess did not quite sell me. I have never known Stella to be a fighter for social justice ( I stand corrected if I am wrong) and the thought struck me that is quite convenient to spew her anger some 5000 plus miles away, safely tucked under the protection of good ol’ Uncle Sam, while charging on her colleagues and every Nigerian to “take a stance and use everything we have access to, to join this fight”, let’s see how she continues the fight, like she said it’s easy to sit in front of our computers make comments that do not move a grain of sand. I’ll give her kudos though as her video has been shared through social media amongst many Nigerians and has brought the debate to the consciousness of a lot more people. I just hope it will not end there because she will become one of those of us who sit behind our computers just making commentaries, and/or recording youtube videos. Let’s ACT Stella!! (no pun intended)

    • Mimi111

      August 1, 2013 at 1:37 am

      Acting or not, husband snatcher or not. The main thing is that, on this matter, she is ON POINT. 1. there are many marriageable ladies out there that are not vulnerable to VVF as in that have developed wombs to carry babies. 2. this child marriage issue is just encouraging pedophilia. Although, as a muslim, i would say that with rate of sexual immorality in the world, even young girls of less than 15 years of age are now engaging in sexual acts, so y not marry them off instead of allowing fornication and abortion which are grave sins according to the Quran. But legalizing it in a country as corrupt and poverty-stricken as Nigeria would only create avenues for parents to start auctioning their girl-children off for money. For these reasons, I support Stella.

  24. Hiss

    July 22, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    It is only in Nigeria that a serial wife and husband snatcher can come and talk about women issues and people will be quick to affirm her.

    Stella you lost the right to credibility when you stole another woman’s husband. Please shut up, you may be making sense but we all recognize that sense without your voice. Keep your opinion to yourself and pray to God for forgiveness and also against the law of Karma.

    This law will pass without your tainted voice…#HISSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

    • Uche

      July 23, 2013 at 1:12 am

      At Hiss we are Hissing at you too. They are both consenting adults unlike you and your fellow rapists justifying child abuse. A child cannot consent to marriage and may God never show mercy to you and the bloody fools in the senate that support such a travesty and abominable law.

    • SlowtoJudge

      July 23, 2013 at 4:55 am

      Why not focus on what is being discussed instead of being so quick to judge her on something that is not related..

    • Phatgirlsbwinning

      July 23, 2013 at 7:53 am

      Wow! And this Nigeria is our real problem…instead of focusing on her message and the fact that she is speaking the truth, as a sensible human being and mother…U @hiss come on here to make a judgment on her personal life. @hiss this is a time to be united and make a change to help our fellow sisters. Do something positive, get involved with this movement. Most importantly, pls don’t forget the word “allegedly” when u make such accusations about someone neither u nor I know personally…u don’t wanna get sued for slander in the future. Thank me later.

    • Ngozi

      July 23, 2013 at 9:55 am

      Your comment is senseless! A woman stands up to speak out against social injustice and you attack her personal life? Child marriage and broken marriages are 2 entirely different things. If you have nothing credible to say then keep mum! This is why Nigeria hasn’t moved forward! Judgemental people are everywhere!

    • emotionz

      July 23, 2013 at 2:43 pm

      Hiss its non of ur business .go n’gt a life sinc dis matr dosnt trouble n’u dnt av anytyn reasonabl to say

  25. kiki

    July 22, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    @ flakky or wateva u call urself.. u are stupid for saying she is using dis as an opportunity for her to jump in limelight… wat limelight?? aboki like u.. Kudos to stella, we naijas are proud of u.

  26. Nollywood REinvented

    July 22, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    *goosebumps* I think it’s amazing that she spoke out and many others should use their powers as well

  27. SpeakOut

    July 22, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    @hiss watch it. #ranter

  28. chizzweightlossdiary

    July 22, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    God bless you Stella. This is what democracy actually means, making ones voice heard in situations like this. You said it all. One needs to see these women with VVF to understand the gravity of this abuse. Well done Stella

  29. Chigbo

    July 23, 2013 at 12:03 am

    Finally Bella Naija brings this issue to a for. Thought this day would never happen. Thought you guys were chicken ong out on this one for political reasons

    Stella Damasus God bless you for this. We need more of you and Omosexy. God bless you !!!!

    • Bleed blue

      July 23, 2013 at 10:14 am

      Errr…Chigbo have you been in hiding? Bella Naija reported Omotola’s speech as well as Stephanie Okereke’s coming movie which are both focused on this issue.

  30. mujer casada

    July 23, 2013 at 1:02 am

    Where are all the so called women in power? I like that question. Oh yeah. Last time I checked, they were busy counting booty and looty dollars. The underage thing is a cultural issue, not a religious one. But as usual the pedophiles have used religion to support their cause. Tufiakwa

  31. beeess

    July 23, 2013 at 1:21 am

    I had goosebumps… SHE WENT HAM!!!

  32. Ko Matter

    July 23, 2013 at 2:00 am

    Fellow Nigerians, make we think this thing. How is it possible that the senate is just passing a bill to legalise child marriage. Is this Yerima not married to a 13 year old girl ? Let us put our energies into making sure this Yerima stays locked up in a prison for ever and if we are donating money to pay his daily rapist (a fellow man), I will contribute an entire year’s wage. Bastard fool

  33. NNENNE

    July 23, 2013 at 2:55 am

    You nailed it Stella. Let’s move Nigeria forward not backward. Enough is enough!

  34. None

    July 23, 2013 at 4:04 am

    Well said! Now it’s time for all the so called celebrities to come together as one and stand for Nigeria rather than hoppin from one event/party to another.

  35. Wisdom

    July 23, 2013 at 7:52 am

    regardless of whatever issue Stella has had in the past, im personally putting that aside (of course i’m not in support of a woman snatching another woman’s husband)but im standing with her on ‘no childBride’ issue, Yerima and the other senators in support of this have completely gone mad, have they suddenly grown tired of their girls in Abuja and environs? that they now dream of defiling young girls? this is clearly a case of some bunch of randy old men who fantasize on abusing young children trying to make it legal, and by the special Grace of God it will not happen, karma will catch up with them. and I wonder why we have just few celebs who have spoken out against this, kudos to you Stella, Omotola ,Stephanie Okereke and Peter Okoye. The others, don’t watch until something hurts ur family before u speak against it, speak out now against this evil…

  36. Hurperyermie

    July 23, 2013 at 8:14 am

    kudos stella i love ur courage

  37. kemio

    July 23, 2013 at 8:32 am

    These men are looking for young babies that they can control and abuse. I actually cried when Stella was discussing the issue, i can understand she is a mother and will not bear to see her daughter abused that way. On the issue, Senator Yerima or whatever his name is should be locked up not just according to the law but according to common sense.

  38. Mandi

    July 23, 2013 at 8:54 am

    @ Hiss didnt u think b4 writing da crap u posted…@ Flakky Lmao u a psychologist I bend..you dont even sound educated..since u not a celebrity make ur own video. Stella is an adult if she wants she shld snstch 10 married men..da issue is fight against child bride..lets focus on dat nd save our dauhters, sisters dat dnt evenknow left from right..funny thing all dis senators kids marry at their own tym to their mate.
    .so y snatch a childs youth cos she nd her family are helpless

  39. Nathalie

    July 23, 2013 at 9:59 am

    when a mother speaks from the heart, you get that passion and i am very proud of you Stella, more than an actress, an intelligent woman!

  40. Zero

    July 23, 2013 at 10:13 am

    @ Flakky..very funny but i agree with you….she dey use dis level try bring herself back to d limelight after hiding ‘n to make herself relevant…u dey yarn dis level from america..y not from naija?..loool…money don dey finish, maybe e dey find naija political post now…babe..no be by like dat…we know ur wayo plan…loool….Well said by her though…I respect her for this..d part dat made me laugh d most was about Patience Jonathan…commenting on matters which do not concern her instead…loool..when will we ever get credible and eloquent people at the top? when?? eh Naija??? ‘n yes…as a guy, from my perspective, dere’s no such thing as a woman snatching a man…or vice versa..neither of them were forced into their new relationship and from experience, people who claim that their partners are snatched are those who are so full of themselves and have no self worth, trying to blame others for the misfortune they have actually caused themselves..if they know their worth, they will simply move on and be positive about finding better and not trying to paint these new lovely lovebirds bad for just being themselves and enjoying the beauty of Luvvvvvv……heheheheheheeeeeeee….peace out!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  41. Tariro

    July 23, 2013 at 11:17 am

    This is the funniest rant have heard all my life…hahaahahhahaahahhah, anything to get back on the ‘picture’

  42. sunshyn

    July 23, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Thumb up 2 u Stella, u’ve sed it al o…..am believin other women in diz race o. 4 doz of u sayin hurtful finz bou Stella, gud kudos tu ur bad rubbish.

  43. Aryn

    July 23, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Stella, You have done well. God bless you for not being afriad to speak. U spoke and stood up like Quenn Esther in the Bible. Keep safe. Keep your children safe Stella. It is well

  44. Tuu

    July 23, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    like she’s rightfully said,ur comments mean notin to her,she’s has a right to stand up for what you blivs in,Well said Stella,well said.

  45. emotionz

    July 23, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    Stella ur d’bomb,jahbless u 4 we 9jarians.any1 spikn against stella shuld shut der traps plssss

  46. emotionz

    July 23, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    Hiss its non of ur business .go n’gt a life sinc dis matr dosnt trouble n’u dnt av anytyn reasonabl to say

  47. Benny

    July 23, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    Pls let’s address the issue at hand.Leave Stella personal life alone.We are talking about the shameful act dat is pass as bill.Senator Yerima,u are a demon! Shameless man!Nigeria is under a spell.Believers stand up and pray for our Nation! I am ready to suplicate to God.Dame Patience hmmm! Are u truely a mother?

  48. Joe

    July 24, 2013 at 8:35 am

    I just don’t seem to understand when celebrities are standing up to voice out a serious issues some low brains are going to her personal life..Is her personal life the caption of discussion as opposed to the headline posted above? I am a Cameroonian and i do appreciate Stella for speaking out…All those talking rubbish about her credibility or what ever should go get a life..this are the kind of people who will give their 13-14 year old dutta’s for marriage.Instead for them to support the motion at hand and back up what she denounces about Pedophilia.. some oda’s are focusing on her life..its really a shame and pitty..Ghana had denounced this same as Cameroon can not just try to pass such a bill..Lets unite as one Africa and fight against this act..Period.

  49. tobi

    July 24, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    This is simply an empowered woman. A gud representatif Ơ̴̴͡f a nigerian child

  50. Marian

    July 24, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    I commend her for being brave enough to speak out with no holds barred. May God give us the courage to not sit back as they pass this law. There are enough young women to pick from, why must they include children. I am from Ghana but this is an issue that still concerns me, that concerns all of us. I think every woman should be concerned and angry by this. This bill cannot be allowed to happen.

  51. dami

    July 24, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    All those talking about credibility. ..I don’t know why women find joy in bringing another woman down. ..nonsense. face the issue at hand. You’re not her sister or friend so how did her personal life become your own headache? Mtcheeeww

  52. Shanday

    July 25, 2013 at 12:33 am

    I am surprised by some of the comments on Stella’s post. Stella’s personal life is her life and not anybody’s business but the matter at hand is crucial. I love what she said especially what she said about Patience. Really, the First Lady ought to have made a statement on this issue. Stella spoke from the heart. She is a mother so she can even relate better. It’s crazy what is happening in our country. It’s very sad that these senators were in support of such nonsense. A child cannot be a bride. All they are looking for is ways to satiate their lewd sexual desires. I’m glad Stella took a stance on this. Fellow Nigerians, this is not a time for us to keep silent. Let your voice be heard

  53. Naveah

    July 25, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    @ Flakky – THANK YOU! When I happened upon this post, I was going to say the exact same thing you’ve already posted. When a friend sent me a bbm about forwarding the youtube link to others, I thought to myself that this was nice of her to speak out but I couldn’t help but think that there is an ulterior motive to her involvement. Nothing will change my mind about this point. Isn’t it wonderful that this all came right in the nick of time for Ms. Damasus from whom I have NEVER heard anything political? I was more surprised that this did NOT come from Omotola who is very politically vocal but from Ms. Damasus who is more known for her dating life than for activism or her acting for that matter these days. She is using this to distract from her sordid little episode with Daniel Ademonikan.

  54. deep

    July 25, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    what will she say before, after all she married someone shes older than.

    please shift lets learn from those that have words of wisdom.

  55. rosy

    July 28, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    U know! Initially I was thinking no body would support those heartless & satanic people who do not only plan on killing this our favored & bless country bt t selfishly wine everything t them selfs. Nw am wrong. U with ur wild mouth & empty brain insulting STELLA! Wat have u got t contribute t d development o4 dis country? Or were u also sent by them t comment on there absence? Wait a second! Are u human?av u got human simpaty at all? Just imagine u worked in2 ur room & get an 18 year old boy or say a man o4 about 30 trying t have sex with ur 5 year old baby girl. Hw will u feel? Nw in dis issue. Dis is d case. Because dis is a little baby of 13 we are talking about whom doesn’t even know hw t take care o4 her self. & u site there t say STELLA can go t hell? 4 ur information. U have a position there already. Cos u are seeing d truth & yet u cover it? Wo b unto u. Nigeria is a blessed & favour ed country. Therefore almighty God will continue t expose there hidden evil plans

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