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#ChildNotBride – Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde: “I Say No to the Senate Bill Endorsing Child Marriage” | Read the Transcript of the Nollywood Star’s Speech at the MBGN 2013 Finale in Bayelsa



Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde - July 2013 - BellaNaija

Governor of Bayelsa Seriake Dickson, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde & Ben Bruce, Chairman Silverbird Group at the MBGN 2013 Finale

Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde is saying it like she means it again.

After sending out a couple of tweets about corruption and healthcare last month, the movie star who was in Bayelsa yesterday for the 2013 Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria finale, spoke on the senate bill endorsing child marriage in Nigeria.

The actress who was among the panel of judges for the beauty competition, was presented with a Silverbird Unique Personality Award.

Just before receiving the award, Omotola who wore a black-and-white striped maxi dress delivered an emotional speech on the trending topic of child marriage.

Read the transcript of the speech.

Let me first and foremost thank The Lord almighty, my saviour and help for this award.

Thanks also to Silverbird group the organizers of MBGN

Thanks to my wonderful husband, Capt Matthew Ekeinde, my support and best friend whose also here tonight. I am Today one of the Most influential person/people in the world because I wasn’t given off to marriage before the age of 18.

It scares and totally shocks me that the Senate in Nigeria (the most populous Black nation in the world and Giant of Africa) would not be passing in a law ensuring that every child should compulsorily be enrolled in school.

A very alarming number of children today are on the streets hawking or have been abused, raped or are married to men/women who should be protecting them.

Who protects the children of Nigeria?

Would we wait for another Milala before we act?

Should we now remove the parental caution on movies that say “Not for persons below 18”.

This is a call for justice and equity for children especially the Nigerian Girl child, who has the right to quality education, a childhood and the decision of whom and when to marry.

My Name is Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde and I say No to phedophilia and No to the senate Bill endorsing Child marriage in Nigeria.


  1. Oladeji Abimbola

    July 21, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    My name is Oladeji Abimbola and i say NO! to any bill encouraging pedophilia and No! to the senate Bill endorsing Child marriage in Nigeria.

  2. Friday's other child

    July 21, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    While I am completely against child abuse, under-age marriage and all the other ways in which we’ve institutionalised discrimination in Nigeria. I think it is worth pointing out that the section of the amendment, which some senators wanted to amend is the following: ‘ an extract of the section of the Nigerian Constitution that is being protested about:
    ‘Chapter III

    28. (1) Subject to the other provisions of this section, a person shall forfeit forthwith his Nigerian citizenship if, not being a citizen of Nigeria by birth, he acquires or retains the citizenship or nationality of a country, other than Nigeria, of which he is not a citizen by birth.

    (2) Any registration of a person as a citizen of Nigeria or the grant of a certificate of naturalisation to a person who is a citizen of a country other than Nigeria at the time of such registration or grant shall, if he is not a citizen by birth of that other country, be conditional upon effective renunciation of the citizenship or nationality of that other country within a period of not more than five months from the date of such registration or grant.

    29. (1) Any citizen of Nigeria of full age who wishes to renounce his Nigerian citizenship shall make a declaration in the prescribed manner for the renunciation.

    (2) The President shall cause the declaration made under subsection (1) of this section to be registered and upon such registration, the person who made the declaration shall cease to be a citizen of Nigeria.

    (3) The President may withhold the registration of any declaration made under subsection (1) of this section if-

    (a) the declaration is made during any war in which Nigeria is physically involved; or

    (b) in his opinion, it is otherwise contrary to public policy.

    (4) For the purposes of subsection (1) of this section.

    (a) “full age” means the age of eighteen years and above;

    (b) any woman who is married shall be deemed to be of full age.’

    it’s also worth mentioning that some senators were trying to get “full age” means the age of eighteen years and above’ included in the constitution but it didn’t get enough votes. So the already standing ‘any woman who is married shall be deemed to be of full age.’ remains. The end goal is still the same, we need to fight to get the age stipulation included, but its worth clarifying what’s actually happened. The full Nigerian Constitution can be found here: We’re all bound by it, and should know its content.

    • Still the same Pedophilia

      July 21, 2013 at 5:44 pm

      I understand and sort of see where you coming from, im also glad more people voted against it although not enough…im quite disappointed that in this day and age they still see that law to be valid and couldn’t treat it as a serious matter to get rid of it……… the end of the day the law still promotes pedophilia……some Kids/children cant refuse the will of their parents and are in vulnerable positions in such cases it is the governments duty or laws of the land to protect the child if the marriage is done against their wish….for example sex is illegal below age 16 in the west (this doesnt mean some don’t do it younger) but in cases where a student/child gets involved sexually with a teacher/older man and is below 16, the man/woman is arrested and sent to might be the childs choice to date an older man but its still wrong and illegal as it could be said that the older person is grooming/taking advantage/brain washing the child and people are not fully emotionally mature at the age…….the problem i have though is that due to the way blogs are reporting it most Nigerians pedophiles would take it to seem like they have a right to defile young girls……………still support Omotola for speaking up

    • jinkelele

      July 21, 2013 at 6:50 pm

      thanks for clarifying.

  3. Angry grandpa

    July 21, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    Preach sister!!! Am appalled and shocked too.

  4. Oladeji Abimbola

    July 21, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    My name is Oladeji Abimbola and i say NO! to any bill encouraging phedophilia and NO! to the senate Bill endorsing Child marriage in Nigeria!

  5. sue

    July 21, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    NO! NO! NO!
    Thank you omotola…

  6. Glory

    July 21, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    This is good!….M soo proud of u Omosexy…No fat bellied man, dt enjoyed his youth 2 d fullest, shud appear 4rm nowhere and take a young belle girls youth away….
    No to pedophilia…..And No 2 a senator who is acting beastly by encouraging such acts…

  7. slim

    July 21, 2013 at 3:08 pm


  8. AlabamaU2

    July 21, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    Nice One T

  9. jennietobbie

    July 21, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    this woman is EVERYTHING

  10. Ako-sime aka Nelly preacha

    July 21, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    Our senator need to be taking to hospital for check up, l think they have seeing some beautiful child that is why they want to add that marrage issue, they dont tolk abt education, and some other important issue may God help our female but first of all we a serious prayer to strike them down, where are the mother of nigerian let them come out and fight for their right

    • Janey

      July 22, 2013 at 1:04 pm

      wat r u on about??*bbm confused smiley*

  11. Person

    July 21, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Omosexy, there is nothing sexy about ignorance. And worse still, perpetuating that same ignorance. Come on now, people, we can’t be regurgitating everything we hear without proper research. Pray tell me, what is the name of this “bill endorsing Child marriage in Nigeria”? There is simply NO such bill. The Child Rights Act is federal law and is clear on that. See S21 and 22 and 277 of CRA on the Prohibition of Child Marriage and Betrothal and definition of a child. It is punishable by a fine of N500,000 or 5 years imprisonment (it can be stricter, for sure). What we should be advocating is for the core Northern States House of Assembly to enact the law since ,most child issues are on the concurrent legislative list. Alternatively, we can advocate for the repeal/amendment of Item 61, Schedule 2 of the Constitution or for reform of the criminal code/penal code (there is no uniform code, differs broadly from the North to the South!!!) instead of signing useless petitions that are not grounded in facts. Also, it should be pointed out that 60 senators from the South voted for the repeal while the Nothern senators voted against it. 60 does not a 2/3 make!

    • Perfect

      July 21, 2013 at 5:36 pm

      Nigerians don’t like to read and it is embarrassing. Omotola and her people should have researched first. If she did, she would have worded her statement better. BTW did they captain not start checking Omotola at 16 years?

    • OK

      July 21, 2013 at 6:55 pm

      Yeah you are right. After reading about the issue myself, I discovered that the thing is not as straightforward and clear cut as the Twittervile made it sound. You’re right, a bill endorsing child marriage is, for all intents and purposes, none existent in the Nigerian constitution. People are just running with half facts and innuendos. Having said that, what I find more disturbing is our placidity in the whole issue, assuming the senate truly passed such a bill. The vagabonds we call senators and law makers ain’t gonna budge for any signed petitions and/or rants on the internet. Sometimes a people need to rise up and revolt to effect any semblance of change and justice. Other countries spark revolutions for issues less than this….we have to wake up and rise up from our slumber….this country is too blessed to be allowed to be bastardized be a handful of vagabonds.

    • slice

      July 21, 2013 at 7:05 pm

      This is what she said “It scares and totally shocks me that the Senate in Nigeria (the most populous Black nation in the world and Giant of Africa) would not be passing in a law ensuring that every child should compulsorily be enrolled in school.” it can easily be argued from there that she’s not referring to this bill per se. There has been general outrage about this child bride issue and the Nigerian legislature has consistently refused to enact laws clearly stating child marriage is not allowed in ALL states. What bothers people is not the law per se but what allowed the law to stand as is. The real question being why don’t we have a law that illegalizes child marriage all over Nigeria. Answer: many argue that Islam allows marriage at whatever age. some people argue that what if we allow marriage but say no sex till she is of age. I’d argue that we can do that and still allow for general common sense. YOu can marry her off if you want but she can’t consent to the marriage till she’s becomes of age and because she can’t consent to it, you can’t have sex with her till then either. and you can’t live with her till then either. I can sign up for that. I don’t see anything anti-Islam in that rule

    • Chigbo

      July 22, 2013 at 1:58 pm

      Senseless….you can sign up for it abi? Starting with your daughter

    • slice

      July 22, 2013 at 2:52 pm

      Chigbo, I don’t think you understand the argument. I’m not telling you i want an underage child married off. I’m telling you that those that stand firmly behind sharia law will not allow legislation that says someone under 18 cannot be married and they are diving the country by insisting God is ok with underage marriage. Ok biko, let’s move past that. If the Quran says they can marry under age 18, it doesn’t also say they can have sex or they can live with you. so I see what some would call a loop hole there for others to say you may have your way in this way but the real issue here is that you’re having sex with someone who’s underage and living with her as man and wife. let’s pick our battles is what i’m arguing for. people betrothals have been done for generations and telling parents that they can’t enter into a marriage agreement (pending the mature lady’s consent) might be too much of a change to get right now. but even in the cultures that practised this, it has always been generally agreed that the girl would not actually consent to the marriage or live as man and wife with the guy until she was of age. I think that’s where the argument should lie. let’s argue to the yerimas of the world: you may go ahead with a marriage agreement (you insist the Quran says you can) but you can’t live with her or have sex with her till she consents to the marriage as an 18 year old. There’s nothing in Sharia law against my proposal so it should be easy to get that passed into law.

    • amaaa

      July 22, 2013 at 10:22 am

      reead weelllll my dear there is no bill like that I agree but what Yerima did was to sneak in what is called in law as back door law. For the purpose of renouncing citizen ship a woman is deemed off age if she is married yes its open to interpretation and you know that this can be argued in court that as long as a woman is married she Is off age and that means if your 12 . The constitution has to be as clear as possible so that people like Yerima will not use it to defend them self. I ask you why did only The core North refused to sign the child right act and it was also them that refused to sign this part of the bill . It tells you something does it not

    • tunmi

      July 22, 2013 at 1:42 pm

      There was no ignorance here since failing to repeal that one part does make it legal for pedophiles to marry their victims. I’m just gonna quote what Stephanie Linus said:

      “The contentious provision, Section 29, allows citizens who are of age to renounce Nigerian citizenship if they wish. For that purpose, the constitution says, 18-year-olds and above shall be considered to be “of age”.

      In addition, a woman or girl who is married, shall also be considered to be of age- a section that could be interpreted to imply that even a day old child, once married, shall be considered to be of age.

      The tricky part is:

      “That this section, when referenced in the larger picture will make a pedophile, who marries even an 8 year old (as I have seen in Nigeria) “not liable because his “CHILD Wife” is automatically considered an adult. The likes of him will immediately point you to section 29, subsection 4b that says – “any woman who is married shall be “deemed to be of “full age.””

      The child that got married did not chose to do so on her own will, she was forced into marriage and should not be deemed an adult as a result..

    • slice

      July 22, 2013 at 3:01 pm

      actually, i think the law may protect child brides as it stands. if an organization wants to assist you with getting out of a child bride marriage situation, you may renounce you Nigerian citizenship and all of a sudden not be subject to sharia law (as interpreted in some Nigerian states) that allowed the marriage in the first place. you may then happily seek asylum in a different country. that’s another loophole.

      just to add, even in the U.S., there are lot of laws that grant you adult status if you are married. some u.s. states allow marriage at the age of 16/17.

    • LILLY

      July 23, 2013 at 9:42 am

      @ Slice, to an extent, i agree with your point. However, by the time the child bride is old/wise (to even understand her current position) enough to denounce/renounce her citizenship, she must have suffered/be suffering from VVF and all its attendant psychological trauma, considering the fact that, in this country, such brides are escorted to their husband’s house where the marriage is consummated almost immediately after the marriage ceremony . It would have been better if section 29 (4) (b) was not included at all, it should have stopped at sub, sub a.

  12. jay

    July 21, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    and i say a big and loud NO to it also pls help sign this UN petition thank you

  13. Nana

    July 21, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    Very nice

  14. fuzy

    July 21, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    God bless OMOSEXY

  15. konnie

    July 21, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    OmoT, I too stand by you against the amendment to the constitution and against child marriage

    They are a bunch of pedophiles trying to legalize their actions

  16. LocsofGlory

    July 21, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    GBAM!! Thank you for this comment!

  17. Deedee

    July 21, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    To think that our senators are so jobless and heartless towards the plight of the girl-child is appalling and delusional. They even had the time to vote… ridiculous!!!. They should be asked to give out their young daughters and the story will change,stupid, perverted pot-bellied men. As if that should be our problem, when we have power, good water,security and education issues, some silly people are making a ruckus about child marriage, chai, Naija we really have a long way to go…..

  18. Bliss

    July 21, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    Omotola has really grown as a person since she started acting. I am as proud of her as she is of herself.

  19. Abiola

    July 21, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    Nice one.

    So many problems belaboring this country…God help us all.

  20. cathy

    July 21, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    i support this

  21. Soraya

    July 21, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    It is good that Omotola is campaigning against child marriage BUT I wish she and her people could do more research on the issue. Also, Omotola seems to be campaigning against just about everything! I wish Omotola could focus on child sexual abuse and incest- the rape of children IS on the increase in Nigeria and we need someone with a high profile to publicise and highlight this shameful crime against children

    • tunmi

      July 22, 2013 at 1:44 pm

      I’m not an Omotola stan but she campaigns about what needs campaigning for since most Nigerians are complacent. Her campaigns are geared towards the voiceless in society and so far it’s good

  22. Appreciate

    July 21, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    Y shld dis child marriage b an issue when we’re living in fear cos of insecurity, no power, unemployment, Asuu strike, bad roads, etc dis deliberatn about full age & child marriage shows dat senators dont hav meaningful thing to offer us.when a girl child shld be in skul,she ‘ll be making babies who she dont even know how 2 care for or train them cos of ignorance & illitercy. Thats y VVF we continue 2 torment al dis child-mothers. Our women senators speak up for ur girl child!

  23. obi

    July 21, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    Thank Goodness for ‘The Runaway Bride’ From Evans

  24. oose

    July 21, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    My name is CLAIRE OGAH and i say NO! to any bill encouraging pedophilia and No! to the senate Bill endorsing UNDER 18 Child marriage in Nigeria

  25. Spring

    July 21, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    Omo T God bless you

  26. fomski

    July 21, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    Naija abokis polluting everyone with their illiteracy….All those senators need be arrested for child abuse or attempted child abuse they’ve shown their intentions .

    • Obongawan

      July 22, 2013 at 4:37 am

      You don’t need to insult the Northerners (aboki) to make your point. Not all Northerners are illiterates. Just like not all ibos or Yorubas are 419.

  27. wiklo

    July 22, 2013 at 6:26 am

    stop knocking Omotola, she is doing a pre-emptive deterrent campaign to stop those “creeps” from bringing such a bill to law….besides, these are the types of social awareness campaign she involves herself in that led TIME magazine to list her as one of 100 most influential people in the World (page 144 of the April 29/May 6, 2013 edition) alongside Pope Francis, Joaquim Barbosa, Malala Yousafzai, Aung San Suu Kyi, Jay Z, to name just a few…in order words she is putting the issue on a bigger stage along with each and every Nigerian railing against this proposal!!!..Let’s applaud and support each other….

  28. scarface

    July 22, 2013 at 7:25 am

    my name is Adefemi Temitope and i say no to pedophilia and child abusers in Nigeria (first time she did something right)

  29. Olaide Badmus

    July 22, 2013 at 7:49 am

    My name is Olaide Badmus and i say a big NOOOOOOOOOOO to to any bill encouraging phedophilia …….GBAM!

  30. Aigbomian Omoh

    July 22, 2013 at 8:07 am

    I say capital No to phedophilia and No to the senate Bill endorsing Child marriage in Nigeria.

  31. Nilla

    July 22, 2013 at 10:04 am

    My name is Ogechi N Obiora and i say NO! To any bill encouraging pedophilia and No! To the senate Bill endorsing Child marriage in Nigeria. Gbam!!

  32. anonymous

    July 22, 2013 at 10:17 am

    i say there should be no excuse to make pedophilia legal in Nigeria, because the fact is underage marriage is pedophilia. what children need is education to make Nigeria better and this starts from educating our young ones from the cradle. watch this educative trailer, i think it solves our problem:

  33. N-V Danmola

    July 22, 2013 at 11:29 am

    My name is Victor Babalola and I say NOOOO to the JUMBO salaries of our Senators!!!

    www. LiveSpeech. org

  34. Annie

    July 23, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Nice effort I must say. However, I believe that if she had spoke passionately about it instead of reading a speech from a piece of paper, it would have held a little more water. I was very impressed by her taking a stand on this but half way through her inaudible speech, my mind wandered off, albeit unintentional.

  35. Child Marriage,Nigeria News

    August 9, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    An 11 year old girl from Yemen, Nada al-Ahdal, has run away
    from home to escape being forced into early marriage.the young girl
    appeals against child marriage and says she would rather die than get married.

    “what have the children done wrong, why do you marry them off like that?” she asked. ” i would have had
    no life, no education. Don’t they have compassion?” The internet has given voice to this young girl’s
    bravery. She speaks not only for herself, but for millions of young girls who are forced into slavery
    by silly old men who want to fornicate with them, steal their virtues and destroy their future. – See
    more at:

  36. Roystan

    August 20, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    No there is something you see every day in such area of
    sick dominance & life/youth stealing. On wondering as how ,
    where , when , is this justified as she being 92 and she 22 , but
    the sicker it gets is when ages of 3 onwards are considered brides
    or merely toys for pleasure and ego , where in other countries such
    as Pakistan , a 17 year old was chained to a bed and used for
    prostitution by her own mother , a wife was sold for goat (yes for
    goats) killing of about 1200 new born baby girls killed in barbaric
    manners & at times thrown in rubbish bins alive to be eaten
    by wild animals just because of the child being illegal or being
    female , acid scaring , raping of toddlers 7 children below ages of
    12 , child brides , sold for prostitution & porn movies to
    other countries , young boys being used for sex the same boys
    trained for dancing (at times killed) , a young girl raped for
    refusing to convert her religion , young boys aged 6,7,8,9
    & 14 used as suicide bombers , young girls aged 7 , 10 , 12
    sold or forced to get married either raped , used for prostitution
    , children chained in basements like animals , according to a
    Pakistani model , clerics raping children who they were suppose to
    teach , & reports even exposing sexual crimes in European
    countries against young girls where they are seduced , lured
    & end is rape , sex-drugs or prostitution are just common
    walks of life in countries like Pakistan and being documented by
    well known reporters , journalists and channels (news agencies) Yet
    on the other hand where many show Conservative it’s not where in
    the elite societies where there are sex shops in Pakistan , night
    life dancing & booze (whiskey) is consumed heavily even
    drunk by party girls who dance in shows (mujra) disco parties (as
    party animals) & girls hired for dancing in bachelor
    & other parties not to mention transgender. Girls killed in
    honor and attacked by acid being thrown on the face is yet another
    common practice, & DVD stores flooded with porn movies
    & massage parlors, prostitution dens, & not even
    leave out the gays where there were two cases of Lesbians in
    Pakistan where 1 lesbian couple fled from the country in fright of
    getting killed & another in a place called Faisalabad where
    there were some kind of lesbian case. Girls under 10 are raped and
    killed even kidnapped , boys being raped , Honor killings some
    raped by their uncle and fathers and made pregnant as well where in
    a case the father rapes his daughter and poisons her to death
    , . All this shows frustration, ignorance, 7 more over the “it’s ok
    to do it” attitude. Girls are even cut up to pieces and put in
    different parts of the city & a mind blowing case of a guy
    raping close to 47 dead bodies of girls in a graveyard in Pakistan . Apart from this being blood
    thirsty is just ok again “chill” you daughter runs away “kill her”
    , 2 sisters played in the rain and took out photos of each other
    were both shot dead by their brother , underage pregnancy , deep
    secretive minds searching violent sex
    (force,beating,rape,crying,torture) is even common. Why so much
    frustration?? Why so much kinky lust?? Couples exposed in internet
    cafes in Pakistan, dating full swing. Camouflaged or merely wolves
    in sheep clothing , Taboo societies and practices , hidden behind
    walls and walls various projections such as false innocence but at
    the end of the day , the kink , lust for underage girls &
    at times boys , violence against women all in various forms and
    styles are practiced in places where hidden breeds lurk in the
    darkness not only in the streets by the Minds. (Roystan

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