“The 12 years old girl was not married off to the chief but it was a Marriage to a Deity”

Based on information gathered from an interview at the Nungua palace, Naa is considered a mystery child in their tradition. She was believed to have spent two years in her mother’s womb and consulted with the deity before being born.

Additionally, she did not crawl or walk for two years, leading to the belief that she was a reincarnated old woman who headed a Jigwe clan in the Nungua area.

The deity declared her a mystery child with special spiritual abilities to lead her clan. This marriage to the deity is seen as an elevation of her spiritual status and is a traditional practice for mystery children, not a cultural practice.

Despite claims that the girl would not perform wifely duties until she turned 18 and received education, there are conflicting views on her betrothal to the deity.

Some Ga people argue that she is betrothed to the deity, not the priest, raising questions about her future education and marital status.

This situation raises concerns about traditional practices conflicting with constitutional laws, such as the abolition of the Trokosi system and betrothal, as outlined in the 1992 constitution.

It is important to ensure that customary practices align with constitutional reforms and international standards, such as the Convention on the Rights of Children.

Those involved in arranging the marriage for the deity must be held accountable under the law to prevent such practices from continuing.

 

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