Child-bride married off to mentally-challenged, returns to school

By Sunny A. David

There was public outcry when on January 30 this year, news broke about a 15-year-old girl identified as Chinwe who was forcefully married off to a mentally-challenged man in Ozubulu, Anambra State.

The outcry which attracted the attention of the authorities after the report of the marriage between Chinwe and a 56-year-old Izuchukwu Igwilo of the popular and wealthy Igwilo family of Anambra State emerged.

The news went viral after a Nigerian entrepreneur, Vivian Queenstine Diora, who went on a rant on Facebook revealed that Izuchukwu, the groom suffers from mental illness and alcohol addiction.

Following the outcry, the State Commissioner For Women and Children Affairs, Lady Ndidi Mezue, intervened and Chiukwendu was retrieved from the Igwilos.

She was rehabilitated, trained in tailoring and empowered with other 100 Ndi Anambra by the Industrial Training Fund, (ITF).

Currently, there is a cheering news from Anambra State as Miss Chinwe returned to school on October 8, 2019.

Concluding the process of healing and rehabilitation, Chinwe was accompanied by the Commissioner, her elderly father and some staff of the ministry of women and children affairs to the school where she will continue with her education.