‘After my divorce, I had a lot of success’
Kano, Nigeria Growing up in a family of clerics in northwest Nigeria, which has the country’s highest prevalence of child marriage, Khadijah was expected to be a young bride. “A girl cannot be more than 14 without getting married off,” she says. She became a bride at 13. But she ultimately did not accept limitations on her education, for which she “sold all my property to pay for my studies.”
My name is Khadijah Isyaku Muhammad. I am from Kano municipality in Nigeria’s Kano state.
I was married off at age 13.
I’m a member of the Fulani tribe and come from a family of clerics.
Even now in our family, a girl cannot be more than 14 without getting married off.
Yes, I can say it was an arranged marriage, because at the time, I could not differentiate between love and hate. I don’t know what love is.
His family didn’t follow our marriage customs, except they provided a dowry and wedding gifts.
I had not begun menstruating when I married. I started in my husband’s house.
I suffered a lot during childbirth, because I was young at the time.
We have three children.
INTERVIEWER: How many years were you married?
INTERVIEWER: Now that you are divorced, what are you doing?
First of all, I have to thank my God. After my divorce, I had a lot of success.
At first, I wondered how to go back to school, even though everyone in my family opposed it. They wanted me to marry again.
Then I sold all my property to pay for my studies. I studied mass communication because I really love journalism.