UNVEILED: The Cross River Community Where Girls Are Sold To Pay Off Debts

SHARE:

In Becheve, a community in Nigeria, girls are forced into early marriages in exchange for monetary favours and for settlement of debts. Bech...


In Becheve, a community in Nigeria, girls are forced into early marriages in exchange for monetary favours and for settlement of debts.

Becheve is a small tribe in Obanliku Local Government Area in Cross River. It is an eight-hour drive from Calabar, the state capital, and shares the same local government with one of the most populous ranches in Africa, the Obudu Cattle Ranch, now Obudu Mountain Resort.

Becheve tribe is now infamous for its tradition of forcing girls into early marriages.

In a video published on Monday by BBC, victims of the tradition spoke of how they lose their fundamental rights once being sold or exchanged for gifts.

Narrating her ordeal, Dorothy, one of the victims, said people had to hold her down for the man she was sold to to sleep with her. She subsequently got pregnant before she clocked 12.

She said: “The man said he’ll sleep with me. I said no because even his children are older than I am. They got people to hold me so that the man would sleep with me.

“Three men and one woman held me down as the man slept with me. I got pregnant from there but I was not up to 12 years of age then and too young to be pregnant.”

Another victim of the 'money wife' tradition, Happiness, aged 14, also spoke of her ordeal and the emotional abuse she suffered in the house of the man she was sold to.

“The man is old. He has children and his grandchildren have also given birth. He used to fight and beat me. One day, he told me that if he kills me, nobody would talk because I am his ‘money woman,'" she said.

Explaining why he was involved in the act, one of the buyers said the parents of the girls bring them to his house whenever they think they are fit for marriage.

“They’ll bring their children to give you. Some they would bring might be about six or 10 years of age. That means those ones are ready for marriage. They know how to cook and do everything,” he stated.

Pastor Akonam Richards, a child rights activist who has been involved in rescuing the children sold out in Becheve community, noted that the tradition gives the man the absolute right to do whatever he wants with the girl.

“The culture of Becheve gives the person who bought a girl the absolute right to do whatever he wants with the girl and children given birth to from the relationship. The buyer is the owner of the child. The man can sell his own child; he doesn’t divide the proceeds with anybody,” he said.

Maintaining that any child given as a 'money wife' is not allowed to go to school as they have become the man’s “absolute property”, he further stated that the man could give the girl out to another man.

“Some of them are put into child labour; some of them can be pimped to other men and when they even come back home with pregnancy, the man is glad because that is money,” he said.

Pastor Richards also spoke of one Monica who had had to sell her two granddaughters for her to fix her family juju.

He said: “People were dying in the community and she needed more money so she had to give out these children.”

Pastor Richards said the practice of 'money wives' is directly related to status acquisition in Becheve as “the more money wives you have, the bigger you are in the community”.

He also stated that it is very illegal as there are existing laws both in the state and Nigeria criminalising the act.

Sunday Ichille, Clan Head of Becheve, however, denied the tradition, claiming that the act last happened in the 90s.

“People still think it is happening, it’s no longer happening since the early 1990s,” he said.

COMMENTS

BLOGGER

EMAIL NEWSLETTER$desc=Subscribe to receive inspiration, ideas, and news in your inbox

Name

#bbnaija,2,2018 Scholarships,4,2019,1,2019 elections,3,2face idibia,7,About Us,1,accident,21,Action,1,Adeboye,1,Africa,19,africa news,37,Africam News,1,African Beauty,12,African history,1,african news,5,African Students,2,africatourism,1,Agriculture,17,Almajiri,1,ambode,24,Android,3,Animals,1,anthony joshua,3,APC,30,Apostle Johnson Suleiman,7,Apostle Suleiman,1,Apple,1,Arsenal FC,3,Art,1,article,7,Articles,1,Arts and Culture,4,Assurance Davido,1,ASUU,7,autos,1,Award,31,Ayo Fayose,4,Ayodele Fayose,1,bangladesh,1,barcelona fc,14,basketball,1,bb naija,1,bbcyoruba,1,BBnaija,41,BEAUTY,24,bet awards,1,Beuty,1,beyonce mass,1,biafra,28,Bitcoin,1,Black Panther,3,Blackberry updates,3,Blackpanther,1,blog,2,Blogger,3,Bloggers Hit,22,Blogging,1,bobrisky,1,Boko Haram,86,Boko Haram Crisis,32,Boko-haram,19,Boko-Haran,1,BOKOHARAM,8,Bolo Haram Crisis,5,Bovi,1,boxer,6,boxing,1,Brain Teazer,1,Breaking,133,Breaking News,1601,Breakinh,1,Brealing,1,BREXIT,2,Bruno Mars,1,budget,8,Buhari,196,Buratai,1,bursaries,2,BUSINESS,163,Business Breaking,1,Bussiness,1,CAC church,1,Calabar,1,cambridge exams,3,CAN,2,Cancet,1,career,4,Cars,1,Ceelebrities,1,Celebrities,629,Celebrity,11,Celebs,10,Celerities,8,chamions league,8,champion's league,28,Champions league,2,Champions' League,1,CHEATS,27,chelsea fc,85,chemistry,1,chibok girls,3,Chioma,1,christiano Ronaldo,43,Comedy,10,Commonwealth,2,Corruption,5,Crime,107,Crisis,134,Crisis in Nigeria,57,Culture,1,daddy freeze,1,daily devotion,1,dangote,7,Dansuki,4,Dapchi Girls,1,dapchigirls,1,Dasuki,3,Davido,40,Dbanj,1,Diezani Alison Madueke,1,dino melaye,7,disaster,4,diy,8,dk odukoya,2,DK Olukoya,1,dollar,1,Don Jazzy,1,Donald Trump,82,drug abuse,1,Drugs,7,Earth Science,6,earthquake,1,Easter,3,ecowas,4,Education,270,EFCC,94,Eid-El-Kabir,6,Ekiti,2,ekiti decides,27,Ekiti Elections,2,Ekiti States,1,el rufai,1,ELECTION,51,Election 2019,1,emenuella,1,Emir Kano,4,Employment opportunities,3,En Son Dakika haberleri,1,enter,1,Entertainement,1,Entertainment,1081,Entertainment Latest News,1,Entertainments,3,Entetainment,2,environment,1,EpicGames,2,epl,5,Ese,1,Essay Competitions,1,EU,1,euro2024,1,Europeaun Commission,1,evans,1,event,4,Events,11,Facebook,7,FACEBOOK TRICKS,5,facebook update,28,fani Kayode,3,Fashion,46,father's day,1,Fayose,5,featured,2,federal government,83,Fellowships,1,femi adesina,1,fight,1,finance,74,Finances,1,fitness,3,flavour,1,flood,1,Folorunsho Alakija,1,football,291,football Europa League,1,Foreign,156,Fraud,39,Fuel Scarcity,13,fulani herdsmen,23,Funny,48,FUTURE TECH,16,game,3,gay pastor,2,gist,69,goo,1,Goodluck Jonathan,1,Google,13,google i/o 2018,1,Google9ja,41,google9ja news,997,google9jaNews,3,gossip,28,Gov. Amosun,1,Gov. Fayose,28,graduate jobs,1,Graduates,2,Grammy Award,2,Guinness Book Of Record,1,hack,1,HACKERS,6,hajj,1,Headlines,1,Health,132,healthy food,1,Healthy Living,23,hemp,1,herdsmen,5,Hilarious,2,Hip hop,2,history,1,house of reps,2,hushpuppi,1,Ibadan,3,independence,7,INEC,8,inspirational,6,International Scholarships,3,internet,7,interns,1,Internships,6,interview,2,interviews,1,iphone,17,iphones,2,ipob,1,IS,1,isis,1,israel,2,Israel Palestine crisis,1,JAMB,3,jenifa,8,Jerusalem,2,jibrin,1,Jobs,67,John Terry,1,Jokes,1,Jonathan,1,Jose mourinho,13,justin Timbalake,1,kaduna,20,Kanu Nwakwo,1,Kanye west,1,Kardashian,1,kardashians,1,Kardeshian,1,Kardeshians,1,kelvin hart,1,kelvinhart,1,Kemi olunloyo,1,kidnap,21,kim kardashians,9,kingship,7,Lagos,5,lagos state,49,Lagos train project,1,lai mohammed,3,Lassa Fever,3,Lastest News,2,lat,1,Latest News,966,latest Nigerian jobs,1,Latests News,1,lawyers,3,league,2,Life,2,Life style,96,Lifestyle,35,Lifstyle,1,Linda versus Wizkid,1,Linda vrs Wizkid,1,Linda vrs Wizzy,1,Live Update,1,Live Updates,5,lol,13,London,1,Love,18,Manchester United,28,market place,2,Masters Scholarships,1,mbaka,1,mecca,1,mercy Aigbe,3,Mercy Johnson,1,messi,26,mfm prayer points,8,MFM Prayers,14,MFM Sermons,2,mimiko,1,minimum wage,1,miracle prayers,12,MKO Abiola,2,MMM,3,Mobile Phone,1,Model,1,Model United Nations,2,moji olaiya,1,Money,1,monkeys,1,motivation,4,Movie,52,Movies,3,MTN,1,MTN NIGERIA,10,mugabe,1,MUNPlanet,2,Music,131,NAFDAC,1,Naija,507,Naija News,1,Naija Entertainment,1,Naija New,4,Naija Newa,1,naija news,1170,naira,1,Naira devaluation,3,Naira evaluation,2,nano technology,1,NBA,3,ncc,1,NCCF,1,new,5,New music,19,New Nigeria,2,News,3366,News Nigeria,34,NewsMusic,1,newspapers,4,Niageria,1,Nicki Minaj,1,Niger Delta Avengers,37,Nigeria,17,Nigeria Air,1,Nigeria Latest News,3,Nigeria Latest News online,1,Nigeria News Today. Your online Nigerian Newspaper,38,nigerian,21,Nigerian Breaking News,551,Nigerian history,3,Nigerian Jobs,1,Nigerian Latest New,1,Nigerian Latest News,1223,Nigerian Latest News online,27,Nigerian Music Entertainment,1,Nigerian Newpapers,1,Nigerian News,5,Nigerian Newspaper,3,Nigerian Newspapers,1,Nigerian police apptitude test,4,Nigerian politics,6,nigerian senate house,13,Nigerian Students,2,Nigerian Super Eagles,29,Nigerians in south-Africa,3,Nih,1,nlc,1,NLC updates,2,nnamdi kanu,8,NNPC,22,Nollyhood,17,Nollywood,3,NOUN,1,NY crash,1,NYSC,19,NYSC updates,15,Obadanjo,1,Obama,5,Obasanjo,20,October 1st,3,OculusRift,1,oil and gas,1,Olamide,3,Olamide baddo,1,Olusegun Obasanjo,1,omg,1,ondo state,3,ONLINE BIZ,5,Online money,1,only in Nigeria,320,Ooni of Ife,6,ooni-ife,1,opinion,1,Orphans,1,orubebe,1,Osinbajo,2,Osun decides,10,oyo state,8,palestine,1,Pastor E. A Adeboye,1,pastor E.A Adeboye,7,pastor T.B joshua,3,paul pogba,1,PDP,4,phon,1,Phones,35,POLICTICS,1,POLITICS,1647,POLİTİCS,1,POLOTICS,2,PoOLITICS,1,Postgraduate,1,power,1,Power holding,10,prayer,16,prayer points,5,Prayers,3,premier League,79,president,1,Products,1,proud marry,1,Public hearing,1,quiz,1,quotes,4,rat,1,RCCG,2,recruitment,4,Relationship,29,Relationships,129,Religion,112,Reviews,1,Rihana,2,rio olympics,7,ronaldinho,2,Russia 2018,17,russia2018,4,Samsung galaxy s6,1,Samsung updates,3,Sanusi Lamido Sanusi,1,Saraki,1,Satanists,1,Saudi Arabia,1,Schilarships,1,Scholarahips,1,Scholarship,43,Scholarships,68,Scholarships 2018,1,Scholarships for Aricans,1,science,6,Security,71,Senate,2,sex doll,1,Shekau,1,shiites,1,short girls,1,short people,1,sijaona,1,smart phones,23,smartphones,2,snake,1,socal media,1,soccer,2,social,47,Social media,1,South Africa,1,spanish league,17,Sport,17,Sporta,1,Sports,804,stolen mace,1,stolenmace,1,Stories,56,Story,1,Strategy,1,student internships,2,STUDY ABROAD,101,Style,3,Success tips,1,Super Eagles,2,Tech,29,Tech matters,156,Tech News,1,Technology,1,Techs,2,Telecommunication,11,Telecommunications,1,tennis,1,terrorism,1,Test your brain,1,therock,1,TimSweeney,1,tithe,1,tompolo,1,tonto dike,3,Traineeships,1,Travel,6,Trump,3,Turkey,2,Turkieh embassy,1,turkish visa,1,Twitter,2,twitter attacks,14,uganda,1,UK,1,UK News,1,Uncategorized,4,Undergraduate Scholarships,1,Underprivileged Students,1,unemployment,6,United Kingdom,2,Updates,1,US,110,USA,1,usain bolt,1,Useful Hacks,1,UTME,3,vacancy,2,valentine,1,valentine'sday,1,Video,1,Videos,10,viral,1,virallink,4,VirtualReality,2,VISION 2020,7,vr,1,Weird,3,WEIRD NEWS,640,WEİRD NEWS,1,WEIRS NEWS,1,Whatsapp update,2,windows,1,Wired news,2,wizkid,22,wizkid in california,1,world,322,World cup,7,World News,28,World Record,2,World's statistics,1,Yahoo Tech,1,Yaya Toure,1,yemi osinbajo,21,Yobe Girls,1,Yola Girls,1,Yoruba News,1,Youth,7,Youth Opportunities,2,zimbabwe,1,
ltr
item
Google9ja News|Entertainment|Naija News|Nigerian Latest News: UNVEILED: The Cross River Community Where Girls Are Sold To Pay Off Debts
UNVEILED: The Cross River Community Where Girls Are Sold To Pay Off Debts
https://secure.saharareporters.com/sites/default/files/styles/normal_medium/public/BBC%20Money%20WIves.jpg?itok=hdVLJa7I
Google9ja News|Entertainment|Naija News|Nigerian Latest News
https://www.google9ja.com/2018/09/unveiled-cross-river-community-where.html
https://www.google9ja.com/
https://www.google9ja.com/
https://www.google9ja.com/2018/09/unveiled-cross-river-community-where.html
true
8173235409350904551
UTF-8
Loaded All Posts Not found any posts VIEW ALL Readmore Reply Cancel reply Delete By Home PAGES POSTS View All RECOMMENDED FOR YOU LABEL ARCHIVE SEARCH ALL POSTS Not found any post match with your request Back Home Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat January February March April May June July August September October November December Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec just now 1 minute ago $$1$$ minutes ago 1 hour ago $$1$$ hours ago Yesterday $$1$$ days ago $$1$$ weeks ago more than 5 weeks ago Followers Follow THIS PREMIUM CONTENT IS LOCKED STEP 1: Share. STEP 2: Click the link you shared to unlock Copy All Code Select All Code All codes were copied to your clipboard Can not copy the codes / texts, please press [CTRL]+[C] (or CMD+C with Mac) to copy