The Socio-Economic Effect of Early Marriage in North Western Nigeria


  • Gimba Victor Kyari
  • Joseph Ayodele


The paper examines the socio-economic effect of early marriage in north western Nigeria using Zaria local government as a case study. Early marriage has been a common practice among many ethnic groups in the world. However, marriage is regarded as a moment of celebration and a milestone in adult life. Sadly, the practice of early marriage gives no such cause for celebration when it is not done properly. In this paper the researcher used primary data from the questionnaires administered. Chi-square statistical technique was used for the analysis and the results show clear that there is evidence “early marriage has a negative effect on girl-child education”. Based on this finding the following recommendations are proffered to lessen the rate of early marriage of girl-child as it goes with a negative effect on their education development and consequently, a setback for the growth and the development of Nigerian economy. Promoting education of a girl-child, Educating girls seems to be the ideal solutions to tame the early marriage of the girl-child. Government and NGOS should provide support needed for girls’ education including free books, uniform and scholarship. Essentially, put away unwholesome custom and traditional practices that are harmful to girl-child development.

DOI: 10.5901/mjss.2014.v5n14p582


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The Socio-Economic Effect of Early Marriage in North Western Nigeria. (2014). Mediterranean Journal of Social Sciences, 5(14), 582.