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Anger as 63-yr-old Ghanaian traditional priest marries 12-yr-old girl

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A customary marriage between a 63-year-old Ghanaian traditional priest, Gborbu Wulomo, Nuumo Borketey Laweh XXXIII, and a 12-year-old girl identified as Naa Okromo has sparked public outrage on social media, with many calling on the government to enact more stringent laws to outlaw child marriage.

The marriage ceremony which took place on Saturday in Nungua indigeneous community in Accra has, however, pitched traditional worshippers against human rights activists who have called on the government to implement the 18 years minimum marriage age to in the country.

Local media reports that videos and photos of the elaborate marriage ceremony that was attended by dozens of community members have been widely shared on social media, triggering an outcry among many Ghanaians.

“During the ceremony, women speaking in the local language Ga told the girl to dress teasingly for her husband,” the report said.

“They can also be heard advising her to be prepared for wifely duties and to use the perfumes they gifted her to boost her sexual appeal to her husband.

“The statements fuelled the outrage, as they have been perceived to mean that the marriage was not merely ceremonial.

“Critics have called for the authorities to dissolve the marriage and investigate Mr Tsuru.

“But leaders of the Nungua indigenous community, to which both the girl and the priest belong, have condemned the public’s opposition to the marriage, saying the criticism comes from a point of ignorance.

“Nii Bortey Kofi Frankwa II, a local community leader, said that the girl’s role as the priest’s wife is purely tradition and custom.

“He added that the girl started the rites to become the priest’s wife six years ago, but the process did not interfere with her education.

“The girl is expected to undergo a second customary ceremony to purify her for her new role as the wife of the high priest. The ceremony will also prepare her for marital responsibilities such as childbearing,” the local media reported.

In the face of criticism, the traditional and community leaders have insisted that those who criticise Gborbu do not understand their customs and tradition.

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UK returns Ghana’s royal artefacts looted 150 years ago in ‘loan deal’

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The United Kingdom has returned 32 royal artefacts looted from Ghana’s Asante Kingdom in the 19th Century in a “loan deal” agreed on by the two governments last year.

The artefacts which are mainly golden royal regalia, were looted over 150 years ago from the Asante Palace in Kumasi during the Anglo-Asante Wars, including the infamous Sargrenti War of 1874.

The revered items which were returned to the West African country by the British Museum (BM) and the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), will however, will be on loan for an initial three years and renewable for another three years.

A statement by the the Asante Palace on Thursday stated that the loan deal is not with the Ghanaian government but with the current traditional ruler of the Ashanti people, Otumfo Osei Tutu II.

The idea behind the loan deal, according to local media, is based on the premise of legal restrictions in the UK which have made it impossible to return the artefacts permanently.

The return of the artefacts also coincides with the silver jubilee anniversary of Asantehene Osei Tutu II, who first started the negotiations in May last year.

“Gold and silver regalia, associated with the Asante royal court, will be displayed at the Palace Museum as part of a long-term loan commitment by the Victoria & Albert and the British Museum,” the Asantehene’s Palace said.

It added that Tutu will receive the gold artefacts which are the symbol of the Asante traditional authority. in specially designed Belgian cases in Kumasi, after which the Manhyia Palace Museum will be closed for three weeks for installation works and encasing.

Many of the items which will be seen in Ghana for the first time in 150 years, include 15 pieces from the British Museum and 17 from the Victoria & Albert Museum and will be on display and open to the public in May.

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American rap icon Ja Rule lands in Ghana for a charity project

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American rap icon, Jeffrey Bruce Atkins Sr., popularly known as Ja Rule, has landed in Ghana for a charity project that will oversee the construction of a classroom block at the Nuaso Anglican Primary School.

Ja Rule who announced his trip to the West African country via a social media post, said he will touch down in Accra on Wednesday, April 10th, for groundbreaking event “to make an impact on lives in the West African nation.”

The “Mesmerize” rapper explained that the project which is m an initiative of an international NGO, “Pencils of Promise”, is seeking to “bring quality education to kids around the world.”

“Groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of a classroom block at Nuaso Anglican Primary School, Ghana,” Ja Rule said, while confirming his trip to Ghana.

On a flyer promoting the trip on his X handle, the American star wrote on Tuesday:

“Building towards the future… Ghana see you tomorrow.”

The post which generated a lot of excitement among fans of the rapper and other social media users in Ghana, saw many welcoming the visit and the initiative.

Joy FM top presenter, Lexis Bill, took to the social media to write:

“Awesome!!!! Ghana loves you 🇬🇭. Ghana is grateful,” while popular TV Presenter, Blaqueboy, also chipped in with: “Love from the motherland, welcome back to this side.”

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