NIGERIA:Voice of Widows, divorcees and orphans silenced?

A recent post about a British citizen of Nigerian heritage who was completely cremed by Nigerian courts in her divorce (the courts awarded her husband more than $600,000 and awarded her some paltry sum under $10,000 in a divorce settlement) inspired me to do  a quick Google search of “divorce in Nigeria.” It is a complex issue since the country is so large and has so many different groups, sects, ethnicities and customs. But one trend I found was that, like everywhere else in the world, divorce rates are rising. Perhaps, though, one might say that in some parts of Nigeria, rates are rising faster than other places. Take for example, Kano, Nigeria. Rising divorce rates in Kano, Nigeria seems to be cause for alarm for local people. In addition, widows and orphans, two groups with rapidly increasing numbers seem particularly disadvantaged post-marriage. The Islamic state subscribes to Sharia Law and there is some sense that some of Sharia’s teachings might worsens the plight of women, orphans and divorcees in the region. For one thing, their status is automatically much lower than that of men. Many women marry young before they can obtain an education, for example. So they are usually not their husbands’ equals whether from a perspective of education or anything else. Usually if there is a divorce (or death) the woman is at a tremendous economic and social disadvantage as a result.