No less than 100 hundred women who were either divorcees or widows on Tuesday re-married in a mass ceremony sponsored by the Kano State government.
This is, however, just the first batch of 1,000 women in this category.
The ceremony, which is organised by religious authorities in the Muslim state of Kano, is for these women to be re-married according to the religious injunctions.
The ceremony, which took place at the Emir of Kano’s palace, is meant to help reduce the rising rate of divorce in the state as well as to socially and financially secure the women.
The state sharia implementation body Hisba Board organised the ceremony, after a vigorous campaign that started in February.
Suitors were selected and made to undergo medical checks, as well as match-making, while the final choice was done by the brides.
The day was chosen to coincide with this year’s United Nation’s International Day of Families.