Gborbu Wulomo’s relationship with 12-year-old girl a betrothal, not marriage – Ga Dangme Council

Source The Ghana Report

The GaDangme Council has clarified that the relationship between a traditional Ga priest identified as Nuumo Borketey Laweh XXXIII and a 12-year-old girl is a betrothal and not a marriage.

The 63-year-old, traditionally known as Gborbu Wulomo, faced backlash after a video surfaced online showing him and a young girl called Naa Okromo, engaging in a ceremony that looked like a traditional marriage.

The alleged marriage occurred on Saturday, March 30, 2024, in Nungua, drawing widespread attention and criticism from all angles.

However, Gborbu Wulomo explained that the ceremony does not mandate the girl to perform marital responsibilities like sex, as a section of the public is claiming.

The GaDangme Council in a statement released on Monday, April 1, 2024, signed by its President, Ayikoi Otoo, also revealed that they had engaged with Gborbu Wulomo and his elders to address the controversial issue.

“It is important to clarify that the traditional ruler has stated that the relationship with the underage girl is a betrothal and not a marriage. This distinction to us has altered the legal implications”.

“We are inclined to side with the Gborbu Wulomo since the original reportage made the point that another ceremony awaited the girl to purify and prepare her for procreation”.

The Council also stressed that while marriage might involve an underage individual, it does not sanction the initiation of a sexual relationship with such a child.

Moreover, the Council acknowledged that such actions put her education in jeopardy and may even endanger her health during childbirth, as her body may not be adequately developed for pregnancy and delivery.

“She should continue her education until she reaches the legal age of marriage, and even marriage should not disrupt her education if she is still willing to continue”.

“The GaDangme Council also urges the parents of the child to keep an eye on her and let her understand that notwithstanding the betrothal demanded by custom, she is still a child and entitled to enjoy life and engage in youthful activities like all others of her age,” the statement added.

Find the full statement below;

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1 Comment
  1. Kweku Solo says

    Then where from the alleged kisses? I suspect that all those defending this act are all accomplices.

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