Gborbu Wulomo’s Relationship With Girl 12, A Betrothal, Not Marriage – GaDangme Council

Ayikoi Otoo

In a recent statement, the GaDangme Council has clarified that the controversial relationship between a traditional Ga priest and a 12-year-old girl is a betrothal and not a marriage.

The clarification comes after Nuumo Borketey Laweh XXXIII, the 63-year-old Gborbu Wulomo, received criticism when a video of their traditional ceremony surfaced online.

The ceremony, which took place on Saturday, March 30, 2024, in Nungua, attracted significant attention and prompted public outcry. However, Gborbu Wulomo defended his actions by stating that the girl would not be expected to fulfill marital duties at her young age.

The GaDangme Council, in a statement signed and issued by its President, Ayikoi Otoo, on Monday, April 1, acknowledged that it had engaged with Gborbu Wulomo and some of his elders regarding the matter.

The Council emphasized the importance of clarifying that the relationship is a betrothal, rather than a marriage, which alters its legal implications.

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

However, the Council stressed that while betrothal may involve an underage person, it does not permit the initiation of a sexual relationship with a child. Such actions put the child’s education at risk and may pose potential health risks due to underdeveloped organs and difficulties during childbirth.

The GaDangme Council urged Gborbu Wulomo to address the concerns surrounding the betrothal and ensure the well-being and rights of the 12-year-old girl are safeguarded. The Council emphasized the importance of prioritizing her best interests, particularly regarding her education, throughout the engagement process.

“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 Council stated.

Additionally, the Council called upon the parents of the child to keep a close eye on her and remind her that, despite the demands of custom, she is still a child entitled to enjoy life and engage in activities appropriate for her age.

The GaDangme Council’s statement aims to address the concerns raised by the public regarding the betrothal and promote the well-being and rights of the girl involved. It serves as a reminder that the protection of children, their education, and their rights should always be a priority, even when considering cultural traditions.

By Vincent Kubi