Police Locate 12-Year-Old Girl Allegedly Married To 63-Year-Old Gborbu Wulomo

 

The Ghana Police Service has successfully identified and located the 12-year-old girl who was allegedly married to the 63-year-old Gborbu Wulomo in Nungua, Accra.

In response to the situation, both the girl and her mother are currently under police protection.

Collaborating with the Ministry of Gender, Children, and Social Protection, as well as the Department of Social Welfare, the Ghana Police Service is working diligently to provide the necessary support to the young girl while the matter is being investigated.

The customary marriage between Gborbu Wulomo, Nuumo Borketey Laweh Tsuru XXXIII, and the 12-year-old girl, known as ‘Naa Okromo’ in Nungua, has ignited a wide range of debates and concerns. This particular case sheds light on age disparities and traditional practices within the community.

The union between Gborbu Wulomo and ‘Naa Okromo,’ now known as Naa Ayemoede as per customary marriage protocols, was conducted in a ceremony rich in tradition.
However, it should be noted that the marriage is not deemed complete until Naa Ayemoede undergoes a subsequent ceremonial purification rituals.
This purification ceremony is considered vital to prepare her for the responsibilities associated with being the spouse of Gborbu Wulomo, which includes the significant role of bearing children in accordance with tradition.

Furthermore, it is customary for the Gborbu Wulomo to select a ‘bue ekpaa yoo,’ commonly referred to as his customary wife or ‘sɛiheyoo’. This revered tradition plays a crucial role in the Gborbu Wulomo’s lifelong tenure and authority over ceremonial affairs within the community.

The union between the elderly Gborbu Wulomo and the young Naa Ayemoede has sparked mixed reactions, creating both discussions and concerns about the intersection of traditional practices, cultural norms, and child protection laws. This controversial marriage has prompted a call for a nuanced examination of such customs and practices to ensure the wellbeing and rights of individuals.

It is essential to prioritize the protection of minors in alignment with legal frameworks and safeguarding measures, while also respecting cultural traditions deeply rooted within communities like Nungua. The ongoing controversy surrounding this customary marriage highlights the need for further dialogue and understanding between traditional practices and modern society’s values.

By Vincent Kubi