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Virgins issued 'certificate of virginity' in Rivers

06 December 2016, 16:01

Rivers - A virgin girl ceremony was organized and held in Ogu town, Rivers state where teenage daughters get certified as virgins before they are given out in marriage.

The ceremony is held in order to reduce the rate of promiscuity in girls according to Naij.

This tradition has been in existence for a long time. The elders ensure the girls are presented in ways that do not violate the demands of the tradition. Their clothes, hair style and skin appearance are thoroughly screened by the elders before the ceremony.

Parents are expected to make their teenage daughters participate in this ceremony before she can be married off to a man. The girls who are certified to be real virgins will be given gifts and blessed by the chiefs during the ceremony.

The girls who do well and are certified as true virgins are presented with the certificate of virginity which is signed under the authority of the Amanyanabo-in-Council of Ogu.

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