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Civil Marriage in Nigeria: How To Get Legally Hitched In Africa’s Most Populous Country

Civil Marriage in Nigeria


Civil marriage in Nigeria is gradually becoming very popular amongst a growing population with less inclinations to religion and its conservatism.

Civil marriage in Nigeria is very important because it is recognized by the law and also serves as an evidence of a marriage contract between a couple.

Before having a civil wedding, there are some vital things you need to know that will prepare you for the process and guide your decisions.

Legal marriage is protected under the Marriage Act, Chapter 218 of Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 1990. There are two main marriage registries in Nigeria which are:

1. Federal Marriage Registries:

  • LAGOS – Ikoyi Registry (covers all those resident in Lagos, South-South, South East and South West)
  • ABUJA – Wuse 2 (covers all those resident in the Northern region)

2. All States have various Registries at the State and Local Government level.

Whichever kind of marriage registry you choose, the process involved in having a civil wedding follows the same guidelines which have been summarized below:

Filing of marriage notice:

  • Once you have decided to have a civil wedding, the intending bride or groom will obtain a form from their registry of choice to indicate their intention to marry. The form is a
  • You will also need to submit two coloured passport photographs.
  • The form is then posted on the

After the expiration of the notice and payment of the Prescribed Fee (this differs at each registry), the Registrar would issue a Form C after the following criteria has been met and satisfied:

  • That one of the parties has been resident within the district in which the marriage is intended to be celebrated.
  • That each of the parties to the intended marriage (not being a widower or widow) is twenty-one years old, and if under that age, the consent hereinafter made requisite has been obtained in writing and is annexed to such affidavit (meaning you have to get written permission/consent from the bride-to-be’s parent or legal guardian).
  • That there is not any impediment of kindred or affinity, or any other lawful hindrance to the marriage
  • That neither of the parties to the intended marriage is married by customary law to any person other than the person with whom such marriage is proposed to be contracted.

Once the requirements mentioned above have been confirmed, the couple would swear an affidavit before the registrar or recognized minister of religion. During the sworn affidavit, the registrar would reiterate the above Prohibitive degrees and also explain the penalties involved.

Failure to disclose a breach in any of the above makes the defaulter liable to two years imprisonment.

Thereafter, the Registrar signs a declaration/affidavit to show that the couple understands the implications under the law and have met and satisfied all that has been required of them.

Upon proof that there is no lawful impediment to the proposed marriage, and that the necessary consent, if any, to such marriage has been obtained, the Minister will dispense with the giving of notice, issue the certificate, and grant his/her license, known as Form D, authorizing the celebration of a marriage between the parties named in such license.

The couple then selects a date for the wedding, usually within three months from the date the notice was placed with the registry.

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On the wedding day, the couple alongside their family members and friends would go to the registry to finalize the marriage proceedings. There would be other couples that will also show up for their own celebration, and as such each couple is given a specific time that must be adhered to.

The ceremony is usually not longer than 30 minutes. During the proceedings, the Registrar would print the marriage certificates in duplicate and with counterfoils as in the FORM E. The officiating minister will fill up in duplicate a marriage certificate with the particulars required by Form E, and enter in the counterfoil the number of the certificate, the date of the marriage, names of the parties, and the names of the witnesses.

The certificate will then be signed in duplicate by the officiating minister, by the parties, and by two or more witnesses to the marriage. The minister having also signed his name to the counterfoil will deliver one certificate to the parties, and within seven days, thereafter file the same in his office.

Every Registrar will then register the marriage in a book called the Marriage Register Book, every certificate of marriage filed in his office according to the FORM F… and viola! You’re married!

The civil marriage in Nigeria is by far the cheapest among the other types of marriage ceremonies in Nigeria, though it has got a longer procedure and all criteria must be met.

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Defection: Is FFK Officially A Dog That Goes Back To Its Vomit?

The defection of former minister of Aviation, Femi – Fani Kayode to the All Progressives Congress, APC, is setting tongues wagging on social media.

While the Nigerian political scene is littered with cross-carpeting by politicians, the decamping of FFK still struck many due to the past statements by the former Aviation Minister.

He has been dancing around decamping for a while now, back in February, Governor Yahaya Bello announced the decamping of FFK to the APC.

The possibility of defecting became more glaring when Fani-Kayode attended the wedding of Yusuf Buhari’s son. The attendance of FFK at the wedding generated reactions on social media, which he responded with missives, by calling those criticizing him as people “foaming in the mouth.”

Here Are The Many Times Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode Shifted His Grounds Like A Dog Returning To Its Vomit

Clueless Goodluck Jonathan

In 2014, FFK published a series of write-up on his website, “A President Without Balls” and the two updated versions of the same essay titled ”The Gutless Eunuch and Spirit of the Jagaban” and ”The Gutless Eunuch and the Lion King,” respectively.

An excerpt from one of the essays read, “As long as such a weak and uninspiring man (Former President Jonathan) remains the Commander-in-Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces please be ready for more casualties,” he stated about Jonathan.

“He must pull down every satanic alter that may have been erected in the Presidency and consecrate and re-dedicate the whole place to the Living God.”

While FFK was in APC, he was showering encomium on Bola Tinubu, while calling Jonathan all sorts of unprintable names, including “clueless.”

“A President who is as confused and as clueless as the comic character called Chancey Gardner in the celebrated 1970’s Peter Seller’s Hollywood blockbuster titled ”Being There”, he once said.

In 2015, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode was appointed the Director of Media and Publicity at Jonathan/Sambo Presidential Campaign Organisation, a position where he transmitted to praising Mr. Jonathan.

In 2015, he stated that he “renounced those views about President Jonathan long ago.”

Upon his migration, he started calling APC a party with “supporter of APC ideology” adding that “The APC is a Boko Haramite party that is for Muslim extremists only and a handful of Christians who really don’t know what they have got themselves into.”

When Buhari was sick in 2018, FFK was at the forefront of the “Buhari is dead campaign.”

“Buhari is dead and he never came back from London. Only his body did. They invoked the spirit of Jubril and placed it in Buhari’s body. It is a common ritual among satanists.”

Religion also appears to be a tool that Mr. FFK deploys with so much ease.

Bigotry statement on Igbo

Of recent, FFK has been a major supporter of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its leader, Nnamdi Kanu.

When Kanu was incarcerated in 2017, FFK was one of the main people that visited him in prison and even called him his brother.

But most people had stated then that what most followers of Kanu may not know is that FFK has a long history of bigotry against people from the eastern part of the country.

In 2013, FFK published an article entitled: The Bitter Truth About The Igbo. He justified the pogrom in 1966 by blaming the Igbos for a number of crises.

“It is that same attitude of  ‘we own everything’, ‘we must have everything’ and ‘we must control everything’ that the Igbo settlers manifested in the northern region in the late ’50s and early and mid-60s that got them into so much trouble up there with the Hausa-Fulani and that eventually led to the terrible pogroms where almost one hundred thousand of them were killed in just a few days.”

The Igbos had lamented that FFK had no regard for even the memory of Odumegwu Ojukwu, the leader of the short-lived Biafra republic when he claimed that he “had a long-standing and intimate relationship with Miss Bianca Onoh.”

Bigotry against Fulani

FFK’s favorite target practice is the Fulani, he even took it to a bizarre level by alleging that Fulanis have sex with cows for sexual gratification and ritual.

“The Fulani is obsessed to conquer the South and take it from the ancestral owners as they did to the Hausas. The South owns the Ports and oil. It owns the best companies and rainforests. That is what they secretly want and not grazing land for cows,” he said.

Recall that when it suites FFK, he exploits his Fulani heritage which he is always keen to brandish.

“My grandfather, Sheik Nurudeen Sa’ I’d, who was half Fulani and half Yoruba, got married to my grandmother, Alhaja Abeke Sa’ id (nee Williams) who was a pure Yoruba woman.”

His disdain for Fulani did not stop him from taking a chieftaincy title from the Shinkafi Emirate.

Embracing Yahaya Bello he once cursed

During a spat with Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State, FFK did not mince words when speaking his mind.

“Gov. Yahaya Bello; when I wrote that this boy was a useful idiot and an accursed slave, some said I was being harsh.

“Truth is that he is worse than that. His mental faculties are non-functional,” he wrote on Twitter.

But as always, times have changed, and since their new friendship which started in February, FFK has been going out of his way to defend Mr. Bello.

Last week, he even defended Bello on the accusation of diverting bailout funds to a private account.

Changing stance on Buhari

FFK once described President Buhari as weak, incompetent, sectional, bloodthirsty, genocidal, and wicked.

Adding that “I would rather die than join APC or bow to Buhari.”

While this story is still developing, it is possible to start seeing some good remarks on Buhari from FFK based on his antecedent.

Meanwhile, Fani-Kayode had at several fora said that he does not play politics of do-or-die and does not also believe in politics of bitterness and exclusivity.

While reacting to the backlash that greeted his association with politicians at the wedding of Buhari’s son, Yusuf, FFK argued that there is no permanent enemy in politics.

Culled from the DAILY POST

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Public Proposal – 5 Things That Could Make It All Go Wrong

Public proposals have become a trend for guys these days. circulating all over the internet are videos and clips of one public proposal or the other. It is exciting to go on one knee and ask the woman you love to marry you. It becomes even more exciting if you can pull that off in public with an audience witnessing the memorable occasion. The surprise in your woman’s eyes, the noise and cheers from the on-lookers, and the general feel of accomplishment are some things that make the whole idea worth the while.

That been said, we cannot deny the fact that not all public proposals end up with a yes. So many guys have been embarrassed for all they are worth and made to look like fools by the partners. That is why we have put together five things that we feel could make a public proposal go wrong.

1. Taking A Lot For Granted

Many guys do not put the effort into planning and preparing for a public proposal. Somehow, they feel it’s an everyday day thing and that things will just happen naturally. But most have been proven wrong with that thought. Our advice: Never leave anything to chance if you are going to do a public proposal – as so much could go wrong. There are critical issues to be put into consideration such as the venue, the audience, the ring, your choice of words, etc. All of this should be considered with your partner’s preference at the back of your mind.

2. Wrong Choice of Proposal Scene

For a public proposal to be perfect, the scenery of the proposal must be given very serious consideration. To put it straight, it must be a perfect choice. If the venue or scene is not appealing, that could fetch you a different answer from what you may have expected. So if a public proposal is your thing, the same attention you give to the choice of the ring should be given to the choice of scenery to pop the question. But, wait, no matter the surprise you want to pull, you cannot be thinking of proposing, in an open market or at a sports game, or are you?

Public Proposal

3. Wrong Audience

Next to your choice of scenery would be your choice of audience. The onlookers may affect the answer you would get at the end of the day. We know you are so engrossed with the idea of making her surprised but please also put her into consideration when deciding your the people you invite for the proposal. Mind you that as much as you may be a family man, proposing in front of the family can put pressure on your significant other and I’m sure you do not want to get an answer out of duress.

4. She Swallows The Ring

If you are going to propose in a restaurant or over food, please resist the temptation of putting the ring in her food. This is a proposal style that we have picked up from movies. Because they are movies, they have the leisure of taking several shots – cut after cut – to get rid of the mistakes. And after several cuts and chops, you have a perfectly crafted romantic proposal scene. Unfortunately, you don’t have that luxury and this could easily go wrong. Your partner may swallow the ring and choke (to death). So this style should be a no-no.

5. Unforeseen Circumstances aka “Village People”

In Nigeria, the mention of ‘village people’ is synonymous with circumstances that happen which are beyond our control. While you think of a public proposal, it will be wrong to rule out the fact that things may not go according to your master plan. There are things that could happen that may be unforeseen. You or your partner may not show up at the venue, the ring may go missing, the weather may not be favorable, an angry ex may crash the party, etc. These and many more could be an actual experience on a public proposal date. So you must always have a plan B ready for the call from your village people, because 7 out of 10 times, they always call.

Above listed are 5 things that may go wrong during a public proposal. Our advice is that you keep your proposal private and intimate. Avoid the pressure of a public proposal as it is supposed to be between you and your significant other. But if you must do it, you must look out for the points listed above and put them into consideration.

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What Do You Know About Postpartum Hair Loss ?

When a woman gets pregnant, her hormones’ literally go haywire.  One of the first to spike is human chorionic gonadotropin, or hCG. That’s the hormone your pregnancy test measured and its rising levels indicated that you were pregnant. Pregnancy also causes several other hormone levels to rise, including estrogen, progesterone, oxytocin, and prolactin. Your blood volume also rose during pregnancy, to as much as 50 percent greater volume than normal by your due date.

Immediately after your baby is born, several of your hormone levels drop quickly, including estrogen and progesterone. Those hormones will be almost back to normal levels within 24 hours after birth, although prolactin will stay high as long as you’re breast-feeding. Your blood volume also decreases, but its drop is more gradual. It gets back to normal a few weeks after your baby arrives.

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Ways To Mitigate Postpartum hair loss

Avoid blow-dryers and curling and flat irons if you can

Skip all the straightening, heat drying and styling sessions till shedding stops. Also, avoid chemically based treatments like highlights, perms and so on.

Talk to hair experts for product recommendation

If the shedding is much, we’ll advise you to talk to an expert who can recommend products you can use to reduce it and also share other hair care tips with you.

Be Gentle with your hair while brushing

If you are in your hair shedding season, you should shampoo only when necessary and be gentle when brushing to prevent excess hair loss.

Wear hair ornaments

Headbands, scarves, and bandannas are fun and stylish ways to disguise hair loss. They’re especially popular with new moms who have little time to devote to hair care!

Try a new cut and color

First and foremost, pay a visit to a stylist for professional advice, says Scuoppo. It may be time to get a different hairstyle that will incorporate those fine hairs in the front. If you previously had long hair, or a layered cut with pieces that came down to the chin in the front, you may need to shorten that hair into long bangs that frame the face.

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