A PHILOSOPHICAL DISCOURSE ON THE PRE-CONDITIONS FOR MARRIAGE AND RITUALS OF DIVORCE AMONG THE OGONI OF EASTERN NIGER DELTA

Authors

  • Burabari Sunday Deezia Ignatius Ajuru University of Education

Keywords:

Divorce, Family, II-ii Wa, Religion, Rituals, Traditional Marriage

Abstract

Among the Ogoni of Eastern Niger Delta Nigeria, ii-ii wa (traditional marriage) is a sacred institution inextricably linked to their traditional religion, thus the intricate rituals before, during, and after the marriage process. However, divorce appears to be particularly prevalent among the modern generation. This has placed the institution of marriage in jeopardy, slowly losing its value, and eroding the pride and delights that the people once took in the institution of marriage. This paper analyzed the pre-conditions for marriage and rituals of divorce among the Ogoni. Using the descriptive method, the study argued that divorce is on the increase because the people have abandoned the pre-conditions for marriage and rituals of divorce as practiced in the Ogoni pre-modern society. Consequently, individuals often fake being in love, marry with or without their parents' permission, live together only when everything is going well, and choose to leave or separate when there are disagreements or when a difficult circumstance develops. This study recommended that the solution to the problem was not to keep people together in un-happy marriages, but to prevent unwise marriages. Thus, the need to revive the rituals attached to traditional marriage process.

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Published

2023-11-25

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