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Mavin artist, D’ija damns her religion and culture, takes this stand on the issue of child marriage

Nigerian singer-songwriter Hadiza Blell, better known by her stage name Di’Ja took to Twitter to take a stand against child marriage.

The mum of 3 and Mavin Records label artiste in a series of tweet stated that a law should be put in place to allow girls’ development before sexual intercourse.

She also opined that although the Muslim religion uses early marriages to nip promiscuity, a girl should get to the age of 18 at least before involving in marital acts.

D’ija who was born in Kaduna, northern Nigeria, a region plagued with child marriage further stated that early childbirth is a major cause of Obstetric fistula.

According to UNFPA (The United Nations Population Fund,) Obstetric fistula is one of the most serious and tragic childbirth injuries. A hole between the birth canal and bladder and/or rectum, caused by prolonged, obstructed labor without access to timely, high-quality medical treatment.

It leaves women leaking urine, faeces or both, and often leads to chronic medical problems, depression, social isolation and deepening poverty.

Causes include injury during childbirth, cancer, radiation therapy and surgical complications. Depending on the size and location of the fistula, there may be foul-smelling vaginal discharge or passage of stool from the vagina.
Some such fistulas may close on their own, but most need to be repaired surgically.

Di’Ja has lived in Nigeria, Sierra Leone, the United States and Canada. Her mother is from Northern Nigeria and her father is from Sierra Leone. Di’Ja’s received a joint degree in biology and psychology.

Her music career started in 2008. In 2012, Di’Ja released several singles, including “Dan’Iska (Rudebwoy)”, “Hold On (Ba Damuwa)” and “How Can We Be Friends”.

In 2009, Dija released her first single “Rock Steady”, which was nominated for Best Urban/R&B Single at the 2009 Canadian Radio Music Awards.

On February 14, 2014, Di’Ja signed a record deal with Don Jazzy’s Mavin Records. “Yaro”, her first official single under the label was also released that same day. It infuses Hausa and Krio dialects in honour of her Nigerian and Sierra Leonean roots.

In May 2014, Di’Ja was featured on “Dorobucci” alongside label mates Don Jazzy, Dr SID, Tiwa Savage, D’Prince, Korede Bello and Reekado Banks. She was also featured on “Arise”, alongside Don Jazzy and Reekado Banks.

On December 15, 2017, Di’Ja released her extended play Aphrodija, which also features guest vocals from Tiwa Savage and Reekado Banks.

Mavin Records singer and songwriter, Di`ja released an impressive tune titled “Wuta“.

However, after taking a break from the music scene, the Mavin princess premiered a new 4-tracks extended play (EP) she tags “D’ja EP” to announce her return to the music scene.

She also made an acting debut In Kannywood Film and is set to appear in her first acting role in a new Kannywood film titled “Mati A Zazzau”.

In the film, Di’ja stars in a lead role opposite Sadiq Sani Sadiq.

“Mati A Zazzau” is a sequel of the 2014 Kannywood hit comedy film, ‘Mati Da Lado’, a comical film about two brothers, Sadiq and Lado, who went about the different villages pretending to be Islamic clerics and scamming people in the process.

“Mati A Zazzau” is a sequel of the first film and continues the story. The producers retained the comic elements and themes from the original version.

It tells the story of a comical and dubious traveller, Mati, who arrives Zaria and is up to no good.

“Mati A Zazzau” was produced by Rahama Sadau and Saddiq Sani Sadiq. The Yaseen Auwal directed film was shot in various locations in Bauchi State. The film’s production began in 2017.

Other acts in the film are Adam Zango, Rika Dawa, Umar Gombe, Alhassan Kwalle, Zahradeen Sani, Garba Mohammad Bado, Hamza Talle and Rahama.

It was screened at Filmhouse Ado Bayero Mall, Kano, on February 7 2020.

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Written by Vivian Ifezue


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