Nigerian singer cum politician, Banky W has called on the Nigerian government to change the laws regarding child marriage in the country.
The singer who is known for being vocal on issues regarding human rights and the female child took to his Twitter page to state that the government should do something about child marriage.
According to him, many Nigerians like to hide behind religion for marrying children (below18).
He added that if Saudi Arabia can raise the age of marriage to 18, then Nigeria should do the same because it is the right thing to do.
He wrote: “Some Nigerians try to hide behind religion as the reason why they should be allowed to marry children. But if Saudi Arabia – the kingdom, the headquarters, i.e. Mecca, can raise the age of Marriage to 18 (because it’s the right thing to do) then Nigeria has no excuse. #Timeup”
A Muslim follower who disagreed with the music star’s opinion said: Islam isn’t about headquarters or how we think. Islam is about Menstruation as a sign of maturity or adulthood. If Saudi likes, she should raise it to 30, Islam remains Islam.
Another follower who attempted to explain the concept of child marriage in Islam said: “No matter the evolution. Islamic doctrine must never be abolished, she’s allowed to get married sequel to menstruation.
However, older male Nigerian Muslims must understand that little girls of nowadays are quite different from the ones of the time of prophet Muhammad (SAW)”.
Banky W was born in the United States to Nigerian parents. His family moved back to Nigeria when he was five years old. He started singing at a young age in his church choir.
He schooled in Lagos for his primary and secondary education and returned to further his tertiary education at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York on a scholarship.
Banky W started his record label E.M.E in 2002 while studying. He also used to work at GlobalSpec and would sing really loud with his headphones on.
In 2009, he left the US for Nigeria and established his record label in Lagos where he signed artists like Niyola, Shaydee, Skales and Wizkid to the label at the time.
His breakthrough debut studio album, Back in the Building was released in 2005.
He wrote the first theme song of Etisalat Nigeria titled “0809ja for life”.On 11 November 2018, Banky W declared his intention to run for the Lagos’ Eti-Osa Federal Constituency seat in Nigeria’s House of Representatives, representing on the platform of the Modern Democratic Party, formed in 2017.
On 23 February 2019, Banky Wellington lost the Eti-Osa Federal Constituency Elections to Babajide Obanikoro of the All Progressive Congress.