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The Ogu people in Rivers State initiate 3 virgins into womanhood

Virginity in Nigeria

The people of Ogu in Ogu/Bolo Local Government Area of Rivers State have celebrated their annual Iria festival.

The festival is an ancient ceremony they carryout in welcoming young female virgins into womanhood which is to encourage young women to keep their virginity and bring dignity to themselves, their families and Ogu kingdom.

The ceremony held on Saturday, December 3, 2022, the young girls were given certificates by the elders and chiefs of the town for passing through a test after being confirmed by some selected women of the town.

The young girls are then kept in a room where they will be fed and also groomed before the ceremony. 

After passing through this process, the qualified girls are given certificates showing that they are now adults ready for marriage. 

This ceremony is said to date back to the 17th century.

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