Effect Of Divorce Among Hausa Community

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Effect Of Divorce Among Hausa Community


This study was initiated to investigate the effect of divorce among the Hausa community with particular reference to Dutsin-ma local government area in Katsina state. Other specific objectives are to: examine the factors responsible for divorce among Hausas in Dutsin-Ma Local Government; examine the effects of divorce among Hausas in Dutsin-Ma Local Government and proffer possible solutions to divorce in the study area. The study employed the survey research design and the stratified random sampling technique was used in selection of respondents. A total of 60 questionnaires were distributed to the sampled population.

Findings revealed that divorce is prevalent in Dutsin-ma. moreso, findings revealed that factors responsible for divorce among Hausas in Dutsin-Ma Local Government Area include poverty, unemployment, lack of mutual understanding among couples and power tussle. Furthermore, it was also revealed that effects of divorce ranges from poverty, delinquency among children, crime, hunger and starvation among victims.

The study however recommended that certain strategies should be adopted so as to enhance a divorce free society: there should be an elaborate form of mutual understanding between couples; religious and traditional ruler should engage in public enlightenment of the masses on the effects of divorce on the individual and society at large; government should implement and strengthen policies so as to improve the educational sector in the delivering of knowledge; government should enact laws and policy that will create job opportunities for the masses; citizens should undergo the process of re-socialization and re-orientation.

Chapter One


1.1 Background to the Study

Marriage is an important institution in every society; it provides the means for the satisfaction of sexual relation and have rules and regulations of sexual competition and interest in the society. By ordering and channeling the satisfaction of sexual urge and channeling procreative energies, marriage helps the society to reduce the potential volume of conflict and other social problems associated with sexual deviance.

Marriage is a building block upon which all families are built upon, without marriage there will be no families. Today, the institution of family is in continues decline due to increase in domestic violence and high rate of divorce. Unestimated number of people have witnessed several occurrence of divorce and in several ways and at different circumstances with sad things like domestic violence, violence against women.

In Nigeria, in recent years, marital instability is one of the problems bedeviling the society and especially rampant among the Hausa communities. This may be due to the nature and customs of Hausa people and external influence on Hausa culture.

Furthermore, cases of child marriage and other forms of marriages arranged by parents are more in Hausa communities which may cause marital instability and to some extent divorce. This divorce may lead to serious social problems such as, family dissolution, inadequate socialization which in turn may lead to deviance and delinquency.

1.2 Statement of The Research Problem

Marriage is a fundamental issue that brings about family union, and that the intense and close interaction creates a primary unit that functions as a major source of sustaining affection and love for each other i.e. for both parents and children. It also provides a means of legitimizing the husband/wife relationship as it legitimizes the sexual satisfaction.

To this extent, divorce is seen as a distortion to the stability of the society because is a hindrance to the socialization of children Due to neglect and incapability of the parents, the children may likely to have a low level of socialization, lack of proper education, high level of juvenile delinquency. Divorce tears young people from familiar surroundings, entangle them in bitter…

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