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What share of girls in Nigeria marry by their 18th birthday?

In 2013, an estimated 47.7% of women aged 20 to 49 years were first married by their 18th birthday. The share ranged from a low of 42.8% for women aged 20 to 24, to a high of 55.5% for women between 45 and 49 – “an indication of a gradual increase in age at marriage among the younger generation”, according to the Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey 2013.

The Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey 2016/2017 estimated that 44.1% of women aged 20 to 49 were first married before age 18.


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