—The study is to access the Kano state government
social programme of reducing “Zawarawa” (menless women
divorcees, widows etc). The aims of the study is to evaluate the
Zawarawa mass marriage programme, to identify factors
responsible for high marriage breakdowns, to identify the
effects of failed marriages on its victims as well as to
recommend measures on how to reduce the incidences of
marriage breakdowns in Kano State. Six officials of the Kano
state Hisbah Board and 200 beneficiary women were served
with questionnaires administered in English and Hausa
Languages respectively. The results shows that mass marriage
programme have been accepted by majority of the target
population, that there is high success rate, and it has reduced
level of poverty amongst the beneficiary women. The study
recommends the expansion of the Mass Marriage Programme
to other states of Nigeria and countries with similar social
—“Menless” women, “zawarawa”, mass marriage project, spinsters.
Rohana Yusof is with the Northern Corridor Research Centre, Universiti
Utara Malaysia, Sintok, Malaysia (e-mail: email@example.com).
Amina Lawal Mashi is with the Sociology Department, Umaru Musa
Yaradua University, Katsina, Nigeria (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Cite: Rohana Yusof and Amina Lawal Mashi, " An Assessment of “Zawarawa” Mass Marriage
Programme, in Kano State, Nigeria," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 5, no. 10, pp. 849-854, 2015.