Social media users are sharing a photo of couples in their wedding attire accompanying the claim that those applying for divorce in Ghana must attend the same wedding dress to complete the separation transaction. However, the allegation is false, and the attached photo was taken in Uganda prior to a mass wedding in a refugee camp.
In the picture, three couples in wedding dress are sitting inside a hall on the wall of which is written in the French language “Divorce Hall”. The photo was attached to the comment, “In Ghana, the same suit that you wore on your wedding day must be worn to complete the divorce process.”
This image started to circulate in 2018 and is still in circulation to this day, with hundreds of posts being shared on social media pages.
The image also spread in English on Twitter.
There is a suspicious element in the picture, as the phrase “divorce hall” in French appears on one of the hall walls. However, the official language in Ghana is English.
Therefore, it is highly unlikely that you will write a phrase in French at a government office.
In light of this, the image was searched by search engines on the Internet and it was found in the results that the image is old and widespread more than 10 years ago without the phrase in French.
The original image, posted on the “Alami” photo storage site, was taken by photojournalist Becky Mathewioff in January 2009. The accompanying comment indicates that it shows “three husbands praying before a mass wedding that will take place in a church inside a camp for internally displaced persons in the Pader district of Uganda.”
As for Ghana’s divorce law, it does not specify the dress code for conducting transactions.
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