At the age of seven, Brigitte Sossou Perenyi was taken into a shrine and labelled a ‘trokosi’- a wife of the gods. Twenty years later, she went on a journey to try and find out what happened and why her family gave her away.
The centuries-old tradition is practiced amongst various ethnic groups, one of which is the Ewes in Ghana, Togo and Benin. Girls are sent to shrines to atone for a crime committed by a relative.
The documentary was commissioned by BBC Africa Eye and BBC Our World.
An earlier report by Christiane Amanpour then of CBS led to the release, and adoption of Perenyi by an American, Mr. Kenneth Perenyi.
By sharing her story, Perenyi wants to inspire and encourage others to have the courage to use their voices for change the documentary was commissioned by the BBC and produced in partnership with Pearl Works Productions and On Our Radar, UK-based production companies.
It offers viewers an insight into Perenyi ’s personal journey into discovering and understanding the ‘trokosi’ tradition – which took her away from her family and nearly destroyed her life.
She hopes the documentary will lead to conversations, and eventually freedom for the many women and girls still held in servitude.
By: Nana Serwaa Adu-Boateng/livefmghana.com/Ghana/91.9FM/