- Wedding photos of a lady and her older husband have since gone viral online
- Reacting to the photos, Twitter user @TheOliviaLife revealed it was an arranged marriage
- According to her, the lady who is pregnant was abandoned by her lover and therefore was married off to the older man
- The marriage was done to ensure she gave birth to her child under her husband's protection
The practice of arranged marriages is common in most African societies. Just recently, a Twitter user, Dr Grand, shared some wedding photos of a lady with an older man.
He shared the post and tagged it 'age is just a number'. However, it appears love might have not been the reason for the union.
Twitter user, @TheOliviaLife, reacted to the post with the actual story behind the photos. According to her, the lady got pregnant for her lover who absconded.
To cover her 'shame', her family made arrangements for her to be married off to the older man so her child could be born under his protection and take up his name as well.
In her words:
"The girl is pregnant and the person that impregnated her has absconded so her people arrange with an old man to come and marry her so that she can give birth under his protection and the child will answer his name. It’s practised in my place and I try to fight against it."
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Also reacting to the news was another Twitter user, Egovin, who revealed the practice also happens in her community.
According to her, widowed women who were unable to bear any kids before the passing of their husbands also married pregnant ladies so the child would be bear their late husband's name.
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"It happens in my place to... Even old women marry young girls that are pregnant. The women marry them if their husband is late, and she didn't give birth for her husband. She marries the girl so the baby will answer her late husband's name. It happens. Like its a norm."
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In other news, issues of love and relationship have been quite prevalent on social media with different people sharing their hot takes on it from time to time.
It is a topic of discussion that seems to pique the interest of people especially if it borders on the controversial.
Just recently a Twitter user identified as Falilat left people with different interesting reactions after she said what she would like in her love life.
Falilat said she needed someone who could go to extreme lengths to prove their love to her even if it meant going to jail.
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