Monday, 8 September 2014

Physically Challenged Couple Weds In Lagos

•Abiola and Akinyemi during their wedding•Abiola and Akinyemi during their wedding

Two physically challenged groom and bride have wedded at the Lagos State Vocational Rehabilitation Centre for Persons with Disabilities, Owutu, Ikorodu area of Lagos, southwest Nigeria. A Baptist pastor joined the couple in holy matrimony at a well-attended wedding also witnessed by officials of the Lagos Office of Youth and Social Development recently.

The physically challenged couple, Simiat Abiola and Dare Akinyemi, tied the conjugal knot to the admiration of all the guests. While Abiola is 20 years old, Akinyemi is 42 years.
Akinyemi has speech impairment and has extremely low intelligence quotient, IQ, while his wife also has low IQ and cannot write her name despite several years of coaching.

This was why their marriage was declared special, being one of the few to have taken place at the centre. Principal of the centre, Mrs Folusho Adeolu, said the centre had been taking care of children with special needs since it was established in 1997.

“The bride and groom are not like other children. Simiat, I was told, was fostered at Idi-Araba by a woman who later died before she was brought here. She went through school up to JSS but cannot write her name because of her condition.

“One of our ex-trainees took interest in her. He also has speech impairment. We did all the proper wedding for them, from traditional wedding to church wedding. A Baptist pastor came here to wed them,” she explained.

-PM News

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