The people of Plateau state will not forget in a hurry the marriage ceremony between 107-year-old Elder Dikam Garba Dabo’ok and his 95-year-old wife, Mrs Ka’a Nafung.
The couple, who have been living together for 70 years found a new sparkle to rekindle their marital love in the church and the ceremony has remained the talk of the town.
At 95, the bride is well past her menopause and her surviving first child is 65 years old but this did not stop the couple from walking down the aisle. They are the first couple in the history of the state to be administered marital vow at such unusual ages.
The ceremony took place at the Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN), Chizu village in Bwai, Mangu Local Government Area of the state.
The happy couple in their marriage vows promised to love themselves until death do them part and also vowed not to allow a third party in their marital life. After the church service, they posed for photographs and from there, they went to the venue of the reception where they cut their wedding cake, fed each other and danced to the admiration of all present.
The groom, popularly known to many in his neighbourhood as Baba Dikam while narrating his life story said: “I had seven wives and 32 children during my younger days, but I did so because I did not know Christ. But that made me great among my contemporaries as only those who were wealthy could do that. But in spite of that, God remained faithful and merciful for me. I have a lot of testimonies to show that God was so faithful to me. I am now in a better position to advise my children and my well wishers to live the life of Christ. I don’t want any of my children to emulate my past life style, because you may fall out of the grace and mercies of God. But I’m so pleased because my children are committed to Christ; they lived the life of Christ, they were the ones that insisted I must come to Christ and take their mother to the altar.
“Before now we lived our lives outside Christ, but from today, we are now confirmed children of Christ. It would have been worse for us if we had died without Christ. But God has protected our lives up till this moment to come to Him.”