A single lady from Uganda who grew frustrated with being asked when she was getting married has now tied the knot to herself
Lulu Jemimah, 32, an Oxford student who marriage remains the last thing on her mind is having her masters in creative writing at the prestigious university.
She got fed-up of her family pressuring her on settling down with the right man, and in a bid to get her parents off her back, she decided to get married to herself in a bizarre wedding ceremony.
According to Jemimah, the wedding cost her just £2 for her taxi to the venue, and she got other things for free or as gifts from friends. ‘I have a strong passion in life and I am committed to achieving my goals at becoming an academic. ‘But all my family wanted to ask me was when I planned to get married – which is very important back in Uganda – followed by when I would be having children and starting a family. ‘My father wrote my wedding speech when I turned 16. Every birthday my mother prayed for me and in recent years this has included a plea for a good husband.
But I just didn’t want to think about walking up the aisle. It’s not the thing which keeps me up at night.’ Lulu who previously worked as a freelance journalist and a communications consultant for the International Organisation for Migration received a BA Media (film) scholarship from Macquarie University in Australia in 2013.
After completing her undergraduate degree, she applied to Oxford University to do a masters, which she started in August 2017.
Despite her academic achievements, all her parents wanted was for her to get a boyfriend and tie the knot, she claims.
When Lulu returned home to Uganda for her birthday in August, she celebrated her birthday together with her bizarre wedding through the help of some of her friends. ‘One of my closest friends Karin reminded me that I had a lot to celebrate this year like getting into Oxford and I joked that I would show up in a wedding dress,’ she said. ‘We had been talking about this marriage pressure and she loved the idea so much that”