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Match Made In Heaven! Deaf & Dumb Couple Wed In Lagos

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Just found this beautiful report on The Nation about love in its purest  and a union between a deaf and dumb couple..

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Their meeting
Through a sign interpreter, Mrs. Helen Famuwagun  the visibly elated bride said she lives in Owo and has been looking for a nice and responsible man, which she has now found n her heartthrob, Kunle.

“We met in 2013 and courted for over one year. I know his parents and they too know me and my parents very well,” Omolola announced.”

Asked if the suitors took some time coming, she replied that

“many suitors were coming, but I decided to choose Kunle, for his understanding and caring nature. Kunle is a man after my heart,” she gesticulated to her interpreter, who in turn explained to the reporters.

The couple who both attend GOFAMINT Church said they are happy to have scaled all hurdles to eventually solemnise their relationship. Through their interpreter, Kunle said he does not want any woman in his life, except his brand new wife, Omolola.

The Bridegroom

Kunle disclosed that he met his heartthrob at a friend’s place on May 10, 2013 and immediately took interest in her.
His words,

“I liked her immediately I saw her.”

Asked if he would someday take another wife, he shook his head, gesticulating to the interpreter that he would never consider taking a second or third wife.
He however declared that he would like to have many children, depending on God’s wish.

Their Teacher

My name is Helen Famuwagun (Mrs.), I am one of their teachers in GOFANMINT, what I’ve noticed is that most of them don’t marry normal persons but their likes. This is because they understand each other and are able to interact through sign language. In the church, we teach them that they should not ‘see’ each other before getting married. And this they obeyed because we monitor them very well. We also tell them that their bed must not be defiled, imparting in them the way of God. As a preacher and pastor, I preach to them that it is a sin to make love out of wedlock. Of course we relate with them through sign language, because of their nature and they are well receptive.

Famuwagun also revealed that by nature, people with such disabilities are special people and are very jealous. This she said is why they often married their likes, with whom they share good understanding, and compatibility. She said that such understanding is critical, because they could be very fatal when they get angry.
She also disclosed that this was not the first time such marriage will be taking place.

Boundless joy
The visually impaired sang danced and were all happy. One of them Temitope Ariyo, who is the leader of the School Band, said “we are happy to play for our colleague. Although we cannot see them, they see us. Today is another happy day for the couple “.
Olorunfemi Seun, and Tosin Oladapo, two back-up singers who are also visually impaired also expressed their joy on the occasion.

Bride’s parents
Chief Anthony Adeyeye Onipede and his wife,Taiye are Omolola parents.
According to them, their daughter was not born deaf and dumb, but suddenly observed that she could not talk or hear when she was a toddler.

“Omolola was born as a twin, but her twin sister died at infancy. She was still crawling when we discovered that she could not talk or hear,” the parents chorused.

Onipede said

 “I am her father. I did not immediately know that she could not talk or hear. I was in Onitsha then as a soldier .It was my late father who first noticed the problem. We went to places; hospitals and even churches, thinking it was a spiritual attack, but no progress.”
“I made efforts to take her to school. She went to deaf and dumb school in Akure; she also went to Technical College, Owo, where she learnt Painting and decorating”

Asked whether her daughter was forced to marry a challenged person like herself, Mrs. Onipede said

“No, it was Omolola who said she would marry Kunle. They both went to the same school, and I think they would understand each other better. I am happy for their coming together and I am told their children will be normal when they begin to have children.”

Groom’s parents
The parents of the Bridegroom exhibited great joy throughout the occasion. When interviewed, Kunle’s father, Rufus Oluwadare, who is a Shepherd at Christ Apostolic Church (CAC), Akure said

“my son was not born like this. I am the happiest man today for my son to be getting married. I have done two weddings for my two children this year but this is the most interesting and most unforgettable among them all. Yes, they have challenges but see how God has compensated them with this crown? What I know is that if a bad person blocks their way God has a way of compensating them.”

Expressing her joy, the groom’s mother said

 “He is very selective and does not seem to want anybody except this lady. They have introduced some divorcees and single mothers to him, but he always rejected them.”

She added that her son was not born with speech challenges. She however blamed her enemies who inflicted the condition on him, when he was a baby. She said

“I believe it is the handiwork of evil doers. But what do we do? We still thank God for everything.”

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2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Deaf Deaf

    January 18, 2015 at 10:54 pm

    Very inspiring story! However, “Deaf and Dumb” (or even just “dumb,” when applied people who do not speak) is an archaic term that is considered offensive.

    May deaf people do not use a spoken language, thus are technically “mute.” The word “dumb” has an archaic meaning that means “mute.” Of course, the word “dumb” also has another more common meaning now that implies which certainly is not applicable to most deaf people.

    Given the history of deafness, and the fact that deaf people have been incorrectly assumed to be mentally deficient just because they do not speak, you can imagine that most deaf people do not appreciate being called “deaf and dumb.”

    Today, anyone using the word “dumb” in such context is … well … dumb.

    Please see that you update your article eliminate word of “dumb.”

  2. Kunle Adegboye

    January 19, 2015 at 6:06 am

    While appreciating the message The Nation is trying to convey here, the journalist(s) and the editor who worked on the news need to be educated on using the word ‘dumb’ in this time and age. Dumb means stupid. That a deaf person is not able to speak doesn’t make him/her stupid. You will be surprised to know that many deaf people are smarter than you in more ways than you can imagine! Simply refer to the Deaf as ‘deaf’ and omit the dumb or mute part.

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Exotic Resorts May Be the Best Bet for a Holiday

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An exotic vacation usually means exploring a distant foreign country, whilst resorts are places
to go for rest, sport, or which offers a particular speciality, with many resorts being part of a
popular tourist destination or on or near a beach. If you are planning a vacation to an exotic
resort it can be a once-in-a-lifetime vacation to a far-flung destination or a luxurious place to
stay closer to home where you can enjoy some pampering.

Why stay at an exotic resort

Exotic resorts often offer all-inclusive vacation deals, along with other options that leave you
to plan your stay more precisely to your own wishes. These resorts offer excellent customer
service, superb accommodation and facilities and are usually to be found in beautiful settings.
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The resort is set among 14 acres of lush tropical grounds with lotus-filled lagoons and
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Kurumba, Maldives

Kurumba is a well-established resort that opened almost 50 years ago and continues to offer
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You can go snorkelling over the nearby reef full of colourful marine life or sign up to a dive
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Healthcare Workers To Receive Coca-Cola-Funded PPEs From Nigerian Red Cross

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Since the outbreak of the Coronavirus disease in Nigeria, our healthcare workers have continued to lead the charge against the disease. As the number of recorded COVID-19 cases in Nigeria began to increase, these healthcare workers rose to the challenge and fought tirelessly to protect the lives of Nigerians impacted by the disease.

Considering the risks these healthcare workers face, there is a crucial need for adequate protective equipment for these brave frontline workers.

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Since the first confirmed case of the disease in Nigeria reported in February, over 800 healthcare workers have contracted the disease. While Nigerians are encouraged to stay home where possible and practice social distancing, these healthcare workers are needed across the country in the continued fight against the disease.

This donation forms part of The Coca-Cola Foundation’s COVID-19 relief interventions in Nigeria. The Coca-Cola Foundation has provided $2.5m in grant to IFRC who seeks to directly impact the lives of 1.4 million people in Nigeria and across other countries in West and Central Africa under this partnership.

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Taking Care of Tomorrow’s Leaders Today – The itel, Lagos Food Bank Example

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Waking up to a special meal or choice gift is the best feeling ever. Hundreds of children in Mushin, mainland Lagos, had a filling taste of this feeling for the October 1 st celebrations. It’s an experience they will remember for a long time.

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