Under pressure to get married, frustrated 32-year-old Ugandan student marries herself in Shs9K ceremony

Lulu Jemimah, 32,  a Ugandan student, who is pursuing a Masters Degree at Oxford University in the UK, got married to herself right here in Kampala at Que Pasa, a bar and restaurant in Kisementi!

Jemimah 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( (about Shs9,000) 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”, she told Daily Mail.

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.

Another friend played the role of the vicar as Lulu staged a mock exchanging of vows with herself in front of around 30 guests.

“I was extremely happy”, she said.

“So many friends showed up, as well as international and local journalists, film directors and feminist entrepreneurs”.

Her parents she said were “baffled by her decision” – but said she feels it was the perfect commitment to herself and her studies. Some her friends, however, were excited and even funded the entire event.

“I have a strong passion in life and I am committed to achieving my goals at becoming an academic,” she said.

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