An Oxford University student who have been sick and tired of being asked when she was getting married just got married to herself. She took a perplexing step, getting married to herself and the entire day wedding plans cost just £2 approximately Sh265.
Lulu Jemima by name a Ugandan, 32 years of age was fed up of her family lecturing her on the importance of settling down with the right man.
But marriage is the last thing on Lulu’s mind as she studies a masters in creative writing at Oxford University.
So to get her parents off her back, she decided to stage a full mock wedding and sent formal invites out to her pals.
Guess what she did? She hired a dress, walked through the venue to the traditional wedding march and even gave a speech to her guests explaining the lack of a groom.
She admits her Ugandan parents are baffled by her decision on getting married to herself – but said she feels it was the perfect commitment to herself and her studies at least to get them off the marriage lectures.
It cost Ksh260 for her taxi to the pub venue as she managed to get married to herself _ of her big day for free or as gifts from pals.
Proudly single_married Lulu said: “I have a strong passion in life and I am committed to achieving my goals at becoming an academic.” she added that,
“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.
“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 said.
Lulu previously worked as a freelance journalist and a communication consultant for the International Organisation for Migration.
In 2013 Luku received a BA Media (film) scholarship from Macquarie University in Australia.
After completing her studies in Australia, she turned her attention to the UK and applied to Oxford University to do a master’s degree, which she started in August 2017.
But all her parents could think about was when she was going to get a boyfriend and tie the knot, she claims.
Lulu says she was tired of being asked when she will get married.
Lulu returned home to Uganda for her birthday in August 2018 and was planning a “low key” celebration, until friends convinced her otherwise.
She joked she’d “show up in a wedding dress” but the idea stuck.
She arranged the last-minute ceremony at Quepasa Bar in the Ugandan capital Kampala on August 27, her 32nd birthday.
A friend who works as a web designer made and printed her invites, and her friend paid to hire her dress, while her brother baked her cake.
Lulu added: “As soon as I sent these out I immediately received phone calls asking who the groom was. I told people it was a surprise.
“It’s shocking the price of wedding gowns in Uganda but when I told them I was marrying myself they offered to find me their cheapest dress. I did feel a bit crazy trying on the dress and explaining that I was marrying myself or what people would say the lady who got married to herself.
“It really is a special moment and I understood more than I had the excitement around weddings.”
Guess who attended the wedding? Her parents didn’t attend the big day.