By Maria Immaculate Owechi
In our typical African setting, a 50-year-old woman is expected by that age to be married with children and awaiting to have grandchildren. So, for a woman being unmarried at that age raises eyebrows in society.
The story of Gladys Lasila, a Nigerian woman who walked down the aisle on 13 April, this year for the first time created mixed reactions among social media users with all sort of theories provided to explain her long wait.
Lasila after the engagement first shared her joy on Instagram with her followers saying,” Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking together in the same direction.” It’s my joy that God has given me the bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; it was totally worth the surprise from the one person I truly want to spend the rest of my life with. Anyone can catch your eye, but it takes someone special to catch your heart.”
Lasila precisely chose 13 April as the wedding day since it would also be the day she clocks 50 years of age.
The guests to the occasion were treated to a double celebration of a wedding and a birthday.
It is actually hard to believe that she falls in that age bracket because she has managed to maintain her physical beauty in great shape, and is trendy in her dress code.
Ms Lasila looked elegant and divine in a long triangle shaped silk pink dress for her pre-wedding photoshoot and on the wedding day, her fashion taste was just at the top as she looked lovely in a simple silk, top laced and stylish backless gown.
The accessories were minimal bringing out a sense of elegancy oozing from her. The peach colored flowers added to the white bouquet was just like an icing to a cake.
The groom settled for an elegant simple black suit, with a grey timeless tie and the peach flower on his pocket suit looked cute which matched with his bride’s bouquet.
The overjoyed bride could not help thanking God and praying other women in her situation to also receive such a blessing to their path.
“Father Lord l am grateful, l can’t stop thanking you for your mercy in my life. I know you are a faithful God and your time is the best time. I am grateful to you for making this day happen,” said the woman “And l pray for every woman out there waiting for their special day to happen, May God almighty grant you all your heart desires. Thank you Lord and l will never stop thanking you,” she said.
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All l can say is thank you Lord. Honestly, l am still so overwhelmed over the mercy of God in my life. I am extremely grateful to God almighty especially for how he changed my story. God saw me through this life journey, and wiped away my tears and every painful humiliation. My wedding happened on my 50th birthday, how else can l explain this graceful turn around in my life?? From the depth of our hearts, l and my husband will like to say a big thank you to our families, friends and well wishers who travelled from different parts of the continent to come celebrate with us. We are grateful because we know you are all busy but took out time in your busy schedule to attend our wedding. We can’t say thank you enough. God bless you all as you all go back to your different destination in one piece. As you have all come out to rejoice and celebrate with us, may God almighty in his infinite mercy continue to uplift you all and may he grant you all your heart desires in Jesus name. ?????❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤ #GladIan1319 Makeup : @bimpeonokoya Hair Stylist : @ferdinandshair Wedding outfit: @Versace And special thank you to my childhood friend @azukaogujiuba who stood by me throughout this period, a core professional, who has magnetic eyes for details and her advice came in so handy and helpful.. In primary and secondary school we use to call her Franca and she is also called Azuka, so proud of her and how far she has come in her career as a journalist….Zukky baby nothing do my sister, love you girlfriend ❤❤❤❤❤