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“When I’m older I will still re-marry a lady my own age”8-Year-Old Boy Marries 61-Year-Old Woman

Strange things happen in this world oh….when I actually first read about this story this morning, I didn’t want to believe it but hey, I gotta to now and so have you cos it happened for real in Tshwane, South Africa.
An eight-year-old schoolboy, Sanele Masilela married a 61-year-old woman, Helen Shabangu (who is already married and a mother-of-five) because the
ghost of his dead ancestor told him to.

According to Dailymail, Sanele’s 46-year-old mum, Patience Masilela said: ‘This is the first time this has happened in the family. Sanele is named after his grandfather, who was never had a white
wedding before he died so asked Sanele to get married. He chose Helen
because he loves her.
‘By doing this we made the ancestors happy. If we hadn’t done what my
son had asked then something bad would have happened in the family.
‘I didn’t have a problem with it because I know it’s what the ancestors wanted and it would make them happy.'”
Sanele was fine and he was happy about the ceremony and it was what he wanted. He was happy to get married and very excited.’
Sanele and his bride did not sign a marriage certificate and do not
have to live together. Both have gone back to their normal lives.
Sanele however said he hoped he would have a proper wedding to a woman his own age when he was older.
He added: ‘I told my mother that I wanted to get married because I really did want to. I’m happy that I married Helen – but I will go to school and study hard. When I’m older I will marry a lady my own age.’
Sanele’s family paid £500 for the bride and a further £1,000 for the big day, which was organised in just two months….ugh!

Tireni Adebayo

Tireni Adebayo is the Editor of Kemi Filani News. She has BSC in Mass Communication from the Redeemer's University and M.A in Mass Communication from the University of Lagos (2014 - 2015) where she majored in Public Relations and Advertising and Digital Media.  When she is not writing, she is either listening to music or reading her favorite books. Tel: +2348000000901 Address: Herbert Macaulay, Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria Email:

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