A 99-year-old man has wedded a woman, 40, after 20 years of dating.
Glamtush reports that when 99-year-old Kenyan, Johana Butuk, decided to take a wife for the first time, it made headlines.
This online platform understands that the nonagenarian over the weekend, married his girlfriend, Alice Jemeli, 40, after 20 years of dating.
The lovebirds tied the knot in a colourful wedding ceremony.
Kenyan newspaper, ‘The Standard‘, reports that when they first met in 2003, Jemeli (bride) was only 20 years old while Butuk (groom) was 79. Despite their age differences, their love blossomed as they dated.
The nonagenarian proposed to Jemeli in December 2022.
According to reports, it is Mr Butuk’s first marriage since he has never married a woman in the 99 years he has lived.
However, his bride has three children from a previous relationship and is happy Butuk has accepted them.
Speaking on why he got married at 99, Mr Butuk said there are valid reasons why he stayed single for the 99 years he has lived on earth.
In an interview, he explained that he did not marry his entire life because he always wanted peace of mind.
“I was also busy with menial jobs, and when I decided to marry, all my friends were already grandfathers. But when I met my wife, I discovered that I had found what I wanted in life.
“Alice talks less and helps navigate challenges in life. I have been late in many things, but today I am happy because I am a married man. I am confident that the happiness in my marriage will make me live longer,” he said.
Although she was young when they first met, he said he loved her because of her humility.
“I was first introduced to her by a female friend, and we connected well despite the age differences. I am happy because my wife is now mature and responsible,” he added.
The story is not different for his bride as she said she loved Butuk from the moment she set her eyes on him.
“I loved him when we first met in 2003. I had quit an abusive relationship, but when I met him through a woman, I loved him because he was humble and listened to me.
“He was old, and I decided to be his helper because I would become a married woman like other women,” Jemeli said.