See What Superstition Makes Us Do in Africa! This 62-Year-Old Woman Married 9-Year-Old Boy as Instructed by their Ancestors

Yes, it happened some years back but the memories of this event are still fresh and disturbing to many. In case you missed this story, this 62-Year-Old Woman Married 9-Year-Old Boy because their Ancestors ordered them to do so or something bad would happen to their separate families.

The 9-year-old boy renewed his vows to the woman 53 years his seniors, a year after first marrying her.

Sanele Masilela and Helen Shabangu of Tshwane, South Africa wed in 2013, claiming it was an order from their dead ancestors. The renewing of the vows was required by a local tradition which states a wedding ceremony has to be repeated at the bride’s home in order to make it official, according to Irish website,

Although the two are married, the boy’s mother, Patience, explained in a Buzzfeed interview, the union is only symbolic and the couple doesn’t live together or engage in any sexual relations.

“I know it’s what the ancestors wanted. If we hadn’t done what my son had asked, then something bad would have happened in the family,” she said.

The young boy said about the matter: “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.”

So you decide for yourself whether belief systems are left as dead as the ancestors than brought them or should continue in modern society. What a ‘past’ world that some Africans have decided to be stuck in.

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Chinenye Nwabueze

Nwabueze is a communication researcher with several years of lecturing experience in Nigerian universities.

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