8-Year-Old Boy Marries 61-Year-Old Woman In Zimbabwe


About 100 people were witness to a most unusual wedding at the weekend.

The bride was 61 years old and the groom was an eight-year-old boy! Both families were present at the wedding of Sanele Masilela (8) and Helen Shabangu (61) and the bride’s husband and her five children were also at the wedding in Zimbabwe.

The boy’s aunt, Patience Masilela (46), explained why the wedding took place.

She said: “The boy was named after his late grandfather who never had a white wedding, so the ancestors told the boy to get married and he chose Helen to be his bride. The family took his desire to get married very seriously. They paid  for the bride in March last year and spent a lot on the wedding because they believed it was what the ancestors wanted.”

The bride said: “I’m married and have five kids of my own, but I know that this is what the ancestors wanted – and now they are happy. It is a ritual. We are just playing now, but it is a sign that he will get married one day.”

The young groom said: “I told my mother that I wanted to get married because I really did want to. I chose her because I love her and I’m happy that I married her – but I will go to school and study hard. When I’m older I will marry a lady my own age.”

The bride’s long-time husband, Alfred Shabangu (65), said that he never had a problem with her marrying the boy because he too knew that it was what the ancestors wanted. My kids and I are happy. We don’t have any problems with it,” he said.

However, some community members said they were shocked.

One woman said: “How can a family go this far for the ancestors? It shows that people do take messages from the ancestors seriously.”

This was a not a legal marriage – it was only done for ritual purposes. The happy couple seal their marriage with a kiss.



  1. Thank God for Jesus Christ who brought salvation unto us. Some of us would have still be bound in tradition and rituals like dis. Incase U̶̲̥̅̊ A̶̲̥̅̊я̲̣̥ε̲̣̣̣̥ still doubting; Jesus Ȋ̝̊̅§ Lord. Accept Him today and be free fromm all dis shackles of darkness.

  2. What kind of tradition is this that a child wil marry his mother and even not on the normal tradition but on white wedding openly not secret,this type of tradition shd be look into,and find another way 4 it .after d time of ancestor has gone d re no much existing

  3. It’s too bad! why should man prefer obeying oracle rather than his creator. Most critics would have nothing to say about this scence BUT the freelance of a muslim lady to get marry to who she prefers after witnessing her third menses turns out to a malicious debate.

  4. it shocking , now in dz day whe our scntst planning to human shifting on d Moon , and here dz ppl are talking only for d wish of Ancestor dong non-sense , amazingly Gvt is not taking axn on such kind of rubbish person , it loks like gvt also promoting such Things

  5. Pls even if dis is true, I will advice dem to accept Christ nd dey woun’t be able obey satanic command rather obey d voice of GOD d creator. GOD is real, beside Jesus is coming soon. Accept Him now so dat had I know will never be ur portion @ last.

  6. Obviously,i dont think this boy really know what hes doing or who the woman is…the little boy orientation to the old woman might possibly be maybe shes celebrating her birthday for her,don’t blame the boy,put a blame on his so called parents because i know from my heart that this young boy wont know what he has done until he turn 16 years Old