By Egufe Yafugborhi

EDUCATIONIST and granddaughter of the Great Nanna Olomu of Itsekiri, Mrs. Utsaghan J. Ayomike, says longevity is a gift from God as she turned 80, yesterday.

Utsanghan, joined by her husband  of  62 years  and Chairman, Itsekiri Leaders of Thought, Pa J.O.S Ayomike, celebrated the birthday with family and friends with a  thanksgiving service at the First Baptist Church, Warri.

Explaining why she looked so young at four scores, Mrs. Ayomike said, “It’s the gift of God. There’s no magic about it, it’s not my making. I come from Nanna’s family. We don’t just grow old looking fray because of the figure God gave us. You will hardly see any fat person in my family.

“We don’t eat much. For example, after taking my tea in the morning, a little breakfast around 10 or 11, I take my food later in the evening, around 5 or 6pm. And when you say food, it’s a handful, not a question of eating all sorts.”

The celebrant’s husband, Pa  Ayomike, who will be 89 on  April 7, said on the occasion, “We have been married for 62 years. Rightly or wrongly, I stick to one  woman and it has been a blissful union. Like I said, it is not for me to judge whether I was right or wrong. That question is for others to answer.”

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