By Ola Ajayi
Ibadan—THE deaf and dumb groom, whose bride suffers from cerebral palsy, has said he rejected marriage offers from ‘able-bodied women’ because it was love at first sight with his bride, Grace Olufunke Omooba.
It was a day of joy for the physically-challenged Mr. and Mrs Paul Kadiri, whose wedding ceremony took place at an orphanage in Ibadan as they danced to the admiration of hundreds of well wishers.
The memorable event took place at Jesus Kids, Home for Special People with Disabilities, Iwo Road, Ibadan.
Their story became more interesting as the bridegroom, Paul Egbezokhai Kadiri, a 52-year-old was said to have turned down the proposals of some able-bodied admirers (women) at different times, who wanted to have him as husband.
According to information, Kadiri reportedly said he would prefer to live the rest of his life with a physically-challenged person like him. He said it was love at first sight, when he saw 43-year-old light-complexioned Grace Olufunke Omooba.
Omooba had been under the care of the President of the Home, Mrs Ololade Adamole-kun, for the past 10 years.
Kadiri resides and works in Modakeke, Osun State, while his wife who suffers from cerebral palsy, lived in Ibadan before the marriage.
While delivering a sermon entitled God of the able and the hope of the disabled, Pastor Ayotunde Adamolekun, encouraged the couple to do things in common by helping and respecting each other.
Groom’s mother to couple’s rescue
The groom’s mother expressed her willingness to stay with the couple to assist where their disabilities hinder them to do some household chores.
According to her, “I am happy to witness this day that I have been praying to see. Finally, the day has come and I am very grateful to God who has made it possible.”
Earlier, Adamolekun who disclosed that the centre started in 2010, said: “I am very happy for this day and I give glory to God. Grace has been living with me for the past 10 years even before we started Jesus Kids.”
When asked if Grace would be able to cope with the stress of marriage, she said: “In our home, we have a programme where we train them on how to take care of their family, so she is well trained.
“Based on her condition, she cannot learn any trade, but she’s very good with money and I believe she can cope in any house chores.”
Adamolekun also advised people with disabilities in the society not to give up on their dreams as there is time for everything.
She said: “Children are sent to the orphanage by families, churches and even government. Some of the children in the orphanage have autism, some of their problems are cerebral, while others need physiotherapy and surgery to make them stable.”
Caring for physically-challenged
On challenges and cost of fending for the physically-challenged, Mrs Adamolekun said it was not easy and that was why she was calling on well-meaning Nigerians to help the children in the home.
She claimed she spent more than N2 million every month to take care of the inmates, explaining that taking care of them, included their medication, feeding, payment of salaries of about 14 persons working with her, among others.
On her motivation, she said it was the voice of God that propelled her to set up the home. She acknowledged that some concerned people, such as members of Ibadan Mesiogo, with Adeola Adepoju as President, had also been very supportive.