Couple marry just one week after man posts Facebook advert seeking wife

A couple married just seven days after a man posted a Facebook advert seeking a wife.

Chimidda Amedu tied the knot with Sophy Iljeoma in Nigeria after writing an advert he claimed was a joke.

It read: “Am of age to and I am ready to say I do and am wasting no time.

“Send in your applications – the most qualified will be married on January 6, 2018. Application closes 12 midnight, 31/12/2017.”

Then-Miss Iljeoma replied on December 30, saying: “Am interested, just DM me…lols.”

The couple married in a traditional Igbo ceremony on January 6 (Chimidda Amedu)

She too thought it was a joke at first, but he sent her a message and then called her on Facebook, revealing a spark between the pair.

The prospective lovers lived 300 miles apart, so Mr Amedu travelled from his home in the capital of Abuja to the southern town of Enegu, where his suitor lived.

After chatting for two hours the couple warmed to each other and Mr Amedu took his potential bride to his uncle to seek approval, a key part of the culture of Nigeria’s Igbo people.

Sweet love: The happy couple cut the cake (Chimidda Amedu)

He then asked her brother for his blessing, which – although the courtship was clearly untraditional – was given nonetheless.

They married on January 6 in an Igbo ceremony and hope to have a church wedding later this year.

Wellwishers responded with delight on Facebook to congratulate the couple, with some even copying and pasting Mr Amedu’s advert to their own pages in the hopes of finding love.

Celebrating: The couple dances at their wedding (Chimidda Amedu)

The couple faced criticism of their speedy union, Mr Amedu told the Standard.

But, he said: “The love is increasing on daily basis. Having read a lot of comments from people saying that the marriage will not last encouraged us the more to stay married forever.

“We want to use our marriage to prove to the world that days of courtship does not determine a successful marriage, but determination to succeed.”

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