We wanted a special day, anniversary – Ibadan couple who chose to wed on February 29

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Babatunde Abiola and Yetunde Olaitan are one of the Nigerian couples who chose to have their wedding on February 29 in a leap year, which comes every four years. They tell Alexander Okere why the date is special to them and how their love story began

What can you say about yourself?

Babatunde: I’m from Akinyele Local Government Area of Oyo State and I’m 30 years old. I studied Pure and Applied Mathematics at Ladoke Akintola University, Ogbomoso.

Yetunde: I’m from Lagelu Local Government Area of Oyo State. I am 23. I have a degree in Economics from the Kwara State University and I’m preparing for National Youth Service Corps programme.


Your wedding is scheduled to hold on February 29 (today). Were you aware that the date fell in a leap before you chose it?

Babatunde: Yes, I was aware.

Why did you choose to have your wedding on February 29?

Babatunde: We wanted a special day and not a normal day for our celebration. We didn’t want a celebration that would come just any time. So, our anniversary will be celebrated every four years, though we might celebrate our wedding anniversary on February 28, when it is not a leap year.

But our wedding anniversary will be officially celebrated on February 29. We would feel refreshed in a unique way. I plan to celebrate our anniversary in Europe, probably in the United Kingdom. I would like to experience something different from what I have had in Nigeria.

Is that the same reason for you?

Yetunde: It is the same reason for me. It is a unique day for us. I am very sure we would have made adequate preparations by the time our anniversary comes and we would be eager to mark it. I hope we would be in a better location when the time comes and that I would have experienced a boom in my business.

How did your families react when they learnt your wedding fell in a leap year?

Babatunde: Actually, we didn’t arrive at the date alone – the two families agreed on that date and were very happy with it.

What was the impression your friends had when you told them about the date?

Yetunde: None of them said anything against the date. Besides, it was my personal decision. Some of them asked me whether I was sure of the date I picked and I told them I was.



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