Hannah Ajala, 24, a journalist with the BBC in London, tweeted a series of photos starring herself and her grandmother on Saturday. “Photo shoot time with my 108-year-old grandma,” read the tweet, which was liked 1,000 times and shared more than 300.
PHOTOSHOOT TIME WITH MY 108-YEAR-OLD GRANDMA pic.twitter.com/Hd11Pc1lcE
— Hannah Ajala (@hannah_ajala) October 28, 2017
She doesn’t even look 100 wow. God bless her
— ηαηα үαω (@nhanha_yhaw) October 28, 2017
These pictures are priceless. And that smile. God bless Grandma
— Segun Solar (@segunadaju) October 29, 2017
Wow what's her secret, some people can barely stand at 95?
— Sandile Mkono (@MkonoSandile) October 29, 2017
Ajala did not return Yahoo Lifestyle’s request for comment, but she tweeted a 10-minute video featuring an interview she conducted last year with the matriarch, called “7 questions to my 107-year-old grandma.”
In the footage, shot in the centenarian’s home country of Nigeria, the journalist explains that she met her grandmother when she was 7 months old. But only as an adult has she become “overly fascinated, shocked, overwhelmed, grateful, and happy to say that I have a grandma who’s 107 years old.”
The grandmother, whose name is Moriyike Mojoyinola Abeke Ajala, reflects on an early memory of giving birth to her first child only 31 days after losing her own mother.
She also shares a life lesson through the story of a local man with eight wives for whom he couldn’t provide, which led him to turn to theft. “What he should have done differently was maybe to marry four wives, or two; that way he would have been able to properly cater for them,” she says. “The main life lesson here is to not go beyond our boundaries.”
When asked, “What’s one piece of advice you would give me as your granddaughter?” the woman answers, “By the grace of God, I pray that when you are married, and have your first child, I am still alive.”
Ajala reveals that her dream is to have her grandmother walk her down the aisle. However, she says, “I refused to feel pressurized by it. Because I find that in my generation, there is a lot of pressure to get married. … I think being a millennial, we’re just selfish and we just want to get our life before we become a wife, as Beyoncé once said.”
The grandmother also reflected on her marriage to “Granddad,” saying, “Yes, I really loved my husband. I was my husband’s only wife.”
Ajala explains that her grandmother is monogamous, despite her Muslim faith and community that practices polygamy. “She was also quite logical, and I think that’s why she established that with her husband that ‘I am yours and you are mine and I don’t want any more drama. I don’t want to be a second or third wife. … If you’re with me, you’re with me,’” she says. “I respect that about her.”
For the final question, “What message would you like to leave behind?” the woman answers, “My advice to all my children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren is that they should be in unity with their wives, and husbands, and children. I pray that your partner or children never become your enemies. I want you to be one voice in your relationship. We need to unite; we need to understand each other better. Continue to love each other deeply. And please join hands together so that there will be no more problems.”
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