Cupid finds octogenarians in a retirement home
Office of Conrad Mupesa Mashonaland West
THEY say love knows no boundaries, age and is unconditional; but it’s an old adage, “Love is blind”, that best describes the union of two inmates at the Nazareth nursing home in Chinhoyi.
The story of the two lovebirds of Malawian origin began more than six years ago when Sekuru Chitiyo Chimanga (87), then almost blind, fell in love with his sweetheart, Ezeria Mukwanda-Chimanga (82), also partially blind.
Indeed, it is incredibly true that it sounds like a fairy tale, but the inspiring union has the power to give hope to anyone who has faced heartbreak, strength to those who want to marry or can -to be those who have spent most of their lives searching for the perfect match with whom to pass the vicissitudes of life.
Sekuru Chimanga says that although he needed someone to give him care and attention, he fell in love with Gogo Mukwanda-Chimanga beyond any measurable doubt because she “was so good to him. “despite his poor eyesight.
The two will later receive medical optometry treatment which allowed Gogo Mukwanda-Chimanga to regain full sight, ending nearly 20 years of poor eyesight while for Sekuru Chimanga, only the right eye regained full sight. seen.
“I only realized that even though I had fallen in love with her, being with Zeria as a woman was all I needed. Although the workers here offer us care and help, I noticed that I needed someone in my life to spend the last years of my life with.
“I proposed to her and she accepted. I would go to her room and spend most of my time with her. She reminded me of my young age and turned my world upside down,” he said.
Sekuru Chimanga added that a staff member, Margaret Muzavazi, noticed the movements of the two and encouraged them to get married.
Subsequently, a wedding was held at St. Peter’s Church, and celebrations were held at the house.
The two had been a couple for less than a year.
The two exchanged their vows on July 2, 2017 in front of Father Chasarira in the same church.
“After the wedding, we were given a house which we now share.
The two were married (traditionally) and had three children each in their past lives, but never married.
The proposed wedding idea came as a joke and the actual event presented the two with a dream come true.
“I was married before and had three children. My first husband died over 20 years ago and I now have two children left.
“My first marriage was an ordinary union; I never got married so when Mary and other staff here brought up the idea it was more of a joke because never in my life did I dream of a wedding especially with that hair gray and those missing teeth. My life reached its peak, so a wedding was a joke of a lifetime,” said Gogo Mukwanda-Chimanga using Shona and Nyanja dialects.
As for Sekuru Chimanga, his first marriage, most of which he spent in the St Albert Mission area of Mashonaland Central, was from an ordinary, common union and his wedding day three years ago remains ingrained. in his mind until he takes his last breath.
Gogo Mukwanda-Chimanga added, “My friends Mai Chisunga (now late) and Mai (Azvinei) Chisale were the best girls while Mrs. Chisale’s husband was Sekuru Chimanga’s witness.”
The Chisales are staff members of the Nazareth retirement home.
Like any normal fighting couple, Sekuru and Gogo Chimanga usually seek help and advice from their confidants, the Chisales.
“Whenever we have a huge misunderstanding, we usually seek advice and support from the Chisales. They are our friends and they have been so kind to us,” added Gogo Mukwanda-Chimanga.
“The love they share has not only strengthened our own relationship, but has given hope to our young people, especially from the church. Most of them were inspired and got married, while many are considering getting married as well,” Ms. Chisale said.
As for advice and support, she said, they will continue to help the couple enjoy their days as if they were young again.
Victor Makuyana, director of the Nazareth nursing home, said the two were a true beacon and symbol of what true love is and called on young people to emulate the elderly couple.
He said the church sponsored the wedding, including the rental of the dress, the purchase of the rings and the meals.
The Chimanga also inspired another old couple at the Chengetanai retirement home, a stone’s throw from Nazareth and the two have since established a farm in the rural areas of Hurungwe district.
The inspiring story of Sekuru and Gogo Chimanga also explains how a wedding without a flashy honeymoon is possible.
As they wait for the church or well-wishers to spoil them with a sixth birthday, their story explains how true love still exists and for those who still seek it never to tire or give up despite age.