She waited anxiously and managed the pressures from family members for 31 years of matrimony and childlessness. God finally answered her prayers with bouncing twins two weeks back. Also curious is the fact that she delivered her babies without any medical complications at the age of 56. Who is this woman?
The No 6 Akinsola Ooreofe Oluwa home of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Olubunmi Ajayi has become a Mecca of some sorts. Neighbours, relations, friends and well wishers of the family have been trooping in since Sunday, September 29, 2013. The only mission of the visitors is to rejoice with the family that has just broken the chains of years of barrenness and childlessness at an incredible age.
On the said Sunday, Mrs. Mary Anike Ajayi gave birth to a set of twins. And the family spared nothing to celebrate the christening of the children on the eighth day of their birth. Gaily dressed admirers in large numbers from all works of life, came in droves to catch a glimpse of the bouncing twins. The pleasant aspect of it all was that the twins had just arrived the family, after 31 anxious years of wedlock.
Thus, Mrs. Ajayi , aged 56 and her husband, Ajayi aged 64, the proud parents of the bouncing twins, christened them Goodness and Mercy.
Weekly Trust gathered that the couple tied the nuptial knot on December 18, 1982. Until now, both had vainly waited on the Lord for the fruit of the womb. And for those trying years, she lamented, it was so challenging. “I was traumatized psychologically and felt like giving up hope of ever carrying my own children,” she said.
However, Mrs. Ajayi, who teaches at the Muslim College, Oke-Ila, Ado-Ekiti could not hide her joy on September 29, when she entered the labour room and after 15 minutes of labour, he became the proud mother of twins.
The highly elated mother said: “I got married to my husband on December 18, 1982 and since then I have been waiting on the Lord for the fruit of the womb but to no avail. The experience of 31 years is not a joke. It is through the grace of God that I was able to sail through it.
“At times, I would be unhappy and depressed, even in the midst of my colleagues and friends when they are rejoicing for one thing or the other. But in the Church of the Lord where I worship, they would call us out and pray for those of us looking for the fruits of the womb. That gave me the courage to trust in God that one day God in His mercy would answer my prayer and it happened,” she recounted.