No fewer than 52 men and 52 women were joined in holy matrimony in Jos, Plateau state capital on October 18.

The mass wedding - the first of its kind in Plateau state, was organised by a Catholic church, St. Moses in Tudun Wada, Jos North Local Government Area of the state.

The mass wedding recorded the highest turnout in the church's history. Most couples who tied the knot , were married traditionally and lived together raising children but never bothered to have a white wedding due to lack of funds to finance a proper wedding.

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"The essence of marriage is for a couple to live happily. These couples have had happiness in abundance in their lives since they have been together. They are happy and contented irrespective of their weak financial positions.

“So, marriage is not about money or expensive marriage ceremony. It is all about the couple being happy and contented with where God has placed them in life. So I see their holy sacrament today as a celebration of happy life, happy couples and happy family,” the Parish Priest of St. Moses Catholic Church said in a conversation with The Nation.