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I married my husband because I love him! Fatima Jabbe opens up to What’s On-Gambia
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I married my husband because I love him! Fatima Jabbe opens up to What’s On-Gambia

Fatima Jabbe got married recently to her 49-year-old fiance, Rtd. Brigadier Julius Maada Bio.

The popular Nollywood actress tied the knot with the former Sierra Leonean military Head of State in a small, but lavish, wedding in East London, UK. 

Her husband is a well-respected opposition politician in Sierra Leone. In the last presidential election, he was the candidate for the Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP).

Fatima, who was recently crowned Africa's Best Actress 2013, took a few minutes out of her busy schedule to chat with What's On-Gambia:

What's On: Gambia: What is it about the Rtd. Brigadier that captured your heart?

Fatima: He is a loving and caring man. He loves my kids and protects us always. I love him very much too.

Is your husband a new Muslim convert?

My husband is not a Muslim yet but he is learning about Islam. His mother is a Muslim and I pray Allah will touch his heart and change him to become a Muslim.

According to some Islamic scholars, it's wrong for a Muslim woman to get married to a non-believer. What's your take on that?

Well, Islam is interpreted in a lot of ways and I don't want to judge. All I can say is my husband is tolerant to all religions. He allows me pray, he prays with me sometimes and he is learning about Islam.

Why did you both decide to tie the knot undercover, barely telling your fans and supporters?

Our wedding was done during Jumma prayer, there where over fifty people in the mosque including our families and friends. What is undercover about that? We wanted a peaceful and private wedding and that was what we got.

Are you moving to Sierra Leone to start a new life with your husband?

I am in university finishing my BA Honour degree in Journalism. After my studies, my husband and I will decide when I'm moving back to Sierra Leone.

According to the Sierra Leonean media, your mum is from Salone - can you please enlighten us further?

Of course, my mum is from Sierra Leone and that is known all around the world about me. I am Gambian and Sierra Leonean. 

Is it true that you are a co-wife?

My husband was married but divorce six years ago. Besides, you are not allowed to do a registry wedding in the UK if you are still married. I can assure you my husband has one wife and she is called Fatima Jabbe Maada Bio.

You're a potential Sierra Leonean First Lady, how does that feel?

I married my husband because I love him. But along the line I happen to become a First Lady, to God be the glory. I will serve my duty to the best of my ability.

How much did your wedding ring cost?

My wedding ring is worth is my husband's love for me and I can't put a price on it. It is the symbol of our love for each other.

Any message for your fans?

I want all my fans to pray for me as a bride with so much expected of me by a whole nation. I want to be able to serve my duty well. I want to be able to make my husband happy. I will honor him, serve him, respect him and pray that I be with him till eternity.

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