Ahmed Muhamed Dore got his dream come true when he married Safia Abdulleh. The only problem is, Ahmed claims that he is 112 years old and Safia is just 17. That means, when she was born, he was already 95 years old!

Ahmed already has 13 children by five wives with 101 grand children.

112 year groom and 17 year old bride


Mr Dore told the BBC he was born in Dhusamareeb in central Somalia in 1897 – and has a traditional birth certificate, written on goat skin by his father.

Our correspondent says he has an interesting history – in 1941 he joined the British colonial forces as a soldier for 10 years and then served as a police officer after Somalia won independence in 1960.

Altogether, Mr Dore has 114 children and grandchildren. His oldest son is 80 years old and three of his wives have died.

He says he hopes his new bride will give him more children.

“It is a blessing to have someone you love to take care of you,” he said.

Source: news.bbc.co.uk


The groom who is old enough to be her great-great-grand-father claims that he waited for the groom to grow up before he proposed to her.


A crowd of hundreds attended the wedding between Ahmed Muhamed Dore and Safia Abdulleh in Guriceel, in the Galguduud region of Somalia. Mr Dore said: “Today God helped me realise my dream.

Mr Dore and his teenage bride are from the same village, and he said that he had waited for her to grow up before proposing.
He said: “I didn’t force her, but used my experience to convince her of my love, and then we agreed to marry.”

The bride’s family said she was “happy with her new husband”. Source: www.telegraph.co.uk


Maybe Safia is Somalian version of Anna Nicole Smith, who married oil business executive and billionaire J. Howard Marshall, 63 years her senior, but I doubt Ahmed’s billionaire/millionaire status.

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