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Two Nigerian brides leave their wedding receptions to sit final year exams

Imagine having your final year exam and wedding day on the same day. Which would you choose?

Two Nigerian brides were forced to make the tough decision last weekend when they left their wedding receptions to sit their final year exam, dressed in their wedding finery.

The two final year students, who study Mass Communication, hastily said their “I dos” to their grooms before heading to an exam hall because of a date clash.

Dorcas Atsea and Deborah Atoh had fixed their wedding dates when the exam, originally scheduled for February, was postponed due to inadequate facilities at the Benue State University in Nigeria’s Middle Belt region.

When the new dates were announced, the final year “Media Ethics and Law” exam clashed with the dates both women had chosen for their weddings.

“My wedding was already fixed and planned before the exam,” Atsea told CNN. “I attempted to shift the exam, but to no avail.”

“I went to the exam officer,” Atoh said. “She said I should choose between the two: the exam or the wedding.”

The big day

“My wedding was already fixed, and I already told people it was April 7 and sent out invitations,” Atoh said. “We decided not to change the date.”

The plan: take the marital vows at the church early in the day, dash into the university for the exam at noon, dash off again for the wedding reception.

They said the exam turned into an atmosphere for celebration.

“I was excited graduating and wedding at the same time. My classmates were so happy,” Atsea said. “When I walked into the hall, for 10 minutes, everybody was just shouting before we started the exam and, after the exam, I went back to the reception venue because my guests were waiting for me.”

Atoh said it was a memorable day for her.

“When the church wedding ended by past 11 a.m., I went to write the exam,” she said. “When I got to school, my mates were so excited. They lifted me up.”

Course lecturer Dr. Benjamin Ogbu told CNN the exam could not be rescheduled.

“It was not going to be fair to alter the timetable because of one or two persons and, usually, it’s always a long process because you need to go through academic planning and the rest,” he said. “University system is such that you don’t have compassionate grants for people subjectively. If you do such, you compromise standards.”

Ogbu said the brides’ entrance into the exam did not disturb the conduct of the exam.

“It didn’t obstruct the administration of the exam in any way,” he said. “We are happy that they were able to do the two at once.”