Margaret Adenuga (68) and her 77-year-old husband, Noah welcomed a son and daughter after 46 years of trying to have children.
The pair is thought to be the oldest first-time parents in Africa, after the arrival of their twin babies at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) a few weeks ago.
Mr and Mrs Adenuga got married in 1975, and Noah says he always knew they would become parents someday even though that joy of being a parent eluded them for almost five decades. He told CNN: ‘I am a dreamer, and I was convinced this particular dream of ours would come to pass.’
According to local reports, the couple spent a chunk of their earnings travelling to Britain and other African countries to seek a solution to their inability to have children. After 46 years of trying and four rounds of IVF, finally, they welcomed their twins with incredible joy.
Fertility doctors warned the couple the pregnancy would be dangerous for Margaret. However, they pressed ahead regardless. Dr Adeyemi Okunowo, who delivered the babies, has revealed a specialist team was assembled at the hospital to monitor the pregnancy because of Margaret’s age. He said: “As an elderly woman and a first-time mother, it was a high-risk pregnancy and also because she was going to have twins, but we were able to manage her pregnancy to term.”