Lulu Jemimah Ugandan student who married herself raises over UGX23m

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Her story went viral and people are donating on her GoFundMe account

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Lulu Jemimah, a Ugandan student who married herself at a ceremony attended by close friends and some family members in August, has raised over UGX23m for her university tuition fees.

The 32-year-old Oxford University started a GoFundMe to raise money for her remaining tuition fees of 10,194.00 pounds for the remaining one year.

Lulu has so far raised about £4,632 (about UGX23m) on GoFundMe of the required fees after her story went viral.

The 32-year-old managed to secure the first year's tuition "from the generosity of 279 people" because "I didn’t want to get greedy with the first crowdfunding and ask for two years of support."

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"I must apply for visas every six months and with each chance, I risk getting turned down on grounds of financial inability. I have one more year to go and I must come up with the remaining tuition and college fees of 10,194.00 pounds".

She adds: "I am not allowed to work in the UK and yet must afford the course (on a Ugandan salary) and prove that I can support myself during those trips."

Why she married herself?

Lulu made the decision to express her commitment to complete a Masters in Creative Writing program at the prestigious university.

"Writing is how I make sense of the world. This is my love and commitment."

She also revealed that her parents were pressurizing her to settle down and find a good man.

"My father wrote my wedding speech when I turned 16. Every birthday, my mother prays for me and in recent years this has included a plea for a good husband. Someone to take care of me. I decided to put them all at ease.

"I got married on my 32nd birthday to the one person I am certain will take care of me."

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