Rita Daniels, mother to Regina Daniels, a 20-year-old Nollywood actress, says she approved of her daughter’s marriage to Ned Nwoko, Nigerian politician, because she had told her she wanted to marry young.

Nwoko, 54, and Regina have made the headlines on several occasions and taken centre stage on social media for their public display of affection despite the apparent age difference between them.

In an interview with BBC Pidgin, the mother of six registered her displeasure with those who criticize the young actress for “marrying Methuselah”.

She also said she has never seen people so curious about something that shouldn’t be their concern.

Rita Daniels and Regina, her daughter

“The girl you all refer to as a child is actually an adult if you consider intelligence and maturity. Those who open their stinking mouth to criticize her can’t even measure to her wisdom. Regina would be 20, come October 10th. So, what are we talking about here? Hasn’t she tried enough?” she asked in pidgin English.

“She had told me she wanted to marry at a young age. But people keep exclaiming ‘Ah, Regina married Methuselah, an old man.’ What’s the problem here? I’ve never seen people obsess this much over something that doesn’t concern them. Did Regina come out crying, saying she was forced into the marriage? It’s sheer love!

“Even as her mother, I don’t have the right to dissuade her from marrying her love interest. Some of our celebrities die single in their homes. And critics say nothing about this. Others, after marriage, lament over their choice of youngsters.

“I’m Regina Daniel’s mother. I’m an actor. I produce movies, I do business. And I’m a politician. I’m into all of them — whatever it takes to give my children a better life — except illicit professions. Every mother has unique values with which they raise children. Mine might be different. But, if you ask me, I still see myself as the best mum so far.”

The Nollywood teen actress had celebrated her birthday on Thursday. The celebration, however, stirred argument on social media, where users questioned her real age amid her alleged marriage to the billionaire businessman and politician.

In August, the duo had, for the first time, shared their photos together in a move that confirmed the union and relatively doused protracted speculations about the relationship between them.



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