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This Video Of a Teary-Eyed Ghanaian-British Groom Has The Internet All Up In Its Feelings

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One rule in life is never, say never.


That’s what Ghanaian-British groom Gabriel Deku learned when he became a puddle of tears as he witnessed his stunning Tanzanian bride, Annabella, who he met four years ago while attending Portsmouth University, float down the aisle at their opulent wedding ceremony in Trafalgar Square of London.

“Leading up to the wedding I was the complete opposite—I actually had a bet with my mum that I wouldn’t cry,” Deku tells MailOnline. “I was trying to be the hard man. I kept saying, I’m not going to cry.”

But on the May 14 nuptials, tears streamed down Dekus’ face, which then reduced the bridal party and many of the attendees at the St. Martin In The Fields church to mush, kinda like what happens when I scroll through IG and see too many pictures in a row of adorable black babies...

Best man Tolu Ige, also the match maker, had to coach Deku through it.

“Come on, stand up, stand up. This is your moment, man. You look at her,” Ige says gripping Deku’s shoulder. “You look at her now, you look at her man. You look at her. You stand up and you look at your wife.”

Deku’s outpouring of emotion, and this special moment shared between a man and his bride-to-be goes as well as between best friends shatters stereotypes society has of men, in general, as stoic or emotionally challenged. And it’s refreshing because it counters trite Western media portrayals of African men as tough guys wielding AK-47s.

As soon as the footage of the nuptials shot by De Rienzo Film hit the internet, it’s gone viral having been retweeted more than 35,000 times and liked 44,000 times.

It appears people are hungry for authentic and fresh portrayals that only real life seems to provide these days.

Courtesy of Gabriel Deku

Don’t just take my word for it—if you haven’t seen the Dekus’ beautiful moment already, grab some tissue, plop down on the couch, and watch it above.

Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

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On an early morning in September 2017, in a little fishing village in the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, called Zapotalito, thousands of dead fish floated on the surface of the Chacahua-Pastoría lagoons. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which rattled Mexico City on September 19, was felt as far down as Zapotalito, and the very next morning, its Black, Indigenous and poor Mestizo residents, who depend on the area's handful of lagoons for food and commerce, woke up to an awful smell and that terrible scene of floating fish.

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