Sharing a photo from their wedding, the Nigerian model wrote;
Happy anniversary to my husband, This is for all my 🇳🇬/African brothers
His husband, Eric also wrote;
Happy anniversary to @thedukre we have many more years of adventures coming our way.
David and his partner had wanted to keep the news of their wedding private and only known to select family members and friends, but when their wedding report went viral the low-key couple were opened to public scrutiny which they were not ready for.
Writing about the backlash their wedding got from the online Nigerian community, Eric Shoen-Ukre detailed how a report made their wedding an unfortunate viral story.
“On July 30, I married a Nigerian man. Although he is very special to me, he is not famous. He has never done anything to warrant so much media coverage. We had a small ceremony under the leaves of some great old trees on the lawn of an adorable little restaurant. My family and our closest friends joined us. Our vow exchange was only 30 minutes long” he wrote on Huffington Post on August 11, 2016.
According to Eric’s account “Monday morning, I woke up early to return the rental car that we had used for the weekend. When I returned, my husband was pacing and crying, distraught, pointing to his phone. Somehow, someone had either sold or given photos from our wedding and first dance to one of Nigeria’s notorious gossip bloggers, Linda Ikeji who chose to publish them on her blog. Whether to out David and make a mockery or to somehow use it as advocacy, no one knows. What we do know is that she had no permission from either of us to use our photos or story.”
At the end of his story, David wondered why gay marriage is such a big deal in Nigeria.
“Why would this be such big news in Nigeria? I believe it is because the press still wants to vilify gay men and women. They want to show that the USA is a place that corrupts the morals of children and is a den of sin and iniquity. The current political election probably isn’t helping change that impression much. The mere thought of two men getting married is enough to incite vitriol from all corners of Nigeria, and other parts of the world still today.”