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Happy 117th Birthday to World’s Oldest Person Emma Morano



Emma Morano, a woman from North-Western Italy, whose life has spanned three centuries and 11 popes, and is recognised as the oldest person in the world, celebrated her 117th birthday on Tuesday.

Morano is also the last verified living person to have been born in the 1800s as she was born on November 29th 1899.

Morano started her day with an egg, biscuits and camomile, her doctor Carlo Bava told journalists. He described the super centenarian as happy, smiling and “very alert”.

Carmen Pedretti, an official from the local municipality of Verbania, said the mayor was to visit Morano at her home in the village of Pallanza, by Lake Maggiore.

The mayor “usually brings a cake,” Pedretti added.

Morano received birthday wishes from President Sergio Mattarella, who hailed her “exceptional” achievement. Verbania authorities organised the staging of a musical and the presentation of a book about her for later in the day.

The municipality said Morano had a tough life. She was the oldest of eight siblings and married an abusive husband from whom she “courageously” separated in 1938. Their only child died six months after his birth.

“He would beat me every day; I would do nothing wrong, I would go to work, he worked very little and I would have to support him,” Morano told Italian website Fanpage.

She added that she did not seek another partner after parting ways with her husband.

Morano attributes her longevity to a diet based on eggs and meat. “My doctor told me to eat raw meat, preferably minced, so I can eat it,” she said.

Super centenarians are people aged 110 or above.

According to the Gerontology Research Group, a U.S. body that tracks super centenarians, 45 women and two men have reached that age. The oldest person after Morano is Jamaican woman Violet Brown, who is set to turn 117 on March 10, 2017


  1. mulikat

    November 29, 2016 at 8:52 pm

    HBD Mrs Emma Morano.

  2. tunmi

    November 29, 2016 at 11:26 pm

    Happy birthday!!! Who are the oldest in Naija? Hey BN, remember how you interviewed or you brought us Battabox’s interview of the oldest person living with Sickle Cell? How is she doing? We never did hear of how she managed her condition.

  3. Oge.A

    November 30, 2016 at 4:25 am

    Happy birthday to her! She is the oldest person on record as I’ve seen posters of people in Nigeria who died at 128, 142 and 148. But because we don’t have a database in Nigeria these people’s ages aren’t documented and hence they aren’t known and can’t be used in this sort of thing.

  4. chika

    November 30, 2016 at 7:38 am

    thank you oge,i mean how do they no she is d oldest ?

  5. aj

    November 30, 2016 at 8:20 am

    wow Thank God for your life Ms. Emma. Chai! So this is how a time would come when people born in 1999 will be celebrated as being the oldest in the world meanwhile those of us that are older than that would have gone to heaven.

  6. oluwadunsin

    November 30, 2016 at 9:55 am

    Happy birthday to her, but wait o, oldest ke? I was in a studio one day when a man came in to say he wanted to make an album for his father who recently clocked 150years, I was awed. Happy birthday again.

  7. Cookie

    November 30, 2016 at 11:08 am

    My cousin’s grandpa [email protected],there are many people in Nigeria who live to 120years and way older.. Unfortunately most of them live in the villages and some don’t even have their birth certificate…

    Happy birthday to her,but 117 isn’t old compared with what we have in different parts of Nigeria.

  8. trudy

    November 30, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    she eats a diet of eggs and minced meat … ahaaa… where are the vegans?

  9. Adaeze Writes

    November 30, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    Awww…happy birthday Emma.

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