Things are tough but Nigeria will get better – Independence Day couples

Some Nigerian couples, who tied the knot on October 1, which is Nigeria’s Independence Day, have talked about their dreams for the country and the reason why they chose the historic day for their weddings.

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In a compilation made by Tope Omogbolagun of The Punch, some of the couples talked about how tough the country is but they are of the belief that it will a good ending for the country and her citizens.

See below:

October 1 is our Independence Day too — Oyebanjo

How did you meet your spouse?

I am Iyiola Oyebanjo. We met at a church programme. There was a general youth fellowship we had although we attended different parishes, and we exchanged contacts that day. Unfortunately, we lost touch.

Again, we met at school when I attended a programme in her parish, but we lost touch until we bumped into each other at Ikorodu Motor Park. We took each other’s mobile and the relationship started before it graduated into marriage.

Why did you choose October 1?

It was a Saturday and seemed to be the only one available for us that year. We wanted something unique and something that could not be forgotten. It’s likely that one forgets one’s wedding anniversary but because it is October 1, one cannot forget. It stands out being a national holiday that one can never forget. We wanted to do it in June but it didn’t work out, so we opted for October 1 and it was a great day for us.

For how long have you been married?

Our marriage will be seven this year.

How do you feel that you got married on October 1?

It is Independence Day for Nigeria and also for us too. A man shall leave his father and mother and cling to his wife. We are not just celebrating Nigeria but we are celebrating our independence too. There is something about that day; there is no way I will want to forget the day. It‘s a day to go out, visit the cinemas and do other things.

What do people say about your sharing same day with Nigeria in relation to your wedding?

I don’t think anybody has ever said anything out of the ordinary about the day to me. It’s a day I usually have a programme in church; I get busy in church but I don’t forget it’s my wedding anniversary.

Would you still pick October 1 if given another opportunity to choose your wedding date?

It all depends. I may still have to. If we had it earlier, I would love to have it on my wife’s birthday if it falls on a Saturday; that would be a double celebration. However, October 1 is a good date; it’s a day that I won’t forget. For instance, if there is a grand celebration like the 60th anniversary of Nigeria’s independence, I would feel as if it’s our wedding anniversary that is being celebrated.

How do you feel about the state of the country?

All I can say is that all will be well. We are work in progress. All I know is that everything is going to be alright.

‘We got freedom from our parents on Oct 1’

Husband: I am Mr Tunde Oluwole and my wife is Mrs Tosin Oluwole.

How did you meet each other?

Wife: We met at a church programme a friend of his invited him to in 2010.

Why did you choose October 1 for your wedding?

Wife: He proposed to me in October 2010 and we got married on October 1, 2011.

Husband: To me, number 10 is very special. I met her on January 10, 2010. So, when we were preparing for our wedding and I needed to pick a date, I reminded her of the date I met her and we decided to reverse the date (1/10/2011) and that was how we chose October 1, 2011.

How do you celebrate your wedding anniversary?

Husband: There is always a special couple’s programme. We pray together and also have a nice time together.

Who chose the date between the two of you?

Wife: No, we both chose the date.

How would you compare your marital journey with the country’s progress since independence?

Husband: My marriage has witnessed much progress and development. In fact, I can’t compare both. My marriage has witnessed many things in terms of growth and development. We have achieved many things and made lots of progress but Nigeria is retrogressing. All we can do is to pray for the country.

How do you feel about the state of the country?

Husband: I believe that good things are going to happen, when all the cabals, citizens, politicians and leaders begin to do right things. We should all learn to do things right.

Wife: I am unhappy, I must confess. There are many people who are happy that the country is not in a good state because they exploit the situation. We want change to come from outsiders when it is supposed to come from us. We need to accept a change of heart and attitude. I believe that in our lifetime, we will see the change. Those who tend to break the law easily in Nigeria obey laws abroad.

How did you celebrate you last wedding anniversary?

Wife: We celebrated it at a church programme.

How do you intend to celebrate this year’s anniversary?

Husband: We intend to travel to spend time with our family. That is our plan for now although it might change.

How do you feel knowing your wedding anniversary is same day with Nigeria’s independence?

Wife: I think we are privileged to share the day with Nigeria. Whenever I think of it too, I reason that it was a day we got our freedom from our parents to love each other as husband and wife.

We married on Oct 1 because people won’t forget the day easily –Opata

How did you meet your husband?

I am Mrs Vivian Opata and my husband is Frederick Opata. I met him in a church fellowship.

What inspired you to choose October 1 for your wedding?

Funnily enough, it was my husband that chose the date. He is a Ghanaian while I am a Nigerian. We wanted something memorable, so we chose October 1 because it is Nigeria’s Independence Day. It is not a day that people will forget easily.

It was on a Saturday and a public holiday, so it was perfect for us to have the celebration that day. Though my husband is a Ghanaian, one would think he is a Nigerian because he has stayed for long in the country and he enjoys everything about Nigeria.

How do you intend to celebrate your wedding anniversary this year?

We intend to have a lovely time together because my husband will be around.

How do you feel when you celebrate your wedding anniversary along with Nigeria’s independence?

I feel positive. I believe that things will get better. We only need the right people in the right places. Although the current state of the country is not encouraging, our hopes are high. People say many lovely things about Ghana but I think Nigeria is still more developed than Ghana.

I thank God I married in 1960 – Onanuga, 94

When did you marry?

I am James Onanuga. I am 94 years old. I am a former Bursar of the Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro, Ogun State. I got married in August, 1960.

Was there any reason you chose 1960 being the year Nigeria got independence?

There was no particular reason. I was old enough and I had someone I wanted to marry.

Would you describe your wedding on Nigeria’s independence year as coincidence?

No, not really. It was a planned arrangement and not coincidence.

How do you feel that your wedding took place in that year?

Independence Day is October 1, 1960 but I was not looking at the then coming independence at the time. I just wanted to get married.

How would you describe the event?

It was a normal thing. We went to church and did the necessary things. It was a beautiful day.

How do you feel that you got married in 1960?

I thank God that it happened on that day. One would then move on with life to face other things. Unfortunately, the woman I married died about 10 years ago. We had three girls together. I also have children from other women.

How do you celebrate the day?

My children rally round to celebrate the day with me every year. It is always devoid of noise-making. All I do is to go to church and pray to God.

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