WALE: It all started out like every other Thursday, the sun was out shinning down on the face of the earth probably at its peak if I can remember clearly. It didn’t feel any more special than the previous day or looked even so promising like a future date. There was morning, noon and then work and as a fun loving guy that I am, I needed to hang out with my pals.
Little did I know that I was on the path that was meant to present me my most priceless possession…there she was sitting all by herself, it was a sight I could barely believe because angels have never been known to be all alone. I can almost never forget seeing her decline my offer of a glass of wine with so much politeness, dignity and grace that I thought to myself in Yoruba adage “Omo ti iya ko” I just couldn’t help it, I had to send the waitress back and she graciously turned it down a second time with even more grace and respect. She indeed really was a child well brought up by her mother with the help of a father.
That last 30 minutes felt like forever, I just could not stop staring with my mind roaming to and fro her majesty. I am glad my friend noticed it, he saw that I kept on starring in her direction from the moment she stepped in. Being a great pal, he quickly did me the honor of walking up to her and invited her over to our table.
ELIZABETH: I was not really paying attention to the good looking gentle man that had just offered me a free drink more so because I felt it inappropriate to take such offer from a stranger I knew nothing about, knowing fully well I could afford more than enough if I wanted one. There I was still sitting down when a gentle man walked up to me and politely requested if I could join his friends on their table.
WALE: While she was about leaving, she walked down to our table to show appreciation for the offer. Then I had the opportunity to meet her, got her name and humbly insisted that she sit with us for just a little while and at least share from my glass which she did. We talked a bit, exchanged contacts and so the story goes on.
ELIZABETH: I least expected a call the following day, well at least not from my ‘stranger friend’ but then its quite amazing how a stranger friend from yesterday could turn into an acquaintance today, a friend for tomorrow and my love forever.
We quickly grew to become very fond of each other, faster than any other friend I had ever met. He never stopped paying me courtesy visit at school, freely sharing his thought with me, and I with him. It happened all so naturally that my friends began to think that we were actually dating (You know the way we ladies think).
WALE: One morning I woke up only to realize that my best friend already knew everything about me, things no one else knew about me, even things I didn’t know about myself. It felt like in the words of John Legend “A magical mystery ride”.
Exactly 2 years and 6months after our first meeting, after the break up from our respective relationships I realized that my best friend who was like a sister to me all this while was the lady I had prayed to God for, my ideal woman. With every quality of a virtuous wife right down to the letter. Being the sharp guy that I am, I knew I was not ready to let go of this one, the lady I prayed to God for all my life. I quickly made my intentions of taking our friendship to the next level known to her and trust me she was feeling the same way even though “she dey do small shakara.”
In July 2016, we started dating (officially) and it was unarguably one of the best days of my life, knowing fully well that I was in love with my best friend who loved me back in return.
ELIZABETH: He was the most supportive person I had come to know, my very own confidant, a shoulder to lean on, my knight in bright and shining amour. The most amazing man I have ever met.
My story was not so different from the ones authors wrote about in novels like sleeping beauty, Cinderella and the likes. Like them we too had our share of doubts, distractions, challenges and ups and downs. But we fought through together and overcame by God’s grace. And so on the 1st of January 2017, 3years from that wonderful Thursday Wale my love asked for my hand in marriage. To be candid I was not expecting a ring cause I actually felt we were headed towards a breakup as that period was the toughest point in our relationship, but then I gladly said “Yes”, yes because I loved him, yes because he was the man of my dreams made real, yes because I wouldn’t trade him for any other. He too was my very own priceless possession.
WALE: You know how road leads to more roads and how two heart becomes one…On the 1st of July 2017, my very own Queen Elizabeth and I officially had our family introduction and I guess from here on you know the rest of our love story now till eternity.
#WALIZ2017 is all about us.