Do you ever surprise how is it your dad and mom met? It’s simple to overlook that 20, 30, 40 years in the past, the entire issues that make communication a lot simpler now weren’t in existence. The World Large Net was solely born in 1990. And the way for much longer earlier than we started utilizing it in Nigeria? FaceBook, cellphones, smartphones which have grow to be a staple in our life as people, the place had been they again then?
It’s simple to take all of those as a right, overlook that there was a time when assembly individuals to spend the remainder of your life with was a extra arduous job. Which is why we requested individuals, those that know, anyway, to ship in tales about how their dad and mom met. Organized marriage, 2nd marriages, love at first sight – all of the tales.
We’re kicking off the collection with a narrative of how Kelechi Ewurum’s dad and mom met. She talks about how her father met her mom – by the insistence of his brother. It’s a very attention-grabbing story as a result of it exhibits how typically simply first impressions will be sufficient to take one by a life time.
Get pleasure from Kelechi’s dad and mom’ story.
My father lastly gave in to his brother’s requests that he go to the village to discover a spouse. His brother knew of a household, a superb household, with stunning, well-trained daughters. He’d be very glad to introduce them to my father, he’d mentioned.
My father, orphaned at a younger age, had left his house and siblings to go in the hunt for a extra rewarding future. His journey had taken him by some prestigious establishments: the Hope Waddell in Calabar; Obafemi Awolowo College, then generally known as College of Ife; and later, the Oxford Enterprise Faculty, London. Destiny and fortune additionally landed him a rewarding job with Nigeria Airways the place he rose steadily within the ranks. He was nicely schooled, nicely uncovered with glorious tastes, and was not doing badly financially. All that was wanted to finish his virtually picturesque dwelling was a younger, stunning spouse from a superb household. That was what his brother mentioned.
The household my uncle had in thoughts was a well known household in my native authorities. The patriarch of the household was a hardy man who individuals feared to get right into a tussle with. Tall and really gentle skinned, he might very simply go for a Caucasian from a distance and so was nicknamed Mr. White. Mr. White had stunning daughters and good-looking sons whom he dominated with an iron fist. I’m undecided what number of kids they had been on the unfolding of this story, however I’ve seen photos to show the legend of their magnificence and beauty. The matriarch of the household was a well known spiritualist and entrepreneur who was revered in our native authorities and past.
It was to this household that my uncle took my father to ask for the hand of the eldest daughter in marriage.
Ethel was stunning. Tall, lissome and gazelle-like in her carriage. She was grandpa’s pleasure and fixed subject of boasting. What was extra, she had aspirations past the kitchen. She wished to additional her schooling to the best ranges and be a chief chemist or one thing of that kind. All these she was very fast to let my father know after they had been allowed a while alone to speak. My father listened with deep respect as Ethel reeled off all that she wished to perform ought to she determine to marry him. Getting a grasp’s diploma overseas was one among them. In the midst of their chat, Ethel’s youthful sister Gladys handed by on an errand, or the pretext of 1, and my father was selected the matter.
Gladys was extra of a healthful magnificence, slightly rounder on the hips, and shy in addition. She didn’t have Ethel’s magnificence nor carriage, however her face was cherubic and devoid of airs. My father whispered in his brother’s ears that that was the lady he was going to marry. Once they finally talked, my father instructed her that he had little or no to supply her by the use of worldly items, that he might scarce maintain himself. He instructed her that he lived in a borrowed house and was struggling to get a spot of his personal in Lagos. He would do his greatest nonetheless to maintain her and be sure that she and any kids they may have wouldn’t go hungry. Would she have him like that? She mentioned sure.
They lived a superb life. Over fifty years collectively until he handed in 2000. Gladys later learnt that my father was really extra nicely off than he had let on and had simply been that means to search out out the type of girl she was when he instructed her of his borrowed house and untold hardships. He was a superb husband and an amazing supplier. My mom bought to journey the world and benefit from the finer issues of life, and never as soon as did we witness our father elevate his fingers to my mom in anger.
You may nonetheless ship your dad and mom’ love tales over to us to get a function. Share their tales with us by sending a mail to options(at)bellanaija(dot)com. It doesn’t must be something lengthy, solely must be sufficient to rejoice their love. We’ll maintain you nameless, if you would like, however if you wish to ship us images of your patents, we’re completely happy to share.
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