Late last year, we blogged about the surprise wedding proposal of her Lizzy Oke (HERE).
Lizzy had a car accident on her way to school in 2008, but got back to
school less than a year later. She has been in a wheelchair since then
but she hasn’t let that stop her in any way.
She is popularly known as the “Do it yourself” lady and has a blog (www.thediylady.com) where she shares her inspiring ‘wheelchair’ experience stories.
She has finally shared photos and the full gist of her proposal…as seen below:
She narrated it thus on her blog:
To share our proposal story is to tell you of the goodness of God in our
life. This month of February makes it 7 years of my dating anniversary
with Amen (whom I fondly refer to as Le Boo for social media purposes..
lol). Those of you who know us and have followed my story know that we
started dating each other in our teenage years shortly after the car
This is not a post to gush about this man who is lucky to have me in his
life… (Oh wait, did you think I was going to say something else?)
Hahahah…. You must not know ’bout me.
Ok, I keed I keed! Amen and I are so blessed to have each other and I
honestly just cannot thank God enough for how far he has brought us.
As most of you know by now, we’re engaged.
After the proposal, I promised that I would share the proposal story,
and you some people kept reminding me and asking for the story but life
has been happening, and honestly I just preferred telling the story
verbally more than I wanted to type it. So I stalled, and stalled and
Fast forward to about a month after the proposal, I was approached by the lovely people at Genevieve Magazine Nigeria
for an interview on Le Boo and I’s love life, and more importantly, for
the proposal story. The interview was a series of phone conversation
and it was also done via skype, so of course this was just the thing I
needed because it meant somebody else would be doing the writing while I
talk and talk away. lol..
The interview was a success with the beautiful Torera.
She made me feel at ease and was so kind and courteous despite our time
differences. You can now find the interview in Genevieve’s February
Issue. Take a look at the cover below.
See, I always wanted to meet RMD (Richard Mofe Damijo), and to be on the cover of this issue with him is beyond AMAZING!
Now of course the haters will say I technically wasn’t on the cover with
him, but uhmmm…. Haters gonna hate, and potatoes gonna potate. *side
Anyhoo, in the article that was written in the magazine, I answered some
questions regarding dating and disability (the only D word, I’m not
fully OK using, but I’m getting better). I can tell you so much more
that was discussed in the interview, but what’s the fun in that? You’ll
have to get your copy of the magazine to read more on that! Magazine can
be bought physically or through the Genevieve magazine app.
I am however not all evil, so I have decided to share the part on our proposal story with you all today.
As you can read above, the proposal was a surprise to me, and I actually
thought I was part of a plan to surprise a friend of mine (Sandra) for
HER proposal. Since I’m a photographer, my best friend (Faith) sought
my advice on planning the perfect proposal for Sandra. I had questions
but each of my question got answers that left me without suspecting this
was fowl play.
Over the course of planning the surprise proposal (that we told our
friend would be a photoshoot for her – since she’s been begging me for
one), I would share details of the secret mission I was to embark on
with my now fiance (a.k.a Le Boo). Little did I know that him and Faith
and Sandra were in on the whole thing. Le Boo actually advised me on the
location for where our “photo shoot/Sandra’s supposed proposal” should
be at, and I went ahead with his suggestion for the Mandalay Canal. It
was the perfect spot for what ended up being MY proposal.
Those who know me know that I live for everything wedding, romance, love
and photography. This was my zone, and I was excited to be making a
friend’s day. I was lowkey jealous of how much work my best friend was
putting into another person’s proposal, and I even made remarks like
“When my own time comes, you better make sure you represent!! All I need
is HALF of what you’re doing for Sandra”.
As I type this, I am remembering once again all the perfect lies the
bestie told. LOL…DANG, that girl gave me no clues to work with son!!
At a point, I remembered having a tiny inkling that this could very well
be my proposal, BUT THE SPEED AND PERFECT DREAM KILLING SKILLS that the
bestie possessed was nothing next to my “gut feeling”. She point blank
told me not to set myself up for failure! Also, everything lined up well
enough that I was totally convinced Sandra was getting proposed to.
Honestly, I’m so glad everything went as it did. The proposal was a
great moment, and I’m sure those of you still reading this are already
tired of reading everything I’m typing… SO without further ado, please
click on the video to watch our proposal video.
In case you’re curious, the part I started suspecting something
was “OFF” in the video, was when Sandra literally acted like it was
normal for a guitar player to pop into her photoshoot and start singing
about marriage. LOL…In my head I was like “this girl is not normal
You see, I knew my boy CY would be there to sing and play (BTW, Thanks
CY, you’re going places), so I wasn’t phased by his arrival.. however,
when Sandra just kept posing for pictures, I started to suspect
something wasn’t normal. LOL.. Still, I was slow.. and I thought to
myself “maybe Sandra is too shocked to react”… then my bestie calls
me, I look towards her and I saw my friend Tope coming towards me with a
camera, slowly being followed by Lamar, Cece, and then LE BOO.
Right after seeing Tope, I KNEW THIS WAS MY PROPOSAL and the rest as they say, is history. One of the best days of my life!
Special thanks to Le Boo for his video editing skills. I love you and you’re perfect for me in every way.
Thanks to our family members as well. I’m trying to cover everybody in
the THANKS, but let me just say I genuinely love everybody that made
this a success and I want to thank you all SOOOO Very much. Yes even
those of you who made our proposal picture go sorta-kinda viral! THANK
YOU ALL SO MUCH!
Honestly, we are so blessed to have each other and I love Amen so very
much that the only answer I could yell out when he asked me to marry him
was “Of course I will” – right after I asked if my Dad knew that the proposal was happening. LOL….
Thankfully I am TheDIYLady, and they didn’t catch my nails looking rough
since it was a weekend. BUT the bestie later told me she had plans in
case my nails would have needed pampering.
However, can you just imagine if my nails looked a mess though? Hahaha, the nail polish world would take ALL of my cards!
However, I’m still low-key mad my hair looked a mess and I cried like a baby. LOL…
More importantly, A BIG THANK YOU to everyone both in real life and on
social media for the love you have shown towards our love. My life has
become a testimony and a message and I hope that beyond this “showcase
of love”, you can see the message I’ve always tried to pass across to
everybody. God is good, life goes on, and God’s got you!
Life is not always easy, and I have stories upon stories of how close I
have come to GIVING UP, but at the end of the day, God uses somebody, or
even speaks to me personally and HE helps me to remember what his
words says in 1st Corinthians 10:13 that:
No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And
God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can
bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that
you can endure it.
You can watch the video (HERE)