Church of God and legal practitioner, Dele Taiwo and his wife, Doyin,
whose wedding photos recently went viral on the Internet, share their
love story with MOTUNRAYO JOEL.
beautiful wife for almost a decade. We met in Ondo State. We were
attending the same Redeemed Christian Church of God parish. When I saw
her for the first time, I had no thoughts of her becoming my wife. My
relationship with her at the outset of our friendship can be described
as one that exists between a father and daughter. I would describe our
union as divinely orchestrated by God, because she was not the person I
intended to marry. While we were enjoying our father-daughter bond, I
was in a serious relationship with another lady and she knew about it.
Even after my relationship with the lady ended, starting a relationship
with my wife never crossed my mind. That thought never crossed her mind
being God’s will, her love for God got me attracted to her. She is
extremely passionate about godly things – that got me drawn to her, not
her beauty. I finally decided that I wanted to spend the rest of my life
with her on January 2016. At that point, I no longer saw her as a
daughter but my prospective partner. Though one of the things that got
me discouraged about starting a proper relationship with her was the
father-daughter bond we previously shared. I also thought about what
people would say. But I had no choice other than to submit to God’s
will. Honestly, when God told me that she is my wife, I struggled with
His will. Immediately I succumbed to His will, I began to fall in love
God told me concerning the future of our relationship and her being my
wife. I also sought the views of my spiritual fathers before I
approached her. Surprisingly, my request didn’t catch her unawares. All
she asked for was some time to think over it. But God had already spoken
to her too about it.
me that he is my husband, I kicked against it because of his height. I
didn’t want to marry him. But I had no other choice but to allow God
have His way in my life.
that he is godly. He has a caring heart. He is a loving husband. Though,
the personal qualities he exhibits weren’t what attracted me to him. I
believe our union is God’s will.
her decision. But if I were in their shoes, I would have acted that way.
I celebrate my wife for standing her ground. Her family wasn’t in
support of her decision to marry me. I understand how they felt. They
were trying to avoid being stigmatised. Today, I can happily say that my
in-laws love me. They have embraced me with open arms.
saying no. Their objection lasted for months. But when they saw that I
was determined to get married to him and that our union is God’s will,
they surrendered to His will.
not theirs. But those who I told accepted my decision and celebrated my
courage. Maybe some of them would have thought otherwise behind my
doubted her love for me. When we began a proper relationship was when
she was posted to Kogi for her National Youth Service Corps programme
but we kept communicating with each other. The distance between us was
not a problem because we already knew ourselves too well. Moreover, I
know her as someone who is trustworthy. I had no reason to think she may
have stopped loving me.
commitment to our relationship especially while I was observing the NYSC
programme got me more attracted to him. He used to send a text message
to me every morning and evening throughout the one-year service. He was
consistent; he never missed a day. He always called me on the phone; his
calls were frequent.
is something I overcame a long time ago. I’m not bothered by people’s
stares. I always say to myself, people cannot stand and stare at me
forever. It is either I move away or they move away.
because whatever God does is always celebrated. When God says it is
time for something, He makes the celebration beautiful and glorious.
since I was in child. And while growing up, I spent time with people who
were taller than me. I never felt there was any difference in our
heights. I was actively involved in all what my friends did. They also
never made me feel discouraged about my height.
it is a decision I have made and I am happy with it. I am excited about
my decision. Every day, whenever I look at him, I feel good and
fulfilled. I am enjoying my life.
and favoured. She is a blessing to my life. I describe her as a
wonderful woman, a priceless jewel. If I were to send a message, I would
say she is the best thing that has ever happened to me after my
to someone, never mind what people will say. There is more to a person
than his height. It is also not about the outlook of a product, what
matters is the content. Once you are convinced that God has directed you
to someone, follow His will.