64-year-old media guru and ace Broadcaster, Chief Bisi Olatilo, of Bisi Olatilo show that aired in AIT for long has disclosed to City People how he met and married his lovely wife, Mrs Folashade Tawakalitu Olatilo, 36 years ago.
In the interview, he revealed how he eloped with his wife for months before her parents consented to their getting married.
See excerpts below…
“If I need to tell you the truth about how I have been able to make my marriage work, it is my wife I would commend and thank for having accommodated me for 36 years since we got married and for 3 years that I eloped with her. I always say that jokingly that I eloped with her, I abducted her, I kidnapped her, I kidnapped for love, for the sake of love. I took her away from her parents for about 3 years.”
Why did he do that? “Because I’m a Christian, she was a Muslim, they come from a very strong Muslim family and they didn’t quite like it. Her elder sister also got snatched by a Christian. And when it was my wife’s turn, they said not again, not in our eyes, not in our lifetime. So, I felt the only way to achieve it was to elope with her.
She loved me. She invested everything she has in me. We just had to elope. We went to hide ourselves somewhere for 3 years when we were sure that everything had gone down, we had been able to make a point, on the 19th of December 1981 when I got married, everybody came and it became a happy union then.
That was at Mapo Hall in Ibadan. We are 34 years old now in marriage. We are going into our 35th anniversary. It is my wife, whom I have to congratulate, to thank and continue to beg”. Why? “Because she forgets that I am a public figure. I don’t go out with my wife as I should and she gets worried that they may take away her husband. I don’t blame her.