It was the last quarter of 2011. I had recently completed my first degree and just relocated to Edinburgh for my Master’s program. It was a small town, and Edinburgh Tabernacle came highly recommended by my uncle who lived in the town. It was a small church in a small town, so everyone knew everyone. It was one big happy family, so as you would imagine, I couldn’t stay unknown for too long. I liked the people at Edinburgh Tabernacle. They were very kind, and warmed up to me. They made me feel at home and welcome to their family. It wasn’t at all a difficult decision to continue worshipping at the church.
As time went on, I noticed a guy who was doing a very poor job of stealing glances at me. Poor because I kept on catching him. I wondered when he would finally grow the nerve to say something more than “hello and hi”.
Fast forward to January 2012. As was customary, the church organized a breakfast session for its members who were still single to connect. I woke up that morning contemplating whether or not to go, as I felt, at the time, that a lot of such events were cliché. I decided to go since it would afford me the opportunity to get to know the other members better, besides I was still fairly new in the city and could do with a few more friends.
On arriving, a guy, (who turned out to be very good friends with the “glancer” J) beaconed on me to please join their table (little did I know he was just an errand boyJ). I obliged him and joined their table. He immediately initiated a conversation, we got talking and shortly after, along came Kido. It appeared the empty sit on my other side had be carefully reserved for him (a well mapped out plan, I must admit).
As soon as he settled in, he wasted no time at all, turned to me and said “Hi, my name is Kido and you are the only reason I’m here for this breakfast session today”. I was so shy and stunned at how “straight-to-the-point” he was (egbami o). He did a very good job of making sure I was comfortable and I had everything I wanted from the buffet. In typical “Naija babe” style, I decided to maximize this rare opportunity. I made him go to the buffet point over three times, as I kept changing my order and requesting for something slightly different each time. For some reason he was doing it joyfully (what could I say, the guy was in love. Lol). After the breakfast session we exchanged numbers. And that was it.
Kido never wanted to be “friend-zoned” (Lol), so he was very direct with his intentions, and never ceased to reiterate after every long conversation, in his words, “I want you to be my girlfriend, I’m not trying to be your friend or your church brother ooo”. After much persistence, I decided to give it a try and here we are now. The rest is history.
How he proposed
He got in contact with two of my colleagues at work who he knows am so fond of and planned the proposal secretly with them. It was this day after work, I was literally forced by my colleagues to come along for dinner, little did I know I was going for my proposal. We got to the restaurant and while talking and laughing, the waiter dropped a cake in front of me and on top of the cake was a beautiful ring written please will you marry me? I was so shy, on turning back I saw him on one knee, one of my shyest moments as everyone in the restaurant was aware of the ploy and so they are all watching expectantly (…like some Indian soap opera).
It didn’t end there, got home and saw my house decorated with art crafted memories and moments we have shared together, it was a very emotional moment for me. It has been an amazing four years since I knew this MAN, one of the best decisions I have taken in life was the day I decided to give this relationship a try, he is super loving, caring and extremely selfless, he will literally give up anything to make me am happy. I am Super Duper excited to be working down the aisle with this handsome young man and have prayerfully decided to spend the rest of my life with him. I look forward to a Blissful home.
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