Happy Valentine’s: Read This Nigerian Tale of Love

Happy Valentine’s Day wedding lovers. We have a tale of love for you featuring a bride and a groom; with poetry by Heart by IBK and photography by Jide Odukoya Photography Studios (JOP Studios) and Horpload Works.


Dying dreams or leaping hopes?

Broken hearts or starry eyes?

Holding back or moving on?

Past forgetting or tomorrow embracing?

I am here to stay

Not like the last

I am your only

And to me you have no past

On this day we start forever

You have forever to truly see

There could never have been another

If another was never me

You are precious and true

And even if I could be with everyone else,

Who I would want is you.

How could I leave you?

Did you forget I chose you?

I was not compelled to.

But still I had to

You needed love

And I needed someone to love

Don’t you realize?

Even though you were hiding

I was the one in need of saving

Picture perfect

Perfect picture

Pictured perfect

Perfected picture

The filler and the filled

The healer and the healed

The lover and the beloved

To forever and renewed

Left; A position suddenly turned into a state

Scars; Jagged lines around my hurt torn heart

Tears; Silver crystals you left in your place

Bars: Inner sanctum to keep others out

Sacred space well hidden by me

Starred bandages on my wounded heart

Scarlet wrappings so none could see

A testament of a well-played part

I did not give out any passes

My guards were up there was no compromising

Still you were able to slip through my defenses

Into this sacred space, my place of hiding

Because I am no different from you

Our love found me a way through

When would you admit that which you have refused to see

It is not possible that I only let you be


  • Concept & Photography: Jide Odukoya Photography Studios (JOP Studios)
  • Photography (Studio): Tope Horpload of Horpload Works
  • Videography: Lanre Esho Films
  • Makeup: Peace Ibadin MUA
  • Hair Stylist: Cee tee Guchi
  • Decor: Divine Events
  • Balloon Decor: Koachellah
  • Planner: Banky Su Events
  • Model (Bride): Banke Su
  • Model (Groom): IK Ubah
  • Bridal Dress: Elizabeth and Lace Bridal
  • Groom’s Suits: Twelve 19 Styles
  • Bride’s Second Dress Stylist: Lavish Bridal
  • Private Beach Area: Mood Night Life
  • Poetry: Heart by Ibk


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