Flora and Gbenga met in 2015 in Ibadan, Nigeria while she was completing her National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) year. The couple shared their love story and photos from their pre-wedding shoot with RareMagic Weddings with us.
Our love story (from the bride, Flora)
After my redeployment from Mangu camp Jos, posting started and I was taken to Ibadan north LGA (SUBEB). I was new to the lifestyle and culture of the land. Luckily, I got a place to stay with a friend in Ibadan Grammar School (which happens to be the secondary school he finished from). The corpers lodge was another life experience entirely, thanks to moremi and MTH experience so nothing was new.
We have a mutual connection (our parents), who helped as my care taker during my stay. So fast forward to 3 months later, I visited his family house and that was where the first conversation started. A lanky tall guy in a blue pair of pants and a Panama face cap stood in front of me. We gisted for 2 hours. It was pretty much about music, school and our fellowship experience back in Uni.
From our conversation, I could tell he was friendly and loved God. His wooing style wasn’t direct, as he stylishly asked if I would love to see a movie. I accepted as I was bored at that moment.
The movie ended with me almost freezing out but was saved by Mr Gentleman who gave me his jacket (like Jack in Titanic he was shaking but holding back??lol). He offered to buy me dinner and I obliged (because hunger wouldn’t let me be), I said no initially but yes in my head lol
We gisted throughout dinner and next thing I said was “I’m in a relationship although we’re not in a good place at the moment but I can’t cheat”. He said “okay” like I never said anything.
Fast forward to a few hours later, he got home by 11:30pm because we stood under the Molete bridge waiting for a bike but found none and he ended up walking me home before he went home?
Fast forward to later that same year, he travelled for his course in India but kept in touch. Always in my business, he kept asking all about what went on during the day. I was addicted to Skype because of him. I wasn’t in India but pretty much had a picture of what India looked like from all his gist. No gist was ever dull or dry gist, we just kept talking.
After he got back; at this point, I was also passing out from NYSC, everything began to sync. We never rushed things, we just allowed everything play out itself. From our plenty fights that always brought us back, it was really love unplanned.
I never knew I could love again after some not so nice experiences. Now I’m getting married to my friend. One who set high unimaginable standards for me, who wants me to face life anytime whether he’s there or not. The most intelligent hacker alive.
From the groom, Gbenga
For me, it was love at first sight?? no waste of time. When you see what you want go for it with no delay lol.
It was friendship at first but somehow we both knew we wanted more. She wanted to play, I wanted to play but we ended up just sticking to each other. We started when we both had nothing.
I like her patience, I like her resilience and I like her spirit to hustle. She was right to say it wasn’t planned but as a sharp guy I knew what I wanted.
We broke up 100 times and got back 100 times, for me Christ taught us to forgive ahead before a sin is even committed. That has kept us. I told you I’d stick to you like a bamboo and now we’re counting down to forever!
Me ❤ you forever
- Photography: RareMagic Weddings
- Makeup: Perry Peaches
- Dress: PMC Lady
- Suit: Mayor Stitchr