I can remember vividly the first time I set my eyes on her. I was 22 and she was 20. It was not difficult to see her invaluable worth. Within a short space of time and with much excitement, I had concluded she was going to be my wife. At the age of 22, she became my wife after paying her bride price. The blessings she brought into my life started to manifest in no time as I moved into a 2-storey building I built under 2months and 3weeks at the age of 22. To the glory of God, we eventually wedded in 1997 at Muson centre, Lagos. I was 26 years at the time and she was 24 years. All these were rare feats!
From then onwards, the good tidings of love has been evident in our lives. She has been a rock, my solid rock. Her entrance into my life opened doors, shattered barriers, leveled mountains and made me soar. This treasure stood by me through thick and thin, even at my lowest ebb. You see, the bible never lies. As the word of the Lord says "he who finds a wife, findeth a good thing"...In my case, I FOUND THE BEST THING! I would and could never ask God for more. Taking a stroll down memory lane and life as we started it, the struggles, the bliss, the highs and the lows, all the beautiful moments we have shared, there is no doubt that she has been an immense blessing to me.
Obim, I honor you on this special day, for being a solid pillar of strength and support all through the years. Since we started this journey over 20 years ago, your belief and confidence in me has been resolute, giving me a steady platform to build on. Through the good times and bad, you stood firmly behind me, helping me withstand the true test of time, growing with you, by you and growing closer each passing year. My strength lies in you, Uche. My renewed strength comes from the assurance of your ability and capacity to take charge of the home front while I do battle on the field. You see...you are the best partner I could ever dream of. We are the best team! Even while I am on the battlefield daily, with all the hostilities and struggles, you are always behind me and knowing that I have a woman who has got my back, even when it's against the wall fills me with so much confidence.
At this juncture, I wish to thank you for everything, absolutely everything you represent and have done for me. Words can never be enough to exhaustively explain what you mean to me. You have blessed me in countless ways, of which being the caring and resourceful mother of our 5 beautiful children is the zenith.
Despite being highly misunderstood and sometimes controversial, you have always been that one person who understood me totally, seeing beyond everyone else, seeing beyond the veil. I want to thank you for tolerating me and all my controversies. Over the years, the countless advice and counsel gotten from your well of wisdom has kept my foot on the ground. Today, I am afloat because of you.
Inasmuch as I recognize the fact that words are inadequate to gush about my thoughts and feelings for you, I intend to use our book which would be published soon to illustrate exhaustively what you mean to me, even though that might just scratch the surface.
My love, as you reach another milestone today, my earnest prayer is that God grants us the grace to understand and love each other more and more with each passing day. You have been a virtuous wife, an extraordinary friend, a wonderful mother, a reliable confidant and a precious vessel which God has used to bless me immensely.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MY ANGEL. I LOVE YOU SO MUCH.