The Nigerian couple who went viral last week after a video of them dancing joyfully to the altar to dedicate their child was posted online, have shared the amazing story of how they met, and have been in love.
In an interview with BBC Pidgin, the 24-year-old lady, Rose John, said she and her husband, Monday Itu, dated for five years and that they met when she was 19-years-old. Rose said when their relationship became very serious, her family were against it because of his disability.
“My boyfriend and I have been together for five years. We started dating when I was 19-year-old. I was in senior secondary school two (SS2) when I met him.
The first time he talked to me, I turned down his advances. The next day, he sent his friends to Ughelli, Delta state, where I was living at the time to plead with me on his behalf. It was at that point that I agreed to date him. After that, he came to meet me and we got along in a serious relationship.
When I took my boyfriend to my family's house, they felt bad. They even slapped and cursed me before chasing both of us away from the compound.
They were questioning why I chose to marry such a person when there is no one in the family with similar conditions. So, they insisted that I cannot marry the man but I told them that he is the one that I want to spend the rest of my life with.”
“I don’t see my husband as someone with a disability or without a complete body. I have not had any regret being in a relationship with him because he is caring, supportive, and knows how to make me happy with sweet words. I don’t really consider the fact that he has no money to give me”
The husband, Monday described Rose as a blessing to him, adding that his life would have been miserable without her.
“If my wife isn’t with me, life would have been miserable for me. When she agreed to date me, I didn’t have money and it’s not like I have much to give her even now, but she is still with me. I can’t fathom what really makes her love me that much. It’s something I cannot comprehend but I believe it’s God’s way of doing things,” he said