Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Waiting and Loving It!!! Feat Chidi and Victor Akunna

Hello everyone!! I am mega excited to be able to bring you another Waiting and Loving It feature! *Whew* It's been a while! I apologise for the unscheduled break and I pray the next one wouldn't take this long! :-D

I know there may be a few new visitors to the blog so I would give a brief background to the Waiting and Loving It series! As you know, I am a Christian and I believe very much in Taking it Back Old School (You can click on link to view post).. What this simply means is that I belong to the Team V (please click to read) school of thought.. Am I making sense? lol..

Ok, basically, it's the belief according to the bible that sex is a beautiful creation of God for couples in marriage.. Now, the thing is it's easier read about people's sexual escapades and exploits than it is to see people who unashamedly talk about the fact that they chose to keep sex in the context of marriage in their relationship.. You get me now?

I've heard it said so many times that abstinence in a relationship is not only archaic but down-right IMpossible! Well, if you have followed the series, then you know that that thought is down-right IMpossible lol.. Yes, people are doing it; Waiting and Loving It!!

I hope the couples featured on Tuesdays inspire you to believe that by God's grace it is possible to wait to have sex after marriage. You and I have been called to be the light of the world (Matt 5:14), and that we must be and do by God's grace.
It's not too late to make a decision either.. Even if it hasn't been the case in the past, as couples have shared here previously, it's very possible to begin anew and let God give the grace!

You can read ALL Waiting and Loving It couples HERE.. (And I said brief intro oh, sorry for the long epistle! lol)

Ok, without further ado, it's my pleasure to introduce today's amazing couple whom I really respect and admire.. Enjoy!

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Mr and Mrs Akunna
Hello Chidi and Victor! Thank you very much for agreeing to be featured here. Could you please tell us about yourselves?

Chidi: My name is Chidinma, fondly called Chidi. I am a Lawyer with special interests in Family and Child law. I love reading, engaging in exciting conversations, dancing (I could lock myself in a room and dance until I am sweating profusely)... I would save some for when we meet *Smiles*.

Victor: I'm Victor Akunna. I am a Relationship Catalyst (Relationship and Family Life Coach), training facilitator and conference speaker. I have spoken at various local and international platforms to youths, business professionals, singles and couples. My hobbies are reading and sharing information. I support Manchester United (Phew! So glad we finally have a new coach, lol). We have been married for 3 years.


Up Man U! *Hi5!* I knew there was something great about you. lol. Great to meet you Chidi and Victor, how did you both meet? 

Chidi: We met during National Youth Service (NYSC) in 2005. He was very active in fellowship – Brothers’ coordinator, Chief Usher, and Assistant TOS man. We had always seen ourselves from a distance, but never got talking. One day, a friend asked me to help him pick up an application form for Diamond bank from a brother in my fellowship called Victor Akunna.

Victor: Lol, we met during the NYSC in Gombe state, Nigeria. I had always seen her, but the first time I spoke with her was when she approached me to get an application form for someone. Thinking back now, do you know that I almost did not go for my NYSC programme? Only God knows what would have happened. Today, I tease that she is the jewel I discovered in that Savannah, because the slogan for Gombe state is 'Jewel in the Savannah'.

His Jewel in the Savannah :-)
Awww.. Per'aps I need to go and chill in the Savannah too hehe. That's really lovely.. After the introduction, what was the attraction for you Victor? 

Victor: Besides the fact that she always has a smile on her face, the other things that struck me were her calmness, carriage, passion for learning, warmth and love for God. As a matter of fact, while we were just friends, I recall recommending her to some of my friends as a potential wife for them to consider, until God delivered me from both spiritual and romantic blindness (laughs).

Amen to that! Many people need that deliverance too lol.. And Chidi? Was there a defining moment when the attraction was sparked for you?

Chidi: It was Sisters’ Day and I was looking very good. As usual, I got down to the place of worship early. The moment I saw him, I called out. He turned and couldn’t believe it was me calling. His first remark was “So you know my name?” I asked for the form, we talked. As he turned to leave, he said “You look very good by the way”. The next time we met, you’d think we had always known each other. What struck me on the second meeting was when he asked “What do you like about yourself?” Hmm... I thought for a minute and said “I like the fact that I am a happy girl”. No one had ever asked me that question, but answering that question made me feel good about myself. He went on to say that it is always good for people to identify what they like about themselves. We soon became friends. 

Friends for Life!
Aww.. It's beautiful how you remember the conversation so well. That's great. How did the friendship/relationship progress to knowing that you wanted to spend the rest of your life with each other?

Victor: First, I observed that she had (and still has) the qualities I wanted in a wife, then after praying, I had inner peace. In addition to that, I could be my real self around her.

Chidi: I liked the fact that he is sold out to the things of God, but what I liked most about him was how he made everyone around him feel. He always left people feeling better than he met them. In the course of interacting with him, I loved the way he always challenged my intellect. Things evolved, and in a short time I began to address him as 'My big brother'. Some people actually thought we were related. We were so close that he would tell me about the ladies he liked. On the other hand, he knew that the last thing on my mind was the thought of getting into a relationship, but kept persuading me to make his joy complete as a big brother watching his sister get married.

LOL.. Really? There is hope then for people who have been confined to the 'Friend/Brother-zone'! That is really interesting.. I bet you have loads of stories for your children.

Chidi: Lol.. After passing out, as a Consultant, he submitted my name as his candidate for a job interview. The day I was called up for the interview, my mum was sitting next to me and suddenly asked “What would happen if you go for this interview and he proposes to you?” (My dad often says my mum “prophesies with her eyes open”). “No way! He is my big brother”, I protested, not liking the idea. Years later, he proposed. Instantly, I said to him “Siblings don’t get married”, and I took off. For a while, we were not in communication. He gave me some time and returned. This time, he came prepared. I can still remember some of his lines – “I am not here to manipulate you, neither am I here to market myself...”

Having known him so well, I knew what consumed him; what he could die for. Interestingly, my life was already taking the same path. When he sold his vision to me, I could see myself in it. It is a vision I would want to spend my life doing; in that vision I find fulfilment. We are not there yet, but we have been able to bring it under the umbrella of Foundation for Family Affairs.

Wow, that's so wonderful! May God bring the vision to full completion in Jesus name.
What made you make the decision to wait?

Victor: Although for most of our courtship, we lived in separate countries, I remember we set up a policy ahead of time in order to guide us against building up the wrong emotions. This was to help us build on the right foundation. Thus, we made conscious effort to build the relationship by getting to know each others interests, histories, families, vision, plans, parenting perspectives, etc. We had many things to talk about.

Chidi: Our courtship was mostly long-distance. We had to put in deliberate effort to make it work. We had to communicate constantly. It involved a great deal of understanding from both of us. I guess what made it a lot easier is trust; we were open to each other.


Was it difficult? Did you get to any point when you wanted to just let go?

Chidi: When we started the relationship, he told me of the covenant he had taken with God, not to touch me until it was time. Personally, I believe that it is disrespectful for any man to ask me to be intimate with him before marriage. That would certainly put me off.

Hmmm, very true.What one advice would you give to your single self in preparation for marriage now that you’ve crossed that line. 

Victor: Get hold of God's specific promise as regards every aspect of the wedding and marriage because it will always deliver, always!

Chidi: There are some ladies who have been conditioned to expect woes in marriage. You cannot expect the worst from marriage and hope to have the best. There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off – Proverbs 23:18. Seek valid information on the subject of marriage; seek positive models; be prepared to make your marriage work; and expect a wonderful marital experience. Your marriage shall be exceptional!

AMEN!! Thank you for that.. In 3 words or sentences can you decsribe the best part of being married?


Victor: Having someone in whose presence you can be yourself, whose love for you is not based on your performance, and who happens to be travelling in the same direction with you (shares your vision and values) is awesome.

Chidi: Marriage has been a learning experience; I am a lot better than I used to be in every wise. There is a richness that fills your life when you are married to the right person. Thank God I am married to my soul-mate. Life is more interesting with him in it. 


PDA time! Any words you'd like to say to each other?

Chidi: After my decision to accept Christ, you remain my best decision!

Victor: If I have to do it all over again, I will still marry you, only that this time, it would be earlier.

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And on that beautiful note, we conclude today's Waiting and Loving It!!! It's always a delight reading the stories of couples featured here and usually their stories reiterate some important things with regards to relationships and marriage. Not only are they one more couple to inspire me to wait, but one other thing in the midst of the many lessons I picked up was the importance of knowing the vision of the person you want to marry and ensuring that it aligns with what yours is. 
Take a moment to honestly ask these questions - Do you know what his/her life's plan/goal is? Have you identified what yours is? Do both of them align? Are you happy with his/her values, dreams and aspirations? Is he/she a dream supporter or a dream killer? May God give us the grace to make the right decision in Jesus name.

Everyone is indeed doing IT - Waiting and Loving It!!!.. It is possible, by God's grace! xx

Please click HERE for other Waiting and Loving It Couples!

Do you have any question, please do not hesitate to ask!
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PS Victor Akunna is a UK-based Relationship Coach, and a member of The Coaching Academy, UK. He is focused on helping individuals, couples and companies build sustainable and valuable relationships with key stakeholders. He and his lovely wife, Chidi, run The Foundation for Family Affairs. 
He also writes regularly for BellaNaija and you can click to read his great posts - Mediating Between Your Wife and Your Mother, Managing Marital Conflict and Keeping the Spark of Romance.

You can also follow him on Twitter @familyaffairs05 and on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/FamilyAffairs05
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17 comments:

  1. Love love love this couple!! The love radiates through the screen. I also love the fashion choices going on here... They somehow manage to match their outfits together.

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  2. I awwwed at their story, you find love sometimes in the strangest places. Thank God they chose to abstain from sex before marriage, i pray God strengthens those who have taken the vow as well. Meanwhile @ one, that yellow is making a colour-blind girl's eyes even worse, maybe a darker colour. Just a thought... Good job dear, may you continue to be God's hands and feet here on earth

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  3. Lovely story by the couple.
    she knew his vision and she saw herself in it? #foodforthought
    I served in Gombe too in 2010 and loved every second of my experience there. It was an experience of a life time

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  4. @Inthe, my darling!! Thanks for your comment.. You know I didn't even notice their coordination, thanks for pointing it out! Me I like things like that lol
    @Lilian, You got that right - sometimes in the most unusual places! A huge AMEN to your prayers.. Thank you very much for the feedback! I have toned it down now, hope it's better?
    @Gracie, You served in Gombe too? Nice! So any interesting developments afterwards *wink wink* hehe xx

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  5. Love this!! Thank you for sharing...

    i went ahead to think that it was the Bakare's x_x Jumping things.. Lol.

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  6. lol.. It's good to be able to 'surprise' once in while.. Nice try though :-) xx

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  7. I had missed the Waiting and Loving It series. I love their story, those two were meant for each other, they look good together. May God bless their marriage. Thanks Ayo.

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  8. She's right about Our bad expectations......it comes to pass i saw it happen in my last relationship, i had the victim mindset and all....but i love reading this kind of post it sheds off the bad mindset and tells me that it's possible to have pure love like this....i'm encouraged and blessed:)

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  9. I like it.

    Note to self: I need to change some of my beliefs and renew my mind to God's word.

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  10. Oh wow!!!....I love this couple....I mean I had to read everything word for word!...damn!!!.....I likey...**psst mami...thanks for the recipe....now I gotta call the fire department anytime I need to cook....and maybe get a lawyer on standby**hehe....

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  11. @Sharon, amen! Thanks hun xx
    @Ugo.. It's indeed possible to enjoy a beautiful relationship and marriage by God's grace xx
    @Tessa, Amen to that!
    @Aww thanks Ernie! Haha.. Please let's see picures of the final outcome and hubby's response! :-D Much love mami! *mwah*

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  12. They look so nice and in love.
    i have noticed that most of the men you feature usually know earlier than the woman that they have found the one.*smiles*
    Where on earth is Sebs?i have missed him oh.

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  13. Awwww.. They are so cute. *whispers into your ear* the husband is kinda way taller than the wife. I'm not saying the wife is short o.....don't tell anyone I said so* Lovely love story.

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  14. @Funmi.. That's true, I believe that most times, a man knows from the onset if he is able to build a life with you.. Women too actually..

    @Moby, LOL.. I actually think that's a very cute factor! That height difference hehe xx

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  15. I served in Gombe too oh(but no such story, *weeps*, lol)!
    Hi Graciemama! I see you also served in the Jewel state.

    One, a lot of love stories have developed from Gombe Copers' fellowship, I tell ya... (And I always love to read about them, lol)

    I love that Chidi said that you can't expect to have a wonderful marriage when you believe/expect woes!

    Then, what's it with guys(on this series) wishing that they had married their wives earlier?! I really would like to know...

    Meanwhile, the couple is cute (and I can totally relate with Chidi's dance hobby!)

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  16. A relationship catalyst. what a powerful job title! So many women are in a relationship and are unaware of it or are in denial of it.
    what a powerful couple! i;ve liked their facebook page already.
    www.themanecaptain.blogspot.ca

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  17. @Debby, I'm getting more and more convinced that Gombe is the place to serve! *wink wink*... I believe the reason why they wish they had married their wives earlier is so that they could have enjoyed what their enjoying now with them much earlier :-D
    @The ManeC, that's brilliant! I bet you will be blessed by their ministry xx

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