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The ODILI couple and their mothers speak on the trado wedding

ON Saturday, October 4, 2014, in Onitsha (Anambra State), Sandra Ego Ononye and Hon. Paul Odili staged their traditional marriage.

The couple and their mothers spoke to ENCOMIUM Weekly about their love and tomorrow…


Couple  (10) ‘She’s a very good cook’


Congratulations!  How does it feel to be married?

It feels wonderful, it’s a good thing to be married.

How did you meet your wife?

I met her through a friend of mine and we became friends, and that was all.

What do you cherish most about her?

She is a very friendly, warm person and a very good cook.

Tell us briefly about yourself.

I am a public servant.  I work in the office of the Delta State governor as an adviser on communication.

What are your plans for the honeymoon?

(Laughs) We haven’t taken a decision on that yet.

How many kids are you planning to have?

One child is okay but I think she wants two.


‘I want to remain his baby, girlfriend and wife’


Couple With Azu Orakwe (2)How do you feel today?

I feel good.  You know it’s once in a life time and I am marrying my best friend.  So, I am excited today.

How did you meet your husband?

We met through a friend.

What do you cherish most about him?

He is a caring and wonderful man and he has a wonderful personality.

How many children are you looking at?

Minimum of one and maximum of two.

Where did you get your wedding dress?

They are from Phunk Afrique.  She designed all my outfits.

What are your expectations now that you are married?

I expect a happy home.  I want to remain his baby, his wife and his girlfriend.


‘My expectation manifested today’

–               MRS. HELEN ODILI, Groom’s mother

Congrats!  Your son is married today. How does it feel?

Couple With Groom's FamilyI feel very, very happy. It has been a long time that I have been expecting this to come, thank God that it is finally here.

When he told you he had found the woman he is getting married to, what was your initial response?

I was glad.

In your view what are the secrets that sustain a marriage?

Marriage is between two persons coming together to become one.  So, if there is any misunderstanding, only two of them should settle the issue and not trying to bring a third party between them.

How many children do you wish them to have?

Nigeria is hard these days, so I wish God should give them between three and four children.


‘I give all thanks to God’

–               PASTOR (MRS.) JOY ONONYE, Bride’s mother

Congratulations!  Your daughter is married today. How does it feel?

A Toast To The CoupleI am very excited and happy.  I give all the thanks to God.

When she told you she had found the man she is getting married to, what was your initial response?

I was joyous and looked forward to seeing the man.

In your view, what are the secrets that sustain a marriage?

Jesus being in the family.  If there is love, peace and unity between the couple.  As long as they have Jesus in their home, they will live happily.  So, when problem comes, it will be resolved amicably.

What is your wish for this marriage?

I wish them happy married life, success and great blessing from above, blessed with children from God.

 – Interview and pix by GODWIN ONYEMAECHI who was in Onitsha, Anambra State




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