When Chidiogo and Andrew‘s bells happened, a lot of amazing things stood out with the couple. Their anarchistic attending to their white wedding, the authentic adulation and activity that belted the couple, the bride’s attractive attending and a lot more. For us at BellaNaija Weddings, the couple’s adulation drew us closer.
We are so aflame to accept the admirable helpmate Chidiogo allotment all about their adulation adventure with us! You will adulation this.
By The Bride, Chidiogo
Leading up to our white and acceptable bells ceremonies, my ancestor assassin rainmakers who, adverse to their name, were to accumulate the rain away. On the Friday afore the big day, in a pre-celebration abounding with ability and dance, I had a adventitious to acquaintance these abstruse alcohol that can authority and absolve the rain. The masquerade in catechism was baby and unassuming, but powerful. Saturday, in abrupt adverse to its neighbouring Friday and Sunday, was dry afterwards a bead of rain in sight.
This abracadabra was aloof one archetype of how the day was alloyed with the mystical aegis of spirits. We acquainted guided every footfall of the way as abeyant dramas were averted, the dress came together, a men’s dressmaking adversity was adored at the final moment, all while well-wishers were captivation our easily every footfall of the way. Notable amidst these saints was the aboriginal adult of Anambra State, Her Excellency, Chief Mrs Ebelechukwu Obiano (Osodieme). She went aloft and beyond, carefully dispatch in like a mother would, and all for the adulation she had for my mother Dora. Our best aboveboard acknowledgment toher and her husband, His Excellency Chief Willie Maduabuchukwu Obiano.
On Saturday, as Andrew and I absolved bottomward the aisle, I was transported to our aboriginal airing together. It was a hot September Saturday afternoon in the arid of Nevada at the accident of the commemoration accepted as Burning Man. That I was at the commemoration in itself is addition testament. I was, as with so abounding miracles of my life, afterward an intuition. The bulletin had been bright and came via abounding choir to ‘go to Burning Man’. Little did I apperceive that it was to accommodated him. The one I prayed for with these actual words, aloof a few months before:
“Monday, 8 Feb 2016. Geneva – I seek a affiliation with a able man, mind, anatomy and spirit. I seek a affiliation with a man who will cherish, adulation and honour me and the activity we anatomy together, acknowledging commemoration added through the adventure with kindness, love, a smile and words that put difficulties in perspective. He will not be abroad from home all the time but accept a career that allows for him to abetment acerb and sometimes wholly in architecture a home for us and for the children. He will be acquainted and affect us to abound in consciousness. He will be abounding of affection and accept a abyss of adulation that leaves us aggressive by what two bodies can accomplish together. He will authority me and we will accord gratitude. He will be flexible. He is adventurous/open to new experiences. He is adored in himself and calm we allotment beatitude in God and Love.”
And accurate to the abracadabra of manifestation, he appeared afore me with these words, “Hi, My name is Andrew, I would like to get to apperceive you, how would it feel to get to apperceive me?”
We admired commemoration added from the moment we met. It was as if we had accepted one addition in addition realm. Accepting spent the commemoration of the commemoration above-mentioned to our affair in advised spaces of exploration, brainwork and expansion, it was abundant easier to see this affiliation for the accurate adulation that it was. We accepted the alpha of a afterlife that is still absolute itself.
When we are in flow, bewitched things activate to happen. Take for example, the admirer who happened to accept a able camera that captured our aboriginal moments of adulation in the desert. Or the woman who absolved up to us on the night of the ‘temple burn’, aloof a day afterwards we met. She took my easily and corrective about my gold ring. She again took Andrew’s easily in about-face and corrective on his arena finger, looked us both in the eye and said, “Now you are married”. Neither of us laughed it off, nor denied the accuracy of her words. Somehow, we knew it to be true.
I was active in Geneva at the point in my activity animate at the World Economic Forum arch the Global Shapers Community above Africa and the Middle East. Andrew was based out of Canada, acknowledging able athletes. We shuttled amid our two countries as we congenital on our band and with it, the alertness of the approaching we capital to create.
The intentionality of our accord has been our greatest strength. It has helped us cross misunderstandings, pain-points, triggers, anxieties, fears, hopes, dreams and aggregate in between. The foundation of this assignment for me was the animate that I had a man who is “not abashed of [my] darkness”. I didn’t accept to be abashed of not actuality enough, of actuality too much, too little, and instead could focus on actuality and becoming. The authoritativeness of actuality on the adventure calm gave me and us wings.
Easter 2017, and I was visiting Canada for the aboriginal time. It was a abounding moon and we stood in the black arctic captivation easily in a bashful brainwork advertent the adorableness of the moon. I was bathed in the abracadabra of the moment including that of administration so abundant in accepted with my soul’s companion, alike in silence. I angry to him and with no anticipation asked, “Will you ally me?” I was abandoned bisected serious, but again I watched his eyes ablaze up as he responded, “Do you apperceive what you are asking?” A articulation in my arch whispered, “Does this beggarly you could accept asked all this time? Can you absolutely be the one that asks?” I stood straighter in a new accepting of a ability I had aback abdicated myself of and said, “Yes, I do. I apperceive what I am asking. Andrew. Will you ally me?” His eyes narrowed with affect and this time he responded saying, “I cannot brainstorm annihilation I would rather do.” I slipped off my feel my favourite argent apprenticed annular shaped afflict arena which I bought in Mexico accepting been acutely aggressive by the Chinese and Mayan admiration to Jade. I had beat it for 4 years above-mentioned afterwards anytime demography it off. The bean acquainted like a allotment of me. But, a articulation in my arch reminded me that, ‘he is a allotment of us’ and that it is his, meant that the mystical affiliation with the afflict continues to be ours. I slipped the arena on his feel as we smiled and laughed and hugged and laughed some more.
And so it was that we were affianced aloof a few months afterwards we met.
We alternate to Black Rock City September of 2017, absolutely one year back we met in the aforementioned arid amplitude area the Burning Man commemoration is captivated every year. This time I was not abandoned as with the aboriginal year but amidst by new accompany and my love. It was in this time and amplitude we came up with a mantra — a book that inspires us mind, body, spirit — of ‘sacred flow’. With this mantra in mind, we had an commemoration commemoration beneath a counterfeit timberline of Ténéré. It was there he gave me my ring. He had cut the afflict in half, application the admired bean to architecture the arena that is now my best admired possession. The additional bisected he keeps with him at all times.
During the bewitched commemoration that apparent a year back we met, we stood in the centre of a amphitheater of accompany beneath the tree. He cried, I cried, we promised to consistently adulation and authority commemoration added up animate that to go far is to go together. I acquainted like I did the Saturday of our contempo wedding, the armament of my ancestors with me. Sacred breeze activated. It was a adored day above our wildest imagination.
We had spent the aftermost months calm cerebration of the future. I knew it was time to accomplish a able change. Tuning in acutely to intuition of close advice and in the abounding assurance of flow, I larboard my job at the World Economic Forum to analyze a activity of my own creation, anchored in autograph a book about the woman and the fable that is and was my mother with a eyes of the ability of belief to affect and propel.
I accept begin advice by active activity in chat with my spirit. I acquisition that all key moments of abysmal affiliation to myself alpha with space. Amplitude to be in antithesis — mind, body, spirit — to listen, and to hear. In hearing, I seek backbone to about-face my animate into action.
A book that encapsulates my centralized fears and the adventuresomeness of the time came from a adviser who aggregate saying, “you accumulate accepting that aforementioned message… What are you abashed of giving up my sister? The abhorrence will consistently appear in. When you see it, airing through it, so that you may be free, so that you ability apperceive what it feels like to be chargeless falling from a cliff. Can we feel that animate in every moment? Abandoned again can we be chargeless and affect others to be free.”
Since then, we accept been on a adventure of abutting with our passions and calling. Highly recommended! I wrote about it in a blog column titled My Truths. This aisle has led me to alpha a movement and organization called She ROARS – Reimagining Our Africa Rising dedicated to allotment women to affix with and absolve their abounding potential. Moreover, it has led me on an absurd adventure of advertent myself in cogent my mother’s adventure and the affluence of all that had to appear that she be Dora.
This aforementioned calling has led Andrew to analyze hidden talents as a Naija Rap Star. It has taken us on incredible journeys.
Through it all, our mantra charcoal ‘sacred flow’. We are abiding in a assurance in this breeze and our branches are circadian adequate to ability appear our greatest purpose.
None of this would be accessible afterwards the accommodating advice of my now husband, my best-friend, my greatest guide. I bethink the aboriginal day he said “Ahuru m gi n’anya”. We were continuing in advanced of the temple at Burning Man, it was our one-year anniversary. I acquainted my absolute actuality aggrandize to apprehend these sentiments of adulation announced in a argot accustomed to my ancestors. All of me bloomed in love, in healing, in absoluteness of the absolution was. The absolution that is. I am reminded that ‘A bustle m gi n’anya’, the Igbo announcement for ‘I adulation you’ actually translates into ‘I see you in the eyes’.
We are so adored to bless our adulation with you with the animate that it is the seeds of our healing and strength. We rejoice that you see us in the eye and we you.
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