Does her name ring a bell? I guess not. But, you sure know Social Prefect Tours. Yes, the brand comes to mind. Chiamaka Obuekwe is the CEO of Social Prefect Tours; one of the top Nigerian tour operating companies that organize group tours, private tours, corporate retreats within and outside Nigeria.
In a viral Instagram post made 3 years ago, Chiamaka walked away from her marriage of 1 year on a basis of infidelity. In the series of Instagram posts, Chiamaka announced to friends, family, and followers why she walked away from her marriage.
3 years after her failed marriage, Chiamake has taken to Twitter to share marriage lessons from her union with ex-husband, Aniefot Ntia.
This is a must-read for everyone.
I woke up this morning & Google photos reminded me that it was my traditional wedding on this day, 3 years ago & as some of you may or may not know, I am no longer married & unashamedly so. Today I am going to share a bit about marriage from what I experienced & learned.
Firstly, a disclaimer – I am not a marriage counselor, therapist nor do I know much. I am only sharing from experience. So, my marriage lasted for about a year or a little over. Trad was in Dec 2017, white in January 2018 and the marriage ended in February 2019.
Let me tell you the truth guys, marriage can be beautiful. At least I experienced its beauty though briefly. Also, marriage has nothing to do with how long you date. We dated for almost 4 years, so that’s long enough. But lots of signs were ignored.
So I’ll be sharing 7 major lessons I learned from my marital failure (which I actually don’t see as a failure because I gained peace, restored joy, confidence, and more).
Lesson 1: Don’t ignore the signs
The truth is there are always signs there. Marriage only escalates the issues. If he or she were a particular way before the marriage, it would only get worse afterward.
The problem is that a lot of people (including me) are blindly in love so we ignore the signs. We believe the person would change after marriage. But brethren, people hardly change. If the person is lazy, stingy, unforgiving, or unkind before marriage, these things would only become worse after marriage. So be wise & do not ignore the signs.
Lesson 2: Don’t fight to win as an individual but as a team
Hmm, this one. Please remember that you’re a team when you become married and fights & disagreements are inevitable but don’t fight to be the winner in any disagreement. Your partner is not the enemy. Win together.
Lesson 3: Communication is key
This one, I’m sure you’ve heard & you’re probably tired of hearing but it is so true. Talk about everything with your partner, I mean everything. Talk about things as random as the weather and as deep as your sex life, your aspirations & dreams.
Lesson 4: Discuss your expectations and desires before marriage.
This is closely related to communication. You need to be sure of yourself as a person and clear about your expectations & desires in marriage. You need to talk about things as important as kids if you want them, you need to talk about your sex life, about cooking, home care, finances & so much more.
A lot of people go into marriage without discussing these things. If these were discussed, a lot of couples would even know that they have different expectations & should not be together.
Lesson 5: Don’t go to bed angry
This is also something you’ve heard a lot. I mean this literally and otherwise. Don’t let anger fester & grow in your relationship. To be honest, this is what broke us. Don’t let the small issues turn into big issues. Don’t sweat the small stuff.
Lesson 6: Marriage takes responsibility and maturity
This is something I am still learning; in fact, a lot of us are. A lot of people don’t know the responsibility it takes to be in a relationship or marriage. It’s not all fun & games. It is a very serious commitment.
Marriage is not child’s play. So take your time, grow, learn, travel, be exposed, read, ask questions, go to counseling, all before getting married. It is not something to be rushed into. Do not let anyone, especially society pressure or rush you into getting married.
Lesson 7: Your partner is not perfect
Learn to accept your partner with their flaws and all. You are meant to grow together. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t heal from past trauma or that you should be a shitty person & be waiting for someone to come and save you.
However, no one is perfect so learn to accept your partner. If you desire to become better at anything, work on it together. That helps you even grow closer. An example is if you desire to live a healthier lifestyle, you guys can work out together and all. That’s romantic sef.
So these are my 7 lessons. I hope you’ve learnt something or at least been reminded of something you’ve learnt before.
But of course, I have bonus points:
Your happiness, joy, peace, and mental health come first, so always put yourself first. Be confident in yourself. Be your own person; don’t let the marriage stop you from being who you are. Have your own interests, friends, and goals. Heal from past trauma. Selah
Bonus bonus point about the shame of marital failure – My dearest people, there’s nothing to be ashamed of. Shame is only but a social construct created by society. Na marriage end, you no kill person. You are smart & amazing & beautiful things lie ahead for you. You matter. You rock.
So there you go. Happy 3rd not-tradiversary to me
Face with tears of joy
Thank you guys for reading. Love and light always