“I fell in love with his broad shoulders,” New Ondo state First Lady, Mrs. Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu shares love story
By Rita Chioma,
Mrs. Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, the wife of Ondo State governor, Rotimi Akeredolu shared their love story in an interview recently.
When asked how she met her husband by Mary Ekah of ThisDay, the Imo State indegene said: “It’s a long story. Actually my husband was a youth corper then in Enugu.
I was also posted to Enugu. So a friend of mine visited me and then she came along with her boyfriend who also came along with my husband. That was how we met and it was love at first sight. I think people frown at love at first sight but it worked for us.
I fell in love with his broad shoulders. Then he was really looking very cute. I can still remember what he was wearing that day. I won’t forget – a red shirt, long sleeves, and jean trousers. He was really looking great and then we were very young and restless.
That was like 37 years ago. He couldn’t even take me out because he didn’t have money as a youth corper. It was quite magnetic and that was it. And besides I have always said that whoever that was going to marry me must be able to sweep me off my feet completely and that was exactly what happened.
There is a three-year age difference between us. I am older than him anyway. I was like 25 then while he was 22. It was love that really endured. I had graduated and in my place when a girl graduates from the university, suitors come from left, right and centre. .
And your parents would expect you to go for a self-made man with everything. But I have always known that there was no way I could have married a self-made man. I will rather build a home from the scratch with you because I want to have a say in my home.”