I like to tell our story but there are many things I can never explain.
I can say how we met as teenagers, but I still don’t understand how even then, we both knew this was forever. And when I can’t describe how our journey, though miraculous, has rarely been smooth, I just smile and say we’ve loved each other for 23 years and counting.
You know me better than anyone. You’ve seen me – mask off, feet of clay – and incredibly, you have loved me more, far more than I deserve. You make me a better, funnier, man. You’re my right hand and my home. You’re perfect, B. Many times, I can’t quite find the words for these things and more – so I just say, you’re beautiful.
I like to tell our story. Hopefully, one day, I’ll find all the right words and the magic to tell it as it should be told. Till then, I love you, and always will.
Lawyer and Acclaimed Novelist Chimeka Garricks for his beloved Biyai Garricks
My Darling Funke,
From the start I told you I’m the one that will marry you, you laughed at me but guess who’s having the last laugh. I pray laughter will never depart from our home. Never doubt my love for you because you’re the only constant thought throughout my day, the one who knows how to make me smile in bad times, the only person that can affect my mood and emotion with a little action.
You say you love me, and I always reply saying I love you more, I mean it and proven it by making you my wife. You’re now blood of my blood and flesh of my flesh, let’s love passionately, fight gently, forgive quickly, hug & kiss frequently, talk honestly and through the good and bad days remember forever and ever YOU ARE NOT ALONE, I AM HERE WITH YOU.
Celebrated Hip-Hop Artist, Director and Producer JJC Skillz Abdul Bello for his beloved Funke Akindele-Bello
How do I begin to express what I truly feel in my heart for you? Do I tell a story, write a book or narrate a poem? Surely words will not do you justice so I will stick to a simple letter. I am told there is a day set aside for lovers, that one day in the year when one is expected to put all else aside and focus on the one person they love, shower them with roses, serenade them with love songs, spoil them over dinner and woo them with breathtaking gifts.
That day, I suppose, is meant to make up for all the times one fell short, to cover the days where an argument broke out, to soothe over the tears from a hurt heart and to remind each other that love still abides. I find it strange to understand for even now my heart is shocked it still has the capacity to expand its ability to love you anymore.
I had thought years ago, that with the way you completely stole my heart, and returned it filled to the brim with love for you, I’d never find any room to absorb any more of loving you. Alas how wrong I was. Alone at home tonight, you are thousands of miles away and I am missing you more deeply than I ever did before. The bed still carries the sweet fragrance of your essence, the home filled with your touch and style, the garden blossoms from the care of you and my entire being longs to have you in sweet embrace.
What I would give to have you in my arms right now, to feel your lips upon mine and your breath so warm against my cheek. How I crave to whisper sweet words of adoration into your ears, knowing how well they settle in your heart and how each syllable causes your heart to beat just that bit slightly faster and how your eyes shut ever so gently as our love overwhelms your every cell. Loving you has been a journey of discovery, a beautiful rose that opens to the rising sun and releases its total beauty when caressed with tender care. I can’t simply dedicate one day in a year to show you how much I love you. It would simply be a shame to waste the other 364 days without serenading you with a dozen ways of saying “I love you”.
My beloved, my sweet heart, my best and most gorgeous Lolita, my eternally glorious rib, I can never leave your presence without a kiss, can never walk away without a hug, will never go to sleep without an embrace and will never set eyes on you without falling madly in love anew. Our love is deep, it is true, it is free, it is passionate, it is erotic, it is blissful, it is blessed, it is unashamed, it is unapologetic, it is trustworthy and it is holy. You were made for me and I for you. The perfect creation specifically and specially crafted with each other in mind. I know every bit of your body just as you know mine.
Your touch is electric and sends shivers all over me just as mine is enough to set your body on fire. Together we make each other complete and whenever we come together, it is a bonding that is crafted in heaven, a pleasure with no earthly definition and a renewal of a sacred covenant that causes our hearts to explode in pure ecstasy. Many will celebrate this day as the day for lovers, seeking their valentines, some would have secret admirers and other would be declaring their love for either the first or the tenth time, but as for you and I, it’s already the 45th day of intensely loving you this year and I am looking forward to the remaining 320 days where, God giving us life, I will have a new day, every day, to say “I Love You”. Hurry back into my open and outstretched arms my love so I can declare just how special you are to me and how blessed I am to have you as the wife of my youth.
Happy Valentine’s Day Your one and only, Tonye
Co-Founder and Group Executive Director of Sahara Group, Tonye Cole for his beloved Sylvia Cole.
They say to never regret and to always count your blessings… sometimes with the hustle and bustle of life… one can tend to forget… I promise to never overlook the God given gifts with you…
Blessings of our Love….
Blessings of our life together Blessings of lessons learned Blessings of laughter…Blessings of joy…Blessings of our Love….
Blessings of me and you.
Blessings of our faith in HIM. Blessings of a kiss and a hug. Blessings of praying together. Blessings of our Love….
Blessings of our dreams coming true Blessings of being the love of my life Blessings of a growing family Blessings of our little Princess Blessings of more Blessings to come Blessings of our Love…
Our love makes us stronger, our tears and laughter makes us one. Our love will always get us through and I will never forget or stop counting my blessings with you…
Happy Valentine’s Day Love of my life.
Actress Osas Ighodaro-Ajibade to her beloved Gbenro Ajibade.
Compiled by Beeta Universal Arts Foundation www.beetauniversal.org
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