by Chinwe Okafor
You know when you are stuck in traffic and your eyes lock with that young handsome man in the car beside yours and for a moment it seems you both are destined to be together? No? Well, it may not have the exact story line for Matse Nkoli-Uwatse but one common factor surmounts from both scenarios- she met her husband in traffic.
Now married for over a year, the couple spoke to Vanguard about the joys of being married and how the journey has been so far. Her husband however had more to say;
Ekemelu: I met my wife on March 9, 2012. I remember because it was my brother’s birthday. I had a project I was working on and the technician had an installation to do . I had been to my brother’s place and was rushing to Lekki to inspect the installation. While in traffic at Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island, I saw my wife in her car and I admired her hairdo. I thought she looked cute and tried to get her attention. Unfortunately, she did not look my way because her windows were wound up and she was listening to loud music. She sped off and I chased after her. I caught up with and requested she pulled over. Matse complied even though she was shocked. We talked and exchanged cards. I did not know who she was because I don’t listen to radio.
I noticed she wore a tee-shirt with the inscription, Pink Pearl Foundation. I knew about foundations because I had worked with quite a few. We discussed about the foundation and I found the conversation quite intelligent. She seemed my kind of person from the way she spoke. As I walked back to my car, I told myself Matse would either be my best friend forever or my wife.
On the Limelight:
Ekemelu: I did not know who she was until some weeks into the relationship. I told her if I had known who she was when we met, I don’t think we would have come this far.
She is an indoor person but I am the one who gets stopped when I am out. People stop me and ask if I am Matse’s husband.
On Marital Challenges:
Ekemelu: The beginning is always rough but we know that even the best marriages have rough patches. We are both mature and even though our marriage is less than two years old, we understand each other better.
A lot of the misunderstanding is caused by my wife. Most times, she is the one who likes to vent and when she is done, she usually has a lot to apologise for.