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From Koko Mansion to Diplomat wife!

The beautiful Chioma Akuezue met Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany Walter von den Driesch on a plane from Germany to Nigeria in 2010. Their meeting was brief – they parted at the airport, but when the beautiful aspiring singer – who participated in D’banj’s reality show Koko Mansion – and diplomat crossed paths again months later, he wouldn’t let her go without getting her number … now the couple has now been married over a year!

Today BN Weddings catches up with Chioma on her current adventures as a diplomat wife and asks about her future endeavours.

We have to say we are so happy to see an increase in inter-cultural and inter-racial marriages recently. Love truly has no limits.

All images by K Lala Photography.

Enjoy!

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BellaNaija Weddings: How has life been away from the spotlight? How’s married life treating you?

Chioma: It has been great, apart from my family I have been more focused with my current projects in Germany and at the moment I do not need the spotlight as I have to concentrate on my goals and achievements. I am happily married, my husband and my daughter are doing great in their fields.

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BNW: Aww, you just mentioned your adorable daughter. She looks just like you! How was it like finding love with a beautiful daughter in tow? Did she warm up to Walter quickly?

It’s been great finding love with someone I love and admire. I have learned and am still learning a lot from my husband, he’s the best thing that has happened to me, and he adores me a lot, has so much respect for me and, most importantly, he loves my daughter and cares so much for her. They both make crazy jokes and laugh a lot. My daughter wasted no time in warming up to him, the first time she saw him she asked me, “mum who is he?” and I said to her, “he is my friend and he is going to be my husband” and I told her so much about him, they both got to know each other and after only some hours of playing together and my daughter told me, “mmhmm ok I like him, and I think I can call him dad when the two of you get married”. I was quite impressed by her response and immediately I knew I wouldn’t have problems with her getting to know my husband. And for sure as soon as I got married I took her with me, she’s really happy and having fun with her life, she’s very communicative and sociable, she is just my carbon copy, and the fun part of it is people actually believe she is my younger sister lol! which is good I believe, and by the way my daughter will be 9 years old this coming Sunday, she grows so fast lol! Soon we will both wear the same shoes. She attends school in Berlin. She is the only African student in her international class and everybody likes her.

BNW: Aww, that’s so beautiful to hear. We wish her a happy birthday in advance! It’s great that she’s adjusting well. Now, your parents … We all know African parents can be a little bit conservative. How did your family feel about marrying a non-Nigerian?

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Earlier my father thought it was not okay as I will be living far away from home but after a while he accepted and saw that I am very happy and he had no choice; my parents, family and friends are all happy for me.

BNW: Was your husband’s family accepting?

Unfortunately my husband’s parents are late, he lost them already a couple of years ago, but his younger brother and friends in his hometown are happy for us.

BNW: Talking about Walter’s hometown, how’s life in Germany? 

The experience has been great living in Germany – new faces, new challenges, integrating into the culture, it has been great am loving it.

BNW: Do you speak German?

I do speak German, when I met my husband I already started to attend German classes in Lagos and I have continued doing so in Berlin.

BNW: Cook German dishes?

I cook German dishes, I took a one month crash course with a German friend of ours – Mr Jost, who runs a hotel in Ikoyi as managing director and chef. My husband taught me a few things as well and now I am almost a pro. In fact, now there is asparagus season in Germany; asparagus being one of the German national dishes 🙂

BNW: Your family life has been splendid! How’s your professional life? You were an aspiring singer in Koko Mansion, but now you also design. How has the transition been?

There was no sharp transition from music to fashion design, I am doing both –  I’m attending classes with a renowned vocal coach and apart from that I foster my existing contacts with Berlinale Annual Cinematographic Film Festival in Berlin. I took a long break because I had a job with Nigerian-German Business Association and later moved on to work for Lufthansa – the German Airline. Music and fashion has always been my passion, and fashion runs in the family, since my mum is a fashion designer and I am taking after her.

BNW: Like mother, like daughter, how cute! Now back to your love story! How did Walter propose?

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In December 2011 I went to Germany for training. He called me on the phone and said, “we should go see your parents” and I said “For what exactly?” and he said “Chi Chi I want to marry you”. So I started laughing as I thought he was joking, because he didn’t propose the usual way – like with an engagement ring and all.

When I returned to Lagos he picked me from the airport and in the car he said, “So what do you think about my proposal the other day?” I asked how serious he was and he confirmed he was serious about it. I told him I’d like to think about it and he said “Chi, there’s nothing to think about”, (as he already bought our flight ticket to Abuja to see my parents in 2 days!) I was both happy and surprised how fast things were happening, so I called them immediately to get ready – their in-law was coming! 🙂

BNW: You’ve now been married for over a year, but looking back to the wedding planning, what advice do you have for engaged couples?

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Take your time planning your wedding, as it can be very stressful. Communicate often to understand each other better and also consider your partner before making final decisions.

BNW: It’s been great chatting with you! What next can we expect from Chioma von den Driesch?

Success and great achievements.

Thank you so much for sharing with us Chioma! We wish Chioma & Walter all the beautiful blessings of married life.

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Chioma’s Wedding Photos!

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Photography: K Lala Photography and Films | klalaphotography.com | instagram.com/klalaphotography | info (at) klalaphotography.com

Wedding Date
White Wedding: 27th April 2013

Wedding Venue
White Wedding: La Cour Hotel, Ikoyi

Wedding Attire
Bride’s Makeup: Elaine Shobanjo of Shomya Lag | instagram.com/shomya_lag
Hair: Ugo of Make Me Salon
Wedding Dress & Bouquet: Enthyst Bridal
Reception Dress: Mori Lee
Wedding Shoes: Divatude by Amina – Divatudeshoes (at) yahoo.com | +234 806 320 0112, +234 818 301 2500
Groom’s Suit: Stresemann

Vendors
Invitation Cards: Koza
Cake: Cakes and Cream
Wedding Planner and Decor: Nwando
Food & Drinks: La Cour Hotel, Ikoyi

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44 Comments

  1. @edDREAMZ

    April 17, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    I just wish the write-up didnt end bcos i was just enjoying the whole thing and she is cute… May God bless ur union….
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    ***CURRENTLY IN JUPITER***

  2. No wonder

    April 17, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    Kai, I too like this kind of marriage o. God bless you. Me too I am looking for a man much older than me. I don tire for all these small small boys. My body just dey sweet me as I dey read your story. God bless your home dearie. I jealous you die make I no lie. The last guy I dated was 46 and it is the best I have ever had. Since then, I dey look for another one like that. If to say no be condition when make crayfish bend, I for don marry that guy, I no go ever listen to people mouth again lai lai to lai la.. Abeg no remind me jor, just carry go. God bless your home for the third time jare.

  3. Joan85

    April 17, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    Money is good mehn. See how fresh she looks, she’s such a gorgeous woman.
    God bless your marriage… 🙂

  4. iyke

    April 17, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    I quote ‘Earlier my father thought it was not okay as I will be living far away from home but after a while he accepted and saw that I am very happy and he had no choice; my parents, family and friends are all happy for me ….’

    Nne gbabuo oku….Your father kelere chukwu big time! You are better off and am truly happy for you.

    • Dr, N

      April 17, 2014 at 3:33 pm

      Kai! Iyke!

    • Moi

      April 22, 2014 at 8:38 pm

      Silly guy! hahahahahahahahaha

  5. Sylvonce

    April 17, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    Whao! Love indeed knows no bound. It accepts you for who u truly are. Happy for them and I love d cake most! Anyways back to watching of d film, “Scandal” So interesting! Av also gat “House of Cards” and “Game of Thrones” lined up, lol. #CozyEnvrionment. You can come wiv ur popcorn buh pls no screaming d house down wen d suspense…

  6. 1 + The One

    April 17, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    I enjoyed reading this… Chioma is very beautiful! May they continue to enjoy their marriage

  7. Wale

    April 17, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    She is really cute. I’d marry her too.

  8. klala photography

    April 17, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    It was a great experience shooting chiomas wedding. We had a great time working together from pre wedding shoot to the church and reception Chioma smiled all tru. Thanks bella naija

    • BellaNaija Weddings

      April 17, 2014 at 4:27 pm

      Thank you so much for sharing!
      We really enjoyed speaking with her as well.

  9. GORG

    April 17, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    I HAVE NEVER SEEN SUCH A GORGEOUS SILKY LOOKING CAKE.
    IT LOOKS LIKE SATIN FABRIC

    • DocDeola

      April 18, 2014 at 6:20 pm

      I think the fondant might be satin ice brand, which gives the satiny effect (due to extra shortening in recipe), it was then probably finished off with a pearlised spray, to make it shiny on top of the ivory/caramel colour.
      I really liked the cake and the finishing. Very well done to the cake artist.

  10. GORG

    April 17, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    The world is hard and love is extremely hard to find so when you find one (regardless of race) who loves and adore, dont let that go. Dont listen to society. Life is too short. I am very inspired by this couple.

    single ladies open your heart to interracial dating – whats important is how the person treats you, and how you treat them. Everybody else including family and friends can hug i milllion transformers

    • magh

      April 18, 2014 at 1:37 am

      sis.. you just said something . this vanilla guy has been on my case.. I mean he’s trying but I get nervous like what do we have to talk about ? if i finally agree on going on a date with him..met him at a public lib, in a new city so we didn’t even attend same uni..
      I’ve been searching for my african (specifically naija) price but as they’ve all turned blind lol.. i guess a girl may have to leave her comfort zone.. love knows no color..

  11. NAms

    April 17, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    GOD bless their union beautiful and classy event

  12. Jeremy's mum

    April 17, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    awww!!! Bless this union

  13. Mrs. DjXclusive

    April 17, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    Congratulations dear Chioma, intresting story, God bless you.

  14. Rose

    April 17, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    Wow!!!! I like the interview, she seems genuinely in love. She’s gorgeous, her skin is glowing who wouldn’t fall in love with such young woman. He looks so much older, but if he accepts her and her culture and takes good care of her and her cute daughter, why not. I love her wedding dress and that cake is scrumptious. I want to steal it and run away.

    • Radiant

      April 17, 2014 at 5:19 pm

      Lol @ stealing cake and running away. Lol

  15. happychick

    April 17, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    way to go gurl! extremely happy for you jare, see as her skin was jus looking fresh, the second wedding dress is a complete stunner. thot I was the only one feeling that cake too..cake has got plenty fans..lol

  16. Temi Tope Adebayo

    April 17, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    Wow! This gal is gorgeous truly ! And so is her daughter . But, I know where it comes from: both her parents are beautiful people. Stay blessed and happy marriage …

  17. Dee

    April 17, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    Awwww…. they seem so happy and in love. Love truly knows no boundaries and I’m happy for them. God bless their marriage.

  18. sara

    April 17, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    this girl is fine oh… i wish them a continous happy marriage #trophy wife 😉

  19. HRS

    April 17, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    Sooooooo beautiful!!!! I love love love their story! Wish you both eternal love together! 😀

  20. edna

    April 17, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    I totally LOVED the interview. Such a great love story. Praying for a lifetime of happiness Chi, Walter and daughter

  21. Miss Anonymous

    April 17, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    Her happiness glows from within. Nice!

  22. SOLO ACT

    April 17, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    i am happy for her! i am glad she found a man that can accept her child with open arms!! they are a breath of fresh air! that cake looks yummy tho

  23. Opinion

    April 17, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    She’s a stunner…dude couldn’t resist…these consul generals to Nigeria have insect eyes for young fine babes sha…another one from the states married an Edo girl years ago…

  24. BC

    April 17, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    Lovely story. The cake is beautiful.

  25. Ify Ada | Chiefwedslolo.com

    April 18, 2014 at 3:10 am

    Aww,they look so happy. Chioma is so adorable. Congrats to them both!!

  26. Superchick

    April 18, 2014 at 4:21 am

    @Opinion, you are right,former consul general to American embassy brian brown married tracy then.they are bless with two daughters now.congrats to chioma too.God dey oo issokay

  27. Stephanie

    April 18, 2014 at 4:46 am

    We really do find love in d weirdest of places…..congrats to the beautiful couple!
    blogsvila.blogspot.com

  28. deb

    April 18, 2014 at 11:26 am

    She is a very beautiful woman.

  29. ao

    April 18, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    Very beautiful bride and daughter. Not surprising b/c her mother is gorgeous as well and dad is handsome too. HLM. Glad to see she is happy in her marriage and being treated like a queen. Cheers!

  30. Seyi

    April 19, 2014 at 12:19 am

    Kate Henshaw is so so so so so pretty

  31. www.alexandermccathy.blogspot.com

    April 19, 2014 at 2:07 am

    the bride looks gorgeous….

  32. Tgurl

    April 19, 2014 at 8:13 am

    Interesting happy for her but come to think of it, if this were to be a man, ladies here would have been saying why didn’t he marry a Nigerian babe are we not good enough ?have not read any complaint here which is good but we women ….women if it were to be a guy what would have been our comment

    • obitalk

      April 22, 2014 at 5:30 pm

      Nigerian men marrying oyinbo has turn to purewater, its not really anything special now, infact it got to the point that some men started abusing it, so if we see it yes you will get the same reaction, but some are really honestly good, don’t get it wrong.

  33. Feirooz

    April 22, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    Awww Sooooo cute

  34. tobiloba

    April 22, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    she is very beautiful. i love the wedding photos, didn’t want it to end.

  35. uju

    April 24, 2014 at 10:39 am

    this was such an interesting read….wish you many more blissful years ahead>>>

  36. Eniola

    April 24, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    Congratulations dear, so happy for you. God bless your union and grant you all your heart desires. These days it’s great to marry for all the right reason and with common sense. TIRED OF ALL THIS RUBBISH POVERTY DISAPPOINTING LOVE…..NONSENSE

  37. Beauty

    May 15, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    Yes oo is better to marry a man other than you than a young boy who is growing. Thank you chimo for sharing,she is beautiful. And those that find love with their mates God bless all of you.

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