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And the Winner for Day 2 of the #UnionBank100BellaNaija Valentine Season Giveaway is…



Yay! BellaNaijarians, we have been loving all your entries so far.
We go love o!

The #UnionBank100BellaNaija Valentine Season Giveaway from Union Bank and BellaNaija kicked off two days ago as we are giving TEN people N100,000 each (one person per day) for Ten Days.

Want to be a part of it? You can still put in your entry for Day Three today (click here for more information) and be on the lookout for the next seven days.

Day 2 was all about love and food and we got really interesting entries across Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and in the BellaNaija comment section. It was tough to select one winner but with a team of judges, we have selected ONE winner for Day Two.

See the winning entry from Chayil (In the comment section on the site) below.

Day two,
100 Ways To Find Love… With food.

Stanley was my beautiful friend and colleague at work. He was one person who I could tell this, that and what! He always knew what was happening to me per time and he was always there for me when I needed him.
On this fateful February afternoon, Stanley called me that he was not feeling too well and couldn’t make it to the office. As the bestfriend that I was, I quickly thought to go pay him a visit, while I proceeded to the kitchen to make him his favorite dish of Semovita, dangerously-peppered èfó rírò and assorted meats. I had some ground pepper puree in my kitchen, so that wasn’t gonna pose a problem. I did my abracadabra and in less than 90 minutes, I was at the bestie’s.
He was with a male friend when I got in. Stanley didn’t look so good. He looked pale from head to toe and looked like he needed some palatable meal. Chayil to the rescue! I quickly went to his kitchen and served him the food I had made and brought. I sat beside him to watch my delicacy work wonders, as this was not gonna be the first of its kind.
The look on Stanley’s face after the first morsel of my Semo and dangerously-peppered vegetable delicacy was like a million volts of electricity ran through his body in a millisecond. He rushed to the bathroom to throw up. Stanley must be really down with typhoid fever, I thought. “We need to rush him to the hospital”, I exclaimed as I rushed after him. Coming back to the dining table, Stanley’s friend (Wole) had just moved to help himself with the food his friend had no appetite for. He looked like a child being forced to eat. He asked me to join him. Not wanting to seem impolite, I picked a fork and digged into the plate vegetables. I’d not completely put it in my mouth when my legs carried me into the bathroom to throw my intestines up. Only then did I realise, that the pepper puree I used in making the vegetables had gone sour as there had been power outage all through the night at home. I had never felt so embarrassed! I looked at Wole with unbelievable eyes. How did he manage to eat so much of the food? My melanin must have given way for a blush as Wole went to the nearest eatery and got Stanley some food and some antimalarial. When, Stanley eventually slept, Wole offered to give me a ride home. I declined, but he insisted. During the drive home, I could hear a pin drop and the sound of my heartbeat was loud enough music. As I got down from the car, Wole’s voice trailed me. “Can I get treated to some more concoction anytime soon?”. I replied “Goodnight” under my breath.
A few days later, Wole called me and said he’d like to get even by treating me to his own concoction. I don’t know why I accepted his invitation. I went to his house and had the best meal I had tasted in a looooong time. I couldn’t believe he made it all by himself. We became friends and he never stopped teasing me about the concoction I had subjected him to.
On our wedding day last year, exactly two years after the concoction incident, the best man Stanley, while giving the best man’s speech went on to let the world in on how Wole, the groom had eaten the concoction with the ‘love potion’ originally meant for him (i.e. Stanley).
It has been a rollercoaster of love since then, and of course we have no regrets. I guess love still happens with food – sweet, tasteless or outright bitter!

Instagram – @i_chayil

Congratulations and we’ll be in touch!
If you didn’t win, do not be discouraged, keep your entries coming!


  1. racheal

    February 17, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    Congrats…. I hope to win

  2. Bello John

    February 17, 2017 at 4:38 pm


  3. Bubu

    February 17, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    Congrats Chayil, very nice story.

  4. Xristybabes

    February 17, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    Wow….congrats dear

  5. Mark Uma

    February 17, 2017 at 4:49 pm

    Congratulations to the winner, kudos to Bella Naija. #UnionBank100BellaNaija

  6. fairness

    February 17, 2017 at 4:52 pm



    February 17, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    Wow!!! Lovely

  8. Mz Titilitious

    February 17, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    Congrats! I hope to win too 😀

  9. Dolly

    February 17, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    Please I dropped my story in today’s post but its yet to show on the site.

  10. Stephanie

    February 17, 2017 at 5:51 pm

    Aww congratulations Chayil dear, am hopefulto be the winner tomorrow, God bless @BellaNaija and UnionBank

  11. Okon Bassey

    February 17, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    Hello Bella Naija, how come Day one and two winners are both females huh, i hope your judge picking winners is not a feminist because i have seen better creative stories from many male folks. The judge or panel should be fair.

  12. Oluwabukola

    February 17, 2017 at 6:18 pm


  13. Nkem

    February 17, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    Congratulations Chayil.

  14. usman Ibrahim dalhatu

    February 17, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    Day 3 Hello #UnionBank100BellaNaija i am Usman Ibrahim DALHATU Till death do me apart…
    One year ago, I was so bad at the time. I was so lonely, I used to stay at home, doing nothing, spending my days writing stuff, about nothing of worth. I was just wasting air. But then something happened, something I can’t describe. It was a girl I met with. She had a boyfriend, so I lost my hopes, of doing anything at all with her. She was in long-term relationship, and I was a nice guy and didn’t want to ruin someone’s life. The night I met her, we spend the whole evening together, talking, smiling at each other, cuddling, watching sunrise, yeah… maybe best night of my life. I know I was pitiful. We were continuing seeing each other, and I started to like her. And one night…she kissed me. Then she broke up…and the next thing I was her boyfriend. I knew that I was no good, but I lived my days for her. She started to mean everything to me. At least for sometimes, then I found out she has been cheating on me with her ex-boyfriend. That just smashed my world. Torn my heart apart, I was lost, depressed, in pain…But as pathetic as I was, I pretended I know nothing, and continue with her. And the most awful thing I loved her, I loved her more than anything. But she was just playing with me…playing with my feeling, my heart, my life, my love…And finally, the day came when she broke up with me. I was obsessed with this thought that if you can’t find something to live for than you better find something to die for. I started being obsessed with suicide. But breaking up d threwidn’t mean she throwme away. She continued to play with me. I was her…i don’t know…i was hers, that’s the exact phrase.
    We did everything again, difference she had a boyfriend. Anyway i was soo pathetic that i did everything just to be with her again…until.
    Well it passed a couple of months like that. Then one day she came up with her new friend. I’m not good at this stuff, but she was the most perfect girl I’ve ever seen. I fell for her the first time i saw her looking at me. I dreamed of her appearance. We started to get close; she made me realize what I’m doing with my life. She saved me. I started loving her, but i couldn’t tell her…i just couldn’t. Didn’t have the strength. I started spending less time with my ex and more with her. Then i kind of stop seeing my ex, we both kind of stop being friends with her. That was the power she gave me.
    Anyway time had passed fast. We started getting close. Every time we saw each other we would hug so tight. That was the feeling that i needed, and i begun loving her even more. But this isn’t a fairy tale, this is life ,a nd you always get fucked no matter what. One night while being with me and my friends, one of my friend kissed her. I haven’t been this broken…the pain i felt…just broke me. After some time ,t he guy dumped her. Then I saved her. I start doing things for her, to make her feel like she is worth, spending my days with her. And i succeed. But something made her disappear from me. She stops calling, and we stop seeing each other. For a couple of months.
    I kind missed her, but i thought that’s it. She just didn’t want me or things like that. The things we did together, the words she said to me, left to be the only memory…and even the time she said to me that she loves me. I still remember that moment perfectly without any gap.
    Anyway three months ago, i saw her again. This time she had a new boyfriend and she was happy. I never saw her smiling like that. I was happy for her. But wasn’t happy for me. Anyway, i don’t want to waste time for you all. If you stay to read this far, just stay a little while longer.
    Time had passed and i got a girl. Life has changed…well it was changed. But not for long, She broke up. And I saw her tears once more. I hug her so tight, and I said this lie that everything is going to be okay. I knew she didn’t believe in that. I didn’t either. But i love her…
    I month ago i started writing my thoughts on paper. I started writing about her. I came up with this idea to give her my notebook. And on the day of my birthday 31 October, i gave her, and told her i want to hear her thoughts about my writings. At least i had that power now, to tell her i love her, finally…but in my style. I was a nice person before i got my hearth broken. But i will stay her poet forever. Till death do me apart. As you know she has the notebook, right now. Maybe she is reading it ,m aybe not, who knows .I’m just finally happy for myself…The things that didn’t happened in life ,h appened in my writings…That’s the thing i realized. Words fly away, but writings remain. She will forever stay my girl between the lines of my notebook. The love i created with my ink… #Unionbank100BellaNaija

  15. Chayil

    February 17, 2017 at 9:02 pm

    Wooow! Thank you so much BellaNaija and Union Bank. I’m indeed grateful.
    Thanks to everyone too and all the best!

  16. jessica

    February 17, 2017 at 10:50 pm

    God help me to win this o. Congrats chayil

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