We can tell that London didn’t see Abidemi and Samuel‘s traditional engagement and white wedding coming. You know how it is, there’s no party like a Nigerian party. Regardless of where it happens, trust us to deliver.
That’s exactly what happened at Abidemi and Samuel’s white wedding. The #MeetTheImhogzys was definitely a lituation. Their traditional engagement was also a beautiful display of love, beauty and culture of a Yoruba party.
The bride and groom shared how they met and how they got to this point and her groom also did the same You know what, keep scrolling and enjoy every highlight of the #Samidems2018 wedding in London.
How We Met
By the bride, Abidemi:
I met Samuel in my first year of university in 2014. The very first time I saw him was in our youth church, GVC Nottingham. Sam was one of the musicians there, playing keys. On that Sunday, I went to church with one of my flatmates and at the end of service he went to say hello to Sam and I thought to myself, “who is that uncle?” Not long after, I started attending a youth fellowship at my university, called Radical Youth Trentside.
Lo and behold, Sam was the Vice President of the fellowship and found out he was actually a 20-year-old student in his final year, who just didn’t shave very often. I joined Trentside’s choir and he was one of the musicians too, and that was where we first spoke to each other.
Fast forward to GVC’s 4-day convention, in March 2015, I was leaving with one of my friends (shoutout my g, Ore!), to the bus stop, to catch the bus home, when Sam and one of his friends decided to walk with us, as they were walking in our direction. We got to the bus stop and Sam waited until the bus came and told me to let him know when I got home. At this point, I didn’t think anything of it, I just thought my VP was been nice and cared about his members.
When I got home, I informed him and that was where it all kicked off. We talked the whole week, text and phone calls (bear in mind, he didn’t like phone calls but I had to break that). I remember the week before the convention I had asked God to lock away my emotions and not be distracted by any guy that comes my way and I really wanted to focus on Him.
So, at the end of the week of speaking to Sam, with heart and emotions still on lockdown, I had to ask what exactly he wanted from me and why he was getting to know me and getting close. I was basically asking for something I wasn’t ready for. He wouldn’t just text it to me or tell me over the phone. He wanted to tell me face to face. I was a shy girl and I hated that I was going to have such a conversation with someone I wasn’t comfortable with just yet. But I had to, as I couldn’t afford to waste any more time.
So, Sam came over to my flat and told me his friend had told him to pay close attention to me and that God had told her I’m going to be his wife. He said he had prayed about it and he also asked his mum to pray and they both felt at peace with it. I was a bit flabbergasted as it wasn’t the usual line you get. I told him I was going to pray about it too.
So here I am, with the evidence of God’s love for me. It’s been a heck of a journey but God has really worked on us and still working on us. The love never died and never will. It continues to grow stronger and stronger and it’s so amazing to see! I can’t wait to do life with Samuel and can’t wait for God to start unravelling all that he has in store for us on this journey.
How We Met
By the groom, Samuel
I’ve always known that I would meet my wife at University for some reason but I did not know how it would happen but here is how it did happen. I met Abidemi at our youth fellowship called Radical Youth (RY) and we also attended the same church, God’s Vineyard Church. I was in my final year and she was a fresher.
Now, let’s welcome the groom
I was the vice-president of RY Trentside and part of the choir playing the keys. Abidemi joined the choir and I didn’t even look at her twice but the first time I properly noticed her was when she led a song during practice for one of RY’s major events. So as a VP and a fellow choir member I had it in mind to remember her name because I don’t like not knowing people’s names.
Fast forward 4 months later, GVC had their anniversary programme and we were both a part of the mass choir obviously but something interesting happened on the first day of the event. One of my closest friends told me in the morning to “open your eyes well to see Abidemi. She is an interesting person and I see you guys together”.
I thought to myself “The small youth that likes to wear make-up all the time with her friends? Why her?”. Not going to lie she was looking quite buff some days I’ve seen her and also thought to myself previously “What if Abidemi was my future wife?” and I was like no, that’s so random, so she can’t be. So, when I remembered that, I began to pray, speaking in tongues and everything. It got so serious I included my family into this asap.
I wanted to be practical and get to know her so on the 2nd night of the church programme I decided to walk her and her friend to the bus stop with one of my boys, wait for the bus with her, got the digits and told her to let me know when she’s home. She did let me know and then the game started. A week went by and Abidemi was not playing games, she straight up asked me “What do you want from me and this friendship?”, and I looked at my friend and was like “It’s about to go down!”.
Then I Told her how I felt about her cause at this point I really liked her and felt at peace in my spirit that she is the woman for me. Now here I am, about to marry my best friend, my one and only and prayer partner. It’s been such an amazing journey up to this point and I can’t wait to start the next chapter with her, full of laughter, tears of joy, happiness, favour, and love with Christ being the centre of our marriage!
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