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Betty Irabor is the CEO of Genevieve Magazine and founder of The Pink Ball. She is wife to Sir Soni Irabor, the couple recently celebrated their 34th wedding anniversary. Mrs Irabor shared her thoughts and advice to young couples on marriage being an experienced mentor via her celebratory posts on her instagram page and I believe this is a must read for everyone. In her words, she said;

What Soni and I have has taken all of 34 years to build.. So don’t for one minute think it happened overnight. We have walked on that Street called hope but having each other makes it bearable. A successful marriage doesn’t happen overnight, it requires sacrifice & it takes effort & nurturing. You want a good marriage? Work at it! Young couples seem to just want everything NOW NOW because they have to prove a point and impress their audience and in the process put a lot of pressure on their marriage. A good marriage take 2, it thrives on love in action not in mere words.

Marriage requires commitment, empathy, TRUST(leave each other’s phones ALONE) don’t marry anyone you can’t trust! Don’t over burden each other with over expectations and believe me the grass is not greener on the other side; avoid comparing your marriage/partner to others that seem rosier; water your own garden! In life everything is turned by turn. Ojukokoro is a vice that destroys relationships! If you both can’t afford it then you don’t need it. Let your marriage grow organically. Do everything in love.. don’t over burden each other with unrealistic demands.

Marriage won’t necessarily fix a bad relationship especially if your partner has habits that he/she won’t let go. Fix those issues before you say I DO! If he/she is violent and slaps you around now, marriage won’t fix that, if he is insecure because you are a boss woman, that insecurity may linger and lead to resentment with time. Be careful who you marry… don’t set yourself up because “all your friends are getting married… That’s a trap! Don’t over try to change your partner into who they are not; marriage isn’t about changing your partners essence, rather it is about finding the good in each other. Celebrate each bite size milestone. A successful marriage starts from the foundation.. If the foundation is not built on CHRIST how can it withstand the storms?

To my young daughters and sons out there I say, don’t despise the days of humble beginnings & don’t allow anyone or society force you into a marriage you’re not ready for. If you marry in haste you will repent at leisure… As for me, I believe marriage rocks… but get ready to work for it.

Seeing as love and relationships  are quick to take a sour turn nowadays, especially after marriage. It is pertinent to note that a marriage based on Love and Godliness is bound to work if both parties are able to work together. There are bound to be ups and downs but then together you can only be stronger. We wish Mr and Mrs Irabor a very happy wedding anniversary and more successful years ahead. Cheers!!!

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