Roli and Emmanuel Uduaghan

According to over-hackneyed cliché, successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person. But Jane Austen, late British novelist in an intense fit of creativity averred that happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance.

Bet she never gave much thought to certain rare exceptions to her supposition; like Dr. Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan, the former governor of Delta State and his wife and pillar of support, Roli Uduaghan. It’s been 30 years since the ex-governor got married to his wife and the couple claims that they had never been happier. And to prove their resilient and abiding love for each other, the joyous couple would be celebrating their 30 years of fulfilling wedlock next month in a high-octane soiree. Friends and family unanimously acknowledge one indisputable fact, that theirs was certainly a love willed in heaven and actualised on earth, a love established and perpetuated enviably and splendidly to the pleasure of parties involved and the admiration of all.

In many ways, the Uduaghans’ love could indeed be likened to a tree; and that is because nothing could be more representative of their love than a beautiful, strong tree. Memories of his first awakening into love with the woman that is now his wife and mother of his children, course through his entire frame and psyche like the warm, giddy ecstasy that trails a teenager’s first lingering, passionate kiss. The effect journeyed with him from adolescence through adulthood. In the magical and very exclusive circuit of their love, every happenstance is a wonderful experience. The big things and little things matter all the same. Emmanuel and Roli’s love defies the perfidious trials of promising love. In the soft glades of Roli’s affection, Eweta learnt to be awake to the demands and necessities of love and marriage.