Temitope Titilope, the beautiful wife of the gospel singer, Yinka Ayefele, has revealed why she went ahead to marry him despite his accident.
In an exclusive interview with Dare Adeniran, Temitope tells how she met her husband in 1996 and still went ahead to marry him after the accident that confined him to wheelchair in 1997. She also revealed what has been sustaining their marriage since they got married in year 2000.
Read excerpts from the interview below:
To be wife of a star musician is not easy, the many engagements, women around him etc. How have you been coping with all these over the years. What would you say has been sustaining your marriage?
It is not easy at all my brother, but we thank God for His grace that has been sufficient for us in life and our marriage. Enough patient, mutual respect and understanding are part of the key ingredients to a successful marriage. “You must not listen to side talks but concentrate on the person you are dealing with. Since you have both signed a life contract and it is for better for worse, you must deal with issues together”. All that, coupled with the special grace of God, have sustained my marriage up till this moment. I understand the nature of my husband’s work, people are always around him and all that.
The story out there is that you probably fell in love and married Yinka Ayefele because of his good looks. Tell us about how you met and fell in love for each other? What was the main attraction?
I’m I not a beautiful woman too? Let’s put all that by the side. I met him in 1996, before he had the accident. I saw in him a hard-working man when we met. Very hard-working, there is nothing he can’t do to stay afloat in his profession. He is someone who doesn’t get distracted from his dream no matter what may come his way.
Barely a year after you met husband he had an accident that confined him permanently on wheelchair and still went ahead to marry him. Many were surprised to see you stay put despite all the challenges?
Why won’t I stay?I told you about some of the qualities I saw in my husband that made me fell in love and married him. I have made up my mind to send the rest of my life with him before the accident. When he had the accident we there together at the University College Hospital, Ibadan (UCH). I saw in him the determination to survive, to live and to make it in life. Those are the things that also motivated me to stay with him in the time of trouble and up till now. Nobody is above trial and tribulations and when they come what one should do is to remain steadfast and be prayerful. Bible didn’t tell us that trouble would not come, it is bound to come but God has given us a strong assurance, He Is there to give us the grace to overcome.
Medically, it is believed that those with spinal cord issue can’t be sexually active, is there any difference in your husband’s case?
Well, that is strictly my private life which can never be discussed on the pages of newspapers for no reason. I am happy in marriage and you can see the signs all over and around me. Thank God for everything.