Sometimes true love is just a friend request away. Well, that and six days of getting to know each other. This trajectory may be unimaginable to most, but for Chidimma Amedu, marrying a woman he'd just met was perfectly acceptable.
Last year, Chidimma was engaged to marry a woman he'd been dating for a while with a wedding scheduled for December. But they suddenly broke up in March, leaving him single and unhappy.
As December came to an end, Chidimma had thoughts of the marriage that never was. He realized he was sick of being single and was ready to marry the right woman, no matter how he met her.
An eccentric plan
Facebook is typically used to stay in touch with your loved ones and to read fun articles like this one. But desperate times called for desperate measures and Chidimma was ready to do something drastic to attract the attention of his wife-to-be.
On December 30th, he put up a Facebook status. It said "Am of age to and I am ready to say I do and am wasting no time. Send in your applications - the most qualified will be married on January 6, 2018. Application closes 12 midnight, 31/12/2017."
He asked any woman interested in marrying him to reply. Naturally, most people thought this was a joke. So Chidimma posted another status assuring them that he intended to go through with this plan. "Am serious about this oh," he wrote, "and don't say you did not see it on time. Good luck."
Within a few hours he received a couple responses. Some were serious. Others thought it was still a joke. But one comment caught his eye.
300 miles away, Sophy Ijeoma was attending her friend's wedding. She saw the status on her feed and, thinking it was a joke, playfully replied, "Am interested, just DM me...lols."
Love at first comment
After he replied to her comment, they took their conversation to the messenger app. The next day, Chidimma called Sophy and the day after that, he made the 300 mile journey to meet her.
"It was love at first sight," Sophy says of their first meeting. Evidently, Chidimma felt the same way because just two hours after meeting in person, he asked if her if they could go meet his uncle together.
Narrating what happened next, Sophy says, "We got to the uncle's house and he said, 'Uncle, meet the woman I want to marry.'"
Everything moved quickly after that. His uncle gave his approval and Chidimma set off to meet Sophy's family on the same day. "At first her family thought I was not serious but I proved to them that I was," Chidimma says.
Sophy's skeptical family asked the young man some questions to prove that this plan to marry Sophy was real. Finally, they gave their approval as well and it was official. With no marriage background check, they were getting married in six days.
Chidimma and Sophy were married at the end of the week. They posted photos on the social media site where they first met, to comments of disbelief from their friends. Sophy says she's glad she decided to marry Chidimma only a few days after meeting him. "He is my kind of man," she announces.
The couple hope to have a church wedding later in April, and perhaps a honeymoon somewhere nice.