Friday, 27th January, 2017, Emmy and I visited Monseg Travel World
in Gbagada to retrieve some account opening packages I had given out earlier.
Co-incidentally, I concluded my article on the 2017 appropriation bill (
on the same day and I had not really decided the topic for the following week.
So I asked Emmy if she had anything in mind she would like me to write about
and she was like; ‘Please write about the
marriage fever in Nigeria, somebody wants me to write something on marriage
’  and I was like; ‘okay, I have not really written anything on Marriage before’ so
Emmy’s suggestion worked out for me.

I have written an article on relationships – ‘Tips on How to Build a Lasting Relationship’. You can read my
previous article on relationships on my blog; (
and leave your comments in the comments box if you
have a different opinion or any other point you would like to include. This write-up is a follow up to my
previous article on relationships.
the Encarta Dictionary of English defines Marriage as legal relationship
between spouses; ‘a legally recognized
relationship, established by a civil or religious ceremony, between two people
who intend to live together as sexual and domestic partners
’. Alternatively,
an article by Connect Nigeria also defines Marriage as a universal institution
which is recognized and respected all over the world. As a social institution,
marriage is founded on, and governed by laws, social and religious norms of
it can be deduced from the above definitions that Marriage is a social contract
involving two individuals that intend to live together in peace and harmony. In
subsequent paragraphs, I would examine in great details the tips on how to make
our marriages work. They are listed in no particular order, they are;
v Communication & Time
– Lori Edelson is a marriage expert and a
therapist; she believes that
and spending time together are the keys to strengthening marriages. ‘It is impossible to imagine one without the
!’ – She notes.  We should all
endeavour to set aside 10 minutes a day to talk to our partners. We could ask
about his/her favourite movie, we can ask him/her to recall a happy memory from
childhood, or/and ask him/her what they would like to be remembered for, ask
him/her to name the three worst songs of all time. ‘Do it at dinner, before bed, or anytime—as long as you do it for 10
minutes every day. This simple change infuses relationships with new life
– Dr. Terri Orbuch.
In my previous article, I noted
that; ‘
Partners should ensure that they
communicate their feelings and opinions on important and trivial matters
because it the bane of all human relationships. No relationship can get better
than the level of rapport of the lovers in the affair. We should all ensure
that we express our feelings, thoughts and opinions to our partners and others
persons directly or indirectly affecting us without making harmful and
derogatory statements
’. (Oluwole Olusanya, 2015).
v Respect & Trust
One of the most important factor in a good marriage is mutual respect. Respect
each other, avoid verbal abuse and keep insults to yourself. Georgia Panayi
illustrates that bad words are just like squeezing toothpaste out of its tube —
once it is out, you can never get it back in again. Donald Pelles, Ph.D., also
believes that any strong marriage is a partnership in trust. He encourages us
to trust our spouses in everything, including purchases and financial decisions,
and to bring up things with us that need a joint decision. He concluded that if
you can’t do that, the two of you have a problem.  
Similarly, I offered some ways trust
can be built in my previous article; ‘
we can also
build trust through the following ways; Open communication, Willingness to
share; Consistency in behaviour, actions and words; and reliability’
. (Oluwole Olusanya, 2015).
v Patience &
– I believe everyone would agree
with me that these two tips are important ingredients in any marriage. We
should endeavor to be patience and preserving especially when things are not
going the way we would like them to go. Patience and perseverance are very
v Prayer & Love
Talking to God
is inviting him to direct our paths. God is always available to be called upon
for help and direction anytime and every time. As much as I would not like to
sound like a cleric, I want to state categorically to everyone reading this
piece that he is my friend and he is more than a friend, whatever he is invited
to turns out to be positive
endeavor to show that we love and care about everyone around us because
it has never been short in supply. The scriptures encourages us to love our
neighbors as we would; ourselves. Love and generosity should be exhibited towards those
we exclaim are an important part of our lives. We should make sure we show that
we care and give our utmost attention to our partners from the little things we
unconsciously overlook to the major stuffs that make headlines and head turns.
Love is all we should give because love is all we need. Love is life, Love is
I am certain that these few tips can influence significant changes in our marriages
and social interactions with people outside wedlock if we ensure that we make
sincere efforts to incorporate them into our relationships with the people that
play important roles in our everyday lives.
my readers are encouraged to also offer a number of important tips in the comment
box on my blog which are not included in this write-up especially those of us
that have considerable marriage and relationship experience. In addition to the
suggestion above, please feel free to share your marriage and relationship
experience and challenges in the comment box so that they would be given a
transparent evaluation and workable solutions would be recommended.
I would also like to acknowledge the fact that this article is a complete deviation
from Emmy’s suggestion, I only decided to give some tips on marriage because
love is in the air and St. Valentine’s Day is around the corner, I promise to
write something cool and nice on the marriage fever in Nigeria later. 
Well, it was still inspired
by Emmy though, who said there are not silver linings after all?
a splendid Weekend Everyone

Olusanya, Oluwole Sheriff

Oluwole Olusanya
Oluwole Olusanya is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of one of the fastest-growing lifestyle and entertainment website in the country. He is a banker, writer, blogger, public affairs analyst and a tax consultant. He anchors Trending Topics on SHEFFA where he shares his thoughts and opinions on trending issues. He is currently studying for a Master’s Degree in Business Administration at the University of South Wales, Wales, United Kingdom. He has diplomas in Banking and Finance, Investigative Journalism, Creative Writing, and Linguistics from Lagos State Polytechnic, Isolo, Lagos, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland and The Open University, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom.