Enuma Chigbo, a media consultant, from Umuoji in Idemili Local government area of Anambra State, has married Richard Phillips, a financial consultant from Jamaica
| By Anayo Ezugwu | Dec. 22, 2014 @ 01:00 GMT |
IT WAS a day of joy for Enuma Chigbo and Richard Phillips, as they celebrated their traditional marriage at her father’s compound in Enugu, on Sunday, November 30. The ceremony, which was attended by gaily dressed relatives, friends, colleagues and well-wishers from within and outside the country, was the second leg of the couple’s marital journey which started with a church wedding in Atlanta, United States of America, recently.
Chigbo, who is from Umuoji in Idemili North local government area and second daughter of Gilbert Chigbo, former commissioner of Industry in old Anambra State, told Realnews that she met her husband at a Charity Fashion Show in Atlanta in June. Stating that it was her destiny to marry a foreigner, Enuma said: “Maybe we may not understand our ways fully but I see it more as an extension of culture. My husband is a Jamaican. A year before we got married I went to Jamaica and I found that there is so much we have in common and I see our marriage as the solidification of all those common aspects we have,” she said.
Chigbo, who is a graduate of English Language from University Port Harcourt, Rivers State, and a media consultant, also obtained her Post Graduate Diploma, PGD, from Pan-Atlantic University, Lagos, in Media Enterprise.
Phillips, who is visiting Nigeria for the first time, told Realnews that marrying a foreigner has nothing to do with nationality but spiritual connection. He said that Africa, especially the Igbo extraction of Nigeria has so many similarities with the people of Jamaica. According to him, love brought him to Nigeria but he had in the past visited other African countries like Egypt.
“My marriage has nothing to do with nationality. It has to do with spiritual connection irrespective of our background and nationality. When it happens, we need to respect that divine intervention. When you know the whole story, you will know that it’s truly through divine intervention. In as much as we are from different customs, there are some similarities in the terms of heritage between Africans and Jamaicans. Many Jamaicans came from different parts of Africans, while majority came from Nigeria, probably Igbo and another percentage came from Ivory Coast,” he said.
Richard, who is a retired accounting and financial expert also worked with many companies including United Nations and a software company in 1996.