Khafi Kareem, came into Big Brother Naija house in 2019 hoping to use it as a platform for personal development and to learn much more about Nigeria. Her path crossed with Gedoni Ekpata, a budding fashion designer who himself had come into the house hoping to use the platform to promote his fashion business.
In celebration of Valentine’s Day today, Gedoni Ekpata shares how he actually fell in love with Khafi Kareem.
He said, “When I came into big brother house love was the last thing on my mind. I went in with one thing in mind; and that was to promote my fashion business. But her voice attracted me, that was what made me look up, looked again and again and still looking. I also noticed how she was particular about sharing love. It took me quite a while to get into the relationship because I didn’t understand why my heart was feeling the way it felt; so there was an internal battle between my heart and head. My biggest fear was the “game.” BBNaija house was a simulated environment and I was constantly reminded that it was a game and so, I had troubles separating what was real from what was not.”
On the specific qualities in Khafi that confirmed that this is the woman he wants to spend the rest of his life with, Gedoni says, ” It’s an avalanche of qualities, I doubt if you have space for them; her beauty, intelligence, voice, her fashion sense (she had clothes and shoes I would never look at that fascinated me), and lots more.”
Was tribe and distance a barrier at any time for their union, he gushes, “Tribe surprisingly has never been a barrier and we’ve learned to some extent, how to manage distance. Married life hasn’t changed me much but given me the beauty of doing life with someone right next to me at every turn. It has also made me more focused and directional in purpose.”