Almost 20 years into a love journey that has been through ups and downs like any other, popular Nollywood actor cum producer, Bolanle Ninalowo, and his wife, Bunmi, a successful entrepreneur, remain an item of great admiration.
In a recent interview with Allure Vanguard Bolanle Ninalowo recalled how he met the love of his life, Bunmi 24 years ago and how their parents reacted to their young relationship then.
He said : “Bunmi is my treasure from God. Only God can bless a man with such a jewel. I saw her in a mall 19 years ago and it’s been never to let go ever since despite our shortcomings. You can say I recognised a blessing at first sight. Our families were very supportive. Our relationship was quite similar to that of our parents, having met each other in their youth as well. They gave us their blessings and supported us whole-heartedly.
Bunmi and I met when I was a nobody. I was just 24 trying to discover myself and my goals in life. We have been together since I had just a kobo and now still together as a blessed family. Though their constant display of love and affection towards one another might give the illusion of an all-time rosy love story, that isn’t the reality—and the two never fail to make this known. The duo, blessed with two lovely children, had suffered separation for two years but have obviously emerged stronger, leading a love life that makes them a constant reference point.
On how the 19 years journey has been, Bolanle Ninalowo who is a proud father of two said: “There is no shortcut to anywhere worth going in life and you simply can’t have a destination without a journey. Ours has been a testimony so far. We’ve been through thick and thin but found ourselves and meaning to each other; hence our success as a couple today.”
Bolanle Ninalowo, an award winning actor also revealed how he has kept the romance and fun in his marriage alive.
“By doing the most together. We work out together, we strive to look our best for each other, and Bunmi doesn’t hesitate to keep looking extremely beautiful day after day. We try to keep the fire burning by re-enacting our past pleasures. Sometimes, we like being spontaneous and simply go with the flow. I have learnt to be her father, brother and confidant all day and every day. We have grown inseparable and are a unit where we almost can’t function without each other.”