Betty Irabor, publisher of Genevieve Magazine, and ace broadcaster, Soni, on Saturday marked 34 years of being married.
The couple, although high profile public figures, are known to be private about their personal affairs.
But in celebration of the milestone, Soni and Betty took to social media to share with the world their anniversary messages.
“Tickle Tickle…34 years later..We still do,” Betty wrote in one post, while another read: “Cheers to one love #34#blessed. When somebody loves you back. God is love.”
Betty also gave an insight into how their marriage has survived over three decades.
What Soni and I have has taken all of 34 years to build.. So don't for one minute think it happened overnight . We have walked on that street called hope but having each other makes it bearable. A successful marriage doesn't happen over night it requires sacrifice &it takes effort & nurturing.You want a good marriage? Work at it! Young couples seem to just want everything NOW NOW because they have to prove a point and impress their audience and in the process put a lot of pressure on their marriage. A gd Marriage takes 2 , it thrives on love in action not in mere words. Marriage requires commitment, empathy , TRUST( leave each other's phones ALONE) don't marry anyone you cannot trust! Don't overburden each other with over expectations and believe me the grass is not greener on the other side; avoid comparing your marriage/partner to others that seem rosier; water your own garden! In life everything is turn by turn. Ojukokoro is a vice that destroys relationships! If you both can't afford it then you don't need it. Let you marriage grow organically. Do everything in love..don't overburden each other with unrealistic demands. Marriage won't necessarily fix a bad relationship especially if your partner has habits that he/she won't let go. Fix those issues before you say I DO! If he or she is violent and slaps you around now, marriage won't fix that, if he is insecure because you are a boss woman, that insecurity may linger and lead to resentment with time. Be careful who you marry..don't set yourself up because "all your friends are getting married.. That's a trap! Don't over try to change your partner into who they are not; marriage isn't about changing your partners essence rather it is about finding the good in each other. Celebrate each bite size milestone. a successful marriage starts from the foundation .. If the foundation is not built on CHRIST how can it withstand the storms ? To my young daughters and sons out there I say , dont despise the days of humble beginnings &don't allow anyone or society force u into a marriage you're not ready for. If u marry In haste u will repent at leisure.. As for me, I believe marriage rocks ..but get ready to work it
“34 years and still trudging! Glory be to God! 29/7/2017,” read Soni’s post, also on Instagram
Betty is known for dishing out marriage advice to young women, using her extensive experience in the institution as a reference point.
In August 2016, she urged single women not to be consumed with thoughts of marriage, noting that being unmarried by 30 is not such a big deal.
“I don’t think women should be worried about being married before 30 because many women before that age have not yet gone through the school of life which prepares them for marriage,” she had said
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