In one of her most prolific speeches, Marian Keyes, an Irish novelist best known for her work in women’s literature said that: “Some think love can be measured by the amount of butterflies in their tummy. Others think love can be measured in bunches of flowers, or by using the words ‘forever.’ But love can only truly be measured by actions. It can be a small thing, such as peeling an orange for a person you love because you know they don’t like doing it.”
True to her words, the testimony of love with actions has become one of too many rarest adventures in this 21st century all thanks to lust, infatuation and sexual escapades. However, despite the normalcy, I’m glad to have witnessed a rare form of an obligation that comes with commitment, sheer determination and persistence as far as love is concerned.
Meet, this week’s power couple Samuel Njoroge and Levine Anyango.
Born and raised in Western Kenya, Mr Njoroge is the 3rd born in a family of five siblings while his girlfriend, Levine Anyango, 1st born in a family of 5 hails from Ngong, Nairobi. They’ve been an item for three good years.
This humble couple that share preferences in fashion, movie genres and music has set pace for the heartbeat’s race. You know, the ocean tides do not have to always follow the winds-current generation’s trend.
During a candid interview with this Writer, the two confide that they met way back in 2014 when they were still young and naive as far as relationships are concerned.
Love bred at campus
“I met the beautiful Levine in first year during those Campus political campaigns of a friend of mine. He, (my friend) was running for a post while she was part and parcel of the campaign team just as I was.”
“However, in those moments of bumping into each other’s eyes, I realized there was something special about this girl. In her, I saw more than just her infectious smile and how her eyes blinked when she frowned. I spotted an opportunity to win a jackpot for a future that shined bright from her angle. I was in for the challenge. As a result, during selection of people into groups for the purpose of the campaign, I intentionally placed her in my group so that I would get to see her more and know this soft spoken lady even better. Mwanaume ni effort. Right?” says Mr Njoroge amid a generous grin.
Samuel, fondly known as Sammy by friends and family says that Levine’s simplicity is what attracted him to her, her beauty notwithstanding.
“One thing that stood out about her (Levine) was her personality, self-respect and her social nature,” he states.
Levine on her side, confesses that she acted cold on him during their first interactions which changed later.
“He looked more of that ever serious -looking guy who did not joke around or even engage in funny stuffs and that made me develop some cold attitude towards him. Later as our interactions kicked off more, it dawned to me that he had a soft funny side inside of him and that is the beauty of taking time to know someone. Time reveals masks you know. I liked his personality.” she says.
Levine adds, “Sammy’s persistence and honesty was one thing that stood out about him and that made me realize he was different from the rest.”
Asked on what has kept their relationship firm, the couple attributes their loyalty, honesty and trust that they have in each other as the secret.
“Challenges are there in every relationship, and once in a while insecurity issues kick and misunderstandings, but we thank God for we’ve been able to solve such amicably,” they affirm.
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When having bad moments, they’ve mastered the art of keeping to themselves and not washing their dirty linens in public.
In their early 20s, they are both outgoing and dancing. These tickle their hearts.
One of their top goals is to take the relationship to the next level (marriage) once time is ripe.
“Levine is one person I wouldn’t regret spending the rest of my life with and every day we pray for God’s guidance since with Him all things are possible. We shall invite you to our wedding some day in future.” he says.
Take on love
“True love does exist, but what makes most youth not to believe in its existence is the perception instilled in their minds about the kind of love that we see in movies and Soap operas. Those kind of love don’t actually exist, because no one is perfect and no love can be that perfect too. Finding someone who simply loves you for who you are, that is True love.” Mr Njoroge adds.
Best and worst moments
“Best moments have always been the days when we go out, just the two of us, to have some fun and spend quality times with each other.”
“Worst moments are always the moments we have misunderstandings and arguments.”
The couple subscribes to the motto that challenges are what makes life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful. Indeed without commitment, you cannot have depth in anything, whether it’s a relationship, a business or a hobby. Everything remains just mere promises since plans are anchored on commitment.
“The problem about cutting out the best of your heart and giving it to people, is that 1. It hurts to do that; and 2. You never know if they are going to throw it away or not. But then you should still do it. Because any other way is cowardice. At the end of the day, it’s about being brave and we are only haunted by the ghosts that we trap within ourselves; we are not haunted by the ghosts that we let out. We are haunted by the ghosts that we cover and hide. So you let those ghosts out in that best piece of your heart that you give to someone. And if the other person throws it away? Or doesn’t want it to begin with? Someone else will come along one day, cut out from his/her heart that exact same jagged shape that you cut out of your own heart, and make their piece of heart fit into the rest of yours. Wait for that person. And you can fill their missing piece with your soul.” C. JoyBell C.
Nuggets of wisdom
“My advice to single guys out there is that, don’t date someone you don’t like or you don’t feel comfortable being with. And no relationship is perfect, often times you or your partner will do something wrong, learn the virtue of understanding and forgiveness, and if they are worth it with time you will realize it and it will help to keep your relationship strong. Forgiveness is key.
“My advice to the single ladies out there, some real men still do exist out there, so don’t give up and say that all men are dogs. Don’t expect to find a fully made man out there, get that simple guy of yours and make him what you want him to be. Help build one another and help him in his ambitions. Finally, don’t play so hard to get, some of these good guys have other good qualities but were not blessed with patience, you may end up pushing away that one guy who would bring joy and happiness into your life.
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