If There Is No Abuse, There is Nothing You Can’t Overcome In Marriage – Omotola TrendyVoice

31 July 2016

If There Is No Abuse, There is Nothing You Can’t Overcome In Marriage – Omotola

Omotola Jalade-Ekehinde, who recently
celebrated her 20th wedding
anniversary had a sit-down with The
Nation and during the chat, she dished
on her marriage, ageing and staying

Read excerpts below:

•On being married for 20 years

It's just been fun. I'm married to my
friend and should I say, my destiny
supporter. There's no relationship
without its challenge. When people
hear that we are celebrated twenty
years, they think we must be really
without stress or anything, but I just
want to let people know that if you
are determined to do it in life, if you
are determined to make it, you will
make it. You have troubles in life
generally anyway; either with your
parents, or with your siblings.
So it's just like that. It's a normal
thing. Don't use any opportunity or
any quarrel in a relationship with
your spouse to justify the fact that
everybody says marriage is hard. It's
not any harder, I think, than any
other relationship you've had in life,
maybe with your business partners
or with your siblings. I understand
that there are some marriages that
have more challenges than others. If
there is abuse involved, I think you
should find your way out quickly.
But if there is no abuse, then there
is nothing you cannot overcome.
Given that, I have had a very
wonderful time with my spouse.
We've just been friends. That's what
matters most.

•On having grey hair

Well, I'm 38 years old so I'm not
scared. But even if I was 51, that's
not the point. I'm growing younger if
you actually think about it. Even
babies these days have grey hair.
Anyways, that's not the point. The
point is, in life, I think we should all
embrace who we are. And I think
when people are sufficient or feel
sufficient in life, and you feel like
you're achieving, you really wouldn't
be afraid of age.
I think people are afraid to age when
they actually look at where they are
in life and feel like they've not
achieved much. They feel like time
is running by. I think that's actually
the reason why people are afraid of
aging if you really go into it. But if
you are contented in life and know
that all fingers are not equal and
you are where you are meant to be,
because you could actually be six
feet below. That you're alive and
well in itself is a reason to celebrate
age. I don't think that's a reason
why not.

•On her definition of beauty

I think beauty, first and foremost, is
in the confidence. If you are a
confident woman and you
understand your self-worth, I think
you are beautiful. That is why
sometimes you see some girls that
you think, visually, in your own
definition, are not aesthetically
But any time they walk into a room,
everybody turns. And you wonder
why everybody is looking at that
girl. She's not even that fine. If you
get it together, she is a confident
woman. So beauty for a woman,
even for men but especially for
women, is knowing your self-worth,
understanding yourself,
understanding your body and
working with what you have. Most
women don't have everything. Even
I don't have everything but there are
things that you have, so work with
what you have.

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