What actually prompted Emeka Idika, an able body journalist to have tied the nuptial knot with a physically impaired woman still remains a mystery. Perhaps that popular saying that ‘love is blind’ may have been the reason.The young journalist’s eyes were wide opened when he exchanged marital vows with visually impaired Margaret Ekanem Uko last May 19, at a court registry, along Moscow Road in Port Harcourt. Click read more to continue reading their touching love story....Former Miss Uko met her darling lover in 2009 in the course of her industrial training with Rhythm 93.7, Port Harcourt. Since they met and fell in love, it has been such a bloom moment together.
Akwa Ibom State-born Margaret glows with smiles and aura of joy around her and would tell anyone who cares to listen that walking down the aisle with her long term friend and colleague, Emeka Idika remains her happiest moment so far.
The blind but brilliant journalist attended Federal Government College, Abuloma, Port Harcourt, but dropped out when she was found to be blind. Thus, she was referred to Afaraukwu School of the Blind to learn skills. Few years later, she became a braillist and teaches other students too with a vast knowledge of computer.
With her unique communication skill and flair for writing she got her Ordinary National Diploma (OND) before proceeding to Port Harcourt, to do her industrial training, at Rhythm 93.7 FM. It was during her Industrial Training that she met and fell in love with her colleague, Mr. Emeka Idika Kalu.
Lest you have any doubt, about their made-in-heaven marriage, Emeka’s nice words about his wife is enough to convince anyone that he has no regret signing the dotted lines with a physically challenged woman.
According to him, “I met Margret in 2009 when she came to do her IT with Rhythm FM Port-Harcourt where I also work as a journalist. My first attraction to her was her intelligence. Later we became close friends and virtually do everything together. Our friendship blossomed into love and we couldn’t ignore what we both felt in our hearts.”
“I was sure that I have the qualities I wanted in my wife in her, thus I don’t see any stumbling block in my decision to settle for her as my better half. Moreover, my wife is very sensitive, intelligent, ready to learn, humble, takes care of the house and despite her condition, she makes the most delicious food you could ever think of,” he avowed.
The happy husband, Emeka, also chipped in a word of advice to other young men who find it hard to see ability in disabilities.
“It’s so sad that our young men and women of these days hardly look deep before settling for a life partner. They should try and see beyond the physical appearance. I urge them to go for true love and not illusion, because true love never dies and it goes beyond the matters of the physical,” he counselled.
The rare occasion was well graced by journalists, family, friends and well wishers.