Sunday, 17 January 2021

Letters to My Ex by Nikita Singh (Book Review)

 


‘It feels like I’m on autopilot; I have no control over anything. The pain of losing you is so crippling that I can barely hold pieces of myself together. The slightest nudge could break me. But somehow, my possessed brain knows what I need. It’s telling me to stick to my choice, to stay away from you, to open a Word document and bleed on paper, to try to throw up all my jumbled thoughts in form of words, collect all disconnected facts, try to make sense of it all.’

-          Nikita Singh.


I’m a lover of romance novels; so, the title of the novel got me captivated at first glance. Skimming through the pages, I also realized that it’s a simple novel with over a hundred words.

Nikita Singh tells the story of two lovers, Nidhi and Abhay, who go through a rough patch in their relationship. Nidhi, unexpectedly, calls it all off and runs away on their engagement day with no reasonable explanation.


RELATED ARTICLE: Review of 'Love from A to Z.'



Feeling dejected and guilty, she decides to write letters- she had no plan on sending- to her ex, recalling how their relationship started and blossomed…and trying to patch what could have gone wrong. She does so to relieve herself of the pain. Bleeding her emotions into words was a form of therapy for Nidhi.

After breaking the engagement with her lover of five years for no tangible reason, Nidhi sees every part of her life as a disappointment. She has broken the heart of the first person she ever fell in love with and her parents are disappointed in her for ending the engagement and putting shame on the family. She is troubled with choosing a career path and getting the right job…and the perfect colleagues! Afterwards, Nidhi and Abhay start conversing through text, emails, and then letters.

While ‘Letters to My Ex’ is a bit of a cliché, it addresses how two people, who love each other deeply, face turbulence in their relationship, separate and realize that they are incomplete without each other.


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Nikita Singh’s writing style is poetic. Her descriptions are also vivid. You can picture yourself in the shoes of the characters while you try to understand the reasons for their actions. She was able to express emotions of love, pain, guilt, jealousy, regret, and a host of others.

I like Abhay’s character. He is mature, smart, patient, and honest. Nidhi is, however, a dramatic and annoying character. Sometimes, I try to understand her point of view…then I realize that Nidhi doesn’t even understand herself. I also believe that what she did, leaving Abhay on their engagement day in front of friends and family is one of the worst things that could ever happen to someone.


RELATED ARTICLE: Stay with Me (Book Review). 


However, Nidhi has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). I can understand a bit of her anxiety because of my familiarity with OCD in John Green’s ‘Turtles All the Way Down.’

Love is all that matters and Abhay and Nidhi’s relationship proves that!

Rating: 3/5

Letters to My Ex is a simple, yet, interesting read. It is a novel that can be completed in less than three days. I’d recommend the novel if you’re a sucker for romance, like me.

 

Sunday, 3 January 2021

‘Only in Lagos’ Stories

 



Everyone must have heard one or two unbelievable stories about Lagos; crazy stories that will leave you gasping in surprise and shock. If you’re a Lagosian, you must have experienced one of two events you’re certain can never happen anywhere in the world…except Lagos.


These ‘Only in Lagos’ stories are crazy and one-of-a-kind. Your eyes will widen with surprise and your heart will race with fear.


Several Lagosians share their ‘Only in Lagos’ stories. I also have my personal stories to share. Let’s have the time of our lives here!


“There are several crazy experiences in this crazy city. One that still beats my imagination was an incident that happened last year. A driver (an old man) and a motorcycle rider had engaged in a heated argument. I was in the old man’s car and till date, I still do not understand the main cause of the argument. Well, the okada rider opened the car door and pulled the old man by his shirt, threatening to punch him. I hadn’t experienced such an event in my entire life…until that morning!

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Another unique aspect of Lagos is watching agberos (thugs) extort money from motorists. As I type this, I’m still furious that this has become a norm. Drivers of commercial vehicles will be bullied by these alcoholic thugs to drop some of their hard-earned money. And guess that? These thugs just stand by the roadside, collecting free money. Sigh!


Can we also talk about traffic? You’re meant to spend less than 30 minutes on a particular journey…but you’ll end up spending hours. Sweat will drip down your face as you watch the impatient faces of your fellow Lagosians, who are also eager to start the day’s work.


We should also talk about how people curse out loud. They practically curse the lives out of their mothers and grandmothers. This bizarre behavior propelled me to write this article: Epe.


Should we also talk about the reckless driving by danfo drivers…or the strange products marketed in white buses? Ah, the list is exhaustive.” –Maryam.

 


“I went to the bank. Suddenly, a man appeared from nowhere to charge his phone beside me. Later, he told me to give him my phone so that he could call someone. I gave him and focused on the business I was doing that day.


I don’t know if the guy was after the dollars with me. Unfortunately, he walked away with my lovely Nokia Lumia phone. He even left his phone charging. It was then I realized that it was scrap. Totally damaged! I didn’t set my eyes on the man again.” – Sufyan.

 


RELATED ARTICLE: Danfo in the Rain.


“Vehicles driving through one-way and even claiming that it is their right! They go to the extent of running you over without even apologizing. They even insult you in the process that you’re not watching where you’re going. Meanwhile, they are the ones going the wrong way because they are driving through one-way.


Another frustrating issue is the traffic in Lagos. A journey is meant to take you 20 minutes but you will spend 2-3 hours on the road. While you’ve planned that you will get to your destination at a specific time, you will be astonished by the fact that when you start your journey, you will not be able to arrive at the targeted time.


Another crazy experience is in terms of property ownership. When you buy land, you are expected to pay ‘Omo Onile’ fee. After they’ve sold the land to you and you want to start constructing, they will still collect money again. After you complete the construction and prepare to pack into the house, they will still collect money. Those fees are so frustrating and they are not even legal.


These stories are so abnormal and they shouldn’t be happening!” –Olayinka.




“When I was very young; I followed my mom to the market on a fateful day. She bought one seven and a half litres of groundnut oil in a gallon. She told me to sit down at a spot, of which I did.


I probably felt that she doesn’t want me to go through the stress of going around the market. So, after buying one or two stuff, she went ahead to buy the other provisions.


As she left, I had no idea that a man had been watching me. So, about ten minutes after she left, this man came around and played on my intelligence. He told me that my mom said he should bring the 71/2 gallon of groundnut oil that she bought. I felt that since he is an elderly man, he can be trusted.


I gave him the gallon of groundnut oil. When my mom returned, she asked for the groundnut oil. I informed her that the man she sent has collected it. She exclaimed in shock and disbelief. LOL. My mom started beating me right from the market. That beating didn’t stop for almost one week!
I knew what the money meant to her. Because after all her savings, she was likely not going to make any profit.” –Suleiman.

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“There's absolutely no doubt that we all have that one particular experience that we would never forget; Lagos experiences are unique ones entirely. Just like most people have, I've also experienced a lot in Lagos: jostling through a crowd of passengers that are all rushing to secure a space in a bus, trekking to a long distance due to lack of buses, getting stuck in almost endless traffic for hours after spending the whole day at work, and a host of others. We always have one or more stories to tell whenever we're being asked to narrate our Lagos experience. My only in Lagos story is a very unique one.


The first time I went to withdraw money from the Automated Teller Machine (ATM) in Lagos, I witnessed what I had never seen anywhere before. First, the bank couldn't accommodate many people at a time due to its small surrounding. And second, some of the ATMs weren't working; in fact, one of the nonfunctional ATMs swallowed someone's card whilst the person was trying to withdraw money.

 

I walked into the bank that day and struggled to join the long queue. People were tightly lined up like a string of beads, and for a moment I wondered if the line was moving at all. I watched as some people cursed and insulted anyone that tried to occupy their space or someone else's without permission.

 

When it was almost my turn to withdraw, another strange thing occurred. A woman - who wasn't in any of the queues earlier - dashed to one of the ATMs, and tried to withdraw money. Everyone that saw the woman shouted before she could even withdraw any money. She claimed to have been in the queue before she left briefly to get something, but nobody listened to her or allowed her to go ahead.

 

It was a very hot afternoon, and no one was ready to sacrifice their turn for anyone. I shook my head and watched the whole scene that day in silence, and then a thought popped into my head after spending hours in the queue, I'll never come back here to withdraw money again. But that thought wasn't realistic because the following week, I found myself in another bank, under the hot scorching sun, looking for the shortest queue to join before I could finally withdraw money.” –Haneefah.



What are your 'Only in Lagos' stories? Share in the comment section!

 

 

 

 



Monday, 23 November 2020

Movie Review (Citation)

 A Compelling Drama that Exposes Sexual Molestation in Nigerian Institutions.

Anyone who attended one of the universities in Nigeria can attest to the widespread menace of sex for grades. If you haven’t been a victim, you know of someone who has been accosted by a lecturer for sexual demands.

The worst part of the assault is that many victims go through this alone. They often keep silent due to fear of intimidation and stigmatization. They are scared that justice might not be served…because we’ve all heard stories of students who had to change institutions or spend extra years due to situations like this.

The popular Netflix movie, Citation, centres on sexual molestation. Directed by Kunle Afolayan, the movie centres on the life of a smart and brilliant post-graduate student, Moremi, who accuses a popular and charismatic lecturer, Professor Lucien N’Dyare, of sexual assault.

The beginning of the story reveals the consequences of taking the law into one’s hands. The story then showcases the character, Moremi, who receives sneers from passers-by as she walks alone. Suspense is unrivalled as the movie sheds light on what had happened in the past and the situation that gave rise to Moremi accusing her lecturer of sexual assault.

 

Cast of Citation

Temi Otedola as Moremi

Ini Edo as Gloria

Jimmy Jean-Louis as Lucien N’Dyare

Gabriel Afolayan as Koyejo

Ibukun Awosika as herself

Joke Silva as Angela

Adjetey Anang as Kwesi



Bukunmi Oluwashina as Uzoamaka  



Noteworthy Highlights from the Netflix Original Movie.

Citation marks Temi Otedola’s debut role in acting

It is difficult to believe that Temi Otedola (Moremi) launched her acting career through Citation. Her acting was superb as well as the language switch and expression of emotions. I don’t see any other actor fitting this role as Temi did. Temi perfectly fits the young and naïve lady who spent a major part of her life outside Nigeria.


Citation showcases the African culture

The usage of African prints and the adoption of highlife music are some of the remarkable features of this movie. You cannot help but love Africa.

I also enjoyed the showcase of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU). My sister could hardly believe that the beautiful institution was OAU until confirmation was made online.


Citation will take you through Africa

This could be merged with the second highlight but it is quite relevant. Note that Citation was shot in three countries. The beautiful scenery in Senegal and Cape Verde will make you eager to explore countries in Africa.

I love the fact that the movie, not only revealed the extent of sexual molestation in Nigerian institutions but displayed beautiful sceneries in Africa.


Gabriel Afolayan gave a stellar performance

I enjoyed listening to Gabriel Afolayan speak Yoruba. My sister and I kept gushing over his spoken Yoruba. Undoubtedly a stellar actor, he perfectly played the role of a caring boyfriend to Moremi. We should not ignore the intense chemistry between Koyejo (Gabriel Afolayan) and Moremi (Temi Otedola).


The twins’ character

What is a movie of over two hours, thirty minutes without a bit of comedy? The twins’ character and ‘born-again’ sister made smile linger on our lips, despite the tension building up as the story unfolds.


Bunkunmi Oluwashina made us laugh

Should we talk about the hideous beret or the funny expressions she makes when a new revelation drops like an atomic bomb? Bunkunmi interpreted the role fantastically.


We all need to learn a self-defense technique

The move Koyejo taught Moremi was pulled to prevent an incident of rape. I believe a simple technique can go a long way to assist us when we are in danger.


We need to stand for our rights

Citation enlightens us about the importance of standing for our rights. Yes, in reality, most victims of sexual assault are often silenced. However, we could make our significant differences in making our society a better place. In standing for our rights and striving effortlessly to ensure that justice is served.


Moremi’s funny accent

Moremi’s Yoruba is undoubtedly cringe-worthy. It is, however, one of the highlights of the movie.


Ibukun Awosika



The Chairman of First Bank of Nigeria and prolific author, Ibukun Awosika, starred as herself in Citation. She acted outstandingly and floored Prof. Lucien N’Dyare in a particular scene.


Lucien N’Dyare deserves an award

It’s rare to see an actor perfectly play the mix of a charismatic lecturer as well as the story’s villain. Lucien’s pretentious smile and notable acting should earn him an award.


The good friend

We all need that ‘one’ friend who would stand by us in times of need; like Kwesi.


Never ignore the red flags

Moremi’s relationship with her professor started innocently. That innocent relationship led to one that was out of control.

 

Issues I have with the story

Citation does not depict the real story in Nigerian institutions. Most times, sexual assault does not start from a student-lecturer relationship. However, it is nice to see sexual assault being shed in another light.

Victims, often, lose in cases of sexual assault. I believe this story was written in this light to encourage victims to speak up and ensure justice is served, rather than taking laws into one’s hands.

 

Citation displays the struggle with victims to seek justice and how they become preys to stigmatization. It exposes a society where sexual assault has become the new normal. It is also a wake-up call for all Nigerian students to speak up and ensure that these perpetrators face the wrath of the law.


Verdict

Citation is a must-watch. Kunle Afolayan is undoubtedly one of the most remarkable directors in the Nollywood movie scene. He never fails in releasing notable movies.

Citation should be watched on a weekend, with a bowl of popcorn in hand and a fluffy pillow beneath your head!

 

 

 

Thursday, 19 November 2020

10 Random Facts About Me



(1)

I love my name ‘Maryam’ spelt and pronounced correctly. You’ve won my heart if I meet you for the first time and you pronounce my name correctly.


(2)

Food is my second name. I believe food is one of the best things in life. So, if you get close to me, you’d realize that I talk about food a lot.


(3)

I’m a hopeless romantic. I write about love. I talk about love. I read about love. I dream about love.


(4)

I’m a ‘pepper’ addict. I love my food spicy and hot. I want my nose to run and my tongue to burn while I eat. So, food with no pepper is a no-no!


(5)

I love travelling. One of my goals is to explore several cities across continents. I’m just waiting for the ‘kudi’ to arrive!


(6)

I’m very emotional. I easily get moved by events around me. I’m the kind of person that would bawl her eyes out while watching a romantic comedy.


(7)

I laugh excessively. Yes, apart from being emotional, I also have this weird laugher that I find hard to control…even at odd times. Maryam is the kind of person that would give a burst of throaty laughter in an official meeting.


(8)

I love books and movies in no particular order. In my spare time, I also read biographies of prominent personalities.


(9)

I’m scared of dogs. Oyinbo calls it ‘Cynophobia’. I still wonder how people get to keep them as pets.


(10)

I often think about the unfair treatment of animals in Nigeria and wonder what role to play to stop this common act.

 


Sunday, 27 September 2020

Review of ‘Love from A to Z’

 

A marvel: something you find amazing. Even ordinary-amazing. Like potatoes—because they make French fries happen. Like the perfect fries Adam and his mom used to make together.

An oddity: whatever gives you pause. Like the fact that there are hateful people in the world. Like Zayneb’s teacher, who won’t stop reminding the class how “bad” Muslims are.

But Zayneb, the only Muslim in class, isn’t bad. She’s angry.

When she gets suspended for confronting her teacher, and he begins investigating her activist friends, Zayneb heads to her aunt’s house in Doha, Qatar, for an early start to spring break.

Fueled by the guilt of getting her friends in trouble, she resolves to try out a newer, “nicer” version of herself in a place where no one knows her.

Then her path crosses with Adam’s.

Since he got diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in November, Adam’s stopped going to classes, intent, instead, on perfecting the making of things. Intent on keeping the memory of his mom alive for his little sister.

Adam’s also intent on keeping his diagnosis a secret from his grieving father.

Alone, Adam and Zayneb are playing roles for others, keeping their real thoughts locked away in their journals.

Until a marvel and an oddity occurs…

Marvel: Adam and Zayneb meeting.

Oddity: Adam and Zayneb meeting.

 

First of all, the cover photo of the novel caught my eyes at first sight. Even when I was busy with other books, my mind was still clogged with the book with the ‘blue cover.’ At the beginning of the breathtaking novel, S.K Ali warns us that ‘Love from A to Z’ will be a love story. Her warning made the storyline not to catch us by surprise. The novel will make your heart skip, send flicker of amusement and excitement to your face, and make your eyes misty.


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About two months ago, I revealed my top 7 books on social media. Completing this thrilling novel, I wished that I had read it earlier on. It would have made it to the list.

‘Love from A to Z’ is a story about two teenagers, Adam Chen and Zayneb Malik, who try to come to terms with the marvels and oddities they experience every day. This captivating love story shows how Muslim teen characters strive to overcome racism, Islamophobia, and a host of others.

The main characters- Zayneb and Adam- who were travelling to Doha, Qatar, meet at the airport and experience something life-changing afterwards.

Zayneb Malik is a teen who is outspoken and courageous. Always ready to stand up for her right, her outspokenness often gets her in trouble. Adam Chen is, however, a quiet and calm-natured person, striving to reflect on the positive aspects of his life.

The novel is written in the form of a diary, where Zayneb and Adam simultaneously reveal the marvels and oddities in their lives.

Zayneb gets suspended from school after confronting her Islamophobic teacher, Fencer. She decides to let go of things that she hasn’t been able to. Adam has recently been diagnosed of multiple sclerosis, and he’s hiding it from his father. His diagnosis also causes him to drop out of school. He is scared of his future, and because of this, he isolates himself from the people around him.

The book centres on the journal entries of Zayneb and Adam as they explore the marvels and oddities and ways their lives seem entangled.


RELATED ARTICLE: Review of  'Stay With Me.'


An intriguing quality about the book is love and hope. Love for the bond Adam shares with his sister, Hanna. His love for his father and valuable moments he shared with his late mother. Hope for Zayneb striving to defend herself against racism she experiences at several places and Adam for dealing with MS.

Zayneb realizes that she does not have feel discouraged to continue fighting against racism and Islamophobia. Adam learns that been diagnosed with MS doesn’t mean that everything is over for him.

‘Love from A to Z’ is a book that got me gripped from the first page. As I read the first paragraph, I knew that I had chosen the right book to read. The artistic description of the first scene also got me captivated:


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ON THE MORNING OF SATURDAY, March 14, fourteen-year-old Adam Chen went to the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha. A thirteenth-century drawing of a tree caught his gaze. It wasn’t particularly striking or artistic. He didn’t know why this tree caused him to stride forward as if magnetized. (When he thinks about it now, his guess is thus: Trees were kind of missing in the landscape he found himself in at the time, and so he was hungry for them.) Once he got close, he was rewarded with the name of the manuscript that housed this simple tree sketch: The Marvels of Creation and the Oddities of Existence. He stood there thinking about this grand title for a long moment. Then something clicked in his mind: Maybe that’s what living is—recognizing the marvels and oddities around you. From that day, he vowed to record the marvels he knew to be true and the oddities he wished weren’t. Adam, being Adam, found himself marveling more than ruminating on the weird bits of existing.


This is actually the first Muslim fiction I’d be reading- I loved how the characters were willing to defend their religion. I enjoyed their halal love story. I also enjoyed the description of Qatar’s capital, Doha.  


I have a special love for Adam’s character. I enjoyed reading his thoughts and lessons from life. I was fascinated by a particular part of his diary entry:


Everyone told Dad that he was “lucky” that I was so “good.” How he’d done a “good” job, given the circumstances. Of Mom passing away. And being in another country. And converting to a new religion as a family.


What they’d meant was that I was easy to handle, didn’t talk back or push limits. But maybe it wasn’t that I was just good or that Dad had done a good job. Maybe it had been this journal. This way of noticing that even during the suckiest moments in life there was something marvelous to be seen, heard, touched. Or just a tiny awe felt in the heart. Maybe it was going out of my way to try to notice something, this noticing, that had saved me all along.

 

Notable Quotes from ‘Love from A to Z’

“Maybe that’s what living is- recognizing the marvels and oddities around you.”

“Make sure that you make the beginning of whatever you begin beautiful.”

“I’m not a violent person. I’m not advocating violence. But I am an angry person. I’m advocating for more people to get angry. Get moved.”

“Human rights. For everyone. Because that was the only way the world made sense. When the arc of care went far and wide, it journeyed and battled to exclude none.”

“Your resistance to my existence is futile.”

“This is a love story. You’ve been warned.”

“I was in this weird space of wanting not to be alone and wanting not to be crowded, either.”

“They say friends are the family you choose.”

“But it’s not smooth sailing”

“Life isn’t.”

“Girls like me who see and feel the pains and problems of the world don’t make sense to people. So maybe we’re meant to be alone, or only with people exactly like us.”

“She believed in such a world, where everyone got a turn, a season in the sun.”

“I’m someone who gets consumed by stuff. It engulfs me, wraps me up in its embrace, and doesn’t let me be until I’ve dealt with it.”

“Here’s one thing I CAN figure out and that’s how much I don’t know. How I don’t know what you went through at school. With your teacher. I don’t know about the extent of the Islamophobia you’ve faced. I don’t know what it feels like to be you. But here’s another thing: I DO want to know.”

“Exhibit A TO Z: The root of everything that has gone wrong in my life. Like falling for people without thinking things through.”

“We’re allowed to cry.”

“Never ever quake in the face of hate.”

“Imagine if I transformed this room into a place where someone would want to escape to?”

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“Since the news was out about my MS, out with my Dad, my friends, and soon with Hanna, it emerged in the real world.

Like a boggart from Harry Potter’s world, it took shape in front of me. Un moving, but relentlessly forcing itself into my thoughts. My MS, it was real now.

I didn’t want to climb the ladder to finish painting the room. I was scared to.

I wasn’t part of any Hogwarts houses, because there wasn’t a house for people who’d rather ruck away, overwhelmed with fear.”


A major part of the book is poetic with deep words for reflection. Adam also made me fall in love with the colour ‘blue.’ Centering on family, love, loss, uncertainties, and friendship, ‘Love from A to Z’ is a must-read.

 



 

 

 

Saturday, 19 September 2020

8 Lessons from the Popular Web Series ‘This Is It’

 


The popular Nigerian drama TV series ‘This Is It’ is one that I would never forget for years to come. Apart from the fact that the movie changed the narrative about marriage, it also reveals the challenges that young couples could face in their marital lives and the ways they could solve them.

Portraying the lives of the couples in a way that makes it look genuine and authentic, This Is It is a must-watch for all young adults that are looking towards getting married.


Summary of This Is It.


The award-winning TV series centres on the lives of a Kenyan-Nigerian software developer, Tee, who recently got married to his heartthrob, Dede. The storyline focuses on the challenges faced by a young and inexperienced young couple as they struggle to get used to their new marital life.

The creator of the popular series, LowlaDee, started airing it on her YouTube channel. However, the series was later acquired by several TV networks.

One amazing feature of the movie is the fact that it featured stories from real-life young couples at the end of the series.


Cast of ‘This Is It’

(1)

Nick Mutuma- Tomide (Tee)



(2)

Chy Nwakanma- Dede Mwenda



(3)

Bimbo Ademoye- Kerry



(4)

Stan Nze- Sam



Now, let’s find out the 8 lessons from the award-winning series, This Is It


(1)

True love will always stand out

One of the qualities that I love about the series is the way they portrayed love in its true form. The love Tee and Dede shares are one that will always stand the test of time. It is genuine and will rarely fade away. And this is the type of love that we want to see in all marriages. The kind of love that will make couples fully prepared to fight for themselves and dream of a happy-ever-after.


(2)

“There is no perfect. There will always be struggle. You just have to pick who you want to struggle with.”

This quote is from one of my favourite movies titled Before We Go. This quote explains that there will never be ‘perfect.’ Never! No couple can claim a happy life forever. There have to be struggles. There have to be stumbling blocks at some point in time. What matters is who you pick to struggle with.


(3)

Marriage requires sacrifice

If you’re not ready to make sacrifices at some point in time, I’m sorry, but maybe you’re not prepared for marriage.


(4)

Family is everything

Even though you’ve finally moved in with your spouse to start a new life, your family will always be your biggest supporter. Also, the family you create with your spouse will be everything to you.


(5)

We all need that one good friend

We all need that one person that we can confide and trust in. We must have a good friend that can proffer the best pieces of advice as we struggle with getting used to a new phase in life.


(6)

Honesty is key

This is your spouse; someone you’ve promised to spend the rest of your life with. What could you want to possibly hide from such a person? Honesty is key in marriage and it will promote the trust and confidence that spouses have for one another.


(7)

Communication is key

One of the key foundations for all marriages is effective communication. The ability of a couple to easily talk about anything and everything with each other will foster their relationships.


(8)

Marriage requires patience and understanding

This is self-explanatory. I mean, what is a marriage without patience and understanding?

Have you watched ‘This Is It’? What other lessons did you derive from the movie?

If you haven’t, head on to YouTube and search for the popular web series.