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For two former MBA students, a degree wasn’t the only thing they gained at the University of Chester...

They also found their future spouse! Read about Pamela’s story below:

I can still remember the day I flew to England to start my studies. As I was about to board my flight, my parents told me to work hard and achieve greatness. After waving them a final goodbye, I started thinking whether my experience at Chester would exceed my expectations.

Four years on, I can confidently say it did!

My journey started one fateful day during the early days of the programme. I was the only Nigerian student in my 2014 MBA cohort. My professor at the time said he’d like me to meet another Nigerian MBA student in an older cohort called Temitope. ‘Temi’, as he is affectionately known, had also been told the same thing. I went to go and look for Temi at his class but was told he had already left to go and look for me! It was like a typical Hollywood love scene. Thankfully, our paths met and the rest, as they say, is history.

At the early stages of our relationship, we had our differences in trying to understand each other but we made it work. Our love grew as each day passed. We would go on long walks, dates and visited local churches and markets in and around the beautiful city of Chester. We eventually became an item here and we will always have a special place in our hearts for the city. As our journey in Chester continued, we became inseparable.

One evening, Temi planned a dinner party for us and our friends- little did I know it was also a staged engagement party! The event started at 4pm and everyone was having a grand old time. I was taken aback when the waiter brought out a complimentary dish especially for me. The plate was covered by a metal lid. I had anticipated some kind of special meal. However, when I took the lid off, tears started rolling down my cheek. I sat in awe as a sparkling diamond ring was revealed, glistening in all its glory. Temi got down on one knee and asked the most important question of my life- Will you marry me?

I’m sure you can work out which answer I gave!

Temi and I officially got married on 9th November 2016 after a series of events across Nigeria: (Engagement party (Lagos), Introduction party (Lagos & Delta), Court marriage (Ikoyi, Lagos) and Traditional marriage (Asaba, Delta). We have plans to celebrate the big white wedding in Chester sometime next year.

At the University of Chester, two complete strangers from different cultures came together as one. Temi and I will never forget the precious moments we shared together here.

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