This story is fictional. It is a story of young love that is facing challenges but is filled with hope.

Okechukwu adjusted himself on the front steps of his family house where he had been sitting for the past four hours. He was determined to wait all day, if that is what it took to see Lotanna, his love. It had been three days without contact because her phone was switched off and he couldn’t muster the courage to go knocking on her front door. Not after the warnings he got from her dad the last time he tried. He had made it to school the first two days but knew it would be useless going that day. He was just too distracted by his anxiety.

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“They can’t keep her cooped up in that house for much longer,” he muttered to himself. “It’s been three days for goodness sake!”

Lotanna was an only daughter, in fact, an only child. To say that her parents were protective was an understatement. But they couldn’t really be blamed. On top of being a lone child, she was a sickler and they kept her activities at the minimum to prevent constant crises. But that didn’t seem to deter the crises. She was down every other month in spite of being in the care of one of the best doctors in town. Perhaps, if her family weren’t Jehovah’s Witnesses and permitted the blood transfusions the doctor recommended, she would be in better health, he thought.

But then again, he wasn’t sure it was right to question people’s faith since he didn’t understand the basis of it. His only concern was for Lotanna. If only she hadn’t been born with SS genotype. If only God had heard all his prayers on her behalf. But he wasn’t giving up. Lotanna would live and they would be married in a few years. He wasn’t going to let God rest on account of that.

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Okechukwu recalled when they first met at the university where they were both studying Botany. Although they had both spent one semester as fresh students in the same department, they hadn’t had much contact. Then in the second semester, they were paired to work on the same seminar topic in an elective course. During their first meeting for this, Okechukwu was impressed with Lotanna’s grasp of the topic after a brief look at the material he had gathered. He told her, “You’re my kind of woman,” and their relationship took off. They had such happy times in school.

The owner of the duplex opposite Okechukwu’s family bungalow had died and for a year after the last tenant left, the house remained empty due to ownership tussles between his sons. But right after Okechukwu and Lotanna began their relationship, the disputing brothers settled the matter by deciding to sell the property. Lotanna’s father, who was their kinsman, bought the house and moved his family in after minor repairs.

When Okechukwu and Lotanna discovered they had become neighbours, they didn’t see it as coincidence but fate. In their view, this was a sign that God wanted them to be together. So Okechukwu, who had been staying in a hostel on campus, decided to move back home. And although Lotanna’s dad forbade him from visiting her at their house, knowing that they were within yards of each other gave them plenty of comfort. In the alternative, they conversed on the phone to their hearts’ content when they could.

There was movement on the blinds of an upstairs window in Lotanna’s house. Okechukwu could have sworn someone had waved to him but it had been so fleeting he wondered if he had imagined it. He cupped his hands on his forehead to get a better view wondering if that had been Lotanna and wishing there would be a repeat of what he thought he had seen. But the blinds were still, the windows closed like before.

What bothered him most was not knowing. Sometimes, her parents made her cut classes for a whole week if they noticed she was getting weak or she was under stress. And they would usually keep her incommunicado to prevent “unnecessary excitement.” So there he was, worried out of his mind but not knowing whether her “jail time” as they jokingly called it was for curative or preventive purposes.

Then he was startled by the ringing of his phone. His was one of those Chinese-made phones that had the most jarring ringtones but he left it on to prevent missing Lotanna’s call. She was the one and in his excitement, he put her on hold and as he was fumbling with the keys to make the call active, he accidentally cut it altogether.

He dialled back immediately but apparently, she had beat him to it ’cause the phone said, “Call not allowed.” He told himself to calm down and about a minute later, they were connected on her third try. Before then, he saw that someone was definitely at that upstairs window waving at him. The window had been opened and the blinds drawn. It was Lotanna. His heart couldn’t contain his joy. But she withdrew into the room again.

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“Okey, how are you?”

That was typical of Lotanna, always concerned about others when she was the one in real pain. Okechukwu had learned not to waste precious time admonishing her on it. He didn’t know how long they could talk, so he decided to get on with it.

“I’m fine. How about you?”

Okechukwu had taken Lotanna to his pastor shortly after they met. That was ten months back and although he was just 19 and she 17, he had introduced her to the man of God as his missing rib. The pastor had laughed but after Okechukwu explained Lotanna’s condition, he led her to Christ and prayed for her healing. He also told her to declare that she was healed no matter how she felt. Okechukwu supported all that but made her promise that she would always tell him exactly how things were with her, no holds barred.

“I’m getting better. The pain was unbelievable in the last two days but today, it has subsided. I should be in school next week, by God’s grace.” She was referring to the pain in her bones that accompanied each crisis. So she had been seriously sick then.

“Don’t be in a hurry. I’ve got you covered in the two outstanding assignments for the HOD’s course. Campaigns are on right now for Students’ Union elections due next week.”

Okechukwu caught himself. What was he doing, discouraging her from coming to school? How was he going to see her if she didn’t get out of the house? And school was their love zone. So he backtracked.

“But I think you should get out as soon as you can. The fresh air alone can be so invigorating.”

“Are you sure you’re alright?” Lotanna registered her concern for him once more.

“I wasn’t before, but now that I know how you are, I can release my breath.”

They chatted for a few more minutes, Lotanna breaking him up with her impression of her dad telling him off. She was so smart, smarter than himself, he admitted, even though he was an A student. More than that, she had a wonderful sense of humour.

She was thin, no thanks to her constant illness, and her lips were pale pink and often chapped but she had a beautiful, oval face, light brown skin and a bespectacled look that said, “This one’s brain is working over time.” Her eyes were perpetually jaundiced (making her thick bifocals a blessing in disguise) and her midriff slightly distended. Both were symptoms of her condition. But her voice was angelic and captured by its magic, Okechukwu wanted to be beside her always.

On his part, Okechukwu was of an average height (5 ft. 7 in.) like Lotanna. His looks were nondescript but he was a very bright student. As far as everyone was concerned, though, his great selling point was his footballing skills (which as one would expect gave him a lithe body). He was widely known on campus and beyond as an incredible striker, giving him the nickname, “Sharp Shooter” which some shortened to “Shooter.” He repeatedly turned down offers to go for trials with clubs, not wanting to juggle his studies with a footballing career. Girls were constantly trying to brand him theirs, but he wanted none other than Lotanna.

She asked for an update on the American presidential election campaigns because they hoped to live in the US affter they got married. The fact that he was AS didn’t bother them. They knew the risks but felt they would cross that bridge when they got to it. It wasn’t like they must have kids, he had told her. Adoption was always an option.

They felt she would have the sort of care that would really prolong her life in a country like the US and although she wanted Hillary Clinton to win and he supported Donald Trump, it had never caused any arguments between them. He told her that the polls favoured Hillary but he wasn’t giving up on Trump. They prayed before she ended the call that she would not suffer a relapse and generally thanked God.

Okechukwu was already planning in his head a lineup of activities to cheer Lotanna up the next week by the time their chat ended. He would buy another Russell Blake spy thriller which they could read together under their favourite umbrella tree at the Sam Mbakwe park on campus. She had been ecstatic about the last one they read. He would take her to see a movie at the new Tiger Theatre in town. It would be an afternoon date, that couldn’t be helped. And of course, they would be at one or two of the late afternoon poetry reading sessions at the postgraduate students’ club called Muse Mountain.

They would also go to Bob’s Gardens where old Bob loved to give them a tour and lecture them on different species of plants and flowers. They would help him water the plants (something her parents would be horrified if they heard about it, he thought with a mischievous twinkle in his eyes). The last time they were there, Lotanna had donned a pair of gloves and weeded two beds of tomatoes. He could still remember her exclamation of triumph when she finished. He would buy her one or two potted plants from Bob’s nursery and they would go for Mallam Sadiq’s tuwon shinkafa at the intersection of Cross Road and Opara Avenue.

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It was going to be an exciting week and he couldn’t wait for it to arrive. He joyfully retraced his steps from the kerb he had wandered onto as they conversed and went into his house whistling. He was the happiest guy on earth, he thought. He loved this brilliant and super lovely girl and she loved him back!


-The end-
Ⓒ Edith Ugochi Ohaja 2017

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Is it right to love like this or is this couple naive? Are they out of their minds? What do you think?













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  • Okoye chidi

    Beauitful one ma, it shows we can achieve tins wen we persevere nd also ve patience. wish u a luvly sunday ma.

  • Amadi Chibuzor .J

    Nice story.
    Something bothers me though; there is a medical procedure that could better the Lotanna’s sickness, her parents, however, chose not to go through with it, subjecting their daughter to living with the anomalies that comes with being sickle-celled all in the name of religion. Isn’t that what they call fanaticism. Or in this case religious fanaticism. Well, I guess they had their “reasons.”

    • Edith Ohaja

      People have all kinds of beliefs, many of which can prove hard to understand or justify. Remember the reports that medical workers sent to immunise children against polio were sent away or attacked in the northern part of Nigeria and some other countries in the Indian subcontinent?

  • Vivian

    Ohhh what a nice story, it made my morning!! didn’t want it to end though so I could read when Lotanna got out and the rest of the fun they had…. I love that discouragements and different barriers didn’t stop their love, soo touching… Thats what true love should be, standing with each other no matter the odds… This is a nice story ma, tnx for sharing this. I enjoyed it…….

  • God loves you always! Maranatha! Amen.

  • Rita

    A powerful love story of loving despite all the obstacles. It is their love that made the relationship stand…it was interesting as usual with your wonderful warm style of writing!

    • Edith Ohaja

      Thanks a whole lot, Rita! Young love can be so enthralling. And you know, for some, it lasts a lifetime. Praise God about the writing. Your style is also very heartfelt. Showers of blessings on you and yours in Jesus’ name.

  • wmunsell11

    Your story makes one hope for God’s best for these two young lovers! Beautifully told.

    • Edith Ohaja

      So glad you came by, Wendy! You’re right. It’s all about keeping hope alive no matter people’s circumstances. You’re awesomely blessed in Jesus’ name.

  • hisdearlyloveddaughter

    Beautiful story!

  • Ugezu Chisolum

    Wow! Wow!! Wow!!!. Am inspired by the nature of their love, they see hope and possibility in their love despite the challenges. It’s so pure and excting. I have no doubt, they will definetly marry and live in the States as they have A love that knows no barrier, may it be our portion…Amen.

    • Edith Ohaja

      My beautiful friend, I’m glad you enjoyed the story. That kind of love is really worth having. You are blessed!

  • It is never a waste to love and hope – always a joy to read your stories

    • Edith Ohaja

      No, it’s a smart thing to do not only because it makes us feel that life is worth living, but because the things we hope for can actually come true. Thanks a whole lot, Marissa, and remain blessed!

    • Ugwuanyi Collette Mmesoma

      This story is a true definition of true love. Despite all challenges lotanna and okechukwu loved and cared for each other. The sweetest part of their relationship is that they involved God in it. This is a lesson to young lovers.

  • This is the real definition of true love.. Despite the challenges, these two hope for a better future…. Nice on, ma’am!

    • Edith Ohaja

      You’re right, DJ! I so enjoyed writing this. This is love untainted, unselfish and undying, the kind of love you get from a pure heart. Hope you’re fine, DJ. May favour attend your way in Jesus’ name.

  • Sima Essien

    This story is inspiring, for it comes at an age when many are convinced true love only exists in fairytales. Beautiful stuff.

    • Edith Ohaja

      Praise God and many thanks to you, my dear sis! May God grant your heart’s desires in Jesus’ name.

  • Ezeaku, Emmanuela

    This is one of the best short stories I ever read, it’s so inspiring. Wow! What a strong love they have for each other.

  • It’s beautiful how he longed to see his love’s face and hear her voice. Your writing made his heart clear to the reader and we could see his devoted affection for her.

    • Edith Ohaja

      Thanks a whole lot, Beka! Many people at that age have no idea what they want. Their emotions are very fleeting. But these ones seem to have chosen each other and have stuck to that for months, according to the story. One can’t help but wish them well. Bless you, Beka, in everything you do, in Jesus’ name.

  • tara8910

    I love a good love story! I hope she gets better!

    • Edith Ohaja

      Bless you, Tara! When we are healthy, we often take it for granted until we see someone who is seriously sick. You are so blessed!

  • Kathleen Louise Burnett

    Lovely short story. You are such a sweet, creative writer. I also love seeing the things that are different in our cultures, and yet the overwhelming amount of things– like love– that are the same. Bless you!

    • Edith Ohaja

      It’s always a pleasure to hear from you, Kathleen! More are the things we share in common than the things we differ on, praise God! Have a great new week and remain blessed in Jesus’ name.

  • Henrietta Okoye

    You know like most of the love stories we read constantly, I was expecting to hear sad news the next week… I thought she was going to die… I enjoyed it… Interesting short story

    • Edith Ohaja

      Praise God, I wanted to do a story to ignite and sustain hope. Killing her would ruin that goal. Cheers!


    Ohhuuh, what a nice story. So interesting and captivating. They are not out of their mind ooo. People at times go crazy because of love. I think they are really in love with each other. Despite her condition as a sickler, the young Okey still loves her. Thanks for the lovely story. I enjoyed it.

    • Edith Ohaja

      Glory to God! Everyone deserves a chance at happiness, whether sick or healthy, rich or poor. I’m glad you loved the story. You are sooo blessed!

  • Irumekhai Mariam

    Wow! This story is so touching. What a true love! I wish we could find even fifty percent of true love in our generation.

  • Ijeoma Anita

    Love at its peak! Very emotional story. They aren’t naive, they are well informed of the situation but they chose to love against all odds. Love conquers.

  • Wow, interesting story. For me, I think it is not bad to love like that oo. Since love is enduring and patient, all they have to do is to be careful in any decision they make, steps they take and be prayerful.

  • Florence onyekaozuru

    Everyone deserves to be loved no matter what the person is going through. this story is an ideal interpretation of what love is. I enjoyed the story and I pray that I find someone at the right time who will love me the way okechukwu loved lotanna.

  • evans nwawuefe

    nice story is all that matters in any relationship.i think what lotanna and okechukwu have will stand the test of time even wen the odds do not favour them.

  • Ani Chidinma M

    What a love! Indeed theirs was a strong love. Inspired by this wonderful story.

  • Anunukem Geraldine

    Beautiful story, but I have various views about it. Firstly I know of a fact we have various religious beliefs but I don’t like the fact that one would allow religion to be his or her determinant of ones health. Then their love is not really naive but such love is rare whereby you see a guy sitting outside your house trying to beat all odds just to see his beloved. Thanks for the story. It really touched me.

  • Perpetua Ugwu

    Wow. Wonderful Short Story. Thanks for sharing with us

  • Adamu Micah

    I love this story but I am looking at the repercussions that will follow when they are married. Will he be able to handle her case when she is down. Sometimes we shouldn’t let love blind us. But if there is a cure for it.. am okay

  • Chidinma Odigbo

    This post is beautifully couched. Lots of lessons abound therein. Firstly is the fact that patience is a virtue. Okechukwu knew what he wanted. He waited patiently. He made efforts and finally, his efforts paid off. Their love was not at all blind. It could see clearly.

  • walter nkemakonam onukwue

    SHOULD LOVE WEAR GLASSES??… how i hate love stories, but with this am inspired…. LOVE KNOWS NO BARRIER….they may be young bt they are not naive…..

  • Amoke chinasa

    This is beautiful. true love gets motivated in d midst of challenges. thanks ma for this wonderful piece

  • Hephzibah

    I loved reading this. Thank you so much ma

  • Oluchi Ekeruche

    This story is beautiful. But the truth is in this age and time, this is stupidity. They are not even thinking about their children, the fact that most of them will be sickle cell carriers. As much as I admire them, it’s not the kind of love I envy.

    • Edith Ohaja

      I think you’are being unfair to them. Didn’t you hear where the guy spoke of adoption?

      • Abasibiangake Essienubong

        Adoption is actually a nice idea. I think the only problem is when the time comes, will they be satisfied with that? Will the woman not want a child of her own? And will Okechukwu not love to father a child from his loins? It’s better they think of that now so that tomorrow they do not run into crises. Still it’s an interesting piece many can relate with.

  • ononso akwueke

    Their love is so deep it’s almost toxic. I wish it will be that easy when I want to marry, if I just tell her you’re my type of woman she will just take me to her parents.

    • Edith Ohaja

      Lol! Now that you mention it, knowing your jocular way of saying things, she’ll probably think you’re not serious and make you work for it.

  • Awww!!! This is a beautiful love story, the kind of love that cares, hopes, prays and even believes.

  • Eneje Chekwube Vitus

    Well, in Okechukwu’s case, perseverance matters a lot. But on the side of Lotanna’s parents, that’s fanaticism or extremism. Happiness alone is a very curing medicine for somebody like Lotanna. But they kept caging her in the name of preventing her from getting sick.

  • Mbah Merit

    Beautiful love story.. God bless you ma.

  • Donmunez

    This is a nice work Ma. God bless you

  • Amos Janet

    Hmmm…this kind of love is quite risky considering the fact that the Lady is SS and the guy is AS. What a match! Well, I hope the option for adoption works. Nice story by the way, ma.

  • Chiwetalu Ugwu

    I love this story. I believe people having challenges in their relationship too can learn from this story. God gives us strength to face problems. With God, there’s hope and anything is possible

  • Awesome story ma. Relationships are just complicated

  • Demola Adeleke

    This is beautiful. But I’m not so sure if this kind of love still happens though.


    people really mistake infatuation for true love. but this write up properly explains what true love should look like

  • Chukwu patience

    Actually all that we become an achieve in life starts from the heart, where we nurture n build our thoughts that in turn reflect outwardly. Positive thoughts as it is worth full consideration but in as much as we do that, nature should not be jettisoned as it has it important roles to play as well in all we do or conceive.

  • Rahman Peace Taiye

    Nice story. it’s very refreshing. This is what Love should be like and not what most youths practice nowadays in the name of love.

  • Chukwuekezie Nneka Quindaline

    Their love is really strong.

  • Okeleke loveth

    Love is always beautiful without obstacles, but the truth remains that the test of true love lies in our ability to overcome these obstacles still standing together.

  • onyeabor ijeoma

    wow that was a very nice love story, how I wished the story never ended there…. I really like that relationship, the guy truly love the girl, he never allowed Lotanna’s state of health to bring a barrier in their relationship. Oke never considered what this 21 century guys consider before picking a girl as a girl friend, he was not after immorality, he just love the girl for who she is…does that kind of guy truly exist?


    Their love is so strong but i believe their families will be against the relationship because they are taking a very dangerous risk. except they decide not to give birth as Okechukwu said, of which i know Okechukwu’s family members will not be happy with.
    nice one Ma. God bless you.

  • Chioma Onah

    Such love birds they are. I was even expecting to see: “…to be continued”. Kinda like the ending though. Nice story!

  • Gloria Ugwuoke

    love as the “good book ” says, bears all… i think they really love each other and it’s really good as they understand the risks involved in her health condition.

  • Emekaobi Ijeoma rita

    Wow! I really admire their love.such a beautiful story

  • Isaac Nwanneka

    Mere looking at it,it seems naive but I realized they had Faith

  • Samuel Godsgift Akachukwu

    I like the fact that their love for each other is strong but considering the fact that she is SS and him AS is risky. Am not in support of them planning on getting married.

    • Edith Ohaja

      Even when they seem to be thinking ahead. Perhaps, your concept of love is different from theirs. Cheers! ?

  • Udeobasi Ngozi B.

    OMG!!! I love this……. this is what i call “TRUE LOVE”.

  • i was waiting for it to get interesting, where’s the action, suspense and tragedy?

    • Edith Ohaja

      Oh really! Love doesn’t excite you. If it doesn’t end badly, then something is definitely wrong, right? That’s twisted, you know.

  • onu victor tochukwu

    I love this story. It encourages us, students to give our relationship issues to God and also to put Jesus in the center of their relationship.

  • Ugwu chika

    Wow! That was a nice story, but I do not like it that much. Don’t you think, ma, these guys are complicating issues. it was the same love that made the parents of lotanna who were different of blood genotype to marry and have a sickler as child,that is the mistake these guys want to make knowing full well the consequences of their actions, I don’t encourage such love.

    • Edith Ohaja

      Love, my dear, is not something you can always predict and clear all the risks it might bring. It’s good to be careful but you can miss the best that life has to offer by pigeon-holing yourself like that. Besides, they did say adoption was an option. Thank you for your forthrightness and remain blessed!

  • Enwerem Chiamaka

    One can also love purely and, most importantly, be very supporting to one’s partner.

  • Eze chinyere chidera

    Its nice that even though both know the consequences of being together, they still love each other very much and do not let petty things get in their way. Their love is really genuine. Nice one!!

  • Ezeh Blessing Oluchukwu

    Good story, their love is quite real, for a guy who is aware of the outcome of going down with a sickle cell patient.

  • Ugama Gloria Nkechinyere

    This story is interesting and emotional. This is how true love should be: ENDURING and PATIENT, which is seen in the two lovers. Bravo! U have done a wonderful writeup here.

  • Kat

    This is such a touching story of two young lovers who against all odds,strive to be together.I really appreciate Okey’s love for Lotanna and his understanding of her condition.I mean,he doesn’t mind adopting children!.Now that’s what i call true love.I want a love just like theirs

  • Morgan Joy

    The story is very interesting. Its quite sad that they love each other but have to face challenges. The details and description make me feel like I am in the story.

    • Edith Ohaja

      I’m glad you were drawn into the story, praise God! Love that is not strong enough to withstand challenges is not worth the name. God bless you richly in Jesus’ name.

  • Akuma Victor

    An insightful story which connotes that no sort of sickness should be a barrier or factor hindering the love people have for each other. Okechukwu knew what he needed and he saw it in Lotenna, he could actually go out of his way and find another girl if so wished but he recognized the need to love a sickler though not out of pity but a genuine love which he prayed to end in marriage. Sicklers and physically challenged persons can’t just be ostracized as they are humans equally, hence this is a clarion call to everyone out there to love not just the able bodied but some others with health challenges.

    Great Job Aunty Edith

    • Edith Ohaja

      Lovely comment. You decoded the motive behind the story. Thanks for reading thoughtfully. You are blessed!

  • Emmanuel Ujevwe

    Love is strong among these people/youth.No matter the fact that their Genotype is against their love they are still good to get married but will not be able to have children.Personally,I think love is not all about procreation.

  • Agugbua Chisom

    For me,I think the love is naive because looking at it in the right angle,they cant stay happy in the marriage without bearing their own children.I know of a couple like that and I know how they are now.They are living in their own shadows

  • Agugbua Chisom

    For me,I think the love is naive because looking at it in the right angle,they cant stay happy in the marriage without bearing their own children.I know a couple like that and I know how they are now.They are living in their own shadows.

    • Edith Ohaja

      I don’t think you should judge their case by the couple you mentioned. It’s not everyone that their marital happiness depends on having a child. Bless you!

  • Okoye Ezinne

    This is what love truly means, to stand by each other’s side despite all odds. In the case of Lotanna’s parents, people have different beliefs and incentives, but why would they allow a little girl of her age suffer such pain where there are remedies to the problem?

  • Abonyi Chisom Eucheria

    Wow! This story is so emotional. I can’t help but pity Lotanna. This story is the actual definition of what true love is. Love is patient, love is enduring, true love is unconditional and this is the type of love God has for us. Ma, I thank you for this inspirational story. It will make a good impact on the youth.

  • Ezenwa chinaza

    this is a nice and thought provoking story, am day dreaming already— wish I could find a man that will truly love me above all things.

    • Edith Ohaja

      Awwww, you will probably find one by God’s grace. The big question is usually: Will you recognize him when you see him? I pray that the Lord will grant you discernment in Jesus’ name.


    this story is so touching and inspiring. guys should learn from it and show true love irrespective of the circumstance.

  • Otung Theresa

    Reading this story did get me emotional and made me rethink. Okey had so much faith that things would be well for Lotanna which I agree with because ”when there is life there is hope”. I loved the strategy he applied, trying to get her mind off the situation. It got me wondering if LOVE of this nature still did exist. Wish them all the best life has to offer. Bless you Ma for sharing.

  • Ibeh chiamaka

    This Is a nice short story I must confess.i can’t help but admire the unconditional love oke and lotanna have for each other despite, their blood group not being compatible. I also love that they have so much faith in their relationship. Their love isn’t craziness it’s just an unconditional love.

  • Dike Gerald

    this is a story pervaded with extreme love and devoid of youthful lust. Though, avoidant of carnal desire, such affection can inhibit the destinies of these two. In the midst of this affection, there is no logical reasoning. The problems encountered in such marriage and the difficulty of settling in such a foreign country are not put into consideration. Perhaps the love will solve all the problems.


    For Okechukwu and Lotanna, I believe they are both in their right frame of mind because their love is so strong that it could take them as far as the end of the world unlike the kind of love people have today which is filled with lust of the flesh. I wonder if this kind of love truly exist in the world today!

  • Arene Ifeyinwa Ketochukwu

    An interesting and touching story. We are to love people for who they are and not what they have.

  • Otti Uzoma Augusta

    Awwww I need this kind of love when it’s time. The Lord is their strength. He will definitely see them through. Aunty, this is so nice. You never cease to amaze with your diversity in writing!

  • Njoku Chiamaka Constance

    This love is strong, pure and can overcome their obstacles. Both of them view life in one direction and they intend to savour the very moment they have together allowing tomorrow to think for itself.
    One thing that fascinated me was how Okechukwu introduced Lotanna to his pastor and led her to Christ. Some of our today’s youth do what I normally call backyard love. Their pastor or parents don’t know of their relationship, so they do whatever they like.

    I believe that this kind of love exists but it is rare.

  • Essien Anietie Archibong

    really! that’s what I call love, not what children mess around with and abuse: love ready to wait and strong enough to overcome obstacles, love that does not die cause of threat from opposisions! great story, Ma.

  • Ezema uchechukwu peace - 2015/202982- mass communication

    Well I think the story is very fascinating and educating especially for youths. The love birds are building their relationship on the popular saying “love conquers all”. i admire their bond and devotion to every area of their lives; unlike most youths of today, who only think of selfish desires and forget about other vital aspects of life; viz God, academics, etc. one truth and remedy these love birds realized is that only God can help them; lotanna’s life can only be saved by God. Okechukwu believes in this fact but suggesting that they will adopt a child after marriage scatters everything he believed. God does not work in doubt and fear but in faith, “math 9:22 and mark 11:22-24”. their love is indeed strong and selfless but very rare to find.

    • Edith Ohaja

      Thanks for your detailed comment, Peace. But I don’t agree that suggesting they will adopt a child shows a lack of faith or scatters anything. In fact, it shows they are not committing to each other blindly. They know the risks and are trying to reduce complications. It’s an admirable stance, if you ask me. Bless you!

  • jane

    wonderful story ma, this is the true definition of love. the fact that they view life in one direction is amazing. the love that leads one to Christ is one true love. this just made my evening. thank u, ma!

  • Emmanuel Gerald

    In a world where the concept of love has taken totally new dimensions, mostly arising from gross misconception and a shallow understannding. Yes, today’s youth may consider this form of union to be naive, boring and lacking juice. Only a few however who really know what it means to love, would offer laudations to the union between this pair. Love, relationships, friendships and generally, unions really enatail a lot besides the fun-filled aspect.
    I’m addicted to reading your work, Ma.

    • Edith Ohaja

      Thank you and praise God who gives the ideas, strength and skill to write. You are awesomely blessed in Jesus’ name.

  • Emmanuel Gerald

    This form of love, i regard to be pure and real.

  • Nnamani Esther

    A very nice story about young love. To love someone despite their failings and physical attributes or lack of it is really important. Okechukwu loved Lotanna despite her health circumstances, this shows the level of understanding he has about loving someone. Their love was also innocent and pure and they already have a plan about their future.

  • True love is unconditional, okechukwu loved and cared for his love, Lotanna, irrespective of her health condition. It was a sincere love and love at first sight, they feel happy and comfortable with each other which makes their relationship geninue, Okechukwu was there to give Lotanna the hope of life and joy, in this i have learnt that except death, nothing is a barrier to true love. Great story ma.

  • Ikwuakam Oluchi Francisca

    Nice story ,it is often said that love is blind and we seem to see it clearly amongst this two. However, I would advice that they think beyond the said love and consider the fate of their yet to come children ,most times in our country, adoption as an option is easier said than done

  • Precious

    Wow….. Amidst all struggles in life if u get in love den u re a bit stronger… can’t be conquered…. anyone who wants to conquer it gets surprised at the end of it all

  • Okorie Adaora Nneoma

    This is true Love itself coupled with faith and hope… Okechukwu’s faith and hope are immeasurable to the extent that he led her to his pastor and introduced her as his missing rib and also this single act motivated the pastor to pray for her…..This love is truly ordained by God.

  • Charles chisom vincentia

    True love never dies.when merged with faith and hope its insurmountable. Your work is addictive ma.

  • Chioma Harmony

    Love coupled with faith, hope and trust is everything. How young they are and how inlove they are is so adorable. I hope his dreams comes to reality.

  • Nnamani Eunice chiidnma

    Beautiful love story, this kind of love is very wonder and rare too. Well, when you find this kind of love hold on to it, can’t wait to find my own okechukwu.. Smiles?

  • Kamsi Salita

    The fact that they involve God in their relationship is lovely.

  • Henry onyeka

    In spite of troubles and sorrows, love conquers all. The strong bond that okey had for lotanna shows how our love should grow no matter the consequences. Lotanna is a sickle cell that is expected to fall sick and may die anytime but the love okey had for her continues to grow. This has taught me the importance of love in our daily live not just to our partners but also to our brothers and sisters around us. Who knows they may live longer because of the love and care shown to them. Interesting piece, very educating.

  • Adeke Chukwuka

    A nice story accompanied with imagery……’Love so Strong’ is the best title for the story. Indeed the love that exists between Okechukwu and Lotanna is so strong that even sickness is not a hinderance

  • Lotanna is a sickle cell patient yet okey loved her unconditionally, this artistic piece is a representation of Gods love for mankind despite our sinful nature he accepts and draws us back to him thou we are not worthy of his love. the case of lotanna and okey shows that true love exists,

  • Onwuamaeze Ikechukwu John

    Hmm! So such Love exists? It’s risky if they go for marriage because of this genotypes. Anyways, with God all things are possible. I believe this is indeed true Love. Aunty, you’re a fictional prodigy.

  • Isaac sopuruchi

    This love is insane.i won’t advice or recommend this type of love.they are considering their feelings forgetting the tragedy they may bring to their children if they eventually get married.

  • Favour

    This love story is just hope for young ones like me. Thank you so much ma for this wonderful story. It shows that with perseverance and God, love can survive.

  • Ozukwe Miriam chisom

    This was a very wonderful love story. Despite all odds and obstacles against their relationship, they still held unto each other. This is indeed a strong love.

  • Epunam obianuju

    most times life could be frustrating when we don’t get what we want the way we want it. but I am glad that even at that, lotanna and okechukwu could still keep it real.

  • Wow..indeed such love still exists?.. Despite all obstacles that were against lotanna and okechukwu. They still had that strong love in them which kept them tight til the very end

  • Dennis Lydia Ekperechukwu

    This what they call true love. we youth should learn from okechukwu and lotanna. I really love this fiction

  • Onyia Ujunwa sandra

    This is an interesting love story, okechukwu’s love for lotanna is unconditional despite the fact that she is a sickle cell patient. This is known as true love.

  • Beautiful story indeed! The love between Okechukwu and Lotanna is a beautiful and unconditional one.

  • Chah ugochukwu

    Call me naive or old fashioned but this is the way I want to be loved. Even if and when am sick I want to know that someone is there looking after me, praying for me. That’s the ultimate love to me so i don’t think it’s childish I think it’s sweet and the best kind of love and I juse hope lotanna doesn’t die before they get married but she lives to get old with okey and their kids, whether adopted or not

  • Oshana Endurance

    For me I think they are still being childish. In time to come, after they get married the need for a child will definitely arise, the adopted ones will be there yes! But let me also remind them that Okechukwu is an Igbo guy, definitely family members will come in and they will be persuasion for him to have his flesh and blood. My advise is they should stop building castle in the air and face reality.

    • Edith Ohaja

      Your response is cold and cynical, my dear! You need to realise that what youncall building castles in the air might very well be other people’s happy reality. Cheers!

  • Ezidimma odinakachukwu oluchukwu

    Wow this their love is actually great even though their genotype did not match they still wanted to be together and be part of each others joy and pain.

  • Godwin Grace

    Wow This is love. And I won’t say this is the couple being naive. I believe that for every stage that one gets to, theres a kind of love for it. The fact that they are young doesn’t mean that they don’t love each other and it doesn’t mean that they won’t end up together. I’m kind of scared for them though about their getting married with different genotypes. But then, if there’s anything I’ve learnt, it’s the fact that love covers all things.

  • Okalishi oliver

    Love is blind in the sense that it accepts and endures each others weakness; advises for correction when it hurts. not otherwise as people used to think. And so,the greatest in this life is happiness, and enjoying it in case of marriage, is by being with the rightfull partner who accepts who you are your weakness. Okechukwu understands and truly accepts Lotanna and her weakness – being a sickler – and is ready to anything worth good to be with her but the case is her parents religion which forbids the available antidote(blood transfusion) to her ill-health condition. But, I think if were divinely that the should marry and had they way to US they planned, they would eventually resolved to accept the blood transfusion as she was not happy with the situation. Or better still, nothing is impossible with God.

  • Heriet

    Great post ma
    Love !love !!love !!!
    It does exist depending on how you define yours to be.
    There’s is genuine love☺️☺️☺️

  • Ugwoke Ifechukwu Melvina

    The love share between the two is heart touching and at the same time heart breaking. Lotanna’s illness obviously greatly affects their relationship but at the same time, they did not let it get between them, their love holds strong and if his esclamation at the enc of the work is anything to go by it will never break.

  • Chukwu Oluebube juliet

    Am motivated by the way they love each other, they see beyond their love, they see hope and possibilities and stayed strong despites their awkward times.

  • Theophilus Blessing

    Chineke……! This love is strong. AS+SS, oh my God. Just 17 & 19, may God help them.

  • Nweke Ujunwa Linda

    This story is amazing. Am happy that their Love could stand the test of time.
    We should learn from this and also have faith that obstacles can be overcomed no matter what even if it has to take Time. Thank you ma!

  • Chah ugochukwu

    One thing I love about lotanna is that despite her illness,she didn’t dwell in it. There are some people that even headache will make them miss school and enjoy it. But her case was different. And then she was also caring, asking after okechukwu and all that and then still asking about school and all that.

    I also admire okechukwu for loving her despite all odds. For loving her despite theverything fact that she could die any minute. That is really love not all these stupid things people do nowadays

  • Favour obi

    This kind love nawa oh! This short story is just like the other one I read, ‘ A love to count on ‘. I wonder if it is still in existence nowadays. But, sure it is a beautiful love. To love someone even when you know their lives are at stake. I would love to emulate such unconditional love. After all, it’s the perfect example of love God shows us; a relentless love.

  • Emmanuel chibuike

    Love conquers all things. Notwithstanding the warnings to Okechukwu, he still couldn’t give up on Lotanna. But I understood one thing in Okechukwu’s life he knew what he wanted and he was courageous enough to hold it tenaciously. When he was paired with Lotanna in their Botany assignment, he openly told Lotanna that she is his kind of woman and ever since that day he did all in his power to protect his interest in Lotanna.

  • Duruji Veralin Ogochukwu

    This story indeed is a beautiful one despite the challenges they faced, Okechukwu was ready to stand by her side. This is a true picture of what true love is all about. And he was also God-fearing and His faith in the situation was indeed unspeakable.Hopefully,everything will turn out good for them. Love,Indeed they say is a beautiful thing when you find the right person to share it with.

  • Stephens Chinecherem Grace

    The title suits the story although I think the couple is too young and naive. Unless Lotanna is really sure she never wants to have children, an AS and SS genotype match couple is a complete disaster as non of their children can be shared the pain of sickle cell anaemia. I believe they will be wiser as they grow older.

  • Venessa Stephen

    Great post ma’am.I know this is true love but it doesn’t seem realistic to me. Don’t you think Lotanna and okechukwu should reconsider their action to avoid much pains in the future? Don’t you think they are blinded by love ?Or better still if they have the finances to change Lotanna health condition,they should go it.
    Well,I love okey’s faith,he should keep praying,who knows,a miracle might occur.

  • Ezike winifred udochukwu

    I love stories like this….when two people love each other dearly and not allowing circumstances come in between them…its usually nice….but that part of lotanna ‘s parents not allowing blood tranfusion because of their belief.. i dont see it as wise.. But anyway who am i to judge.. Just as okechukwu had said

  • Thomas Rebecca Ina

    Love is a beautiful thing.
    17 and 19 I think is quite early. However, I hope their dreams are realized

  • Obiemeka favour chukwugozie

    Love is really so strong despite her health challenge okechukwu is just the best .He is the kind of guy every girl is praying for.

  • Okoli Ezinne

    Love is the strongest virtue. Their love is admirable and cool. Interesting piece
    Thanks ma

  • Nwanze Josephine Chidera

    Inspiring! The love is very strong even if they were still in school. Okechukwu’s faith is so strong but precussion should be taken to avoid regret. Emotions can be dangerous

  • John Adaobi Benedicta

    Love indeed covers all things. Okeychukwu’s love for Lotanna can be seen to be true despite her sickness, unlike what we have today where love is based on sex AMD material things. I really enjoyed this piece. Very nice.

  • Ibe favour kalu

    Of course, it’s right to love like this. Love conquers all. Where there is love,there is life. Okechukwu’s love for lotanna will keep her strong and alive. I envy them: they found true love.

  • What a strong love they have got for each other, I pray the lord sees them through

  • Aleke Juliet C.

    Oh my! Love from the deepest part of the heart. But… It’s actually hard to see a guy like Okechukwu, who loves regardless of the fact that there’s more into the relationship.

  • Egenti Blossom Mmesoma

    Love is unexplainable, its like a rollercoaster, with your head in the clouds. I think they love each other rightly in the way they should. Love has no boundaries, whether old or young.

  • Agena Yimase

    A very interesting love story. Funny how Okey is already planning adoption. Her parents religion seems funny to me but who am I to judge.

  • Agnes

    Such a beautiful story but it ended too soon. Not all young love last as they wish. Also I think its wise to put into consideration their blood groups and type. Its better to play safe but if its God’s plan then there will be a way.

  • Nwosu Victoria

    this story is a sad one to me because no matter how much we try to ignore, these two are not fit to be together at all.their genotypes are not compatible and this could be a very big problem in the long run most especially in child bearing. its just a pity that love is no respecter of such.

  • As the saying goes, love conquers all, and since God is love, I think the relationship will be saved by God’s grace. His determination alone is wondrous and God likes those kinda traits in we humans.

  • Onah Joy Chimdalu

    Beautiful story. Seeing hope even where people think there is none

  • Ajibo lovelyn onyedikachi

    ?beautiful and lovingly story MA, this is really an epitome of true love

  • Eze vivian Nkiruka

    Wow,true love do exist, despite her health challenges, warnings from lotanas father,warning him to stay away from her and fear of them giving birth to children with same blood group,he still loved her unconditionally and was Willing to spend the rest of his life with her,even if adoption was an option for them to take.

  • Okere Grace

    This is so touching. The feeling between okechukwu and lotanna is sincere and I must say , it is something worth emulating. What I admire is the fact that they’re hopeful notwithstanding their bleak future together. I wish them the best.

  • Aroh Cynthia Chioma

    Am really feeling for Lotanna and Okechukwu because of their genotype although love is blind and can conquer anything.
    Thank you Ma!

  • Chukwunwenwa Chinenye

    This is unadulterated love in action.
    The way Okechukwu was desperate to keep in touch with Lota despite all odds amazes me. The was he prays and revives her hope is amazing too. I’m glad that his love for her wasn’t borne out of pity.

    Meanwhile, I think meeting Okechukwu is the best thing that ever happened to her. Just imagine the having those crises and no one sincerely looks out for you…. It would have been hell for her.

    My fear is that Lotanna might not live longer due to her health status and this will shatter Okechukwu.

    My heart goes out to all the sicklers in the world. May they find genuine love they deserve.

  • Omaga Chiagozie

    This is called love, unconditional love. Not the type the children of this generation display. Okechukwu despite knowing Lotanna’s condition still choose to love her and be her confidence in her triaing times. I think their relationship is ordained by God. God want to use Okechukwu to perform miracle on Lotanna that’s why they met and i hope Lotanna’s parents will not be a hindrance to that miracle. But come to think of it why will someone choose for their child to suffer pain rather than go with doctor’s advice in the name of religion. Hmmmmm God please relieve her pain and work your miracle.

  • Joyce Jonathan

    It’s painful and heartbreaking,lotana would have been in a better health condition if not for the parents religious beliefs.well I’m glad she found love in her present state.

  • Duru Joselyn Amarachi

    I must say, this is the Nigerian version of Romeo and Juliet.
    Lotanna is indeed blessed to have a responsible guy like Oke.I wish all those facing similar health challenges get their own prince charming as well that will be willing to be with them in spite all odds.
    Well, my dear, u two are still very young although I admire the sincere love. I believe time will tell.

  • Richards Orighomisan

    Wow, wow, wow, this is indeed unconditional love. Okechukwu really is a perfect example of one who understands the meaning of the word “LOVE”

  • Ogbonnaya Noble Comfort

    This is a true definition of love. Okechukwu has made up his mind to stick to the one he loves despite her health issues.

  • Uyanna Chibuike

    This is a real definition of true love, okechukwu loved Lotanna despite everything even though he knew the obstacles that awaited their love.

  • Ebi osinachi mercy

    Despite how beautiful their romance story look, we all need to be careful and consider knowing our genotype before going into any relationship for the sake of our future children suffering from SS… It’s paining to see children suffer and fight, and not all of them conquered ..

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