They say if you put your heart desires into the universe, the universe will reward you.
This is exactly what Nigerian furniture maker Chidimma Amedu did.
It was a day before New Year’s Eve and he was determined to find a wife.
He posted a matter-of-fact message on Facebook requesting applications from interested women.
The young man wrote: “(I) am of age to and I am ready to say I do and I am wasting no time.’
‘Send in your applications. The most qualified will be married on January 6, 2018.’
‘Application closes 12 midnight, December 31 2017.’
“I am serious about this… and don’t say you did not see it on time. Goodluck.”
Sophy Ijeoma was at a friend’s wedding where she was maid of honor.
During a break, she was scrolling through her Facebook feed when she came across Chidimma’s playful message.
Sophy replied: “Am interested, just DM me…lols.”
Chidimma sent her a private message and love soon blossomed via Facebook messenger.
One week later, they were married.
Sophy, a makeup artist, said she “jokingly replied.” “I never knew he was serious about the post,” she added.
Bu Chidimma, who felt he was “of age” to get married, was very serious indeed.
He said: “I had given myself a timeline and I didn’t want to wait anymore.”
The couple had been friends on Facebook for a year, but like a lot of Facebook friends never really spoke.
Chidimma said: “She likes and comments on my posts from time to time.”
“I was surprised that she replied the message and so it piqued my interest and I immediately messaged her.”
Their first date was at a mall in her hometown Enugu in southeastern Nigeria.
Chidimma took one look at her and said, “You’re beautiful,” Sophy recalls
Just two days after their first meeting Chidimma proposed and Sophy said “yes.”
She said his unusual approach to finding love was what won her heart.
“I fell in love with him, especially for his courage.”
The pair wasted no time in making wedding plans and meeting family members.
Luckily for the couple both of their families were hugely supportive of the match.
The entire wedding was planned in four days, but not before taking some precautions.
They were encouraged to take a test to find out if they were medically compatible to have children together.
Nigeria has a high incidence of sickle cell anemia,
Couples are advised to check their genotypes match to avoid having babies with the illness.
On January 6, 2018, the couple got married in a traditional Igbo ceremony.
Chidimma said, “At first, her family thought I was not serious but I proved to them that I was.”
The pair say they are determined to prove those who say they rushed into marriage wrong.
“I am happy that I married him. He is my kind of man,” Sophy said.