Yes, Uche means the world to her husband, Nnamdi Okonkwo, the stylish Managing Director, Fidelity Bank Plc. Not just because she is the mother of his children, but because among other things, the sweet memories of his first awakening into love with her still course through his bulky frame and psyche like the warm, giddy ecstasy that trails a teenager’s first lingering, passionate kiss.
Nnamdi owes Uche so much for keeping the home-front peaceful while he is out in the trenches building one of Nigeria’s more formidable financial institutions. Thus, when she turned 50 recently, the Fidelity Bank helmsman did not hold back in hosting her to a befitting birthday party last night.
Venue was the expansive Harbour Point, Victoria Island, Lagos, which was resplendently decorated to befit the status of the host. Some of Nnamdi’s fellow bank chiefs and billionaire associates, captains of industry and customers, opinion leaders and politicians, entertainers and distinguished media personalities and well-wishers all came out in their finery to join him in celebrating his heartbeat, the woman who means the world to him. And he went all out to ensure that everybody had the time of their lives.
Beautiful and fair-skinned Uche was an epitome of unparalleled joy and grace as she hugged and shook the hands of guests, moving around to ensure that everybody had a taste of their unique hospitality. The party lasted late into the night but at no time did the guests run out of gourmet foods or canapés or drinks.
Nnamdi has been credited with bringing creative disruptions to bear on the brand personality of the bank, which became necessary given the contemporary times. But he is not your average bank chief, as he is at home in the boardroom as he is on the dance floor and even behind a microphone. He brought to bear on his wife’s glamorous golden birthday party, his consummate social and organisational skills.
Okonkwo seized the moment to serenade his beautiful wife on stage with a beautiful song. With unrestrained fervour, Nnamdi unclothed his wife’s uncommon virtues and dressed her in a garment of love and enameled praise.
Predictably, the bank chief’s show of love drew his wife close to tears. She never envisaged such rare display of love from her heartthrob. The passion she experienced from her husband was what scholars and classical romantics imbued with eternal fervour of timeless truths and poetics.
Very few mortals encounter it and succeed in making sense of it and sustaining it. But Nnamdi internalised it and evolved with it. Then he expertly deployed it to celebrate the woman he proudly appreciates as his better half.
According to the Fidelity Bank chief, every moment spent with his wife further establishes her as the miracle that God had wrought to sweeten his life. He minced no words to assert that she was the kind of woman whose love could only happen on a man once in a thousand seasons.
Dignitaries at the event which held at the venue, marveled at the romantic display of love by the bank chief; men quietly took notes about how to treat and celebrate the women in their lives and several women at the event silently prayed that they encounter such rare display of love towards them from their husbands and sweethearts.