Love Life by ZikokoJul 21, 2022
Opening Our Relationship Helped Save It
Frank*, 27, and Gabriel*, 30, have been together for five years. In this episode of Love Life, they talk about navigating an open relationship, dealing with homophobia and their future plans.
He Ghosted Me For Three Months
*Godwin, 20, and *Tope, 19, dated for three months after which Godwin ghosted Tope for three months. In this episode of Love Life, they talk about what went wrong in the relationship and what they could have done better.
Opening Our Relationship Was A Practical Decision
Paul*, 23, and Keside*, 32, have been dating for four years. In this episode of Love Life, they talk about meeting online, transitioning to a long-distance relationship and eventually deciding to open up their relationship.
Talking About Our Breakup Helped Us Find Closure
Abeni*, 22, and Ifunanya*, 26, met on Twitter and dated for six months. On this episode of Love Life, they talk about their relationship and why it ended abruptly even though it was the best one they had both been in.
We Found Love In A Hopeless Place
Nwando, 22, and Dave, 22, met in the strangest of places: a gutter. In this episode of Love Life, they talk about the sweetness of easy love, and the troubles of dating as young people.
We Are So Aligned, It’s Unbelievable
Ore, 28, and Lekan, 30, got engaged last year after dating for about a year. In this episode of Love Life, they talk about meeting in church as teenagers, reconnecting as adults and how they got God’s confirmation that they are meant to be.
Three Doesn’t Have To Be A Crowd
Damola*, 28, has been dating Robyn*, 27, and Imani*, 25, for a few months now. This episode of Love Life discusses navigating jealousy in a non-monogamous relationship and how honesty makes it all work.
It Took Us 9 Years To Fall In Love
Chika, 30, and Esther, 28, started off as platonic friends. Nine years into their friendship, Esther realised she had fallen in love, but Chika hadn’t. In this episode of Love Life, they discuss moving from friends to best friends, and now a married couple who are “joined at the hip”.
We Help Each Other Grow
Femi*, 26, and Yemisi*, 25, have been dating for two years. In this episode of Love Life, they talk about helping each other grow and be better people and how the lockdown helped them transition into a long-distance relationship.
It Was A Perfect Matchmaking
Olufunmi, 35, and Elizabeth, 29, have been in serious relationships that led to intense heartbreaks. And then a mutual friend decided to matchmake them. In this episode of Love Life, they discuss getting married less than six months after they met.
There’s Nothing I Want to Add to This Relationship
Elizabeth, 29, and Samuel, 29, have been dating for eight months. In this episode of Love Life, they talk about meeting at work, deciding to date despite the threat of long-distance and getting engaged after one month of dating.
This Relationship Helps Me Explore My Sexuality
Ajoke, 28, and Solomon, 25, have been dating for three years. Today on Love Life, they talk about being course mates, becoming friends with benefits and being in a polyamorous relationship where they’re both allowed to date and have sex with other people.
She Fits Me Like a Glove
Jola, 25, and Oyin, 26, have been dating for a year. Today on Love Life, they talk about meeting on Twitter, becoming friends and talking for nine months before starting a relationship where they still haven’t had a fight.
We Didn’t Think We’d Fight Because We Were Friends First
Karo, 29, and Folakemi, 27, have been dating for two years. In this episode of Love Life, they talk about meeting in secondary school, being friends for over 15 years and how transitioning from friendship to a relationship affected them.
This Relationship Has Made Me More Conscious Of My Privilege
Bisola*, 28, and Boye*, 29 have been dating for ten months. In this episode of Love Life, they talk about being an interabled couple in a long-distance relationship, navigating people’s intrusive curiosity and why they’re meant for each other.
Marriage Teaches You To Fight Fair
Lanre, 30+, and Princess, 30+, have been married for six years. Months after their first child, Lanre encountered a mental health issue that lasted a year and tested their marriage. In this episode of Love Life, they discuss working through it as a couple and what six years of marriage has taught them.
I Ran Away From Home To Be With Her
Ella, 23, and Adaora, 21 have been dating for eleven months. In this episode of Love Life, they talk about navigating a relationship after Adaora ran away from home, learning how to set boundaries and their future plans for each other.
Seven Years In and We’re Still Excited to Be Together
Kiki and Taiye, have been dating for seven years. In this episode of Love Life, they talk about meeting at their school’s exco office, starting a friendship for four months before dating and how they dealt with the threat of infidelity in their relationship.
We Were Best Friends In Secondary School, Now We Are Married
Teslim*, 28, and Chibuzo*, 29 dated for four years and have been married for three. In this episode of Love Life, they talk about transitioning from secondary school best friends to lovers, starting their tech careers together and how they struggled with long distances before marriage.
We Work Because We’re Deliberate About Our Faith
Seun, 23, and Àdìó, 26, have been dating for four months. In this episode of Love Life, they talk about meeting at Salt and Light Christian camp, how they flirted their way into a relationship after a seven-year-old friendship and reuniting physically on Valentine’s day this year.
26 Years And We Have No Regrets
Amina, 52, and Aneru, 58 have been married for 26 years with four kids. In this episode of Love Life, they talk about meeting on a farm, managing a long-distance relationship at a time when there were no mobile phones and growing old together.
She Played Ludo with My Heart for One Month
Opeyemi, 30, and Sandra, 27, dated for a year and seven months before getting married. In this episode of Love Life, they talk about starting a relationship in the DMs, a horrible first date at Opeyemi’s house and why their families and close friends found out they were getting married on Twitter.
She Used Food and Netflix to Get Into My Heart
Cynthia*, 30, and Ezinne*, 29, have been dating for six months. In this episode of Love Life, they talk about getting in touch after reading each other’s stories on Zikoko and falling for each other despite being married.
It Was Love At First Talk
Akintunde, 35, and ‘Depeju, 26, knew they would marry each other after speaking on the phone for the first time. In this episode of Love Life, they talk about fighting for the first few months of their relationship, how they got past that and what it feels like to become parents.
Our Parents Are Worried We’ll Divorce
Gbemi, 25, and Ruoyu, 26, are a Nigerian and Chinese couple who really want to get married. In this episode of Love Life, they talk about how being a Nigerian and Chinese couple living in America is holding them back from saying “I Do”.
Our Relationship Was For Character Development
*Osas (20) and *Seyi (21) started out very in love with each other. But things went downhill when someone cheated, and they opened their relationship. In this episode of Love Life, they discuss their breakup and its effect on their friendship.
We’re No Longer Together, But We’re Life Partners
Mezie*, 32, and Oge*, 31, went from friends to lovers to friends who occasionally have sex. In this episode of Love Life, they talk about being life partners even though they know they can never get back together.
My Father Doesn’t Want Me To Marry A Yoruba Man
Tunji*, 32, and Ezinne*, 28, knew they wanted to get married a week after they met. Now, they are engaged, but Ezinne’s father refuses to give his blessing to a Yoruba man. In this episode of Love Life, they discuss how their faith has helped them through it.
We Were Made For Each Other
He Wouldn’t Go To London Without Me
Becca*, 28, and Michael*, 25 have been dating for five months. In this episode of Love Life, they talk about transitioning from work besties to friends with benefits, then deciding to relocate to London together.
I Moved To Nigeria To Be With Her
We Have Decided To Let Each Other Go
Angel*, 29, and Akin*, 37, are deeply in love, but they are trying to go their separate ways. In this episode of Love Life, they talk about getting back together after their first breakup and finally choosing to “decouple” due to their religious beliefs.
We Love Our Partners, But We Can’t Stop Having Sex
Ijeoma*, 26, and Peter*, 29, have been friends with benefits for 2 months. In this episode of Love Life, they talk about satisfying their primal needs while maintaining serious relationships with other people.
How Another Woman Almost Ruined Us
*Ginika, 25, and *Jude, 28, have known each other since 2017 and have been in a relationship since 2018. In this episode of Love Life, they talk about handling infidelity in their relationship and reaching a compromise in their disagreements.
His Ex-Fiancée Felt Like The Second Wife
*Yinka, 31, and *Kayode, 32, have known each other for 13 years and have been married for months. In this episode of Love Life, they talk about moving on from an ex, setting boundaries and living in different timezones.
We Fell In Love While Cheating With Each Other
Farida*, 27, and Favour*, 28, have been together for one year. In this episode of Love Life, they talk about cheating on their ex-partners with each other as a form of self-care and eventually falling in love.
Opening Our Marriage Felt Natural
Charles*, 31, and Rukky*, 30, have been together for a little over a decade. In this episode of Love Life, they talk about opening their marriage, dating other people as a unit and why communication is the most important thing.
We Kept Finding Our Way Back To Each Other
Victor, 31, and Wendy, 29, have been married for three years, and they’ve been friends since they were kids. For today’s Love Life, they talk about finding their way back to each other amidst exes, distance and bad decisions.
We Met On Twitter, But I Already Had A Boyfriend
*Kola, 28, and *Cynthia, 27, have been dating for almost six years now. For this episode of our Love Life podcast, they talk about finding each other on Twitter, navigating an already-existing relationship, and why they are still yet to have their first major fight.
“He Needed Affection I Couldn’t Give”
*Arinze (25) and *Ebi (25) love each other but broke up after dating exclusively for a month. In today’s episode of Love Life, they admit to their parts in the breakup and talk about navigating their new relationship as “friends with benefits who are in an undefined open relationship and often say ‘I love you'."
I Was In Love With Her But I Was Also In Love With My Boyfriend
Sophie*, 23, and Ife*, 24, have been dating for two years. In this episode of Love Life, they talk about meeting at a cyber cafe, falling for each other because they lived together and finding themselves in a polyamorous relationship.
We Are Definitely Not Eating “Breakfast”
Adeola, 29, and Temilayo, 24, became exclusive after a kiss. Today on Love Life, they talk about moving from office romance to getting engaged, and there will be no “breakfast” in this relationship.
This episode was introduced by Itohan and voiced by the couple.
Love Is Blind But Marriage Is An Eye-Opener
Olaide (29) and Yetunde (28) started out as just friends. But Olaide had plans to steal Yetunde’s heart. In today’s Love Life, they discuss intentional romance, how to steal a woman’s heart, and navigating the first year of marriage.
We Fell In Love Three Days After Meeting On Clubhouse
Oluwanifemi, 20, and Ayomide, 20 have been dating for five months. Today on Love Life, they talk about meeting on Clubhouse, falling in love within three days and making a long-distance relationship work.
We Were Scared Of Going From Best Friends To Lovers
*Jemimah, 26, and *Nelson, 26, have known each other since 2017, but they only started dating in 2019. For today’s Love Life, they talk about loving each other while being platonic friends and how scared they were of becoming a couple.
Names have been changed for the purpose of anonymity.
This episode was introduced by Ope and voiced by Itohan and Femi.
When You Know, You Just Know
Chuba and Mohini have been together for over five years. For today’s Love Life, they talk about realising they were perfect for each other, coming back from multiple breakups and navigating long distance.
This episode was voiced by Chuba and Mohini.
We Fell In Love Without Ever Meeting
Klaus and Lilian have been in a romantic relationship for about a year without ever meeting each other. For today’s episode of Love Life, they talk about their love and how they cope with a long-distance relationship.
Episode voiced by: Itohan and Femi
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