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When you get a spouse, you get one of life’s greatest gifts- an accountability partner. He isn’t  there to make life heaven or hell-though he may try. But then, he is here to remind you of the things that matter most about being alive; the things you can control, like forgiveness, second chances and love. Love is where hope comes from. Love is good because of the hope that it gives… She isn’t a curse on your life. Rather she is God’s gift of wisdom to help you manage its issues better. So after all has been said, and all has been done, you should one day realize that this man or woman you sometimes did praise or demonize, you both were always one. And that your marriage was a gift – the gift of  an accountability partner.  

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This article was first published on 31st December 2015


Nehikhare Omotayo Igbinijesu is an Economist, Poet, and Social Entrepreneur. 'He is the author of The Code: A Simple Story About Raising Great Women' and 'Marriage: 12 Questions You Need To Ask Before You Say, “I Do”'. He lives in Lagos with his wife, Akudo and two sons. He is Co-founder of, a motivational resources company based in Lagos. You can email him via nehijesu [at]

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  • The narrative beautifully encapsulates the essence of marriage portraying it not as a burden but as a divine endowment a shared responsibility to nurture love forgiveness and resilience. It is a poignant reminder that within the challenges the real gift is the unwavering partnership.
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