“I was 24 and I was a nobody when I met my wife and married her,” Bolanle Ninalowo said.

Like other Nollywood favorites, Bolanle Ninalowo and his wife Bunmi, a successful entrepreneur, have been deeply admired for their almost 20-year romance, full of ups and downs.

In a recent interview with Allure Vanguard, Bolanle Ninalowo met his true love Bunmi 24 years ago and recalled how his parents reacted to their nascent relationship at the time.

He said : “Bunmi is my treasure from God. Only God can bless a man with such a jewel. I saw her in a mall 19 years ago and it’s been never to let go ever since despite our shortcomings. You can say I recognised a blessing at first sight. Our families were very supportive. Our relationship was quite similar to that of our parents, having met each other in their youth as well. They gave us their blessings and supported us whole-heartedly.

Bunmi and I met when I was a nobody. I was just 24 trying to discover myself and my goals in life. We have been together since I had just a kobo and now still together as a blessed family. Though their constant display of love and affection towards one another might give the illusion of an all-time rosy love story, that isn’t the reality—and the two never fail to make this known.  The duo, blessed with two lovely children, had suffered separation for two years but have obviously emerged stronger, leading a love life that makes them a constant reference point.

Bolanle Ninalowo, a proud father of two, said of his 19-year journey: Our testimony so far. We had struggles and difficulties, but we found ourselves and meaning in each other. Hence our success as a couple today.

Award-winning actor Bolanle Ninalowo also shared how to keep romance and fun in a marriage.

Doing our best together. We train together, try to do our best for each other, and Bunmi looks beautiful day after day without hesitation. We try to keep the fire going by recreating the delights of the past. Sometimes we like to improvise and drift. I learned to be his father, brother and friend all day long. We are united in the sense that we have become inseparable and can hardly function without each other.”