Billie and Olumide met through a very mutual friend, Elizabeth. Elizabeth saw some qualities in Billie that would complement Olumide’s. She couldn’t hold it back to herself and decided to connect the two together despite the fact that both were not prepared for any relationship at that particular point in time.
Coincidentally, about 11 years ago, Billie and Olumide were colleagues in the same company but they never exchanged pleasantries. The pair went their different ways and 11 years after, here they are – utterly in love and smitten with each other and will be spending their forever after together as one.
For the proposal, Olumide went all out to surprise his queen above sea level.
Read the couple’s romantic love story. Their
I was currently living in Dallas and interviewed for a project in Houston, Texas. The position was very competitive and I was underqualified but I had faith that God would direct me to where he wanted me to be. I was offered the role but little did I know that God had an even bigger blessing in store for me in Houston!
A few weeks before I was scheduled to begin my new role in Houston, I decided to co-host a small going away party/Christmas party in Dallas with my friend Elizabeth Amani. Elizabeth lived in Houston and was going to catch a ride with her friend OJ from Houston to Dallas for the event. At this point, Elizabeth had mentioned OJs name several times and tried multiple times to hook us up. Even though I mentioned to her many times that I wasn’t currently looking for a new relationship.
Elizabeth had invited OJ to the event as one of her guests. Upon arriving at the event, OJs came bearing Christmas gifts for both Elizabeth and I. I thought that was very odd for someone that I barely knew to buy me a Christmas gift… and immediately knew that this guy was different. During the event, OJ was the life of the party…completely opposite of me. I am typically more quiet and reserved.
After my relocation to Houston, I threw another small Super Bowl party and invited OJ to attend. Not only did OJ attend but he brought the drinks and assisted with the party set up. I really admired his willingness to be such a good friend …with no strings attached.
OJ and I continued to remain friends and I began to really like him and more than just a friend. He was such a true gentleman and treated all of the women in his life like queens! However, OJ wasn’t ready for anything serious and continued to dodge the idea of a relationship.
Fast forward a few more months and I begin to give up on the idea of relationship with OJ. All of my friends advised that I “fashi” him as I was getting older and didn’t have time to wait around for a man that wasn’t ready for a relationship. I didn’t take their advice because I knew OJ was different and he wasn’t the typical unserious Houston guy.
One night, OJ invited me out to dinner. During the dinner, he apologized and expressed that over the last few months he was taking his time to get to know me as a person without the pressures of being in a relationship. He mentioned he feared jumping into yet another bad relationship. He proceeded to mention that he asked several people about me and that everyone only had great things to …and then he popped the question…Billie will you be my girlfriend? I was speechless but managed to blurt out a soft Yes.
…. and now planning our wedding!
Our paths first crossed in our early 20’s, when we both worked for an agency in Houston. We had mutual friends but unfortunately, we weren’t close and I don’t think we ever said a word to each other at the time. So life drove us in different directions and our paths wouldn’t cross each other for another 11 years. By this time, Billie was living in Dallas and I was still based in Houston. A mutual friend of ours “Elizabeth”, who we both stay connected to along the years is responsible for reconnecting us.
Elizabeth knew I was single and although she didn’t know Billie and I knew each other from our younger days but she kept insisting I meet her Friend “Billie”. She just kept on saying “I think you guys would go well together “. I diverted from her offers to meet Billie, citing that Love had kicked my behind in the past and I wasn’t ready for the experience again or I simply was too busy for a relationship.
Months passed, however, Elizabeth never gave up. In December 2015, I was telling Elizabeth my plans to drive to Dallas and spend Christmas with my cousins. She then asked if I would drop her over at her friend’s house in Dallas, not initially telling me it was Billie’s house till we were half way into the trip. She then invited my brother and I to come back for Billie’s Christmas get together.
Upon arrival, my brother and I were walking down the corridor and Billie walks past. She looked so gorgeous I wanted to look back for a second look but I didn’t want it to be obvious. So I waited as long as possible but as soon as I looked back, Billie turned around and caught me taking a second look. I was kind of embarrassed but at the same time, we noticed each other.
Months passed and we didn’t become any closer as friends and by this time Billie had moved to Houston for a job, so Elizabeth went to work again. She would do things like separately plan movie nights with Billie and I, and wouldn’t show up. As time went on, Billie and I began to form a friendship. I got to know who she really is as a person and who she aspires to be.
Billie is beautiful but I realized her truest beauty lies on the inside. I fell hard for Billie. I could see her as my best friend, my life partner, and most importantly mother of Oni’s. I knew without a doubt, God saw my heart cry and sent an Angel from His Throne in Heaven to heal me and show me God’s true Love. Because I feel in Love with Billie, my faith in God is restored and forever strong.
The Surprise Proposal