Nigerian music duo, Tunde and Wunmi Obe recently celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary and 30 years in music and also Tunde’s 50th birthday.
Showbiz couple Tunde and Wunmi Obe popularly known as TWO, in a recent interview with Entertainer shared their exciting journey in their love life and their career.
The couple who recently celebrated their wedding anniversary shared some things on how they've being able to remain happily married for 20 good years without any controversies. They also celebrated 30 years of friendship and Tunde's 50th birthday.
Talking about how they have stayed married for so long, Tunde had this to say,"When we first came together, it was more like a professional relationship; later we found out that we had a connection. I think the point of attraction then was that we both recently lost our fathers. And our fathers were like the main breadwinners in our families, and a lot of people could not understand this. When you are used to a certain lifestyle and then you lose a parent, things change.
We both understood that and connected at that level, and then we realized that we had more common interest other than music; we started finding excuses to rehearse vocally on our own, which is professional."But half of the time, we were talking our own things and things progressed from there. Why I am giving you this background is to let you know that we didn’t purposely juggle anything. The friendship happened naturally and this was due to the talent we shared.
If we have been together for thirty years, which means that I was 20 when we met, that means I have known her almost half of my life. So, for me being with her is beyond reason; there is a genuine friendship and I think that is what it is. Our marriage is based on friendship first before any infatuation or love. Love is important but friendship and the respect we have for each other is what has kept us together for these years."
Talking about their career choices, Wunmi said she had wanted to be a lawyer while Tunde said he would have loved to go into public relations.
Wunmi had this to say: "I am a woman of many parts. If you asked me when I was about 10-years-old what I wanted to be, I would tell you ‘aircraft engineer’; that is aeronautic engineer. But when I got to secondary school, physics and mathematics came, I then realized this wasn’t a good idea. Then I wanted to be a lawyer, which probably was what I would have been. But today, I am a serial entrepreneur and artiste."
Tunde had this to say: "For me, I would have ended up doing what my father did. I always loved the art of negotiation. I always loved the opportunity to defend and sell my country to the rest of the world. Or public relations because that is another strength that I have, I think I have natural abilities in that area. Communication is also another strong skill that I have; maybe I would probably be in that area. Wunmi is more of the serial entrepreneur and she has a new business every month."
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He went on to share how he feels about turning 50: It means a great deal. My father died at 46 and Wunmi’s father died at 49. So, I have outlived both our parents and for me it is a major thing. When there is life there is hope. I am glad I am here. For the thirty years of T.W.O, I want to assure you that Wunmi and I have never put separation or divorce on the table.
It is not something we will ever discuss. Although, we have our differences, we have never invited a second party to settle anything between us. We sit down and talk until we find solutions to our problems. The love, respect and friendship that we share will always conquer any disagreement that comes up. Fifty years is a milestone and we are happy. Thirty years is a lot for a musical group and twenty years is a lot for a marriage too and we are wishing for many more years to come.
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