Love Nwantiti: How We Spent Our Valentine’s Day At HumAngle
Because we report conflict does not mean we are not preachers of love. HoH asked some of the people at HumAngle what they think about the international day for the celebration of love (and related matters) and how they commemorated the event. Here are their replies.
My day was basically work and wishing my colleagues get food or gifts delivered so I can swoon and make “must be nice” comments, which did not happen, unfortunately. The only good thing that happened is that I got to eat a lot after working hours, which led to me missing my AA class, but I mean good food over everything right?!! Ohh and I got a text message from a guy in my FR class wishing me a Happy Valentine’s Day….at the end of the day *upside-down smiling face emoji* *diagonally tilted teary face laughing emoji*
I don’t care much about Val’s day, to be honest, but I humor people who do.
Hameeda Buhari, People Operations Lead.
So, Valentine this year came on a Monday, which meant I had to spend the day with coworkers instead of a single special person. Normally this would mean I would wait for the day to end so I can run into the arms of a lover. But things are quite different at HumAngle. I actually really like the people I work with and on occasions (like last night) I’m blessed with a feast and tear-jerking laughter. So yesterday, I did what I normally do, laugh way too much for an office space, talk about lunch plans for a little over four hours and then … feast with loved ones. If that’s not a great work valentines day, what is?
Damilola Lawal, Director, HumAngle Services.
I awoke from a deep sleep around 5:00 a.m. to find a surprising bouquet of roses on my nightstand. My wife, dressed in fashionable red regalia and oozing beauty from her well-shaped pouted mouth, wanted to surprise me and she achieved her aim. It was also shocking because I had no idea she didn’t belong to the haramists in my city who forbade themselves from celebrating this Eid of love. Raising my head and confirming it wasn’t a dream reaffirmed to me that I had indeed escaped the monotonous hard grip of a single life. It was a tumultuous journey of about three decades.
The two Sufis had a full day of fun on February 14. The house was red-themed, and I was also dressed in a red shirt that I had recently obtained through an NGO campaign programme. Instead of going to the cinema, Kaltume and I watched the trending “Tinder Swindler” on Netflix — Anita [HumAngle Managing Editor] graciously added me as a user to her account and I’m still enjoying it. The selection of the movie was purely intentional. I wanted to show the apple of my eyes that I had no thoughts of swindling her since we began this romantic journey many years ago. The day was so perfect for us and we enjoyed games and laughter. We went to the other room around 10:00 p.m. after finishing her ever-delicious dinner.
Next year, I’ll be the one to surprise her!
Aliyu Dahiru, ‘Newly Wedded’ Northwest Nigeria Bureau Chief.
As for me, I kept the day halal in my black outfit. Nothing more, nothing less. For me, Valentine is a reminder that empathy and love goes a long way to make our lives better. Beyond the conventional romantic love, I think it’s important we include themes that celebrate platonic love and the impact it has on making our community better.
Tracy-Allen Ezechukwu, Brand Manager, HumAngle Services.
My Practical Recipe For Love On This Day:
- We tuck the kids in early (after they’re done nibbling on their ‘Val’ goods).
- Spontaneous dinner for two by hubby.
- Eating, sipping, all indoors …
- And watching, together, one of our favourite romance movies of all time: ‘My Best Friend’s Wedding’.
I’m usually spontaneous about the 14th because I do love every day. So I wait for a special spirit to take over me on the D-day, and I simply flow with it. I think Vals Day is cool because it reminds us to take out time and practically show love to friends and family.
Nathaniel Bivan, Features Editor.
Look, let me be matter-of-factly with you. Every day is a day to celebrate love. A man of my standing in the society does not need capitalistic trends to show love to people who matter to me. Look at our newsroom yesterday, look at how happy we were? That’s love.
In the future, maybe we can cut cake sha.
Akinyemi Muhammed, Sub-editor.
Oh my Valentine’s Day? A really awesome day it was… Stuff that dreams are made of I tell you. I can bet the entire money in my account that your Valentine’s Day was not as swell as mine. You weren’t stuck in Gwarimpa morning traffic for the most part of an hour now, were you? I bet you didn’t have men in moving cars wink at you, er?
But that’s just amateur stuff… The really fun part was the call I got right after the editorial meeting… The man said he was a dispatch rider who had a package for me. In the 25 minutes it took him to get to the office, I did every possible maths in my head to figure out who it was that was getting me a gift for Valentine’s. Well, it wasn’t a prank… It was a real package alright… a shirt I ordered from a vendor who promised to deliver by next weekend. I did get a package without the razzmatazz of the pararan boys.
I feel like the juiciest part was in the evening when I went to buy popcorn on my way home and the popcorn seller goes, “Anti, I no expect to see you today o. I think say you go do Val celebration after work… And your hand even empty o. Wetin happen nau?”
Really awesome day I had. We go again next year.
Chigozie ‘Chigor’ Victor, Head of Emergencies Desk.
Feb. 14 is well known as a special day to celebrate love. I have always loved the idea of it and the whole excitement that comes with it. I haven’t really been privileged to share fully in that joy, but am always overjoyed and happy to relate with others’ joy. Still keeping a positive and open mind for next year.
Chinemerem ‘Chichi’ Okechukwu, Finance Assistant.