Chidi Mokeme And Wife, “Jean Chinwe Anumba” Shares Their Love Story
– How did we meet? We met by chance. I got to witness the inauguration
of President Obama which was one of the most memorable events of our
time. So, I said okay, I must be present.
I had gone for the inauguration ceremony at one of the town hall
meetings that was put together to celebrate him. I walked into this
place and lo and behold, she was standing right there (Laughs). I mean,
she stood out and we said our hellos and moved on and one thing led to
was the attraction for you? Because a lot of people could have said
the same hello or even gone ahead to ask you out and it wouldn’t have
meant anything to you?
– It must be that time and chance that we talk about that we met. We
didn’t really say oh, this is where this is going to end up, like right
now. But one thing I know for sure is that from that minute, it’s
probably been non-stop. We’ve been inseparable. So, that was ultimately
how we got there.
Because I walked in, accompanied by a guest, you know. And there were
loads of people, so there were lots of hellos in between. People who
were my friends; some people who recognized me. There was a lot of
chit-chatting and then somewhere in-between, she was just there. The
first thing I said? Maybe I said nothing really (Laughs). Maybe I was
(Chidi) – Hmmm! Everything that I know now, apart from the fact that
she’s a gorgeous queen, everything else that I know now, I mean, I
didn’t know when I saw here. When I saw her, the first thing that I
noticed was whaaoh! She’s beautiful! But all of the other knowings have
to happen with time.
– I did not know he was this popular. Unfortunately, at that time I
didn’t watch Nigerian movies, so I didn’t know about him. The only
question I asked him that day was, ‘You just walked in here and
everybody in the room was saying hello, do you know all these people?’
And he said no. And I said, ‘So, how come they know you?’ He said well,
by virtue of what I do. ‘I said what is it that you do?’ He said Nollywood.
that? (Laughs). He started laughing. Everyone else in the room was
laughing too, so I had to now go look at what is Nollywood. All of this
publicity, and the fans, his crown, his level of accomplishments in
Nollywood, at first, I didn’t know. I didn’t expect it. I saw it as a
nuisance initially, but I guess with time I will get used to it.
to God. I realised that with Chidi’s line of work, his fans are always
going to be there. He will always have to have friends and fans. And
the Chidi that I met was simply Chidi. I didn’t meet GQ, the Nollywood
actor (Laughter). So, that aspect of him is a new discovery. The person
that I met was simply Chidi. So, that’s the part of him that I will
keep and I will let everyone else keep the GQ.
- What don’t you like about him?
- What do you like most about her?
- What don’t you like about her?
– I mean, this has been a long time coming. So, it’s a new terrain. We
are hoping to discover and re-discover ourselves and even new things
as we go along. The Bible has said that he who finds a wife finds a good thing. We are hoping to put that to test and see if that’s actually true.
discovery ahead that we are looking forward to. And since I haven’t
been here before, you know, I can’t say oh, this is what, what, what
I’m expecting now. I’m just open to the experience; open to the
– Okay, what’s gonna change about me? My personality doesn’t change.
I’m who I am. I am also sure that part of the attraction for her is my
personality. So, that is not gonna change. But the titles on the
invites will definitely change. Where you used to have Mr. GQ, simply
Mr. G.Q, you now have Mr & Mrs Chidi Mokeme.
– I sincerely want to be with Chidi. Of course, we will both decide
that. It’s not an overnight decision. We have to harmonize things.
memory. After which I went back to U.S and I’ve been involved
academically. I came out with a doctorate degree in Medicine and a
doctorate in Pharmacy… (That makes her a doctor-doctor, Chidi
been a long endeavor. I love fashion, music. Basically, it’s a
combination of style with education for me and I come from a very humble
We are a whole lot. Six kids, and I’m the fifth. I am the bridge
between my parents and my siblings. My father’s name is Augustine and
my mother’s name Agnes. Actually, right now, they are here in Nigeria
for the wedding. My father has
retired to Nigeria pretty much; he spends more time in Nigeria to do
what he loves to do best – agriculture. He has always loved that lifestyle.
– You know, one thing is that you can have dreams of how many kids you
want, but it’s ultimately not your decision. So, our decision: listen
my dear, we are praying for twins.