“He is amazing” – Ex-Koko mansion housemate speaks on her marriage to German Consul General
Model and ex- Koko mansion housemate, Chioma Akuezue, has finally spoken on her secret marriage to the Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany here in Nigeria, Mr. Walter Von Den Driesch.
Chatting with Bellanaija during the week, the diplomat’s wife disclosed how they met on a plane from Germany to Nigeria in 2010 and secretly got married in 2013.
“I am happily married, my husband and my daughter are doing great in their fields. It’s been great finding love with someone I love and admire. I have learned and I’m still learning a lot from my husband. He’s the best thing that has happened to me, and he adores me a lot. He has so much respect for me and, most importantly, he loves my daughter and cares so much for her. They both make crazy jokes and laugh a lot.”
Speaking on how her parents reacted when she introduced Von to them, she said, “Earlier, my father thought it was not okay as I would be living far away from home, but after a while, he accepted and saw that I am very happy and he had no choice; my parents, family and friends are all happy for me.”
Narrating how he proposed to her, she said, “In December 2011, I went to Germany for training. He called me on the phone and said, “we should go see your parents” and I said “For what exactly?” and he said ”Chi Chi I want to marry you”. So I started laughing as I thought he was joking, because he didn’t propose the usual way – like with an engagement ring and all.
”When I returned to Lagos, he picked me from the airport, and in the car he said, “So what do you think about my proposal the other day?” I asked how serious he was and he confirmed he was serious about it. I told him I’d like to think about it and he said “Chi, there’s nothing to think about”, (as he already bought our flight ticket to Abuja to see my parents in 2 days!) I was both happy and surprised how fast things were happening, so I called them immediately to get ready – their in-law was coming!
Speaking on life after the koko mansion experience “There was no sharp transition from music to fashion design, I am doing both – I’m attending classes with a renowned vocal coach and apart from that I foster my existing contacts with Berlinale Annual Cinematographic Film Festival in Berlin. I took a long break because I had a job with Nigerian-German Business Association and later moved on to work for Lufthansa – the German Airline. Music and fashion has always been my passion, and fashion runs in the family, since my mum is a fashion designer and I am taking after her.”
Chioma was in the spotlight in 2009 for participating in the one-off reality TV show, Koko Mansion, organized by top musician, D’banj, but after being evicted from the game, she went into modeling; a profession she claims to be “very passionate about.”
See some of her wedding photos below
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