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I was in the friendly skies when my ring finger on my left hand got slightly heavier.
Martins and I were on our way to meet and pick up his family from NYC as their flight was arriving that evening. After we boarded the plane, Martins went to speak with the flight attendants and the pilot. I didn’t think much of that action as I know he loves airplanes and enjoys flying.
Once we had been airborne for awhile, I began to notice the flight attendants walking by more frequently than usual. My heart started beating fast. ‘Is this plane OK?’ ‘What’s going on?’ I wondered. Martins kept fidgeting with his backpack that was on the floor, and then he randomly jumped up and walked to the front of the plane. It was at that moment that I couldn’t move. My body was in a state of excited-shock (if that’s even a phrase). I instantly thought ‘He’s about to propose.’
Seconds later, the flight attendant announces ‘Can we please have passenger Leah Johnson come to the front of the plane?’ OH. MY. GOODNESS. THIS. IS. IT. I just knew what was about to happen. Honestly, I don’t even know where the strength in my legs came from to walk to the front of the plane, but thankfully I made it.
Martins was standing at the front with a piece of paper in one hand and the microphone in the other. I started to cry as I looked at him and he almost started crying too.
“Leah, I haven’t been myself since I met you…” Tears, from me as I tried sooo hard to gather myself and focus. But my blurry vision from the tears didn’t help and all I remember was the ending as he said “..... I am now ready to take this most important step, and so I will ask you this important question… Will you marry me?”
While shaking my head I said YES!!!!
The passengers on the plane clapped and cheered as Martins placed the ring on my finger. I was so thankful that he only hugged me at that moment because I was still crying and shaking.
The flight attendants arranged a “Honeymoon Suite” in the back of the plane for us, complete with champagne and chocolate for the rest of the flight. We walked to the back of the plane and people congratulated us, gave us hugs, asked to see the ring, and one passenger even gave us money!
As we sat down in our “suite” I remember saying to Martins “ I can’t believe you proposed to me in this way! It was something I’d never expected and it was memorable!.”
And there we sat, until the end of the flight-crying, laughing and thanking the excellent flight attendants for their help.
I went into the air as Leah Johnson, and touched down as the official future Mrs. Olajide.
The uniting of two friends and two cultures began January 2014…
At an annual program where the bible is discussed, Martins approached Leah and initiated a casual conversation. “What’s your name?” “What do you do for work?” “What do you do for fun?”
Leah asked similar questions in return, but her main question was “How do you spell your name?”
“Do you have a nickname?” Leah asked (as she knew it would be hard for her to pronounce it correctly after just learning his name).
“Yes, most people call me Martins which is my middle name.”
“Oh, that’s much easier!” Leah said.
After the program’s last session concluded for the day, Martins approached Leah again and asked for her number, which Leah gave to him. But, Leah didn’t think he would call her or contact her anytime soon. She was proved VERY wrong as he began texting her the next day.
Over the next five days, Leah received daily messages from Martins such as “Hi, how are you?” “Good morning, have a wonderful day!” accompanied by emojis. Until one text came through that made Leah’s heart stop. It read:
“Hey! It’s been almost a week since I’ve been able to hear your voice. Do you mind if I call you?”
‘Uh-oh’ Leah thought. ‘He wants to talk to me, but how can I tell him that I’m afraid it will be difficult for me to understand him because of his accent?’ So, Leah told him “no” initially.
Martins didn’t despair. He asked again the next day, and this time Leah’s answer was “Yes.” So, Martins called her. Late. In. The. Evening. Like, bedtime late. Which made Leah think ‘Doesn’t this guy know I’ve been working all day? it’s after 10 p.m., and I’m sleepy’
“Hello,” Leah said as she answered the phone, trying hard to sound awake.
Martins greeted Leah on the phone and a casual conversation ensued; much of which Leah doesn’t remember because she was sleepy and Martins accent (although she couldn’t understand much) was relaxing.
In time, Leah and Martins agreed to meet again in person. This led to Martins eventually meeting Leah’s parents and family and he became a regular visitor at Leah’s home (as you will see in the “Gallery” section of the website). Later that summer, Martins’ mom visited the States for the first time, and Leah was able to spend a lot of time with her.
Leah and Martins’ friendship introduced them to new things such as cultural traditions, phrases, food, activities, etc. (which you can read about in the “Blog” section of the website).
“LeaMart” as they refer to themselves since becoming a couple, prove that love crosses oceans and continents, and can be sustained when it is based on respect, and deep appreciation for the Creator of love.
Olatunji Martins Olajide came to the U.S. by way of Ibadan, Nigeria. He is the last of 6 kids and the last of the children to take the important step of marriage.
He is affectionately called Martins (his favorite), Double O by his workmates, and Tunji by friends and loved ones. Although he's known to be a quiet person, Martins has quite the fun personality. He enjoys singing and dancing for fun (in fact, Leah loooooves when he sings and dances for her and uses props like hats and guitars).
Martins knew from youth that he enjoyed taking things apart/breaking them on purpose to figure out how to put them together. He's an engineer and loves cars.
Martins gives much priority to his spirituality, even learning Japanese to expand his ministry.
He loves to travel, and since meeting Leah, he likes to try different types of wine too. But a cherished hobby is playing with his flight simulator since he loves flying and wants to pilot a plane someday.
Leah is a summer baby, (born August 1st) a writer, an avid reader, and Shoe-Lover.
She takes her spirituality seriously, and is looking forward to becoming a wife and respecting the headship arrangement.
Currently, Leah works as a curriculum coordinator at a nonprofit organization in Detroit that caters to young women by encouraging them to lead better lives and gain independent living skills. She also assists her alma mater (The University of Michigan-Dearborn) as a Communication Consultant. To add to these job titles, Leah also manages and serves at the editor of her own publication, ColorBlind Magazine (colorblindmagazine.com) an online magazine for teen girls and women. The magazine celebrates its 5th year in operation in October this year.
Leah credits her dad for her desire to be a lifelong learner, which is why she enjoys learning about history, culture, and languages. Leah has been studying the Japanese language since November 2015 (in addition to having studied German, French, and Spanish since middle elementary school). Leah is also learning common phrases in Yorba, the language of her fiance.
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