I married a Nigerian; it is the best thing that happend to me – (A story of triumph through adversity)

Crystal OwonubiBy AfricanSpotlight
Many people used to ask me, “What mission are you with?” I used to answer them by saying that I am not with any mission, I married a Nigerian so that is why I am here!But, after living in Nigeria for seven years now, I now have an answer to that question. The answer is, “My family is my mission!”
In 2005, to make a long story short, I was forced to follow my husband to Nigeria. It happened to be the only way that we could be together. Although, Nigeria was very difficult for me to adapt to, with the lack of running water, being forced to bathe from a bucket, have my clothes washed by hand, and warming bath water outside or on the gas stove, inconsistent electricity, violence between Muslims and Christians, bombings on churches and and so much more.Crystal and Albert Owonubi

I would wake up and cry and go to bed and cry, until I learned to allow God to comfort me through his word and I gave my life fully to him. I used to think that Nigeria was the worst thing that could have ever happened to me, but later discovered that it was the best thing. It was all part of God’s plan for me to come to Nigeria. A prime example of how God reaches us through our circumstances.

I continued to stay because I wanted a different life for my children. I came from a dysfunctional childhood and a broken home. I wanted to break the chains in my generation of divorce. (My mother was married five times and my father was married three times.)

Neither one of them were educated, so I decided that I had to change that area of my life as well unless I wanted my family to continue to uneducated. I have been studying online since 2008, pressing on regardless of the inconsistency of electricity and internet.Crystal Owonubi

I could have easily chosen to go back to America, where I would have all of the comforts and luxuries, but I knew that one Crystal and Albert Owonubiday I would regret it. I had to decide which is more important. I have to admit that even today it is still not easy living in Nigeria, but I know what the future holds.

I don’t claim to better than the next person. I just hope my story encourages others. I wouldn’t change
this experience for the world! I grew to love Nigeria!

Thank You,

Crystal Owonubi

Crystal is from Bauxite, Arkansas

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  1. sope Reply

    life is all about vision,destiny and lots more but…..one might be in a country and his/her progress is in another country……(amos 3 vs 3)says ‘can two work together, except they agreed’ understanding matters alot, gud luck.


    Destiny cannot be manipulated by any one, it will get to you suddenly like night after the dawn of the day; it is something you cannot control because it’s designer and creature is almighty, Omnipotent and Omniscience. Thank God for your life and twist of destiny naturally shaped by God Himself. Please, my advise for you is to take care of your family with sincerity. Good luck

  3. Maria Reply

    Really nice story and it helps me a lot in the decisions I have to make.

  4. Anonymous Reply

    I just stumbled on your story through SaharaTV and it is quite moving and touching,you have rear courage and determination that only few brave souls can bear. I sincerely wish you and your family the grace of God, love and peace as you have made up your mind to build your own successful family. Good Luck and kind regards.

  5. Anonymous Reply

    Crystal…may God bless yu immensely 4your rare love courage…yu are so wonderful &Godly..may God bless yu &your inspiring family nJSmn. .

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