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H.I.C 4.0 Summary

on Tuesday, 24 October 2017.

Once again, Keeping Marriage Alive Initiative hosted its annual Help International Conference [the fourth edition – 4.0] on Saturday, 21st October 2017 at DLT Event Centre, 1st Avenue, Festac Town, Lagos.

The program started by 10.30am presenting attendees and online followers with 3 speakers to do justice to the theme – THINGS THAT MATTER.

Rich [Dr. Richard Okonkwo - cofounder of KMA] was the first among the 3 speakers to mount the platform, speaking on the topic LOVE. He introduced love as a person, stating how important it is to know the person of love in order to be able to live a loving and lovely life.

Pointing everyone back to the creator of the universe [God]; Rich told everyone that one of the most important things that matter is knowing God from all areas and aspect of our lives [SELF, FAMILY, MARRIAGE and CAREER]. He stated that knowing love as a person and relating with Him will equip, teach and prepare us to be ready to handle whatever the world throws at us [success, failure, challenges, wealth or fame]. Click to watch the video - https://web.facebook.com/keepingmarriagealive/videos/744012312448970/

Ngee [Ngozi Okonwo – cofounder of KMA] stepped up just after her husband’s speech and she spoke on the topic Staying ALIVE. Using cups as an illustration, she poured water into the glass cups and called to observation the status of the cups. She stated that no matter what is poured into the cups [hot or cold liquids], the cups still retained their shapes. She then urged everyone to stay focused and not allow things around us or things happening to us reshape our personality by defining who you are. She further spoke on the acronym ALIVE as a principle to staying Alive – Always, Loving, Intimately, Verifying, Everyday. Click to watch video - https://web.facebook.com/keepingmarriagealive/videos/744024429114425/

The guest speaker for the day; Njoku Ogechi was the third speaker of the day and she spoke on the topic FINDING PURPOSE IN THE MIDST OF THE STORM. She needed not to say much, she just had to start by sharing her life story and the topic was clear and understandable for everyone. All attendees concluded after her teaching that there is no genuine excuse not to make it or find purpose in life. She concluded by saying there will always be storms in life but one shouldn’t allow the storm change who we are or our destination, we should find purpose in the storm because conviction and comfort are never found in the same block. Click to watch video - https://web.facebook.com/keepingmarriagealive/videos/744038485779686/

Shortly after the speeches, the hosts Ngee and Rich invited special guest [Pst Ngozi Nlekwuwa (Olivet Bible Church), Mr Chinedu Nwobi (Marital Bliss), and Njoku Ogechi (Guest Speaker)] to join them for the table talk session tagged Family Unit; The Bedrock of every society. The session was an interactive and educative one as the speaker[s] shared their life experience and advice on family matters based on the question thrown at them by Ngee and Rich.

The table talk session ended with audience rolling in general questions for the speakers and adequate answers were provided by the combination of the hosts and the speakers.

The 4 hours program ended by 2.35pm with feedbacks from the attendees and a clearer perspective of what to expect in life and how our actions/choices determine the results we get in life.

Once again KMA was able to bridge the gap between the church and society. We thank everyone who played a part in achieving this.

See pictures - https://www.keepingmarriagealive.com/video-audio-gallery/photo/help-international-conference

Compiled by

Philip Ekundayo

Administrator – Keeping Marriage Alive Initiative

2017 In Review

on Thursday, 21 December 2017. Posted in Blog

2017 in Review

As we close the year this Wednesday 20th December 2017, we would like to share the highlights of the year and say a big thank you for being a part of it.

The year began on a strong note with the executive board outlining programs for the year and strategies to achieve them.

As usual our ever eager women kicked off the pace for the year with Woman And Marriage forum. The weekly/monthly program ran throughout the year – physically and online. The forum has increased in number from 108 to over 250 members. Click to read more https://facebook.com/events/1274244229330154?_e_pi_=7%2CPAGE_ID10%2C9609028773

We introduced a new program for couples (Couples Boot Camp). It held once in January and gave couples the privilege to communicate rightly, and build a common vision in achieving their goal as a family. It was fun while learning new things about marriage. Click to see picture - https://www.keepingmarriagealive.com/blog/item/parenting-tips-101

KMA F.I.D.E.L.I.T.Y Walk was infused with Lagos branch Couples Hangout. The program focused on highlighting the importance of habits in building marriages and ultimately the society. FIDELITY Walk had a day awareness walk in February and continued trending online through its Facebook page. Couples Hangout held a day after the Fidelity walk at Brighams hotel providing couples with another opportunity to bond and lighten up as they discussed friendship as an important characteristics of building a successful marriage. Click the link below to read more https://www.facebook.com/keepingmarriagealive/posts/625600920956777

KMA Family Boot Camp 4th Edition was hosted at Green Legacy Resort Abeokuta with 8 families (36 participants) in attendance. It was a 3 day event and a delightful family event with lots of memories, legacy and experience shared among families. Booking has commenced for the next Family Boot Camp comes up 30th March – 1st April Easter Monday 2018. https://www.facebook.com/keepingmarriagealive/posts/657220394461496

We hosted our annual Facebook talk show tagged 2 Sides of the story with Ngee and Rich. The program rolled from September 2016 and stopped in September 2017 in preparation for the book version, production and Facebook live in 2018.

Our annual unforgettable KMA Anniversary/Awards 4.0 held at Sunfit Hotel & Spa, Amuwo-Odofin. The awards/anniversary program gave out 5 awards to 4 distinguished individuals and an organization. It also rolled out the fourth edition of our magazine themed Your Voice My Voice. Click to read more https://www.facebook.com/keepingmarriagealive/posts/695829633933905

When Love Fails

on Friday, 12 January 2018. Posted in Blog

Hi we are back, it's a new year and we believe that the best place to start is from the place of love.

Today we are discussing when love fails. Most of you will be arguing right now that real love doesn't fail, I beg to differ a bit. Love as defined by Merriam Webster dictionary -a feeling of strong or constant affection for a person.

-This kind of love quits when things around are no more in it's favour.

-This kind of love counts all the good it has done and judges it with the other party. Of course the other party will always come up short!

Truth be told nobody can love us as perfectly as we want to be loved. We can say that 'Love fails' when our expectations are not met.

If our spouse, parents or loved ones fail to meet our expectations, we usually say that they don't love us anymore or that love has failed.

But today I would like us to look at it differently by identifying the qualities of love by using the greatest standard of love we know:

-For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life(John 3:16)-

1) Love is a giving word not a receiving word.

2) Love meets the need of the one he loves with humility.

3) Love forgives

4) Love has rules/boundaries.

I remember few years ago when I was praying and counting all I had done for my husband; I literally heard -"stop counting all that you do for your husband, that's not love".

Today I want you to make a New Year resolution to love God's way:

-by not giving up on one another because of our imperfections (aren't we all imperfect?).

-stop taking love for granted because love is a priceless gift very few people enjoy.


Count your blessings- by listing at least one need your spouse, parents or loved one met in the last 3months.

Then send a thank you text/note appreciating them.


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Will two people walk together unless they have agreed to do so?” Amos 3:3 (CEB)

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Richard & Ngozi Okonkwo, a husband-wife team usually called Ngee & Rich by friends are HABIT INSTRUCTORS and founders of Keeping Marriage Alive Initiative. KMA is a non-profit organization which believes that the “ONENESS” in marriage brings out the beauty in marriage and reflects a healthier society, as God originally intended.

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