Lagos – Some celebrities on Wednesday in Lagos urged Nigerians to daily show special love for their spouses and avoid restricting it to St. Valentine’s Day.
In separate interviews , they said that love should not be limited to St. Valentine’s Day.
It is celebrated in many countries, although it remains a working day in most of them.
Pop-gospel artist, Sammie Okposo told NAN that he celebrates Valentine’s Day like every other day.
According to him, everyday is `Valentine’ for him and his wife.
Okposo, however, said that he would be at a show with his wife this Valentine’s Day.
“As long as we are together, nothing else matters. It is all about spending time together.
“It is not about one day which the world has labelled Lovers’ or Valentine’s Day. Every day is Valentine for me and my wife,’’ he said.
He advised couples to celebrate love daily.
“I do not wait for Feb. 14 of every year to show my wife that I love and appreciate her.
“For me, Valentine’s Day is not a big deal. I love, cherish and appreciate my wife everyday,’’ he told NAN.
Anny Ibrahim, also an artiste, said that she liked celebrating Valentine’s Day at home with her husband.
“We get gifts for each other.
“This year, I have an event where I am performing on Feb. 14. It is the Alabanza Love Concert; so, that will be it for this year’s Val.
“We will both attend and have a great time,’’ Ibrahim said.
She told NAN that she could not really determine her most memorable Valentine’s Day.
She advised couples to celebrate their love daily.
“Everyday should be special for them and not just the Valentine’s Day.
“If we see every day as special, then, Val Day will not be different.
“Couples should buy gifts for each other and `hang out’ occasionally. It should not be left till Valentine’s Day,’’ she urged.
For Ill Bliss, a musician, said that this year’s Valentine’s Day would provide an opportunity for him and his wife to have a private candle light dinner.
He told NAN that he had already bought a gift for his wife to celebrate the Day.
MC Icewater , a Comedian, said that although he had not planned how to celebrate this year’s Valentine’s Day, he would make it a memorable one.
The comedian advised couples to use the opportunity to express genuine love for each other.
He also advised Nigerians to regularly buy gifts for their loved ones to show love.
Another artiste, Lara George, said that Valentine’s Day was usually something different’ every year.
George told NAN that her most memorable Valentine’s gift was a set of rings from her husband to replace her initial wedding rings.
She urged couples to celebrate themselves daily.
NAN reports that several martyrdom stories were invented for the various Valentines that belonged to February 14.
A popular hagiographical account of Saint Valentine of Rome states that he was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians persecuted under the Roman Empire.
According to legends, during his imprisonment, he healed the daughter of his jailer, Asterius.
An embellishment to this story states that before his execution, he wrote her a letter signed “Your Valentine” as a farewell. (NAN)