Nigerian gospel singer, Okoro Uwale, also known as Essence, has given reasons why she’s not married yet. The ‘Facebook Love’ singer, who recently turned 40, said people get married for different reasons best known to them.
Though, she admits her interest in getting married, she maintained that a lot of people are being pressured into doing things they ordinarily shouldn’t have done or gone into.
On whether she’s still interested in marriage, she said: “Why not? A lot of people are being pressured into doing things they ordinarily shouldn’t have done or gone into; especially marriage. A lot of people are getting married for the wrong reasons and that is why many marriages crash these days and people commit murder.
“I believe that staying single for this long is for a purpose. There is no timetable for anybody. Some people may say that for me to be unmarried at this age means I’ve done something wrong but I believe that I am doing something right. There is a time and season for everything and I’m waiting for my time.”
On insinuation that she is actually older than 40, the ‘Living Water’ singer said, “It’s not everybody who was born at the same time with me that are still here; I know of some that are no more. I am happy and I feel empowered, knowing that I can be more and do more. Some people are even saying that I am over 40. I have people who went to school with me and I cannot lie.
“I was born in Army Hospital, Yaba, in 1978. I’m too old to change. I’ve never been the flashy type and I’m still that way. My old friends are still my friends.”
While recounting some major incidents that shook her in the course of her career, Essence stated, “Over the years, I have had plenty high and low points. If anybody’s life is going straight, that means the person is dead.
“There have been ups and downs and I believe that’s the essence of being alive. All the situations I’ve been through have made me a better person and artiste. It’s not about falling down; it’s about getting back up. Whatever shook me was for a season and I overcame.”