Long-distance relationships can be tough and tricky to navigate. There’s a lot that goes into making a long-distance relationship work such as trust, consistent communication, spontaneity and the willingness to make sacrifices.
We spoke with a few Nigerians in long-distance relationships about the ups and downs of having their partners live far away from them. Here’s what they had to say:
5. ANGELA, 27
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I don’t have a problem with long-distance relationships; I actually prefer it. My boyfriend and I have been together for almost a year and we’ve only met twice. Long-distance works for me because I’m not much of a physical person. Physical touch isn’t one of my major love languages, and being apart helps us avoid fornication. This doesn’t mean there aren’t times when I wish we were together physically.
There are days when I crave physical touch and wish we’d just cuddle and binge-watch ‘The Office’. It’s our favourite show and I don’t like watching it without him. Sometimes I wish I wasn’t looking at his face through a screen and sometimes I wish he could play with my hair till I fall asleep.
But the most important thing is, we’re deliberate about the things we do and we find ways to make it work. He also comes to over to Nigeria to visit, but because of the nature of his job, not having him around is something I’d have to get used to.