Love in its simplicity is pure and unconditional. It survives and rules in a less supportive environment.
The story of two lovers who are defying all odds and moving shoulder-to-shoulder to sell coconut on the streets of Kwadaso, a suburb of Kumasi is giving a new face to many people.
The pain of poverty and uncertainty of the future doesn’t discourage their enthusiasm to live together.
Even on the streets, Esther Amoako and Samuel Kofi Mensah don’t conceal their mutual love.
They are just 22 and 24 years old respectively.
They have both completed senior high school but were unable to continue because of financial difficulties.
Esther Amoako completed Twidiem Senior high school in 2018 and Samuel Kofi Mensah also finished Aburaman Senior High please at Abura Dunkwa same year.
Esther says she loves Samuel because he is hard working and he does everything he can for a living.
“He also treats me so nicely.”
But how did Esther and Samuel meet?
A strong relationship requires choosing to love each other even in moments when you struggle to love yourselves.
Both of them worked with two different organizations. Samuel received 400 cedis, whereas Esther had an income of 750 cedis.
But as the love birds were getting much stronger in strengthening their financial capabilities, a storm hit. Both were fired the same day.
“We were fired the same day.” Samuel said.
They dedicate a lot of their time on the streets selling coconut to further their education.
It was Esther’s saving that got their coconut business started.
They make at least 70 cedis day and hope market will grow.
Esther has plans to further her education to the nursing training college, reason Samuel wants to save more to support her.
Though their relationship is only three years old, the lady says it is more profound to help her man to grow in wealth than to drain him into poverty.
It is said that, loving and being loved unconditionally means taking a leap of faith. So the measure of love is to love without measure.
That’s why Esther and Samuel have been lovers unconditionally.
And the greatest gift they want to give each other is the space to be themselves, without the threat of any of them leaving.
By Mahmud Mohammed-Nurudeen