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For the last year, we’ve been gripped by a global pandemic. Figures in the UK currently stand at more than 2 and half million confirmed cases and 75,000 deaths. Despite having endured two previous national lockdowns and the shifting goalposts of localised restrictions updated almost weekly, we’re now entering a third national lockdown with no end in sight. Some of us have been held hostage to fear of the virus, many have lost friends and loved ones, but all of us have suffered severe disruption to our lives and plans.

On this episode I interview Chukwudi Ugbomah and we talk about what it was like trying to plan a wedding during a lockdown and crossing the threshold into marriage.

Chukwudi and his then fiancé did not live together prior to getting married, and so had to practice social distancing for much of the first half of 2020 and the period leading up to their wedding. The transition from bachelor to husband was a particularly profound, and so we discuss what that journey has been like for him.

Chukwudi was one of the very first men I interviewed back in season 1 of the podcast where we talked about his preparations for marriage. You can listen to it here: Ep. #2 – Legacy, Money and Managing Conflict. Back then, reports of the Coronavirus had only just begun to emerge out of Wuhan, China and we couldn’t have imagined just how much our lives would have been affected by it in just a few short weeks afterwards.

While for many of us, it may seem as though our lives remain in a state of perpetual limbo, Chukwudi’s story encourages me to believe we can still hope for new beginnings and I hope it does the same for you too.

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We live in an age where there is certainly a recognition that men and women are entitled to equal opportunities, and rightfully so. But despite the shift towards more women becoming leaders in the workplace and other areas of life, men still feel under a lot of pressure to be financially successful. How do we resolve the internal conflict between the intrinsic need to be capable providers and the reality that our value as men doesn’t need to be centred on our ability to accumulate resources?

How transparent should we be with our partners about money, and how do we share the responsibilities for managing finances within our relationships?

This episode features a new addition to the Man Ting podcast, Chukwudi Ugbomah.

Chukwudi is a teacher in a secondary school, a musician and he’s currently engaged to be married. In this episode, we talk about the complex minefield that is dating for marriage, knowing when you’ve found ‘the one’, and resolving conflicts within our relationships when they arise.

Both myself and Chukwudi are massive sports fans, and in the week where Kobe Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash along with his 13 year old daughter and 7 other victims, it was impossible not to talk about his legacy as a supreme athlete on the court, and a doting dad off it. We explore what the concept of legacy means for us, and how we as men create something of value for those who come after to emulate and surpass.

Rest in Peace:
Kobe Bryan, age 41
Gianna Bryant, age 13
John Altobelli, age 56
Kerri Altobelli, age 46
Alyssa Altobelli, age 13
Sarah Payton, age 45
Payton Chester, age 13
Christina Mauser, age 38
Ara Zobayan, age 50

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