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Church Members Crashed Our Marriage -Chris Okotie’s Ex

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July 4, 2012 – Church Members Crashed Our Marriage -Chris Okotie’s Ex

Stephanie Henshaw, the beautiful ex-wife of Reverend Chris Okotie, has opened up barely a week after their glamorous marriage crumbled and after the couple vowed to keep mum over what led to the break up.

The split, she said in an unusual outburst on Facebook, was caused by hateful members of Okotie’s Household of God Church with some even labelling her ‘a witch and a mermaid’.

“Lies, not from the world but the church, accusations not from the world, but the church, where are the spirit-filled Christians, the ones who fear and hear the Lord?” Stephanie lashed out.

The mother of three and now ex-wife to three men seemed to be struggling with emotions and sentences as she narrated how Chris Okotie, a former pop star turned pastor and politician was fed with false information concerning her.

“My husband loves and adores me, he is not the one saying these things; the enemies from within who hate me…they hate the grace God showed me, they hate the mercy God has had on me, so they come up with all kinds of lies,” she said.

In one post on Facebook, Stephanie accused Okotie, a three-time presidential candidate, of conniving with some unnamed members to accuse her of witchcraft and of possessing the spirit of the water goddess, popularly called mammy water or mermaid.

The post gave a hint that the members Stephanie was referring to are female admirers in the glamorous church.

“My going can bring one Mrs. Okotie, what happens to the rest of you? You bring shame to the body of Christ out of your jealousy and selfish desire and in the process expose your pastor,” she said.

“The work he has to do cost Jesus His life. Don’t joke with it; our friendship is not based on marriage. You manipulate things at the expense of God’s Work and name. It’s not about me, it has never been, it’s about the will of God.”

Okotie and Stephanie got married on 7 August 2008 in a glittering wedding in Lagos, southwest Nigeria, and remained married until when the funky pastor announced on 24 June that the marriage had collapsed due to irreconcilable differences.

Okotie’s Church’s spokesperson on 25 June issued a statement saying that the couple had decided not to disclose the reasons for the break up.

But Stephanie said:  “For the four years, he never fell ill, but today I am called all sorts of names, witch, mermaid spirit.

“I have served Jesus with clean hands and a clean heart, I have loved all that have come my way and if I don’t live through this pain and hurt, as sure as Jesus lives, my children will see my vindication.”

Stephanie, who has since changed her profile on the social internet site with her name now as Stephanie Adie Henshaw, said it was the hearsay from church members who crashed the much publicized marriage, adding that she had since packed out of Okotie’s house in Opebi, Ikeja.

“Today makes it three weeks I was asked for a separation, and a week and four days I packed out,” she said.

Going scriptural, Stephanie quoted Romans 8:28, which reads: ‘all things work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.’

She said she was obedient and submissive during the four years the marriage lasted.

“Lord, I left that home blameless. Before you I have loved, but have never been loved, I have given but has not received, but that is contrary to Your word. Lord, so today I ask your word be made manifest in my life,” she said.

She confessed that she had known Reverend Okotie for 20 years and that they were very close friends for 15 of the 20 years.

“I prepared all his meals for 10 years including the four years we were married.

“The day I was asked to leave, I prepared his meal, served it and I left,” she lamented.

Stephanie’s outburst on Facebook came to many who know her as a surprise and although she has not denied the posts, some believe that her Facebook page might have been cloned.

Although Stephanie has not disclosed the hateful members who crashed her third marriage, mid-2007, when Okotie made his choice public, his church almost broke up as some female celebrities who thought they were the favoured candidates for ‘the post‘ of Mrs. Okotie, received the shocker of their lives when he settled for Stephanie, the unassuming woman in his glamorous church.

Ladies like Sola Salako, church administrator for several years and Okotie’s close aide; Vien Tetsola, a former Miss Nigeria; Ure Okezie, daughter of former minister, Dr. Okezie, and others, were rumoured to have left the church because of the announcement.

Celebrities such as Mofe Damijo and many others were also said to have simply quit Okotie‘s church then, while some have reluctantly returned.

Okotie’s marriage to Stephanie was his second attempt at matrimonial life. He was first married to Tyna his long time friend, but the marriage packed up after 17 years without any child.



  1. James

    July 4, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    We shall no who is a true christian

  2. Idoko Ik B

    July 4, 2012 at 6:05 PM

    Pstr Chris 2nd divorce and his ex-wife 3rd divorce. Fellow Christians, what did JESUS CHRIST said about divorce? Let people n’t decieve themslves serving GOD.

  3. Rev. Canon Obinna

    July 4, 2012 at 6:37 PM

    Is the man in Question a Pastor in the Church of God?
    What teaching does he have about Marriage, The Cross of the Ministry, The Call to Service and Living above reproach? Tell him to go back to the Pastoral Epistles of St. Paul

  4. frank

    July 5, 2012 at 12:29 AM

    I’m sorry for the next lady that will take over because that’s the same thing that will happen

  5. Princess

    July 5, 2012 at 8:15 AM

    Well, d way u lay ur bed datz hw u lie on it. She was not his 1st wife so what makes her tink she wil be d last. U think u re better than d 1st woman that he divorced?? Or u thought u r more beautiful,mannered,presentable than his 1st wife… Who do i blaime if not d women dat wil evn make d men leave their wife 4 them.. What goes around comes around…. And 4 those also waiting to enter there may God help u.

  6. tupac

    July 5, 2012 at 9:28 AM

    The problem most people are facing is ignorance. I can’t imagine my self been perpetually decieved wit some nursery grammar by one small boy like okotie. Pls lets build up our mind and be wise.

  7. Francis Dominic

    July 5, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    His ptr chris and his members through xtians,his through that churches of today is a bus’nes ent’prise,fashion centre and false teaching.

  8. Betty

    July 6, 2012 at 4:26 AM

    God is our judge, nd in no time all d fake pastors wil b put 2 shame. AMEN

  9. Betty

    July 6, 2012 at 4:26 AM

    God is our judge, nd in no time all d fake pastors wil b put 2 shame. AMEN

  10. Sambo

    July 6, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    Probably the penny has eventually dropped, and Chris has realised that he has been commiting adultry. idon,t know the whereabout of his first wife whom he married for 17yrs. Chris might be thinking of reconciling himself with God and going back to his real wife. I am watching.

  11. Prince

    July 7, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    May Gød have mercy øn us christians,wøt has d man gøtta say abt his 2nd divørce in øne lyftym….letz watch nd c wøt happens

  12. Vivian

    July 8, 2012 at 12:07 AM

    What is world turing in 2, this goblalisation is distroying a lot of thing

  13. Charles

    February 9, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    When I hear all these things being done by highly placed men of God, then there is a k-leg.

  14. lexyman

    May 10, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    Be careful what you say about a man of God. Remember touch not my anointed

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