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Growing List Of Divorced Nollywood Actresses; Nigerian Movie Stars In Failed Marriages


Growing List Of Divorced Nollywood Actresses; Nigerian Movie Stars In Failed Marriages

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May 31st, 2013 – Nigerian Actresses In Failed Marriages – See The Growing List Of Divorces In Nollywood

Growing List Of Divorced Nollywood Actresses; Nigerian Movie Stars In Failed Marriages

In some parts of the world, Africa in particular, Nigerian movies reign supreme, and the actors are semi-gods. With their repertoire of popular movies, they have undoubtedly mended cracks in the union of some viewers, but then, many of their own marriages have been characterised by heartbreaks, separations and divorces.

They have made their way into the hearts of millions of people, who dream to be like them. But either at home or abroad, there is one thing none of their fans will pray for —failed marriages and heartbreaks.

This development seems to be more rampant among the movie stars. While some of them have remained eligible spinsters/bachelors, those that managed to walk down the aisle barely sustain the momentum. The list of movie stars with failed marriages is endless, and with the recent decision of actress Laide Bakare to walk out of her marriage to Mr. Okunfulire, the last has not been heard.

Laide Bakare, after about three years of denying that there are cracks in her matrimonial home, has eventually walked out of her marriage. In the early hours of 3 May, she officially announced through her publicist, Folorunsho Hamsat, that her marriage has hit the rocks.

Laide Bakare Dumps Her Husband

The official statement from her publicist reads thus: “We would like to announce to the general public on behalf of Nollywood star actress, Laide Bakare, that she has officially opted out of her relationship with Mr. Okunfulire, her former husband.

“While it lasted, the actress showed the utmost level of maturity, in spite of the ‘glaring injustice’ from her former husband. Laide has endured the marriage with Mr. Okunfulire for whom she displayed total affection. But things fell apart when she discovered that she was indeed married to a man with a legally married wife and two children not a single man she thought he was as told her by Mr. Okunfulire when the relationship started.

“But, being a celebrity who has become a model to young persons in the society, coupled with the need to exercise decorum, she has kept fate with the marriage until lately when she could no longer continue and then called it quits. Her former union with Mr. Okunfulire produced a beautiful child, Similoluwa who is nicknamed Chelsea.”

The Yoruba actress also announced that she has moved on by settling down with another man, Mr. Tunde Oriowo. She claimed that her relationship with the latter began late last year, a development that has been criticised.

Barely a week after this announcement, Mr. Okunfulire, who is based abroad, opened a can of worms in an interview with a soft-sell magazine. He claimed that Laide is still his wife, though there have been cracks in their marriage because “she sleeps around.” Okunfulire added that he only learnt of his wife’s statement on the purported breakup on social media.

Laide Bakare’s sordid tale is just one of the numerous heartbreaks and marriage break-up scandals in the movie industry.

Many female entertainers in Nigeria are victims of this. It is either they have a broken marriage or don’t even have one at all. Some of them have blamed it on the society. They claimed that most Nigerian men have low self esteem, and cannot differentiate between their woman’s real character and make-belief. They argued further that an average Nigerian man will not be comfortable with his wife, fiancée or girlfriend, as the case may be, being smooched by another man in a movie.

They also blamed the media. The media, according to actress Benita Nzeribe, has broken many celebrity relationships with their sensational gossips. “No mother would read such scandalous stories and still allow her son to marry such lady. The media is not helping matters. The most painful aspect of it is that most of the things they write about us are not true.”

But Asiwaju Benson Akindeju, the producer of television dramas –Family Ties, Face-2-Face and Nowhere To Be Found, opined that the female entertainers, actresses in particular, should work more on their personality, rather than blame the society or media for their inability to get married.

Akindeju said the problem is more complex than what most people can imagine. “I think the problem starts with their inability to manage stardom. They could be humble at the initial stage of their career, but the moment fame comes, they tend to lose everything, forgetting that no matter the situation, an African man would always want to command respect from his wife.”

He added that most of them are so arrogant that they can’t even listen to simple corrections on set. “I have had cause to walk some of them off my set for insubordination. Most of them cannot manage stardom and it is a big problem. They always forget that nothing lasts for ever. If you are the best actress today, someone must surely take the baton from you tomorrow. So whatever you manage to achieve within your active reign is what you will live to remember. No matter her fame or achievements, a woman without a husband cannot be regarded as a successful person.”

Having played roles where they teach viewers many lessons about marriage and relationships, one would simply imagine that these actresses have one of the best homes or relationships, but the reverse is obviously the case.

The list of Nollywood actresses facing marital challenges seems to be endless. While some have tasted broken marriages, others have continued over the years to be eligible spinsters, and it has become an issue of growing concern. Many of the marriages break up on grounds of infidelity and battery.

Chika Ike Ends Her Marriage Over Infidelity & Abuse

Chika Ike, one of the most beautiful Nigerian actresses, got married to Tony Eberiri in 2006, but a few years later, the union hit the rocks following allegations ranging from infidelity to assault. The actress, who filed for divorce, said in an interview: “I have a lot of friends who would have left their marriages but because of the African society, their in-laws, what people will say or other factors, they stay. We’ve heard a lot of deaths caused by bad marriages and before the death, there would have been signs, things would have been happening leading up to that. I think it has to do with age and many other things like compatibility and not being true to yourself in the marriage. Everybody has a limit. There are some things in marriage that you might not be able to stand. Some people’s limit might not be my limit. My limit might be somebody’s starting point.”

The Sad End Of Fathia & Saheed Balogun

One of the most shocking was that of Fathia and Saheed Balogun. The much celebrated union hit the rocks over multiple allegations of infidelity, and efforts by influential personalities in the country to settle their differences fell on deaf ears.

Eucharia Anunobi’s Marriage Ends Over Constant Abuse

Actress Eucharia Anunobi, who is now a pastor, called it quits with Charles Ekwu, the father of her son, Joshua, a few years after they got married. Eucharia cited constant battery by Charles as the reason she pulled out of the union. But it was actually Charles that first walked out of the relationship. He actually abandoned the actress and her son.

Shan George

At the tender age of 15, Shan George got married and after bearing two kids, she walked out of the marriage at 21, alleging that her husband couldn’t send her to school but rather turned her into a punching bag. After she graduated from the University of Lagos at the age of 29, she has tried to get married on two occasions but all to no avail.

Clarion Chukwurah is no doubt one of the most talented actresses in Nigeria. She had been married twice; first to the brother of the late Bashorun M.K.O. Abiola and later to the Oduneyes, but at the moment, she is a single mother.

Popular actress, Ayo Adesanya moved out of her matrimonial home over alleged battery by her hubby, Goriola Hassan, who later blamed Ayo’s unfaithfulness for his actions. The hitherto rosy relationship hit the rocks amid controversy.

Foluke Daramola

Frequent crisis, irreconcilable differences and incompatibility wrecked the four-year old marriage of actress Foluke Daramola to ex-hubby, Mr. Adebowale, though she is now married to Kayode Salako.

Ibinabo Fibresima, the National President of the Actors’ Guild of Nigeria, AGN, is among female entertainers with failed marriages. The Okrika, Rivers State-born actress has experienced two failed marriages that produced two children.

Actress Monalisa Chinda accused her ex-husband, Dejo Richards, of battery and she moved out of her matrimonial home. The union was blessed with a daughter. The list of the industry’s personalities with failed marriages include Bimbo Oshin, Doris Simeon, Kate Henshaw, Moji Olaiya, Fred Aseroma, Emem Isong and Peace Anyiam Osigwe to mention a few.

Sultry actress, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde is one of the few lucky actresses that have enjoyed a good marital life. In an interview, she identified the inability of her colleagues to “draw the lines between their profession and family” as the reason behind many failed marriages.

According to Omotola, an average African man will not compromise the level of respect he gets from his spouse, and as a result, the woman, irrespective of her status or class, must give due respect and time to her family.

The multiple award-winning actress cited that for instance, “when you see me outside, I’m Omo Sexy, the movie star. But at home, I’m the humble and obedient wife and mother. The moment you fail to realise this, there is likely to be a problem in your relationship.”

[Report by Bayo Adetu, Source]



  1. david

    May 31, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    Tell them “omo sexy”

  2. ajewunmi

    May 31, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    am an african even though penniless, he deserves respects.

  3. ng

    May 31, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    dear our female celebs ,u have heard it from the horses’ mouth (Omo sexy)

  4. Racheal

    June 1, 2013 at 5:13 AM

    The actresses are their own problems, hw can one av failed marriages twice? they av to realy check demselves & learn 4rm Omo sexy.

  5. Ayodele

    June 1, 2013 at 8:29 AM

    Well ♍ε̲̣̣̣̥ as a person,i̶̲̥̅̊† will be difficult Fø̲̣̣я̅ ♍ε̲̣̣̣̥ Τ̅☺ see my precious wife been smuch by another man,A♌d d major problem Ȋ̝̊̅§ d popularity,when a woman attained some high level if proper care isn’t taking concerning her home she will loose i̶̲̥̅̊† all,women also want Τ̅☺ be Head of family D̶̲̥̅̊ε̲̣̣̣̥γ̲̣̣̥ also want Τ̅☺ talk wit instant establishement,we all knw Ȋ̝̊̅§ against d will of mosthigh.
    All Nigeria actress needs Τ̅☺ fast A♌d pray,S̶̲̥̅Ơ̴̴̴̴̴̴͡ dere life will not be like †̥hα̲̅†̥ of notice board †̥hα̲̅†̥ leads people Τ̅☺ their destination A♌d itself will remain in a spot.what they need most Ȋ̝̊̅§ pure fasting A♌d prayer nd let them approach good nd living man of G̶̲̥̅Ơ̴̴̴̴͡D̶̲̥̅ with a spiritual marriage counselling.

  6. Theo mavelouse

    June 1, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    Our actresses most often left there home as a result of stupidity which they thought to be they exclussive speriority which usual happens to qualifie them as imcapacited houses, some left as result of insubmissive to they hosbands

  7. Austin

    June 1, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    This is bad

  8. olahemeka

    June 1, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    Omo Sexy i like that you have said it all God bless u

  9. franco ogiekhede

    June 1, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    No man will want his wife to take him for a ride irrespective of his wife celebrity. Our women of nowadays dont have much regard for their spouse cos they are earning gud money. Once they are financially independent, they will want to become the husband of d home. Many men wont tolerate dat.

  10. C'kenzi Anezi

    June 1, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    I respect Omotola a lot!

  11. nikky4

    June 2, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    Bt is bad Ooº°˚ ˚°ºo.I lv u̶̲̥̅̊я counsel (omo Sexy) give dem more counsel

  12. zigginato leonardo abdul latif

    June 3, 2013 at 8:56 AM

    okontoroko na kira naami……..omo sexy

  13. kelechi Emenike

    June 3, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    Most of our actress are the cause of their problem, they should exermine their selfs. no man will want to keep a woman that will take him for a ride, infact they should meet omo sexy for more councilling, she is a real mother.

  14. @DBigblack

    June 4, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    It’s beautiful to see young couples aged up together, but what Nigerians and Africans are yet to realised; As you fall in love, you can also fall out of love! It’s up to the couples to find a common ground and revive their love lives. And it seems within African culture, the church seems to govern everything; what happened to “Marriage counsellors” to help when things start getting rocky. Moreover, my take in my Nigeria couples, they seems to lack social lives, men are always hanging out with their mates, leaving women with kids at home. Time has changed, since we’ve embraced all that civilisation and technology has brought our way, isn’t time to change bit of our so-called cultures and take our women out; enjoy pint of beer, glass of wine, walk on the beach, outing to the museum, zoo and vacation (please not to the village) together. These and much more could give some value to marriages and our women. I’m a Nigerian, but also holds the Dutch citizenship and I’m a personal trainer.

  15. EAI

    June 6, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    Any marriage not built on Jesus the rock in truth and in spirit hits the rock


    June 7, 2013 at 5:46 AM


  17. EAI

    June 7, 2013 at 8:36 AM

    I wouldn’t say Omotola Ekeinde is lucky I would say she is a hard worker, one who is determined to be a success as a wife and as a mother. Swallows her pride and even crawls on her knee to say she is sorry whether she is right or wrong. Success in marriages is not luck but hard work.

    • ERIC

      August 5, 2015 at 11:23 PM

      I think i do agree perfectly with you,its indeed hard work not even a prayer point,let me add this that aside the biblical principles regarding marriage(submission) there can be no true relationship.May the good lord have mercy upon their marriages.

  18. chukwuebuka

    July 2, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    nigeria actress be careful of leavin dere husand ,biko

  19. dubila pascal

    July 9, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    our actresses sould know that nor mater what ever status they have aquired they still remain women who should marry and mother kids. i wont say its all a smoth ride but even your parents would testify that they never had it easy but they succeeded to give you a good upbringing why do our want to be diffrent.i understand it is difficlt but not imposible .(our actresses) their stardom is wonderful on stage but their lives behind the scene is a shame

  20. Eyituoyo Oritsejemila

    July 17, 2013 at 8:45 AM

    Most stars having made money n fame dnt want2 come lo. They want 2 b in ‘charge’ n expect their marriages 2work out. Most of these ladies 99% having climbed d ladder of ‘success’ by whatever means will also do anything possible by whatever means 2 remain there n move on. Also look at d way they dress nt just in acting (movies) but in real life, exposing their nakedness n calling it celebrity or civilisation. Heheheeee! Most husbands won’t take that. Any man that tells u it doesn’t matter is nt being sincere, has no self worth n respect 4 womanhood cos no man or woman will b happy /comfortable 2c his ‘pastor” wife sitting in front of him in d church n using ‘handkerchief’ in style 2 cover her nakedness, No! Then why shud any right thinking man b ok wen his wife does all that outside n even 2 d extreme. Study carefully d lifestyles of most actresses who accept extreme roles in some movies cos of money, u will understand why they can’t settle down n b under a man. They need 2 prioritize bw carrier n family, what role to accept n nt to accept knowing fully well d kind of man they are married to or wud like to get married to n bw being d neck n being d head. Most of them really need God’s help.

  21. helino

    July 20, 2013 at 11:42 PM

    Pls don’t rush into marriage take ur tym nd watch very well.

  22. clement

    October 20, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    so so sad. Marriage is honorable and its suppose to be for better fr worse till death do the couple apart. Patience, Love, endurance and humility will help couples with issues in their relationship to stay together.

  23. omobee

    January 25, 2014 at 6:32 AM

    Dey Ԅ not jes a good role model. Dey want us to watch der films soº°˚˚°ºoº°˚˚Oo As to learn but Ԅ dey learning from ϑ films dey act? Wat a mess?


    June 9, 2014 at 12:17 AM

    Let them distinguish between play and reality. So many of them are living out their script to the chargrin of their homes. No matter how highly placed a woman is, she can never be the man. It is a pity that Africans are taking line, hook and sinker all they see in Hollywood. We do have our culture. Woman no dey dey on top man.

  25. Sunday Agada

    January 16, 2015 at 9:47 AM

    This is to point to us that Failure TO PLAN IS PLANNING TO FAIl…Learn Lesson now..

  26. John Mathis

    August 12, 2015 at 7:15 AM

    I thought Omotola the best; and, I am available.

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