Queen Salawa Abeni Unveils New Husband, Rasheed Adahunse (See Pictures)
In a heartwarming revelation, celebrated Nigerian singer Salawa Abeni has recently introduced Rasheed Adahunse, a retired comptroller and commandant of the Customs Training College, as her third husband. This revelation coincided with Adahunse’s birthday and retirement celebration, held amidst the vibrant and lively atmosphere of Lagos. The couple, who reportedly exchanged vows about four years ago, chose to keep their union private until this grand occasion.
The event was not only a celebration of Adahunse’s milestones but also a testament to the couple’s enduring love, kept away from the public eye for years. Salawa Abeni, renowned for her soul-stirring music and captivating performances, added a special touch to the occasion by serenading her husband with a melodious song. At 62, the singer’s voice remained as enchanting as ever, echoing sentiments of love and companionship.
In her address to the guests, Abeni expressed her profound gratitude and joy. “I don’t have many words to say. Let me thank God. I will just say a bit about Alhaji Abdulrasheed Agbolade, my dearest husband. You are retired, but not tired,” she said. Her words reflected a deep respect and admiration for her husband, celebrating his new phase of life post-retirement. She continued, “I pray that as God joined us together as husband and wife four years ago, you will live long and have abundance.”
Abeni’s journey to finding love and companionship with Adahunse is a story of serendipity and the conquering power of love. “I saw you then as a complete ‘English’ man, you saw me as a musician. But love conquered all. I have not chosen wrongly,” she shared. Her remarks highlighted the unexpected yet beautiful union between two individuals from seemingly different worlds.
Rasheed Adahunse, apart from his distinguished career in customs, is also revered as the Asiwaju Adinni of Ijebu Isiwo, a title that speaks volumes of his status and influence within the community.
Salawa Abeni’s journey in life and music has been one of resilience and reinvention. Beginning her career in 1976 with the release of her debut album ‘Late General Muritala Ramat Mohammed,’ she quickly established herself as a force in the Nigerian music scene. Her personal life, however, has seen its share of ups and downs. Her first marriage to Lateef Adepoju, the owner of Leaders Records, ended in 1986. She then married Ayinla Kollington, another prominent musician, and was part of his record label until their separation in 1994.
The unveiling of her relationship with Rasheed Adahunse marks a new chapter in Abeni’s life, one that promises happiness and mutual support. Their story is a reminder that love knows no bounds and can blossom even in the most unexpected circumstances.
As Salawa Abeni embarks on this new journey with Adahunse, she carries with her a legacy of musical excellence and a personal narrative of love and resilience. The singer’s declaration, “From today, call me Abeni Idunu Ishola,” resonates with a sense of fulfillment and joy, heralding a new era in her life, both personally and professionally.