They are celebrities, and usually, so much pomp follows their weddings, especially for those of them who roll out the drums to have a big ceremony.
And when these marriages crumble unexpectedly after a short while, it is also followed with so much scandal and noise. And most people, especially those who see them as role models, are left in wonder and amazement.
ENCOMIUM Weekly beams searchlight on some few crashed celebrity marriages that shocked Nigerians in recent years…
INI EDO AND PHILIP EHIAGWINA
Not many knew how the romance began but they certainly knew how it ended. The pair was able to sail through together before they called it quits. The separation was a messy one as it was reported that her pride price was returned because she was unfaithful in the marriage.
It was alleged that she had an affair with a Governor and that did not go down well with Philip. It was also reported that the marriage broke up because the actress could not conceive a child and the husband’s family was breathing down her neck for a child. There were claims she was in a relationship with actor Mike Godson, she never confirmed or denied it.
CHIKA IKE AND TONY EBERIRI
The duo signed the dotted lines to become man and wife in 2006 and by 2013 another dotted line was signed in an Abuja High Court, but this time, it was to dissolve the marriage. Shortly after the dissolution of the marriage, the actress took a picture of the court papers, flaunting it with smiles and it soon flooded the internet.
In a series of interviews, the actress made it known that the main reason she walked out of her marriage was because she was a victim of domestic violence. The actress claimed that her husband was always beating her and she lost her pregnancy on one of the occasions.
FUNKE AKINDELE AND KENNY OLOYEDE
The marriage between actress Funke Akindele and Kenny Oloyede lasted a few months, it was between May 2012 and 2013. The marriage was the talk of town mostly because her hit movie, Jenifa, had endeared her to
the hearts of fans. Suddenly, it came as a shock when it was confirmed, she zoomed out of her matrimonial home. When asked why she quit her marriage, the actress claimed that she was a victim of domestic abuse both emotionally and verbally.
MONALISA CHINDA AND DEJO RICHARDS
Monalisa shocked her fans when she announced years back that she has left her marriage over domestic violence and abuse. She practically ran out of her matrimonial home with her little daughter who is now blossoming into a pretty young lady. Although, Monalisa has tried a couple of relationships after her divorce, she remains one of the hottest single mothers in Nollywood.
FATHIA AND SAIDI BALOGUN
These two Yoruba actors shocked their fans when they came public about their separation. At a point after the separation, Saidi started having problems with his ex-wife still bearing his last name.
TONTO DIKE AND OLAKUNLE CHURCHILL
Tonto Dike is another actress who was not lucky in marriage. The controversial actress had a traditional wedding in Port Harcourt in August 2015 with her estranged husband (Oladunni Olakunle Churchill), who was reportedly once married to one Bimbo Coker. Their marriage produced a son, Omodayo Andre Churchill. The much expected happened when Tonto declared ‘cracks’ in her marriage earlier this year accusing her husband of sleeping with her PA, one Rosaline Maurer. The marriage was later dissolved on Tuesday, June 27, 2017, when Tonto’s father returned her bride price to Churchill’s uncle in Port Harcourt (Rivers state). The marriage lasted 17 months.
PATRICK DOYLE AND IRETI DOYLE
Another beautiful celebrity marriage shockingly crashed. According to reports, Patrick Doyle and Ireti Doyle separated after 20 years of marriage. A source close to Patrick and Ireti hinted they are no longer living together.
It was revealed that Ireti has since moved into a new apartment in Anthony Village area of Lagos, living far away from her veteran broadcaster and actor husband and children.
While the reason for their break-up is still unclear, a source said Patrick and Ireti ended their relationship after thoughtful consideration and chose to remain friends.
Ireti and Patrick married over two decades ago, shortly after his first wife passed on. Both share six children, and lost one to sickle cell in 1999. Ireti’s first daughter, Bimbo from a previous romance got married in July 2014.
- CHIKA OKORIE