+ Moves in with pregnant actress girlfriend
+ Marriage on the cards
+ Accusations against estranged wife, Sophia
IT is no longer news that the celebrated Nollywood movie maker, Tchidi Chikere via his publicist, Big Sam Media, released a statement that him and his wife, Sophia have agreed to end their nine year-old marriage because it wasn’t working.
Mr. Chikere also announced via the press release that, “They reached this painful decision after several break-ups and efforts to make the marriage work failed. The relationship was taking its toll on the children and affecting personal happiness of the couple.”
Insiders exclaim that the reasons this decision was reached is because Tchidi is in love and wants to marry beautiful actress, Nuella Njuigbo whose love has eaten so deeply into his heart and is carrying his fourth child (their first together). And his wife, Sophia has been telling callers that she is still with her hubby and still loves him. Sophia is dreaming, Tchidi and Nuella are in love and displaying it without much ado, you should have seen them together during Valentine when Tchidi was making movie outside of Lagos. They were all over each other.”
Insiders call Sophia a dreamer who didn’t fight to save her marriage when the handwriting was on the wall. “She neglected the kitchen for parties and there was one time she gave him moinmoin and peppered stew knowing he was asthmatic. Sometimes she would send him SMS to say she’s in a party with actress, Oge Okoye and would not return till the next day. They have been separated already for a while and Sophia has not set eyes on Tchidi since January because he has moved in with Nuella who has visited all Tchidi’s siblings and is in regular contact with her in-laws to-be.
Another reason which insiders claim prompted the press release was the revelation that, “Tchidi discovered that his wife was not a student of the University of Lagos where he had been paying her school fees for the last nine years. The revelation was a big blow especially as she leaves the house every morning for lectures. He thought the course was prolonged because of the motherhood breaks she took to nurse their sons.”
Furthermore, the insiders squeal that, “even though he used Sophia in his first movie he never wanted her to become an actress.”
However, those who know the couple claim Tchidi has been in and out of some many relationships that it may have been the reason his wife revolted and ended up a nagging wife who used her hand to tear down nine years of marriage. Tchidi is facing another hard choice as his new lover is an actress and he is looking for someone who will face the homefront. “Nuella is already wearing his ring, carrying his child and has forbade him contact with his wife and kids and because they live together, she does regular checks on his phone.”
Nollywood is not in shock as regards this break-up claim an insider. “Tchidi has been in and out of so many serious relationships that all it would take to seal it was pregnancy. His last relationship with a popular actress two years ago almost ended in marriage as well.”
Friends of the couple have been making last minute efforts to try and reconcile the two but Tchidi has been telling anyone who cares to listen that he is tired and has no more feelings for the mother of his three boys. “Because of the sensitive nature of Tchidi’s break-up with his wife, Nuella has avoided anywhere public and is hiding her pregnancy and hoping she will quickly become Mrs. Chikere!”
Hmm, Mr. Chikere can evolve into a Muslim and marry as many wives as he wants to but he should make provision for his three sons so that they do not suffer for the sins of their parents!
Nuella used to date and write scripts for movie producer, Iyke Odife and marriage was on the cards for both before she decided to pitch her tent with Tchidi.
On Saturday, March 17, 2012, her Blackberry status read, “Lips don’t lie”…whatever that means don’t ask me! Don’t even ask me why olofofos are whispering that Nuella was married but abandoned the marriage to chase after fame via acting. Don’t ask me.
Nuella is best friends with actress Ebube Nwagbo and whispered to be waiting to step in but she should remember the words of the forefathers which teach us that “the broom that chased away the first wife is waiting to chase the second one.”
- This story was first published in ENCOMIUM Weekly on Tuesday, March 20, 2012