August 23, (THEWILL) – They were one but later became two due to reasons beyond their control. Joy Onuorah and Shade Metibogun chronicle Nollywood actors who were once married but are now back to the singles club.
Director and Cinematographer, Daniel Ademinokan, has made two attempts at marriage but they both ended in disaster. He was first married to amiable actress, Doris Simeon and the union produced a son. However, they both went their separate ways in 2010 due to irreconcilable differences. In 2014, the talented director made another shot at marriage again. He married Stella Damasus privately and they both relocated to the United States. Their marriage couldn’t stand the test of time and the reason for the crack in their union was never disclosed by the two parties. They are now separated and Daniel relocated to Houston in 2020, leaving his ex-wife, Stella in Dallas with her two daughters from her first marriage to late Jaiye Aboderin
Fred Amata, Nollywood actor cum movie director’s marriage to media entrepreneur and boss of Rave TV, Agatha Amata lasted for over 10 years. They got married in 1995, but the marriage hit the rocks in 2005. The marriage is blessed with two children, a boy and a girl, Oreva and Stephanie. The marriage crashed over allegations of infidelity. The one-time President of the Directors Guild of Nigeria, has attempted to give love another chance and fell in love with Ibinabo Fibresime, a Nollywood actress and producer but that didn’t last even though their relationship produced a daughter, Ewomazino in 2008. The actor has since remained single.
Less than a year after they were joined in holy matrimony, Nollywood actor and former Mr Nigeria, Emmanuel Ikubese’s marriage to makeup artist, Anita Adetoye, hit the rocks. The duo tied the knot in March 2020 after being engaged in 2019. The couple’s marriage was perceived to be troubled after they both unfollowed each other on Instagram. They also both deleted photos of their wedding ceremony from their social media space. However, they have both remained mute on why things ended badly. Obviously, they have both moved on and are minding their business and career, but the actor seems to be taking his time before taking another leap at the marriage institution again.
Jeta Amata was once married, but he is now back to the bachelor’s club. His marriage with his former beauty queen lover, Mbong Amata, was said to have ended over career-related issues. While his estranged wife wanted to achieve more in the line of acting, he was insistent on caging her. The two met at an audition in Calabar however, they didn’t start a relationship until two years after as Mbong was just sixteen at the time. After they had a child, they got married and relocated to the United States. The gorgeous actress who has gone on to do great things in the movie industry complained of being just a housewife, even with all the dreams and aspirations she had. Meanwhile, after the crash of their marriage in 2013, the director and father of one is yet to be committed to another woman though he is said to be in love with an Australian actress, Viva Bianca, popularly known for her role as lithriya in Spartacus, the movie. Veno, the beautiful daughter the union produced, is about 13 years-old now.
The breakup of award-winning actor and father, Mike Ezuruonye’s marriage came as a rude shock to many. It was said that the actor left because his wife gave birth to a child with albinism. However, the actor debunked the claims. Ezuruonye got married to his wife, Nkechi Nnorom in November 2010. Their church wedding ceremony was held at the Folawiyo Bankole Methodist Church in Lagos. The couple met in Abuja during one of his movie shoots in 2009. His wife was living and working as a medical psychologist in Canada, but she had moved to Nigeria where they met and started dating. Together, they have a cute son named, Reynold Nkembuchim Ezuruonye who was born in October 2011. Reynold also has a little sister. While Mike Ezuruonye shares a lot of photos with his son, Reynold on social media, he is yet to share that of his daughter. It does seem like a cautious move to shield his family and private life from public scrutiny. It also appears that he is also trying to keep his lovely albino daughter from the public.
Nollywood star and singer, Ekenedilichukwu Ugochukwu Erics Nwenweh, more popularly known as Ken Erics, happens to be one of those whose love story was short-lived. His marriage to Onyi Adaba in December 2017 one month after they started dating lasted only two years after which the marriage crashed. The actor was accused of being a homosexual. According to his ex-wife, Onyi, he never made love to her before and during their marriage. Even when she tried to seduce him as suggested by his mother, she got the beating of her life. It was also alleged that he was dating his colleague, Rachel Okonkwo, an accusation the actress has since denied. However, the actor stated that his marriage to Onyi broke down because of irreconcilable differences. He also frowned at the fact that he was roped in with Rachel Okonkwo. The actor also kept sealed lips about his marriage And he is yet to walk another lady down the aisle again.
Who could have thought that social media favorite couple, Blossom Chukwu jekwu and beauty entrepreneur, Maureen Esisi, would ever give up on their marriage. The news of the official break-up of the two in August 2020 left the Internet buzzing for some time. It was reported that the actor moved out of his matrimonial home and informed his in-laws that he was no longer interested in the marriage. While rumour had it that the actor left his three-year marriage because of incessant disrespect from his wife, his estranged wife denied knowing any reason for the crash. According to her, she didn’t see it coming as she got to know about her marriage crash from her father. She also stated that the actor was not interested in fathering a child and doesn’t know why. Maureen also made it clear that another woman was not responsible for her marriage crash, adding that her husband never caught her in bed with another man. The beautiful entrepreneur also stressed that there was no domestic violence in her marriage as insinuated in the media. One would think that Blossom would jump at the next opportunity of leaving the singles club because of the circumstances surrounding the collapse of his first marriage, but he appears to be taking his time.
One of those whose well-celebrated marriage couldn’t stand the test of time is actor, Olakunle Fawole, popularly known as Abounce, with award-winning actress and model, Yvonne Jegede. The two tied the knot in a beautiful ceremony in 2018 but went their separate ways in 2019. The couple met on the set of Tade Ogidan’s popular drama series Behind the Siege. According to the beautiful actress, noticeable cracks in the marriage became obvious when she was three months pregnant. It kept getting worse until it became irredeemable and she had to move out of her matrimonial home. However, she had a mutual agreement with the father of her son to move on before they eventually got divorced. The marriage, though short-lived, produced a son named Xavier who is a little less than three years old. While the movie actor has left the love scene, he is not showing signs of returning there any time soon.
Veteran actor, filmmaker, director and producer, Saheed Balogun is one of those who has had his fair share of marriage. Although he has been married three times, he is currently reveling in the singles club with no immediate plans to return to the married men’s club. A father of four from two different women, he officially got married in 2000 to his colleague, Faithia Williams who is also a mother of three, with one from her first marriage. Fathia bore him two of his four children, Khalid and Aaliyah Balogun. His first two, Zinnat and Jamal Balogun are from his first marriage with Sherifat Balogun, a singer. Saheed and Faithia separated in 2006, but their official divorce was in 2014. Saheed later found love with one Funke Elegushi, the younger sister of His Royal Majesty, Oba Saheed Elegushi, Kusenla III of Ikate land, Lagos. They got married and lived together in their Magodo GRA home for four years before they both went their separate ways. The actor has never given any reason for the incessant breakdown of his marriages, but it is obvious he has chosen to remain single, preferring to bask in the euphoria of his current status.
Handsome actor, Ikechukwu Mitchel Ogbonna, also known as IK, is among the actors who are enjoying the singles club after years of marriage. It was all going beautifully well between him and his gorgeous Colombian wife, Sonia Morales, until Sonia, according to reports, decided to end it all as she was no longer capable of coping with his low financial status. They however denied this but continued to patch things up until they later admitted that they were divorced in 2019. Sonia blamed the breakup of their marriage to unreconciled communications issues. The model and mother of one also revealed that she was a victim of depression while in the marriage. The five-year-old union produced a handsome son, Ace Ikechukwu Ogbonna. Meanwhile, Sonia has announced that she is available and willing to find love again even as a single mother. But her ex seems not to be interested in finding love for now despite the fact that his best friend and colleague, Alex Ekubo has found his missing rib and is set to get married.
Nollywood actor, Gbenro Ajibade and Nigerian-American actress, Osas Ighodaro, walked down the aisle in a flamboyant wedding which took place in New York in 2015. However, the light and sparkle in their marriage started to dim after having their first child, Azariah in 2016. Much later, Gbenro called out Osas on instagram over her parenting skills, which gave away to speculations that all was not well with their union. The couple later parted ways in 2019, barely five years after they got married. According to Ajibade in an interview with TV presenter, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu on Channels Television where he was a guest on the Rubbin minds programme, the marriage ended as a result of irreconcilable differences. He also made it known that he did not marry the beautiful lady because of the green card as was being speculated. Gbenro went on to say that he still maintains a good relationship with his ex-wife, Osas because of their daughter. Although the handsome actor has moved on and is in another relationship, he is yet to make it official.
Nollywood producer cum director, Chidi Chikere ‘s marriage to actress Nuella Njubigbo collapsed a few months ago, despite the fact that the estranged couple named their union love made in heaven when they got married in 2014. The union was said to have crashed because of domestic violence. However, the two denied the claims and even shared a video of themselves in bed debunking the crashed marriage. The actress later gave a clue that all was not well in their paradise after she unfollowed her husband and changed her bio from mother and wife to award winning actress and Chief Executive Officer. The marriage was blessed with a baby girl in 2014. Chikere’s marriage to Njubigbo would be his second attempt at marriage as he was previously married to actress and beauty entrepreneur, Sophia Williams. The marriage produced three boys until he left her for Nuella. Sophia is currently seeing a younger man named Young Mula who spoils her silly with the good things of life