When it comes to divorced Nigerian female celebrities, the public often finds their personal lives as captivating as their on-screen performances. Nigeria, with its vibrant Nollywood film industry, sees its share of heartbreak behind the curtains. Several renowned figures are not just celebrated for their artistic talents but have also navigated the challenging waters of marriage dissolution.
Some of Nigeria’s most celebrated female figures have experienced the heartbreak of divorce and while it’s tempting to delve into their personal stories, we must remember they’re real people with real emotions. This article briefly introduces us to some Nigerian female celebrities who were once married but are now divorced as a result of different irreconcilable issues. Let’s dive in.
Among divorced Nigerian female celebrities, Funke Akindele’s personal life has been under the public eye. In 2012, she tied the knot with Adeola Kehinde Oloyede, but by 2013, they parted ways due to irreconcilable differences. A new chapter began when she married Nigerian rapper JJC Skillz in London, in 2016. Their union was celebrated further with the birth of twin boys in December 2018. However, by June 2022, JJC Skillz took to Instagram to announce the end of their six-year marriage
As a renowned figure in Nollywood, Kate Henshaw’s talent and charm have made her a household name. Yet, her personal life has seen its challenges. After a 12-year union with British-born Roderick James Nuttal, the couple divorced in 2011, with infidelity being cited as the reason. Their time together blessed them with a daughter, Gabrielle Nutall. Today, Kate is more than just an actress. Embracing her passion for fitness, at the age of 50, she has transformed into a fitness enthusiast, inspiring and mentoring many through her Instagram platform.
Among the notable names of divorced Nigerian female celebrities is Tiwa Savage, an acclaimed artist with a vibrant career. She and Tunji “Tee Billz” Balogun celebrated their traditional marriage in Lekki in 2013, later sealing their vows in Dubai in 2014. The following year, the couple shared the joyful news of expecting a child, welcoming their son shortly after.
However, by 2016, their marital bliss faced challenges. Balogun publicly raised allegations of infidelity and other personal accusations against Savage. Responding to these claims, Tiwa opened up in a comprehensive interview, refuting the allegations and shedding light on issues like financial irresponsibility, drug addiction, and abandonment from Balogun’s side.
In the roster of divorced Nigerian female celebrities, Lagos-based actress Doris Simeon has her own tale. Finding love on set, she married the producer and director, Daniel Ademinokan, often referred to as Da Bishop. The couple was blessed with a son during their time together. However, by May 2013, the duo chose separate paths in a mutual decision. Da Bishop later went on to marry actress Stella Damasus which brewed controversy. Despite the tumult, Doris gracefully transitioned into her role as a businesswoman, steering her thriving salon and embracing singlehood.
Another narrative in the canvas of divorced Nigerian female celebrities is that of Damilola Adegbite. Her romantic tale began on the set of the soap opera ‘Tinsel’, leading to her union with Ghanaian actor Chris Attoh in February 2015 in Accra. Together, they welcomed their son, Brian. However, whispers of marital trouble began circulating when Adegbite removed Attoh’s surname from her social profiles and unfollowed him. By September 2017, Attoh put an end to the speculations by confirming their divorce after just two years of marriage.
Ibinabo Fiberesima, a renowned Nigerian actress, revealed the end of her two-year marriage with Uche Egbuka, which had begun with a grand ceremony in December 2014. Prior to this, Fiberesima shared a chapter of her life with movie star Fred Amata. Their relationship blessed them with a daughter. As with many divorced Nigerian female celebrities, Ibinabo’s journey underscores the challenges and joys of life both on and off the screen.
Once joined in matrimony with Musa Danjuma, younger sibling of Theophilus Danjuma, Caroline Danjuma embarked on her marital journey in 2007. Their union was blessed with three children, two boys and a girl. However, by 2016, their paths diverged, adding Caroline to the list of talented celebrities who’ve experienced the complexities of divorce.
The narrative of divorced Nigerian female celebrities is enriched with tales of love, challenges, and resilience, and Tonto Dikeh’s story is no exception. Tonto found marital bliss with Olakunle Churchill in August 2015 and soon after welcomed their son, King Andre, in 2016. Yet, by 2017, turbulence hit, leading to their separation. Accusations flew, with Tonto pointing fingers at Rosy Muerer, Churchill’s former assistant, for their marital discord. Despite Churchill’s denials, he eventually tied the knot with Rosy, and they now share a son.
Tonto, ever hopeful, entered a new chapter of love in 2021 with Prince Joseph Kpokpogri. However, their romance was short-lived and spiraled into a public spat involving allegations and controversies.
Celebrated actress, Ini Edo exchanged vows with Philip Ehiagwina, a Nigerian businessman based in America, in 2008. However, their shared journey came to an end in 2014, after six years, due to differences they couldn’t bridge. Since the annulment, Ini, now 39, has chosen discretion over her love life. Yet, in a candid moment with renowned blogger Stella Dimoko, she shared a joyous announcement, the arrival of her daughter, brought into the world via surrogacy.
Osas Ighadoro is another of the divorced Nigerian female celebrities. The Nigerian-American actress found love on the set of the TV series ‘Tinsel’ with co-star Gbenro Ajibade. Their romance culminated in a lavish New York white wedding and a cultural celebration in Benin in 2015. A year later, they welcomed their daughter, Azariah.
However, the waters turned turbulent when Ajibade took to Instagram, accusing Osas of neglecting their child. The subsequent removal of Gbenro’s name from Osas’s Instagram profile intensified divorce rumors. This speculation was put to rest when Gbenro confirmed their separation during a chat with TV host Ebuka Obi Uchendu on ‘Rubbin Minds’. Osas’s tale is a testament to the complexities of balancing personal life and fame.
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