For celebrities in Moviedom, divorce not an option yet
Although not peculiar to the entertainment industry, as it is prevalent in other industries, divorce and cases of separation in the entertainment industry always makes headlines.
In fact, fans and those in the gossip press can make it an all-year issue as they are likely to make the break-up saga between celebrated singer, Tiwatope Savage-Balogun (Tiwa Savage) and her husband, Tunji Balogun (Teeblitz).
But a few readers of this page wrote to find out the situation with the couples in moviedom, since according to them, there is no season without news that a lifetime relationship has either packed up or is on the verge of collapse.
The finding? It doesn’t look as if ‘divorce’ or ‘separation’ is an option for the folks in moviedom.
Nse and Clifford Sule
Nse Ikpe Etim and husband, Clifford Sule‘s love story is epic. They have remained inseparable since they tied the nuts over three years ago and Nse revealed that they would remain inseparable for life, because their relationship was ordained by God.
“God takes the credit. We are together because God has willed it to be so. I don’t think it is due to sheer luck. A little bit maybe, but definitely a lot of God,” she once said.
Asked how it feels to be well married, Nse replied: “It is the best and most rewarding feeling I have ever felt. It feels like I have come full circle.
“I am thankful and am enjoying it.”
Mercy and Prince Okojie
Since they were joined as man and wife in 2011, top Nollywood actress, Mercy Johnson, and her husband, Odianosen Okojie, have remained inseparable.
A popular blogger once described their relationship as one that was consummated in heaven.
“We are so in love with one another and there is nothing that is going to change that,” the actress once said when it was rumoured that she and her husband has parted ways.
“Parted ways ke? It is for better for worse,” she added.
Mercy first met her husband in 2008 aboard a flight from France. Her husband revealed that he asked for her number, but she declined.
He, however, was persistent in his pursuit of her until they got married in 2011.
Olu and Joke Jacobs
IF an award for the long-standing celebrity and Nollywood couple is to be given, then it should rightly go to Oludotun and Ajoke Jacobs.
‘Uncle Olu’ and ‘Auntie Joke,’ as younger colleagues call them, have been married for over 30 years.
Interestingly, they are both active players in the industry and very busy at that. They have both featured in many Nigerian movies, participated in several projects and have won both local and international awards, including receiving the national honours of Member of the Federal Republic (MFR).
In spite of the temptation that comes with the terrain, Olu and Joke Jacobs have continued to wax stronger together.
Bob Manuel and Cassandra Udokwu
Notable actor and politician, Bob Manuel Udokwu, and his adorable wife, Cassandra, recently marked 15 years of blissful relationship.
Being a top player in the entertainment industry, where practitioners are often vulnerable to distraction, observers consider the tall, handsome, dashing and well-built actor as one who can be considered very lucky in his marital life.
The actor and show host revealed that one of the reasons they walked this far together is the commitment they made right from the very beginning that they must make their marriage work.
Omotola Jalade and Mathew Ekeinde
Omotola and Matthew Ekeinde’s success story, as a couple has been an inspiration to many. In fact, talk of a diva and an accomplished actress who is successful as an entertainer as she is in her marriage and Omotola’s name will pop up.
Mother of four beautiful children- two boys and two girls- who has consistently maintained that ‘divorce is not an option’ for her and her husband, Omo T or Omo Sexy, as the actress is affectionately called by her fans, has been married to Mathew for close to 19 years now, and their marriage have continued to wax stronger by the day.
Their success story as a couple has been an inspiration to many.
Ejike and Ogechi Asiegbu
Popular actor and former president of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Ejike Asiegbu, and his adorable, wife Ogechi, have been married for close to two decades now.
They are hardly talked about in the gossip press because their marriage, which is blessed with children, has lasted without any scandal.
Zack and Ngozi Orji
Another popular Nollywood actor, Zack Orji, has been married to Ngozi, his beautiful wife and mother of his three lovely children, for close to two and a half decades.
Both of them are notable players in the industry (Ngozi is a actress), though it is Zack that is more on the field.
They have both lived as a perfect couple as ‘Siamese twins,’ as an observer quipped, and they have carried on so well as man and wife.
Norbert and Gloria Young
Actor Norbert Young, and his better half, Gloria, nee Anozie, have been married for over a decade now and they have continued to live happily as man and wife and as parents to their beautiful children.
Not a few people thought they were going to be married for this long, but they have shown that it takes only two to tango and that the survival of any marriage is not in the hands of book makers, but in the hands of those who took the decision to become man and wife, and above all, God.
Omoni and Nnamdi Oboli
The delectable Delta State-born actress, producer and director, Omoni, and her amiable husband, Nnamdi Oboli, have been married for over 15 years and they are still counting.
Nnamdi and Omoni met in 1996, but they started dating four years later when she was in final year at the University of Benin.
She recalled that Nnamdi proposed two weeks into the relationship and the rest, as they say, is history.
Today, they are ‘the best of friends’ and even Omoni declared that she could never have found someone more suited to her than Nnamdi.
By far one of the busiest actress and off stage personality working on the turf, Omoni, who has won both local and international awards for her efforts as an actress and producer, attributes the success of her marriage to the ‘grace of God,’ effective communication between her and Nnamdi and knowing her husbands likes and dislikes.
The Others On The Long List
Others include Emeka and Jumai Ossai; Victor and Rosaline Osuagwu; Richard and Jumobi Damijo; Paul and Chibuzo Obazele; Ramsey Noah and Emilia; Francis Duru and wife; Tony and Patsy Umez; Alex Usifo- Umaigbo and wife; Desmond Elliot and wife; Emeka and Stella Enyiocha; Kanayo Kanayo and wife.