BY KAYODE BADMUS (NET)
Despite playing meek roles in movies as faithful housewives and heartbroken girlfriends, many Nigerian actresses couldn’t keep up with their relationships. Some are now single mothers while many others returned to spinsterhood after being estranged from their once ‘loving’ hubbies.
Here are 10 divorced Nollywood actresses we admire so much.
Fans and colleagues raised eyebrows even at the peak of Funke Akindele’s romance with estranged hubby, Kehinde Almaroof Oloyede. The duo later went on with the wedding which barely lasted for 12 months. However, Funke Akindele remains one of the biggest thespians in the industry with mouthwatering endorsements.
It began with a rumour that beautiful Nollywood actress was having marriage troubles. Then news went viral that the marriage had broken up with allegations of infidelity and other negative accusations leveled on the actress by the family of her former husband, Philip Ehiagwina. It was even reported that the bride price paid on the actress was requested for by his family. Ini Edo however appears to have gotten her groove back.
Doris Simeon was formally married to filmmaker, Daniel Ademinokan after the couple met on a movie set in 2006. The couple welcomed their only son, David on April 4, 2008 but not even that could save the marriage as the couple separated 2 years later. While Doris has remained single and focusing on her career, Daniel has continually been linked with his ex-wife’s colleague, Stella Damasus with reports that they have secretary tied the knots. Doris is however having a swell time with her television show, Faaji Extra being highly rated while she also recently renewed her endorsement deal with Ribena.
Beautiful and talented, Monalisa Chinda also has a place on the list of divorced Nollywood actresses who are yet to remarry. The mother of 1 got married to Dejo Richards in 2004. The marriage packed up years later after producing a daughter named Tamara. The actress cum television presenter has since moved on and was once linked to Lanre Nzeribe but the romance didn’t last long. She remains openly single while focusing on acting and her recently launched show. Many refer to her as one of the stunning cougars in the industry.
Former beauty queen, Mbong Amata shocked many when she announced her separation from ex-hubby, Jeta Amata after 10 years and 1 daughter. The duo appeared to be a perfect couple until the sad news went viral. According to Jeta, ‘I stole her youth and didn’t let her live her dream so it was better to let her go and find new adventures. She’s happy and so am I.’ It however appear that many of their fans are not happy. The ‘Black November’ actress has since moved on to new flames although she is currently not openly linked with any man.
Years after the death of her first husband, Jaiye Aboderin, Stella Damasus remarried Emeka Nzeribe but sadly the marriage lasted for barely 9 months. The actress has also been named as the reason Daniel Ademinokan abandoned his former wife, Doris Simeon although NET cannot independently verify this claim. Stella has also been linked with numerous men but she appears to have settled for Daniel with reports having it that the couple has secretly tied the knots. Stella remains one of the most controversial actresses in the industry.
Ageless actress, Kate Henshaw was married to Roderick James Nuttal for over 10 years but the marriage collapsed like a pack of cards after the actress allegedly uncovered an extra-marital affair between her hubby and his secretary who was identified as one Angela Gordon. Kate has since moved on with her life focusing on acting and her engagement as a reality show judge. Her home in Lekki recently got razed but the actress seems to have bounced back.
Ayo Adesanya was married to movie director, Goriola Hassan for about 10 years before the actress who recently celebrated her birthday and 20 years on stage called it quits in 2008. According to reports, the marriage was shattered as a result of domestic violence with claims that the mother of 1 was on different occasions beaten up by her estranged hubby. It has been almost 7 years since Ayo moved out of her matrimonial home but surprisingly the beautiful Ijebu born thespian has not remarried. Although she has since gotten her groove back, her major focus has been the upkeep of her son, Farid.
The failed marriage of Fathia Balogun and Saidi Balogun remains one of the most talked about celebrity union gone sour in the industry. The couple divorced in 2006 with allegations of infidelity leveled on the actress but this was never substantiated. The couple is blessed with 2 kids although Fathia has another daughter from a previous relationship. Since the failure of her marriage, Fathia has been focused on her career and remains one of the most sought after actresses in the industry. The 46 year old Delta state born actress is also one of the turn up queens from the Yoruba section of Nollywood.