By Eric Elezuo
Many have argued that the entertainment industry has no room for sincere marriages while a great many others have debunked the assessment. It is on record that so many female entertainers have called it quit with their marriages for one irreconcilable differences or another. However, the likes of Joke Sylva, Chioma Chukwura, Mercy Johnson and Omotola Jolade-Ekeinde are still waxing strong in marriage just as the likes of Chika Ike, Tonto Dike and many others have given up on the institution. Check out a few entertainment figures who had failed to handle marriage even after children were involved.
Ini Edo Ekim is an actress, producer and politician born on April 19, 1982. Since she began her film career in 2000, she has featured in over 100 movies. She is known for her role in the movie, Worlds Apart. She is an award winning actress. She delved into politics in 2016 when she was appointed the Special Assistant to the Akwa-Ibom State government on Culture and Tourism by Governor Udom Gabriel Emmanuel. She was married to Philip Ehiagwina from 2008 to 2014. She is now divorced and single. To the onlookers, Ini’s six years sojourn in marriage was unprecendented as many never expected the marriage to last that long. Today, the young woman is back on the spinster’s list.
Alice Iyabo Ogunro formerly known as Alice Iyabo Ojo is a filmmaker, actress and director, born on December 21, 1977. She has featured in more than 150 films, 14 of which she produced on her own. One of her movies, Silence, which featured Doris Simeon, Fathia Balogun, Alex Usifo amongst others was premiered in January, 2015. She is known for movies like Arinzo, Silence and Beyond Disability. After she got married to a Lagos-based marketer, she took a break from her busy career. The union was blessed with a son and a daughter. However, she is now divorced from their father. She has now officially dropped her former husband’s surname, Ojo. It is confirmed that the actress is finding solace in England.
Toke Makinwa is an On-Air Personality, Youtube Vlogger, Television Host and Bestselling Author born on November 3, 1984. She is a television presenter on Moments with Mo on the EbonyLife TV network. She owns a Youtube channel called TokeMoments. She is also known for being a co-host on Rhythm 93.7 FM’s The Morning Drive. She has also been a brand ambassador for brands like Maggi, Payporte, Ciroc and Mecran Cosmetics. She is a best-selling author of On Becoming, a book which served as a platform for the media personality to shed the light on her failed marriage with Maje Ayida. On 15 January 2014, Toks as she is fondly called had a private wedding ceremony with her lover of eight years, Maje Ayida. However in 2015, she had a divorce from her marriage which was caused by a scandal revealing that her husband had impregnated his ex-girlfriend. Since then, the Youtube Vlogger has remained single and dedicated to her work.
Fathia Williams Balogun as she is formally called is an actress, director and producer. She was born on the February 5, 1969. She is a Delta state indigene from Ethiope East local government. The 48 year old award winning actress is known for movies like Ishanna, Ohun Oko Somida and Awawu. She was married to Saheed Balogun, her fellow Nigerian actor. The marriage was blessed with three kids before it headed for the rocks. Since then, the light-skinned actress has remained single and focused on her work.
Doris Simeon is an award winning Nollywood actress born and bred in the Ojota area of Lagos State. The Yoruba and English actress started her successful career in the popular Papa Ajasco series. However the PEFT institute graduate got her big break in the movie, Oloju Ede. She is now known for movies like Modupetemi and Ten Million Naira. The light skinned actress got married to Nollywood producer, Daniel Ademinokan. The union was blessed with a beautiful son, David. The marriage however, crashed in May 2013.