It’s love without boundaries.
Sometimes it’s crazy to think about how it wasn’t too long ago inter-racial marriages were not only frowned upon, but criminalized. It was dangerous, forbidden, to be hidden.
Today, that door has been broken, burned, and shattered. People from all different races, nationalities, and ethnicities are getting together. While some people still choose to raise their noses or frown upon this intermingling of people, for the most part, the world today is cool with it.
Nigerian celebrities have their pick of Nigerian men who are willing and ready to give them a liver if they asked for one. A lot of men idolize their celebrities. They fantasize about them, they pray for them, you’d think they’re dating them.
But for the 12 women on this list, despite all of the attention from the men here in Nigeria, the men who caught their eyes and hearts just happened to be people who were not Nigerian.
This is a compilation list of 12 Nigerian Celebrities Who Decided to Marry Foreign Men.
1. Susan Peters.
Nollywood actress, Susan Peters in 2015 got married in a private ceremony to a Dutch man named Koen Croon.
Speaking about married life, she described it as “sweet and sour”, saying
It is sweet and it is also sour. You tend not to do all the things you used to do because you are not single any more. It is like a check button, it is a bit different from being single
The couple welcomed their first child in 2019.
2. Ufuoma McDermott
Ufuoma McDermott, maiden name: Ufuoma Ejenobor, got married to her Irish husband, Steven McDermott on 23rd April, 2010. On 23 May, 2014, she officially changed her name to Ufuoma McDermott in a Lagos High Court.
Speaking about how she feels being married to a foreign man, Ufuoma said:
It makes no difference. There might be a bit of cultural differences but it is all about understanding and dialogue. Do lots of talking with your partner and get any issue resolved amicably.
The couple have 2 children.
3. Tosyn Bucknor
Nigerian media personality, actress, and content creator, Tosyn Bucknor got married to her French boyfriend, Aurélien Boyer in 2015 at the Landmark Events Centre, Oniru.
The two made a beautiful couple and were cheered on by a lot of Nigerians.
When news broke in 2018 about Bucknor’s death, hearts everywhere were crushed. Taking to Instagram, Aurélien posted a beautiful poem which read:
That night, I felt I had gone. With you.
Next day, I could not stand all of them there. For you.
And then, I realized it was all love. Like you.
From then, they say I’ve been strong. It is true.
Every day, I stand together with all of us. To go through.
Last night, I realized how much. I miss you.
Irawo mi, through the window, I look at you.
Days and nights cannot get dark.
A star illuminates the sky with its eternal spark
4. Uche Jombo
Nigerian actress, Uche Jombo married her Puerto Rican/American husband, Kenney Rodriguez in 2012.
The two have been blessed with a beautiful son.
5. Karen Igho
Big Brother Africa 2011 winner, Karen Igho got married to her long-time boyfriend, Yaroslav Rakos in 2014.
The two keep their private life very quiet. In 2015, God blessed them with a baby boy.
6. Oluchi Onweagba
Nigerian model Oluchi Onweagba in 2006 got married to Italian fashion designer, Luca Orlandi.
The couple have 2 children.
7. Regina Askia
Veteran Nollywood actress Regina Askia is a Nigerian-born, American-based family nurse practitioner (FNP), healthcare and educational activist, television producer, writer, and public speaker, who found fame as an actress and model.
The actress is married to American Rudolph ‘Rudy’ Williams, nephew of Ron Everette and grandson of Fess Williams. Together the couple have two children – daughter Teesa Olympia and son Rudolph Junior
8. Anita Hogan
Anita Hogan is a Nigerian actress who got married to her Dutch husband, Ted Mak in 2006. Since then, the actress has stopped appearing in any major productions.
Sadly, in 2019, it was reported that Ted Mak passed away after a brief illness.
9. Ashionye Michelle
Ashionye Michelle is an award winning actress and singer best known for her work in the movie, Journey to Self.
In August 2009, she got married to her Italian husband, Carl Raccah. The couple have been blessed with 2 children.
10. Chioma Toplis
Nollywood actress, Chioma Toplis got married to a UK engineer, Andrew Toplis, with whom she has 3 children.
Nigerian bad girl, singer Maheeda is married to her husband whose name she’s never revealed, and is based in the Netherlands with her man and daughter.
The singer said she met her husband while working in a bar in Nigeria. Upon listening to her story, he decided to help her and her teenage daughter and so they got married and relocated to Netherlands.
She said that even despite being married and living comfortably, she still had the urge to sleep with men. She described her relationship with God as the only thing that stopped her from having frivolous sex with men, explaining that “being born again and delivered” was the only thing that stopped her need for sex.
12. Kate Henshaw
For 12 years, Nollywood actress Kate Henshaw was married to then husband, Roderick James Nuttal.
However, in 2011 the union crashed and the two have since gone on their separate ways, although they still share a daughter.