14 Nollywood Stars You May Not Know Were Once Married

Ayo Adesanya

Nollywood actress, Ayo Adesanya and her colleague, Goriola Hassan, fell head over heels in love with each other and were live-in-lovers for a long time before they secretly got married in 2000. The now estranged couple wore matching tattoos throughout the period that their union lasted. They both had a son, Ireayomide Adeniyi, who was born in Chicago, Illinois, United States in 2004. Things later fell apart between Ayo and her husband, forcing the actress to move out of their home in 2008. She was in tears when she packed her things hurriedly from her matrimonial home, while her husband went clubbing that night.

She left her marriage because Hassan wasn’t mature enough to handle the success of her career. Much later, she fell in love with Fuji musician, Wasiu Alabi Odetola, also known as Pasuma. She however denied ever falling for him. While Goriola, who is currently the paramount ruler of Imobi in Ogun State, remarried and moved on, the beautiful mother of one is yet to find Mr Right.

Chioma Chukwuka Akpotha

Chioma Chukwuka-Akpotha got married to her best friend, Franklin Akpotha, in 2006. The beautiful actress is one of those who successively shielded her marriage from the attention of the media and nosy members of the public. She was married for 15 years before the marriage packed up and she moved out of her matrimonial home into a rented apartment with her children in 2020.


She started living happily and focused on her acting career and her business. She however tried to salvage the situation as best as she could before giving up. They were said to have parted ways due to irreconcilable differences. Both Chioma and Frank are said to be co-parenting their children together. Since she moved out of her marriage, the actress has not been linked with any man as she is busy facing her career and business.

Lola Alao

The Kogi State-born actress has been married twice and both marriages were short-lived. Lola first got married in June 2002 to Dare Ogunsanya, who is an international car dealer. The union was fraught with controversies before it finally packed up. Dare accused Lola of being diabolical, claiming that he was forced into the marriage. He also pointed out that the actress had many incisions on her waist and that she took him to several herbalists under the guise of looking for ways to make his business prosper. He also accused Lola of infidelity. The union produced a baby girl, Omowumi.


Not long after the marriage crashed, Lola fell in love with an Information Technology expert based in the United States, Wale Ajibola. The two got married in Atlanta, Georgia in 2013, but one year later, they broke up. Lola caught Wale having an affair with her friend, Becky. He was said to have packed his things from the house and absconded with Becky.

Kate Henshaw

Nollywood actress and fitness enthusiast, Kate Henshaw, married British-born Roderick James Nuttal in 1999. They both enjoyed their marriage for 12 years till it hit the rocks. The reason for their separation was infidelity. Her husband, who was the Managing Director of Ledrop Nigeria Limited, was romancing his secretary, Angela Gordon.


The news of their romance was brought to Kate’s notice and she paid a surprise visit to the company. She met Angela and her husband in a compromising position and all hell broke loose. A few months after the drama, the couple announced their separation. Kate had a daughter, Gabrielle, with her Roderick before they parted ways.

Shaffy Bello

Light-skinned Shaffy Bello hasn’t had it good with marriage. She got married to a US-based Nigerian named Akinrimisi in 1995. The actress juggled her marriage, music and acting career for 25 years before giving up on her marriage, even though her husband loved her dearly and supported her as best as he could.


He also allowed her to shuttle between Nigeria and the United States so that her acting career would not suffer. Apparently these were not enough to keep her in the marriage. The actress, who somewhat succeeded in keeping her marriage away from prying eyes, revealed that she divorced her husband in 2020. It is alleged that her appearance in a telenovela series titled, Taste of love sometime in 2014 and her role as a lady who dated a father and his son, was the beginning of the end of her marriage. The 50 year-old actress, who has two beautiful children, Ashton and Ashley, has not been linked with any man. Perhaps, she has made up her mind to concentrate on her career and her two children.

Chika Ike

Chika Ike and Tony Eberiri met while the actress was still an undergraduate of the University of Lagos. The two were an item before they decided to get married in 2006. Chika was young and relatively new in the film industry. Tony, who was a banker, ensured his wife was well taken care of as he had the financial muscle to meet her needs. He also showered Chika with love, but this was not sufficient to keep their marriage going. A few years after their union, the beautiful actress started complaining of maltreatment and domestic abuse. She lost a pregnancy as a result of the abuse she suffered at the hands of her husband. During one of their heated arguments, Tony was said to have thrown a glass jug at her face. That incident led to the final breakup of their marriage.


In July 2013, Chika heaved a sigh of relief after her marriage was finally dissolved in an Abuja court. Apart from the domestic violence she suffered, the actress also blamed the failure of the marriage on her naivety and inability to understand some things. But her husband accused her of being solely responsible for the divorce. He said she made false claims just to shift the blame on him. In 2020, a wedding picture showing the actress and Ned Nwoko, her younger colleague, Regina Daniel’s husband, surfaced online. But the actress denied having an affair with him and stressed that she was not interested in being his seventh wife. It seems that Chika Ike is comfortable in the singles club as she has not given marriage a second thought.

Iyabo Ojo

Iyabo Ojo got married at the age of 21 to a Lagos-based movie marketer in 1998. But she stayed in the marriage for only three years. The actress became pregnant for her lover three months into dating him. The unplanned pregnancy led to their marriage. It was said that she didn’t marry for love, but because she didn’t want to give birth to her children outside wedlock.


Although her movie marketer husband introduced her to the movie industry and helped her find her footing as an actress, the mother of two still left him a few years after making a name in Nollywood. She would later attribute her marriage break-up to marrying too young. The union was blessed with two children, Felix and Priscilla before it crumbled. Iyabo has since been linked with several men after she left her husband. She was rumoured to have dated her colleague, Muka Ray, Wasiu Alabi Odetola, also known as Pasuma and Senator Dino Melaye. But it seems she is still having fun and not yet ready to give marriage another try.

Angela Okorie

Light-skinned Angela Okorie was married before she became famous. She married her handsome friend of many years, Chukwuma Orizu, in 2006. Their marriage lasted 10 years before they both called it quits. The actress ensured that her married life was kept away from the prying eyes of the public. Many did not know her husband Chukwuma until 2015 when he publicly defended her after she was accused of theft by her colleague, Prince Ekeh. Fans were therefore shocked when the actress announced that she was divorced in 2016.


A few years after walking away from her marriage, Angela said that her ex-husband was a faithful and good man. She dismissed the insinuation that she quit the marriage because her husband used her as a punching bag when they were living together. The marriage produced a son, Chamberlain, in 2011.

The real problem Angela had in the marriage bordered on the fact that Chukwuma was too possessive. He wasn’t comfortable with the fact that she was a celebrity. He also had a problem with her dress sense and outspoken nature. Now, the beautiful mother of one seems to have finally pitched her tent with the singles club. She once revealed that she has no plan of remarrying because she is scared of being labeled a divorcee for the second time.

Oge Okoye

In 2006, Oge Okoye got hitched to her ex Stanley Duru, and the very year, they had their first youngster. Anyway subsequent to having their first youngster, things began going down from that point. The couple confronted genuine conjugal issues lastly isolated.

Most reports expressed that Oge Okoye supposedly undermined Stanley Duru, which made him to fight back by undermining her back. During the unpleasant time in their marriage, Stanley Duru dated a lady in Amsterdam and had a child with her. In any case, he was unable to spare their marriage, so the two headed out in a different direction in 2012.


Ini Edo


The beautiful Nollywood entertainer wedded her ex Philip Ehiagwina in 2008. Philip is a Nigerian finance manager, who dwells and works in the United States of America.

In 2014, the entertainer and her better half isolated, and to numerous it was an amazement, while a few people really accepted that the marriage won’t keep going for quite a while.


In any case, she composed on her Twitter page saying ” I requested a separation from my ex, due to bunches of hostile contrasts. I never undermined my significant other.”


I surmise one of the essential reasons of their separation was the way that they were situated in various nations.

Damilola Adegbite

Damilola Adegbite and Ghanaian actor, Chris Attoh, met in the line of duty. They were both on the cast of popular television drama series, Tinsel, when they started dating. In August, 2014, they got engaged and eventually had a private wedding ceremony in Accra, Ghana on February 24, 2015. Their union lasted two years before hitting the rocks.


Damilola seemed to drop early hints of an impending breakup when she deleted Chris Attoh’s name from all her social media accounts. She unfollowed him and deleted all his pictures as well. Damilola later admitted that 2017 was a tough year for her because her trust was betrayed in heartbreaking ways. It was reported that the actor was cheating on her, but he denied ever being a cheat. Their marriage was blessed with a son, Brian, who was born on September 14, 2014.

Eucharia Anunobi

Dr Eucharia Anunobi got married to London-based businessman, Charles Ekwu, at the Ikoyi Marriage Registry in 2000. The marriage crumbled under pressure in 2006. Eucharia filed for divorce in 2009 after accusing Charles of abandonment, lack of responsibility to their only child and assault. She demanded the sum of N100 million as compensation from him. Before falling apart, the couple had a son named Raymond in 2002. Unfortunately he died in August, 2017 due to sickle cell anemia complications.


After recovering from the unfortunate demise of her only child, the actress revealed that she was ready to give love a second chance. However, she stated some conditions for accepting another man into a life: He must be a good, educated, God-fearing and romantic man who understands her assignment on earth and must be willing to support her.

Uche Elendu

Uche Elendu got married to the love of her life, Prince Walter Ogochukwu Igweanyinmba, in January, 2012. The wedding took place in Owerri, Imo state. It was love at first sight for the beautiful actress as she and her husband got engaged just six months after they met. But trouble started in their paradise three years after their union. At first, Uche denied claims that her marriage was troubled and insisted that all was well. Not long afterwards, the actress was sent packing from her matrimonial home on an allegation of infidelity. Her billionaire businessman husband was also said to be dating Sandra Chichi Ekwosi Obi, a former beauty queen while he was still legally married to the actress.


Uche and Walter eventually parted ways and the actress took custody of their two daughters, Chizuterem and Zutty. Nine years after, the talented actress has not looked back. But she recently admitted that she is willing to settle down again once she finds a God-fearing man.

Juliet Ibrahim

Beautiful Ghanaian actress, Juliet Ibrahim found love in the arms of a wealthy Ghanaian businessman, Kwadwo Safo junior, the Chief Executive Officer of Kanlanka group, the first car manufacturing company in Ghana. Kwadwo is also a commercial pilot. He acquired his licence at the age of 19.


The curvy actress and Kwadwo met at a strip club before they started dating. Their friendship blossomed into a romantic relationship and the actress became pregnant. The unplanned pregnancy led to their decision to get married. The two lovebirds got married in 2010, but the marriage was not accepted by Kwadwo’s family. The family did not even attend their wedding. They also openly showed their disapproval and lack of support to the union.

However, the union produced a son, Jayden, who was born in December 2010. Kwadwo’s alleged infidelity and the fact that Juliet wasn’t accepted by his family led to the collapse of their marriage. Years after the break-up, the beautiful actress has been linked to several men, but she has remained single.