Celebrity marriages trend on social media for a few days while celebrity divorces, especially the messy ones, dominate the headlines for a very long time. The grandiosity, pomp, and elegance on display at these star-studded weddings are usually a favorite topic of discussion among fans. And when it goes crashing down in a shabby manner, fans find it difficult to wrap their heads around what went wrong in these seemingly perfect marriages.
While there are some Nigerian celebrities who remain couple goals to a lot of Nigerians, countless others have made Nigerians wonder if love in the celebrity world isn’t all a sham. Here are 5 of the most controversial celebrity divorces in Nigeria:
Toke Makinwa and Maje Ayida
Toke’s messy marriage was the inspiration behind her memoir titled ‘On Becoming.’ Maje didn’t want Toke to sell and promote this tell-all memoir, he tried to stop her but Toke called his bluff.
Toke and Maje wedded in 2014 and separated on November 8, 2015, following tales of infidelity on the part of Maje. The divorce process was a tempestuous one that was finally dissolved in an Igbosere High Court in Lagos on October 2017.
Mercy Ayigbe and Lanre Gentry
Mercy Aigbe and Lanre Gentry’s turbulent marriage revolved around physical violence and prison. Nigerians knew Mercy’s marriage was at its tail end when she uploaded pictures of her battered face on social media. The Nollywood Yoruba actress reported the issue and had her husband arrested and detained in Kirikiri Prison. He was later released after he paid the bail charge of N500,000.
Muma Gee and Prince Eke
Muma Gee met her husband at The Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG in Lagos state. They got married few weeks after meeting and gave birth to four children. In 2017, the couple went their separate ways after Muma Gee filed for divorce, citing infidelity and domestic violence as her reasons. Prince Eke countered her claims however, and accused her of abandoning her family to be with another man—a typical Nollywood drama.
Stella Damasus and Emeka Nzeribe
Stella Damasus marital life has always sparked controversy. She made the headline when her second husband, Emeka Nzeribe, who she did not properly divorce before getting married to the third one, threatened to sue her. And that surfaced at the same time the wife of Stella’s third husband was dragging, calling her names and claiming that she is a husband snatcher.
Tonto Dikeh and Olakunle Churchill
Though this pair separated two years ago, the heat is still sweltering on both sides. The ember from Tonto’s fiery mouth is what’s currently trending on social media and news headlines. Tonto and Churchill wedded in 2015 and divorced in 2017. Two years later, Tonto is still on Churchill’s matter. Their marriage is a tale of deception, sexual misconduct and violence. Tonto is bent on dragging Churchill’s name in the mud with every shards of her broken heart.