Female Entertainers Who Rose Above Failed Marriages
Over the years, many entertainers have had crashed marriages; but not all of them have been able to rise above such situations and keep their careers going forward. Here is a look at some entertainers who have blossomed in their careers despite having crashed marriages.
Social media was thrown into a frenzy in 2022 when popular actress, Funke Akindele’s ex-husband, Abdulrasheed Bello, better known as JJC Skillz, announced on Instagram that their marriage had crashed. That was the actress’ second marriage. Her first marriage had ended in a similar fashion when her then-husband, Kehinde Oloyede, announced the separation between himself and the actress via a Facebook post in 2013, after about a year of marriage, citing irreconcilable differences.
However, the failure of the marriages did not wither the actress’ acting or production skills in any way as her company, Scene One TV, is still flourishing.
The actress produced and released a new movie titled, ‘Battle on Buka Street’ in December 2022, and it has broken some records since its release.
Two weeks after the end of her marriage to JJC, Akindele was announced as the Lagos deputy governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, as a running mate to Olajide Adediran, aka Jandor.
Ace female singer, Tiwa Savage, got married to her erstwhile manager, Tunde Balogun, aka Tee Billz, in November 2013 at the Ark Event Centre, Lekki, Lagos. However, their marriage crashed badly in April 2016 amid accusations of infidelity from both parties.
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A year later, Savage appeared on BBC’s list of ‘100 inspirational and innovative women’. Savage has clinched many awards such as, ‘African Video of the Year’ at the Soundcity MVP Awards 2020, ‘Best Female West Africa Artiste’ at the AFRIMA Awards 2019, and ‘Best African Act’ at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2018.
Savage has also delivered hits such as ‘Somebody’s Son’, ‘Koroba’, and ‘Loaded’.
Iyabo Ojo has often attributed the crash of her marriage to Adewunmi Ojo to the fact that she got married too early. The popular actress got married to her ex-husband in 1999 when she was just 21 years old. They eventually got divorced in 2001. As a matter of fact, Ojo rose to stardom after she and her ex-husband went their separate ways. Aside from her outstanding screen personality, the actress is also known for creating and posting interesting contents online. In 2021, Ojo was awarded the ‘Best Tiktok Influencer’ at the 2021 Social Media Hangout.
She has also won other awards including, ‘Best Actress of the Year (Yoruba)’ at the 2015 City People Movie Awards, and ‘Best Actress of the Year’ at the 2013 CAMA Awards.
Her love life has also not suffered as she recently revealed that she was in a relationship with a showbiz personality, Paul Okoye, aka Paul O of Upfront and Personal.
Osas Ighodaro got married to Gbenro Ajibade in July 2015 in what could be described as a star-studded wedding, which was attended by many celebrities. Unfortunately, the marriage barely lasted four years, as the duo went their separate ways in 2019. Since then, the actress has been able to put that chapter of her life behind her, and moved on to greater things. Since her divorce, Ighodaro has continued to put in much energy in her career. She has starred in top movies and series such as, ‘Shuga’, ‘King of Boys’, ‘Rattlesnake’ and ‘Bad Comments’.
She is currently one of the most sought after actresses in the country.
Actress, Etinosa Idemudia, tied the knot with a Benin-based lawyer, simply identified as Ighorosa, in September 2020, but barely a year after, the marriage hit the rocks.
Prior to that time, Idemudia had got married to a military officer at the age of 22, but the marriage allegedly crashed due to domestic violence. However, she has been able to keep her career on track.
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In 2021, the same year she got divorced the second time, Idemudia bagged the Hollywood and African Prestigious Awards as ‘Best Actress in a TV Series (Africa)’.
She also recently produced a movie titled, ‘Dear Sister’.
Actress, Kate Henshaw, has a child with her British ex-husband, Roderick Nuttal, whom she married in 1999. Henshaw and Nuttal’s marriage was dissolved 12 years after it was consummated in 2011. Also, in 2011, Henshaw was honoured by the Federal Government as a Member of the Order of the Federal Republic. After her marriage collapsed, Henshaw moved on to bigger things and has taken on lead roles in notable movies. Some of the movies she is known for include, ‘Chief Daddy’, ‘New Money’, ‘Fourth Republic’ and ‘Blood Sisters’.
In 2017, she bagged the Best of Nollywood awards as ‘Best Supporting Actress’ for her role in the movie, ‘The Women’.
In 2015, she was appointed as a Special Adviser to the Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade.
Media personality, Toke Makinwa, and her ex husband, Maje Ayida, were married for three years before their divorce in 2017. Not long after the divorce, Makinwa published a book titled, ‘On Becoming’, where she has detailed her experiences in marriage. The media personality ended her 12-year radio career in 2022, and started her own podcast, ‘Toke Moments’. She was also the host of BBNaija-affiliated show, ‘The Buzz’. This is in addition to other notable events she has hosted, including the third season of ‘The Voice Nigeria’ in 2021, and the ‘Guilder Ultimate Search’ season 12, also in 2021.
She has also won many awards including Net Honours 2021 as ‘Most Popular Media Personality (Female)’ and Africa Youth Award 2018 as one of the 100 Most Influential Young Africans. She also has a fashion line called, Toke Makinwa Luxury.
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Ini Edo got married to Philip Ehiagwina in 2008 but the marriage ended in 2014. Since then, the actress has remained focused on her career. Aside from being an incredible actress, Edo is also a businesswoman. In 2021, she debuted a luxury fashion and cosmetic brand called ‘Secrets of April’.
Earlier in the year, Edo produced ‘Shanty Town’, a crime thriller released on video streaming platform, Netflix, in January.
In 2016, Edo was appointed as the Special Assistant to the Akwa Ibom State governor on Culture and Tourism.
Burna Boy Continues World Stage Onslaught
Burna Boy continues to break barriers by owning all arenas and redefining the way fans envision and experience live performances as he traverses the length and breadth of the world with his ‘Love Damini stadium tour.’
He steps on the world stage tonight , as he joins Brazilian superstar Anitta alongside Swedish sensation Alesso to headline the 2023 UEFA Champions League final.
Commenting on the performance, the African Giant said “As a huge football fan myself, I know it doesn’t get any bigger than the UEFA Champions League. That’s why I’m so excited to be performing on the Pepsi stage at this year’s final.”
Also, on Saturday, June 17, Burna Boy will return to the huge stadium, Gelredome,Arnhem, in The Netherlands, for the second leg of his ‘Love Damini’ Stadium tour. The first concert was sold-out, and the organizers, BonBon Entertainment, are optimistic that Burna Boy will repeat the feast again.
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It goes without saying that Burna Boy is undeniably one of the best, and if not the best artist of the 21st century. When he says he’s a genius, he backs it up, with his Afro-fusion music.
The African Giant’s sold-out performance last weekend, at the 80,000-capacity West-ham London stadium in the United Kingdom, was a testament to his urge to take over the world stage. The 3-hour nonstop concert drew an incredible crowd of fans, completely selling out the stadium and cementing a historic moment in Burna Boy’s flourishing career.
The iconic singer is steadily endearing his music to many fans across the world, transforming stage design and performance architecture. His attention to detail and artistic vision created an immersive experience for the audience during the London outing, combining visually stunning elements and a 35-piece band all interwoven with his signature sound.
The lineup of guest performers spoke to who Burna is as a creative genius, Dave, Stormzy, Jhus, and Popcaan all brought excitement to the evening. After the concert, Burna Boy was presented with a prestigious plaque in recognition of his achievement as the first African artist to sell out the London Stadium.
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This historic milestone by all standards solidifies Burna Boy’s status as a global icon and highlights his immense influence on the music scene. It further serves as a testament to Burna Boy’s groundbreaking success and the impact he has made on a global stage.
His distinctive sound and captivating stage presence is steadily reshaping the global music landscape, establishing him as a formidable force wherever he performs.
Expressing his gratitude in an Instagram post yesterday, Burna Boy said “Uniting people from all walks of life has always been my dream.
“London, thank you for making it possible for me at my biggest show to date! Shout out to my family
We’re Leaving an Impact For Eternity.”
Interestingly, the success of the London’s concert re-echoed Burna Boy’s previous outing at the 40,000-capacity La Defense in Paris, France on the 20th of May, 2023, where the self-acclaimed ‘African Giant’ equally held the audience spellbound with his energetic performance.
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While the performance lasted, the Grammy award-winner showcased his Afro-fusion sound, exceptional vocals, and infectious energy.
Amidst roaring chants and anticipation, Burna Boy set La Defense in Paris on fire, as his arrival was greeted with thunderous applause and an outpouring of positivity from his devoted fans. From the very first note, it was clear that the night would be unforgettable.
Seamlessly blending genres, Burna Boy delivered hit after hit, captivating the crowd with his impactful lyrics and infectious rhythms that has set him apart from his contemporaries on the global scene.
Burna Boy is known for possessing such charisma to move the crowd like he was having just as much fun as the audience, while also showcasing his Afro-fusion sound, exceptional vocals, and infectious energy.
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From the irresistible beats of “Last Last” and “It’s Plenty” to the soul-stirring melodies of “Common Person” and “For My Hand,” Burna Boy’s versatility once again impressed and resonated with his global audience.
The self-acclaimed ‘African Giant’ remains unstoppable. His music is piercing into the nooks and crannies of the world and many have described him as the most idolized artist of this generation.
Before now, American rapper, Kanye West used to be the record breaker, but today, that cannot be said of him as Burna Boy has demystified the world stage , setting a new record that is not a surprise to the global audience.
I’ve Advised Portable Against Acting Like A ‘Tout’ – Small Doctor
Nigerian street-pop singer, Adekunle Temitope, also known as Small Doctor, has revealed that he once advised his colleague, Portable, to stop acting like a ‘tout’ as he is now a superstar.
Small Doctor made this known in an interview with Echoroom on Thursday.
He said in part, “I have known Portable for God knows how many years. He’s been with me for God knows how many years. City boys brought him to the ‘Omobetter concert’.
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“I told him, ‘Come, don’t do like tout you are a superstar, dress normally, dress properly, the way you are dressed is the way you will be addressed’.
“But you know there are so many things you will tell some people but they don’t have the capability to access what you said.
“Portable has been my boy. Portable has always been my boy, like person wey dey stay with am, my boy ‘gangan’, like my guy.”
Why Portable Left My House After Gaining Fame – Small Doctor
Popular Nigerian street-hop singer, Adekunle Temitope, popularly known as Small Doctor, has explained why Habeeb Okikiola, popularly known as Portable left his house after gaining fame.
Small Doctor, in an interview with the Echo Room on Thursday, said Portable fled after being advised to do a body wash.
He said, “When he met me, I told him that he has to do body wash to look good but he disagreed because he believed I want to use packaging to kill him.
“I continually advised him to stop doing like a tout, and dress properly, adding that he was a superstar.
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The Agege-born star also added that Portable has been his boy since 2018 when he has been attending his concert.
On what led to their disagreement, Small Doctor said, “DJ Spirit had called me that day that he has an artiste, Portable that he wants me to jump on his song (Zazuu). I was surprised to see that my conversation with them on social media which attracted calls from several people including my manager.
“A few days later, my DJ told me that Olamide and Pocolee has featured in the song and I was surprised to see that there was an artwork for the song already.
“I was happy to see that because I know that their prestige will help boost the song and it blew.”
Small Doctor, however, said he challenged the arrangement of names on the cover because it read, “Pocolee featuring Portable and Olamide because he was the owner of the song and it should reflect that he’s featuring both of them on the song.
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The Omo Iya Teacher-crooner said after he (Portable) became a superstar with the song, he convinced him on several attempts to set up a music camp and it was there he wrote the songs ‘Clear’ and ‘neighbour’ for him
“Portable insisted that I be on one of them for him since I have been helping him all along so I chose the ‘neighbour’ track.”
Recall that Portable had shaded the singer during his rant session on an Instagram live alleging that he (Small Doctor) sent some ‘awawa’ boys after him, and ordered them to strip him naked so that he can come in to rescue him like a messiah.
Angered by the development, Portable made sure to let his colleague know that he is worse than him in the ways of the street while raining curses on him.
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