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Onyeka Owenu: I married a Yoruba Muslim in 1984 and we have 2 children

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Onyeka Onwenu, an ace singer and actress, has opened up on her connubial relationship, revealing that she got married to a Yoruba Muslim in 1984.

The mother of two children brought this revelation to light in ‘My Father’s Daughter’, her memoir, which will be released on October 1, according to a report by The Nation.

In the autobiography, the 68-year-old movie star revealed how they fell in love more than three decades ago and how the union brought about the birth of her two sons — Tijani and Ibrahim.

“In this book, I am, perhaps for the very first time, setting the records straight with respect to my connubial relationship. Yes, I was married. I married a man I fell in love with in 1984,” she said.

“We have two children: Tijani and Ibrahim. (Ibrahim later changed the first letter of his name from I to A, and thus became Abraham.) My husband is Yoruba, and was a Muslim when we met.”

The autobiography also documents her life as a musician, activist, wife, mother, and politician as well as her formative contact with feminism.

The author shared how the war — between 1967 and 1970 — scalded her teenage life, the debilitating effects of successive realities, and how her family remained bound amid the frightening experience.

She also documented her years in America, the conflicts that were the products of being a migrant, her experience with workplace sexual harassment, and her decision to quit her job at the UN.

Speaking about the forthcoming book, Expand Press Limited, her publishers, described ‘My Father’s Daughter’ as a deeply personal account of Onwenu’s life spanning previously unknown details.

“On the marriage front, she explores challenges women face and how she refused to shrink herself to accommodate her husband’s insecurities about her fame,” it said.

“It’s a memoir young persons must read. Women especially will glean numerous lessons from her life experience since successful women in Nigeria rarely share their story in a candid manner.”

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Multichoice Nigeria has announced that season six of the Big Brother Naija (BBNaija) reality show will begin on July 24.

 

Martin Mabutho, Multichoice Nigeria customer officer, broke the news on Monday during a press briefing with journalists.

 

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The organisers also disclosed that there will be no SMS voting for this season, adding that fans will now be able to vote for their favourite housemates for free on BBNaija’s official website and mobile app as well as on the MyDStv and MyGOtv apps.

 

This year’s edition of BBNaija will run for 72 days and end on October 3, 2021.

 

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This makes it the highest grand prize a winner of the reality show will be receiving — since the BBNaija debuted in 2006.

 

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ICYMI: You will end up in jail like Hushpuppi, Deji Adeyanju blasts Obi Cubana

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Activist Deji Adeyanju has warned billionaire club owner Obi Cubana to slow down on his open display of opulence to avoid ending up in jail.

 

Joining those questioning the source of Obi Cubana’s wealth, he said he may end up in jail like Hushpuppi based on how he is spending money.

 

He condemned the ‘spraying’ of money at his mum’s burial over the weekend at Oba, Anambra state.

Making reference to Hushpuppi who showcased his lifestyle on social media before he was arrested in Dubai, Adeyanju warned Cubana and others spraying bundles of notes to be careful of attracting the FBI and EFCC.

The activist wrote: “This was how some of us kept asking what Hushpuppi was doing that he was throwing money up and down but we were called names and insulted. Today, he is in an American jail.

 

“Hushpuppi once made several videos mocking me that I am jealous of him. That I should focus on politicians, activism and allow him to enjoy his money. Today, how far? We cannot watch you guys negatively brainwash young people and say nothing.”

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