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.”
Breaking: Phyna wins Season 7 Level-up N100m BBN grand prize
Ijeoma Josephina Otabor popularly known as Phyna Sunday night emerged winner of the Season 7 Big Brother Naija grand prize, N100m.
She came first in the three-month-long reality TV show, beating Brian and Bella, the first and second runner-up respectively.
Phyna, a 25-year-old singer who had been one of the most popular housemates, won with 46.74% of the final votes from the public, while her closest rival. Brian, got 26+% votes.
This year’s grand prize is the highest since the show debuted in 2006.
The organisers had earlier said N50 million is the cash prize while the other N50 million is an estimation of prizes from the sponsors.
The show commenced with the eviction of Daniella, Chichi, Adekunle and Bella, climaxing into a suspense who would win between Phyna and Brian.
The audience erupted into an ecstasy as soon as the host, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, announced Phyna as the winner.
The show also featured performances from top Nigerian music stars including MI Abaga, Falz, and Pheelz.
Phyna’s stint on the show was dominated by talks about her relationship with Groovy, a fellow housemate.
She also made the headlines for becoming the head of house (HoH) in the eighth week and her clash with Hermes.
Phyna has joined the exclusive list of the reality television show winners namely Katung Aduwak, Efe Ejeba, Miracle Igbokwe, Mercy Eke, Olamilekan Agbeleshebioba (Laycon), and Hazel Oyeze Onou (Whitemoney) of season 1-6 respectively.
A total of 28 housemates participated in this season titled ‘Level Up’ edition.
The seventh season commenced with a double premiere on July 23 and 24 and ran for a today of 72 days.
Joining witch society, better than Nollywood, says Olamide Odunlade
Beautiful actress, Olamide Odunlade popularly known as ‘Olamideoyin Omomala’ has said joining witch society is better than Nollywood.
It is no big news that plenty of bad bloods flow freely in the Nigerian movie space known as Nollywood.
At least, many actors have voiced their frustrations at different times. So, when Odunlade penned her recent experience on her Instagram page, it came as no surprise.
According to the actress, the movie industry is not a lovable one, noting that so much hate abounds in the industry.
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“It is better to join a witch society than being in Nollywood but God is with me. I have always known that the industry we are in is not a lovable one,” she wrote on her wall.
Theeditorial.ng gathered that the actress was accusing a colleague of slandering her, telling lies about her.
“Feel free to say anything you like about me but make sure it’s the truth, tell them the real story of how everything happened. Mind you, I talk with receipts and evidence, I don’t just cook up lies and tarnish other people’s image. While you are busy telling them the bad side which is a lie, and you know it deep down in your heart, use that same energy and time to tell them the truth and the good side I have always shown you. I didn’t wrong anyone, and with God all things are possible,” she said.
BBN: Chizzy, Rachel in surprise eviction, six housemates remaining
Big Brother Naija housemates, Chizzy and Rachel have been evicted from the show.
The Riders were evicted on Friday night when Ebuka paid the house a surprise visit.
The two housemates were on August 5th introduced to the show as riders.
Ebuka had said they would act as agents of Biggie and cannot be disqualified.
He added that they are not eligible to win the N100 million grand prize.
Before their eviction on Friday, Ebuka had shown the housemates the highlight of their time in the house.
Although Ebuka did not inform the six finalists that Rachel and Chizzy were not real housemates, their eviction came as a surprise to fans of the show who expected them to stay till Sunday.
Their exit leaves Phyna, Bryann, Bella, Daniella, Chichi, and Adekunle battling for the prize during the grand finale on Sunday.
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