“What gold is there in that which glitters?” We cannot deny the Nigerian movies that exhibit beautiful relationships and great romances to be a glittering gold that life in itself may not portray in all ramifications. The relationships of some celebrities in Nigeria are good examples that not all relationships are as rosy as it seems. People tend to quit relationships daily, the only thing is; the media cannot capture the news of them, all. however, saddening they may seem, the breaks in relationships daily experienced cannot all reach the media, except if involved when the dating started.
But for celebs, reverse is the case, as the world gets to follow their daily works, moves, projects, dates, beefs and what have you. Now, you can imagine when two celebrities are involved in a relationship, I suppose that would call for; ‘double media attention’.
In the Nigerian entertainment industries there have been numerous relationships that were the talk of the nation but are no more today. This article is all about them, giving you a brief run-down of some Nigerian celebrity relationships that ended after a brief moment of love drunkenness.
9ce & Toni Payne
The Alapomeji Artiste, Nice, and the one time love of his life, top designer and TV host, Toni Payne got married in 2008 and after two years of marriage released a statement for separation.
The true story behind their separation is still unknown, as both parties argued over being unfaithful while they were still married. Before they parted ways, they already had a son together, Zion, who is being taken care of by Toni.
Initially, fans wished that these two love birds would resolve their individual differences and come back together, but that doesn’t seem to be happening anytime soon as Nice now has five children from three baby mamas.
Genevieve Nnaji And D’banj
When the relationship was fresh, it was the talk of the town (or rather, talk of the world), to the extent that it was thought that they will be the love of each others’ lives. These were exactly D’banj’s words when he talked about it in an interview:
“We have been trying to keep this quiet but yes, I am dating Genevieve Nnaji. I am in love with her. It’s been long I felt this way about anyone. I don’t know what other words to use to qualify my feelings. She’s my baby, she’s my everything and I love her.”
But what happened later on? They couldn’t keep to each other. Too many ladies flocking around D’banj and a few secret dating of other men on Genevieve’s part killed the love. My question is; what happened to the words; ”she is my everything?”
Ene Lawani & John Obayuwana
Ene and John have been cool lovers who are more like a married couple than just lovers. It never crossed anybody’s mind that their relationship would amount to nothing of a lasting nature.
Contrary to everyone’s expectations, their relationship came to a meaningless end after 7 long years of dating and public showcase. Ene had waited this long, hoping to be taken down the aisle but it never came to be, so she had no option than to shun the scandal and call it quits after all.
John Obayuwana, is the MD/CEO of Polo Ltd, a growing luxury conglomerate, CAT Construction and a couple of other brands. Ene Lawani, is the former Miss Nigeria, who has had the longest reign ever on the throne for 6 good years. She owns her own accessories company based in Surulere, Lagos.
Empress Njamah And Timaya
The love story of Timaya and Empress is really devastating. Looking at the way these two people lashed out at each other after breaking up, you’ll hardly believe they were once lovers at any time of their lives.
The whole story went sour and they became worse than a cat and a dog. Timaya laments their love affair, saying Empress only brought him ill luck and negative tags. Empress on her own part is not at all bothered by her ex’s ranting. She doesn’t even give a damn!
But when they were together, it was like they were falling head over heels.
Ibinabo Fiberesima And Fred Amata
Fred Amata started dating Ibinabo Fiberesima after he got separated from his wife, Agatha. Fred and Ibinabo’s romantic affair produced a baby girl before the affair crashed. Fred has since moved on with his life while Ibinabo has equally moved on as she is currently married to another man, Uche Egbuka.
The only interesting thing about these two is that their parting seems to be on a mutual agreement. Looking at the way they still communicate cordially, they are still good friends and have no bitterness against each other.
Kingsley Okonkwo (K.Cee) And Ebube Nwagbo
KCee and Ebube made quite the pair, they were so happy together that it seemed they could not do without each other. It was rumored that the Limpopo Crooner, KCee was already married to one Ijeoma who has two kids for him.
However, that didn’t stop him from dating the popular Nigerian actress; ‘Ebube Nwagbo’. In the long run, none of the two relationships – both his alleged marriage with Ijeoma and his love affair with Ebube made any successful headway. How pitiful.
Iyanya And Yvonne Nelson
Beautiful Ghanaian Yvonne fell in love with Nigerian singer, Inyanya but the so much treasured affair lasted barely a year. It was later reported that Nigerian actress, Tonto Dike was responsible for the break up.
More so, Inyanya maintained that Yvonne Nelson’s career was the cause of the crash. He insisted a relationship with a celebrity will hardly last. He also vowed he’ll never date an actress again in his life. In my opinion, it takes two to tangle. If she is a celebrity, let’s not forget he is a celebrity too.
Bryan Okwara And Bunmi Ademokoya
Former Mr. Nigeria; Bryan and pretty international model Bunmi Ademokoya have been in a well-publicized relationship and over this period, every eye has been popping out to see them say “I do”.
To confirm how hopeful their relationship was, here is what Bryan said about Bunmi when they were still an item:
“What can I say? She’s the love of my life. She is amazing. She is gorgeous. She is black. She is beautiful. She is my friend. She is a colleague. She cooks. She cleans. She’s God fearing. She’s somebody you would love to meet any day, anytime.”
Contrary to expectations, their affair came to a halt after five years of being together as lovers. Bunmi stated in an interview that she called it quits because the relationship didn’t just work out. Hmm! She called it quits with gorgeous Bryan? Allow me think in the clouds on this one.
Tonto Dikeh And Don Jazzy
Don Jazzy met and fell in love with Tonto Dikeh when she joined Nollywood newly. When they were still swinging in the love boat, Tonto used to talk enthusiastically about the affair in interviews and social networks. But the affair collapsed after a while and they went their separate ways for no obvious reason.
Monalisa Chinda And Lanre Nzeribe
Looking at Monalisa and Lanre in relation to age and maturity, they shouldn’t have made this list for any reason. But as celebrity lifestyle would have it, they could not make anything out of their long flaunted relationship.
The duo were not only lovers, they were also business associates. This was not the first time they parted ways in their 2 year-old relationship; they’ve done that previously but reconciled. This time around, I doubt if they’ll reunite ever again.
According to reports, more of the blame went to Monalisa who allegedly wanted easy money, lied incessantly, and also engaged in gross infidelity, leaving Lanre with no option than to allow her walk away both from his life and their business venture for good.
Jim Iyke And Nadia Buari
If you never heard about Jim Iyke and Nadia Buari’s love affair, it must be that you traveled out of the earth for a while. Their relationship was so wave-making, (or rather, tempest blowing) that everyone was fooled into believing that their love is such an undying one.
It was even rumored that Jim Iyke, who calls Nadia his ‘BFF’ (Best Friend Forever) proposed and Nadia readily accepted the proposal. But all of a sudden, everything vanished into thin air, when Nadia recently put to bed a set of twins and to everyone’s surprise, the father wasn’t Jim.
That was just how the whole love story built and flaunted over the years crumbled to dust. The striking part of the entire story is that none of the two have expressed any regret, disappointment or bitterness over all that transpired.
Does it then mean it has been a big joke all the while or…?
Hmm! Love indeed wanders even in Tokyo.