Having a divorce can be a very painful ordeal, especially when you are popular, then it becomes messy filled with scandals and infidelities. But, it’s being able to overcome all this as a woman that shows how strong one can be internally. So in celebration of strong, broken and divorced women all over the world, meet 7 strong Nigerian female celebrities that survived messy breakups and are still doing well in their careers.
6. Chika Ike:
Chika Ike, a Nollywood actress, television personality, producer, business woman, philanthropist and former model. She has been outspoken on abusive relationships, having been a victim of domestic violence.
In 2013, she opened up about how she was domestically abused in her past marriage. She filed for divorce due to domestic violence in 2013. Actress Chika Ike married Tony Eberiri in 2006 but the marriage packed up seven years later.
5. Toni Payne:
9ice married Toni Payne (a PR exec & the woman many say helped kick start his career) on July 17 2008, by January 8 2010 they got divorced.
4. Fathia Balogun:
Yoruba actors, Saidi Balogun and actress, Faithia Balogun got divorced in 2007. She is a Nigerian actress, filmmaker, producer and director who is a veteran in the entertainment industry.
3. Monalisa Chinda:
Monalisa Chinda got married to Segun Dejo-Richards but they got divorced in December 2009. She remarried 12 years later in 2016 to Victor Coker.
Monalisa Chinda was born in Port Harcourt, Rivers State to Igbo parents. She is the first born in her family of two sons and four daughters.
She attended Army Children’s School GRA for Primary and then Archdeacon Crowther Memorial Girls’ School, Elelenwo. Both schools are located in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. She obtained a degree in Theatre Arts from the University of Port Harcourt.
Ini Edo got married to an American-based Nigerian businessman Philip Ehiagwina in 2008 and they got divorced in 2014.
Her acting career started in 2003 with her debut in Thick Madam. She was discovered by a producer at the audition she attended. Her breakthrough came in 2004 when she acted in World Apart. Up till now she has appeared in over 100 films; she is one of the highest-profile actresses in Nigeria and Africa in general.
1. Kate Henshaw:
Star actress Kate Henshaw Nuttal,and her better half of 12 years,Roderick James Nuttal got divorced in 2013.
Henshaw was born in Cross River State, the oldest of four children. After completing her primary and secondary school in Lagos and Calabar, she spent one year at the University of Calabar reading remedial studies, and then majored in Medical Microbiology at the School of Medical Lab Science, LUTH (Lagos University Teaching Hospital) in Lagos. Henshaw worked at the Bauchi State General hospital.