Friday, February 17

A special feature of 20 yoruba movie stars and their love stories (photos)

A day without you is a day without sun, a night without you is a night without moon; a life without you is a life without life. This is definitely the love quote on the lips of many couples across the globe especially the celebrities in this love season. And as the celebration of the love season is ongoing, City People GBOLAHAN ADEATYO writes about the love stories of 20 Yoruba movie stars who have been able to keep successful marriages.

Popular actor, Aina Gold is married to Olabimpe Olajumoke, an assistant head in a public school and also the chairman of board of directors of a private school called B-Gold group of schools. Olajumoke and Aina Gold met when they were very young at their neighborhood in Oshodi, Lagos. Her father has a street adjacent to Aina Gold’s father’s house which gave them the privilege to be attending same church in the axis. There, they met and became friends and a relationship started, the rest, as they say is now history. This was before the actor went into acting. Olajumoke is a quiet type and well reserved. Their union is blessed with successful and grown up kids. One of them got married to another veteran actor’s daughter, Fala in December 10th 2016.

Omolara is the pretty wife of seasoned actor, Muyiwa Ademola aka Authentic. She got married to him almost 15 year now and their union is blessed with wonderful kids. The Ekiti-born woman of substance is a graduate of Adult Education & Community Development. The love birds met each other under the rock in Abeokuta through a friend’s friend who introduced her to Muyiwa before they started talking. Subsequently, they became husband and wife particularly 4 years after. Since then, it has been nice and wonderful though it hasn’t been easy but glory to God almighty that has been seeing them through and protecting the union.

Ruth is the wife of the talented Yoruba actor, Odunlade Adekola, she is a staunch born again Christian who doesn’t use any form of jewelry but the beauty of the lord always shines on her. They got married a couple of years ago and their union is blessed with three boys. The Abeokuta Ogun State-born woman was an undergraduate of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic where Odunlade met her. She was said to be doing business as well and Odunlade wooed her up. Information has it that then, she thought Odunlade wasn’t serious about it due to the fact that he is an actor but today, their union is blessed with kids. With the status of the husband and the way women surrounds him any time he steps out, one might be wondering on what has been keeping the marriage going but we can tell you that what distinguish her among others is that she is very understandable. Apart from being a good house wife, she understands and gives support to her husband. She doesn’t listen to side talk.

Sometimes in relationship, where you meet your spouse doesn’t matter but what is more imperative is how you treat yourself at the first contact with him/her. And that is exactly the love story of star actor, Funsho Adeolu and his wife, Victoria. Their union started for more than a decade when Funsho met his wife at Zeb Ejiro’s office. At that time she worked there behind the camera. They started as friends and then something happened between them. Funsho liked her because she was very original and simple. She had no make- up, no modern hairdo and also she wore some very decent clothes. She had very African look and that was very attractive for him. The lady gave him a slightly tough time because she kept dodging him, but hard as Victoria tried to evade him, God always brought them together sometimes one way and then another. They can’t explain it, but they always met each other and every time Victoria wanted to run away from him, the actor was always there to surprise her. They courted for about eight years. A lot of people considered that as a very long time, but it was a really great period in their lives, according to them.

Though, they’ve both be living as a couple for a very long time but Omolara and Olaniyi Afonja aka Sanyeri were legally joined together in December 1st, 2013. She is a business type. They met and fell in love a decade plus at the National Theatre, Iganmu, Lagos when Sanyeri was showing his first movie. Then, he wasn’t known because there was no fame as at then. If you are not popular and you produce a movie and you are not the lead actor, it is only the few people who know you will appreciate you by exchanging pleasantries with you. For him, he was in the midst of people appreciating him for a job Weldon and he sighted her from afar, he showed interest. They were 2 standing and Sanyeri didn’t have that courage to meet her directly, he walked up to her second to explain himself but her response was totally out of it as she said her friendship with her doesn’t permit her to tell her that one man wants to date her. Sanyeri finally walked up to Biodun and he started with the introduction of his name and to make things worse, he told her he is the producer of the film she just watched which she doesn’t like to hear. He wooed her up but she rejected him and walked away with anger, instantly, Sanyeri returned to her friend to get her number but she told him she doesn’t have a phone, to cut the story short, she gave him Biodun’s mother’s mobile number and he started calling her mum anytime he want to talk to her but she was not always available. Sanyeri made sure he moved closer to her family by talking to her mum on phone. It got to a stage where her mum had pity on him just because she saw the way she was mal-treating him, so, she forced her to talk to him and that was how they started talking before the dating. Today, they are legally married.

The wife of popular actor, lecturer and MTN ambassador, Hafiz Oyetoro, aka Simply Saka is Olaide Oyetoro. They have been married for over 10 years and they have three children. They met while Hafiz was a lecturer at the Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education and Laide was a student at the same college.

Although, she is also an actress but Mojisola Afolayan got married to Veteran Yoruba actor, Rasaq Olayiwola aka Ojopagogo almost 13 years now. Their union is unknown to many people apart from those in the industry. The couple got married in December 3rd, 2003. Moji is a daughter of late movie legend, Ade Love. They were both working in the same industry but when the actor’s first wife died many years ago, he fell in love with Moji and they became husband and wife in 2003. Their marriage is blessed with kids.

The love story between comic actor, Bolaji Amusan aka Mr. Latin and his beautiful wife, Ronke was divine because their ways of connecting was little bit funny. Latin met his wife while strolling along his office at Isabo in Abeokuta, Ogun State. He asked her out but as an actor, she merely laughed off his request. He pestered her for some time and she eventually agreed after two and half years. They got married in 1999. Mr Latin was swept off by her beauty, straightforwardness and sincerity. While his wife saw that he was very different among her suitors. They dated for two years before they decided to get married in 1999. Though, Ronke’s father initially objected to their relationship but her husband later won him over. At the time, nobody wanted to give his daughter out in marriage to an actor. But after observing that Latin was truly in love with his daughter, he gave his blessing.

Femi Adebayo met Omotayo in Yaba Lagos in 2014 when the actor paid a visit to Yaba and he spotted the babe from afar. Overwhelmed by curiosity, Femi we learnt approached her and they both exchanged contacts. Having gotten her numbers, Omotayo, we were hinted didn’t give in initially as Femi chased her for good 6 months before both got intimate in 2014. The Lawyer turned actor cum Special Adviser to the Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatai Hammed on Arts, Culture and Tourism, Femi was so secretive about his 2 year romance with Omotayo that nobody including the media got a wind of it. Even when the actor had an exclusive interview with City People Gbolahan Adetayo in June 2015 on how his first marriage to Khadijat crashed, Femi was so cautious about revealing the identity of his new lady. All he told us was that he will be getting married soon. The wedding ceremony which finally held a few month ago remains one of the biggest celebrity wedding that rocked 2016.

The love story of Afeez Owo and Mide Martins is obviously known to those who are in the industry but in case you don’t know, let us tell you that Afeez is someone who Mide grew up to know. Afeez was her mother’s manager. When Funmi Martins died, he was the only one that stood by her. From there, they got closer and then they started dating. He was the only one Mide had then. There was nobody else, she didn’t have a boyfriend and no one else came. He was the only one there for her and the love set in completely.

That popular Yoruba actor, Ibrahim Chatta has gotten married for the third time is no longer news. The talented role interpreter was joined in Matrimony with upcoming actress, Olaide, better known as Lizzy Berry, on October 1st 2016 at Palmroof Hall 2, Alakuko Road, Agbado, Lagos State. The news now is how they fell in love. Immediately after the actor’s second marriage of the actor to Salamatu crashed a few years ago, Chatta, it was learnt, relocated to Ibadan, Oyo State to concentrate on what puts food on his table, which is acting. Months after, he allegedly found solace in his new bride after they had met at a movie location. He wooed the lady after she started acting under his tutelage, and also working as his Personal Assistant (P.A). Ibrahim, it was further gathered impregnated his P.A and the love birds decided to legalize their relationship on October 1st. The union is now blessed with a baby boy.

For Tunde Owokoniran and his wife, they actually met in Nigeria. At the time of their first meeting, Tunde was actually in a relationship. He had a girlfriend then. However, he started having issues with his ex because he is naturally emotional and things started getting to him which was affecting his mood. Despite all he was going through, he informed the new lady who was very caring, soft-spoken and intelligent. Tunde then knew he had to marry her because he discovered that whenever he spoke with her, he got encouraged. And she’s been there every step of the way for him. They’ve known each other for five years and officially dating for three years before they eventually got married in 2016.

Oyekanmi Adekola is a Yoruba actor and younger brother to star actor, Odunlade Adekola. He met his wife, Blessing Adekola in school; because they were classmates at the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Mass Communication department. That was in 2010 to be precise. They were best friends, but what really attracted them to each other was religion. She agreed to his proposal because God has chosen them to be one and they are meant for each other. In her first ever interview conducted by Gbolahan Adetayo, Blessing said “I didn’t even know that he is Odunlade Adekola’s brother until a few months after we started the relationship. In the first place, I didn’t believe Odunlade Adekola’s brother was in my school, not to talk of being my classmate or best friend. I am the kind of person who does not mingle or attach herself to people; I didn’t believe it until I confirmed it. I asked him that I was told Odunlade Adekola’s brother was in our class and he confirmed it”.

On Monday the 18th of April 2016, popular Yoruba actor, Bigval Jokotoye was in the news prior to a quiet wedding which he had with the love of his life who is based in America. The lovebirds legalized their relationship at Fresno California. However, from America, the tall and very handsome we learnt met the lady 2 years ago and they got talking before they fell in love with each other. They actually prayed about it and their families met. Now, they are married. Her attitude and meekness we learnt Jokotoye attracted to her in the first place. She is a well-trained woman who is very religious with the fear of God which is the most important thing on earth. When you meet a partner that fears GOD, you should be rest assured of a happy home. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. She is from Ijebu Mushin, Ogun State and the first born of her family.

For almost 6 years now, start actor, Sunkanmi Omobolanle married his Dublin based wife Abimbola. Before then, the couple dated for 19 years. They were not even together for that 19 years , she was abroad while he was here all through, but within that 19 years he has other girls whom he was dating before he made up his mind that he was going to get married to her. When the actor was asked in an interview, he said he think his mother’s influence supported the marriage because she wasn’t fortunate to meet his mum one on one before she passed on but she bears his mum’s name and she share some similar things with her.

The King of Entertainment as Don Richard is often called by his fans is a well-known actor in the industry. He came into acting about 28 years ago and he has tremendously been contributing to the uplifting of the industry. He got married to his colleague, Kenny Don Richard in 2006. Kenny has been acting since 13 years ago and she has played lead roles in some hit movies like Eku Metta,ELEDE,Idao Ola,Itele,Inuji and many more. Their love story started when they met at a movie location where Don was the director and he asked her out.

Another celebrity couple on this list is Toyin and Sunday Adewale, Toyin is one of the highly sought-after actresses in the Yoruba movie industry. She started her acting career in primary school but professionally in 1988. Her 1st blockbuster film was ‘Irepodun’ by Korede Films in which she played the lead role. Toyin met her husband, Sunday Adewale at Rimax Institute, Ojokoro, Lagos where she studied Dramatic Arts, more than 20 years ago. Sunday Ademola Adewale is a movie director; he also act in few films. He doubles as a script-writer.

Popular actress, Bukky Adekongbe better known as Aminatu Papapa and Lukman Raji a.k.a King of Swagga are good in role interpretation especially as ‘Tout”. Bukky delved into acting a couple of years back under Murphy Afolabi’s caucus and she has featured in several hit movies. She has also produced thriller movies, like Aminatu Papapa, Omo Oro and others. The Epe, Lagos State born actress is married to Lukman Raji. During the shooting of Aminatu Papapa Part 1, she was 3 months pregnant for the King of Swagga and put to bed a baby girl before the concluding part of the movie was shot. Without you been told, one can hardly know they are husband and wife with kids.

Alhaja Kuburat Temitope Adekola is the wife of popular comic actor, Kamilu Kompo with real name, Adekola Tijani. She was an actress who trained under the tutelage of star actor, Muyiwa Ademola Authentic’s School of Drama and she stop acting to become a full time house wife to Kompo after they met at a movie location and asked her out. Her husband stopped her from acting simply because he believed there will be problem in their union if she continue

Just like the story of others who met their spouses in the job, same it is with Esther Kalejaye popularly known as Omo Jo Igbo, a name she got from a movie called Omo Ghetto produced by Funke Akindele. She got married to her colleague, Afeez Eniola. They are both doing well for themselves in the industry and their Union is blessed with kids.

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