While some celebrities give the impression that getting yoked with fellow stars is a disaster waiting to happen, some couples have clocked years of successful relationship in the spotlight.
We present to you nine Nigerian celebrity couples that have stayed together through thick and thin for over 10 years.
- Olu Jacobs and Joke Silva
Whoever said Nollywood marriage is a farce definitely never heard of Olu Jacobs and Joke Silva. The pair has been married since 1985. According to “Uncle Olu”, 73, “communication is the key to every long lasting relationship.” The two met at the Theatre many years ago, starred along with others on the NTA comedy series, Second Chance, and are today patrons to many in the industry.
- Tunde and Wunmi Obe (TWO)
Veteran singers, Tunde and Wunmi Obe, are proof that celebrity marriages can work after all. They met as members of different bands back in their university days and have been married for over 17. One of the most colourful and fun couples around, TWO are reputed to be scandal free.
- Norbert and Gloria Young
Another theatre couple, Norbert and Gloria Young, have managed to sustain a marriage in the spotlight for over a decade. According to the couple; they owe the success of their marriage to mutual understanding and their determination to make it work.
- Richard and Jumobi Mofe Damijo
After losing his first wife May Ellen Ezekiel in 1996, veteran actor, Richard Mofe Damijo found love again in the arms of former Africa Independent Television (AIT) presenter, Jumobi Adegbesan. They got married in 2000.
- Matthew and Omotola Ekeinde
Screen diva, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, has been married to her pilot husband, Captain Matthew Ekeinde for over 19 years. The fact that Omotola got married at a young age did not stop her from maintaining a mature relationship. Omotola once said the success of their marriage can be attributed to her husband’s support and understanding in a society that thrives on gossip. The couple are proud parents to four children.
- Zack and Ngozi Orji
Nollywood veteran, Zack Orji has been married to his wife Ngozi for over two decades. The two try to stay out of the spotlight but still attend social functions hand in hand. Their union is blessed with three children.
- Nnamdi and Omoni Oboli
Nnamdi and Omoni Oboli taught us that you have to sacrifice something to make a good relationship work. The actress, who has been married to her writer husband for over 15 years, took a 10-year sabbatical to focus on her marriage and family. Since she came back to the movie scene, her husband has shown her endless support. He even co- produced Being Mrs Elliot with her.
- CharlyBoy and Lady Diane
The man formerly known as His Royal Punkness, CharlyBoy, has been married to African-American singer and former fashion designer, Lady Diane, for thirty seven years. Beneath all the tattoos, studs and fetish stunts that have characterised their union over the years are two people who are deeply into each other. They are blessed with five children.
- 2face and Annie Idibia
They might have officially just tied the knot in 2013, but the story of 2Baba and his original African Queen is that of a love that stood the test of time. Annie practically watched 2face father children by her and two other women. Instead of plotting a shotgun wedding, she took her time and waited for her prince to come to his senses. Though their marriage is less than three years old, they have been in and out and finally back in love for over 10 years despite all the baby mama drama and other controversies.