Recently, news filtered into the media that Nigerian music star, Davido has married his heartthrob, Chioma Rowland, in a secret wedding.
Recall that the couple recently lost their only child, Ifeanyi Adeleke, who drowned in Davido’s Banana Island residence in Lagos State. While the secret wedding news remains unverified by the couple, it’s not uncommon to hear about Nigerian celebs that married secretly.
Nigerian weddings are known to be usually lavish or loud. Everybody wants to celebrate the fact that they’re getting married. However, many Nigerian celebrities prefer to keep things low-key. You can’t really blame them as they’re probably tired of being constantly in the limelight.
Top 10 Nigerian celebs that married secretly
Dapo Daniel Oyebanjo, popularly known as D’banj, is one of the biggest names to come out of the Nigerian music industry. The “kokomaster” was severally linked to many Nigerian female celebrities, including the queen of Nollywood, Genevieve Nnaji. Unknown to most people, D’Banj secretly married Lineo Didi Kilgrow. The wedding was so private that we learned about it when the couple welcomed a son, Daniel Oyebanjo Jr. Unfortunately, the boy died in 2018 at 13 months after he drowned in his father’s swimming pool. Both D’Banj and his wife have been blessed with another son who was born in 2019.
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2. Uche Jumbo
Nollywood actress, Uche Jumbo, is one of the Nigerian celebrities that have managed to live a relatively drama-free life for the most part of her career. She secretly married her Puerto Rican lover, Kenney Rodriguez on May 16, 2012, in a private beach ceremony in Puerto Rico. She had previously dated Nigeria’s Super Eagles star, Ikechukwu Uche before she met and married Rodriguez. Uche and Kenny welcomed a son months later. In 2017, news circulated in the media that Uche Jombo had secretly divorced her husband but chose to remain friends with him for the sake of their son. The actress later took to Instagram to debunk the reports, slamming bloggers for posting unverified news.
2. Agbani Darego
Agbani Darego was crowned Miss World in 2001, making her the first Nigerian and African beauty queen to win the prestigious crown. As expected, many were wondering who she would settle down with until in 2017 when she shared pictures of her secret wedding to Ishaya Danjuma, son of Gen. Theophilus Danjuma (rtd.), on Instagram. The couple held a private wedding at the Amenjena Luxury Resort in Marrakech, Morroco. They are now blessed with two children.
4. Simi and Adekunle Gold
Simi and Adekunle Gold have been an item long before we knew about it. Not only did they leave their relationship status secret, leaving us to speculate, but they also married secretly. The Nigerian celebrity couple, who are part of the movers and shakers of the music industry in the country, secretly wedded in 2019. The ceremony was so secret that their wedding pictures surfaced two years later. Simi and Adekunle Gold now share a daughter.
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5. Funke Akindele and JJ Skillz
Like many celebrities, Funke Akindele has been unlucky in marriage. The Jenifa’s Diary star had been previously married to popular Oshodi-based businessman Adeola Kehinde Oloyede in a lavish wedding. Then she met music star and film director, Abdul Rasheed Bello, aka JJ Skillz. This time, the multiple award-winning actress chose a more subtle route by having a secret wedding with JJ Skillz in London in 2016. Unfortunately, the couple, who were blessed with twins, are currently separated.
6. Rosy Meurer and Olakunle Churchill
If you’re looking for the real definition of a secret marriage, check out Olakunle Churchill and Rosy Meurer’s wedding. For those of you who don’t know, Churchill was previously married to controversial Nollywood actress-turned-politician Tonto Dikeh. They shared a son before going their separate ways after a messy divorce. Tonto had accused Churchill of having an extramarital affair with fellow Nollywood actress Rosy Meurer. Both Churchill and Meurer denied the affair.
But in 2021, they dropped the bombshell news that they had secretly married and expecting their first child together. Wait for it – the couple had been married for two years before Churchill announced it on Instagram to wish Meurer a happy birthday. The announcement was met with mixed reactions as many felt Tonto had been right in her previous accusation against them. The couple still denies the affair to this day. Meurer even shared a . post to tell a story of how she met Churchill.
7. Adaeze and Joseph Yobo
Adaeze Yobo (nee Igwe) was crowned the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria (MBGN) in 2008. Shortly after, she secretly married former Super Eagles star, Joseph Yobo in 2009. The wedding was held at night and only a few family and friends were invited. The couple now has three children together.
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8. Zainab Balogun
Nollywood actress, Zainab Balogun became a household name after being featured in blockbuster movies like The Wedding Party and Purple Hibiscus. The talented actress married Nigerian aviation guru and millionaire Dikko Nwachukwu in 2021. The couple’s wedding was secret, only attended by family and friends. Uninvited guests were sent away by the bouncers and security employed to guard the venue.
9. Regina Daniel and Ned Nwoko
Regina Daniel is a former Nollywood child star. Her relationship with billionaire businessman and politician Ned Nwoko created a lot of controversy due to their massive age difference. Regina is still in her early 20s, while Nwoko was in his late 60s before the couple started dating. In addition, Nwoko already had five wives before preparing to bring in Regina as the sixth one. Many frowned at their relationship when the news broke out in 2018. However, the couple held a traditional secret wedding in 2019, only attended by close family and friends. Pictures of their wedding infiltrated the media days after the ceremony. Both Regina and Nwoko share two sons together.
10. Mercy Aigbe and Kazim Adeoti
Like Regina Daniel, Mercy Aigbe’s marriage is shrouded in controversy. The Nollywood actress was once married to Lagos businessman and socialite Olanrewaju Gentry before she divorced him in 2017. She reportedly tied the knot with the filmmaker, Kazim Adeoti, popularly known as Adekaz, in a secret wedding in 2022. Adekaz is a married man with four children. His first wife lives in Canada with the kids.
Also, there were reports that Aigbe and Adekaz began an affair when she was still married to Gentry. Gentry and Adekaz’s first wife corroborated the claim, but Mercy denied it. She also justified her marriage because Adekaz is a Muslim and entitled to more than one wife.
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