Without a doubt, Nollywood, the Nigerian film industry, boasts of several actresses who got married at a tender age.
The marriages of some of the acts have been able to stand the test of time while some have had to try other options.
Some of the actresses have remarried more than once in the quest for satisfaction.
Here are eight Nigerian actresses who married young:
Damasus married her first husband, Jaiye Aboderin, at 21 in 1999. The couple had two daughters before Jaiye died in 2004.
Damasus remarried in 2007 to Emeka Nzeribe. The marriage lasted for seven months before a mutual agreement to divorce.
In 2011, she became associated with multiple award-winning Nollywood producer and director Daniel Ademinokan as her third husband. This eventually also led to a separation in 2020 and subsequent divorce.
Their relationship sparked a lot of controversies because both parties never publicly admitted to dating, engaged or even married until 2014.
The actress first got married in 1985 when she was just 16 years old. She had two children for her first husband, whom she divorced in 1991 when she was 21.
It was rumoured that she married a certain man which didn’t last as well.
In 2011, she got married in a quiet ceremony, which was attended by just a few people. She is said to have opted for a low key marriage because she had been advised to be less open about her private life if she wanted her marriage to last..
She married Anthony Nwosisi, making him the third husband but the marriage too did not last.
In 2020, she revealed she was getting married for the fourth time. In her Instagram post, the actress revealed that her new man is also from Cross River like her, adding that she had been scared and skeptical in the past, but this union seems right and she said yes to her best friend, brother and partner.
The veteran actress was married to Samuel Gabriel Etim. She lost him in her mid-twenties.
She took another shot at marriage after her conversion to Christianity and married Bishop Great Ameye in a quiet court ceremony in Abuja in 2009. Together, the two are involved in a Christian Evangelical Ministry in which her husband is a pastor while she is an evangelist.
Obot Etuk’s first marriage was in 1985 when she was just 15 years and her husband, named Kirikko was 18. Kirikko later went to the U.S and another man took Etuk away from her legally married husband. They had three children before separating and legally divorced in 2002.
Actress Obot Etuk and the late Ernest Asuzu also had a love affair before he got married.
It was rumoured that she has found love again and married in London.
Etuk who took a long break from acting is said to be an ordained minister in Manchester, UK.
The young actress got married to billionaire Ned Nwoko in April 2019 when she was just 18.
The marriage continues to receive backlash from trolls who are yet to come to terms with why she married a 64 years old man.
Regina Daniels recently welcomed her first child with Ned Nwoko whom they named Prince Munir Neji Nwoko.
Omotola Jalade Ekeinde
A lot of people do not know Omotola aka Omosexy got married to her pilot husband at the age of 18.
She reportedly met her husband at 16.
Patience Ozokwor got married when she was 19.
She’s still with her man and together they have 10 children and 14 grandchildren.
The actress tied the knot in 2000 at 21.
She met her husband when she started acting in 1996, and the two got married four years after.
Reports also indicated that they wedded just two weeks after they started dating.
Her marriage has lasted 19 years.
She has three children.
Source: The Nation