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List of Nigerian female celebrities married to ‘Second Hand’ husbands + Memo to them

Nigerian Artiste, Etcetera has said that Nigerian female celebrities
marry second hand husbands citing Tiwa and Teebillz as his reference.
He believes it is a normal
thing in Nigeria that when you can’t buy a brand new car you go for a
second hand one. Because in the true sense of it, a second hand is a
second hand, whether car or husband. Here is a concise list of female
entertainers in Nigeria who are truly married to second hand husbands.

Mercy Aigbe-Gentry

Mercy Aigbe-Gentry falls into the category of celebrities that
married second hand husbands. Her husband, Lanre Gentry was previously
married with three children to show for it. Lanre is said to have
completed his divorce process. However, Mercy Aigbe also had a child
before getting married to her Mr. Gentry.

Mercy Johnson

Mercy Johnson’s marriage to Prince Okojie was a celebrity marriage
that almost didn’t hold. This was due to the scandal that rocked the
preparations for the wedding as the wife of the man wanted to stop the
union. Mercy Johnson’s husband, Prince Okojie’s had two children before
he married Mercy.

Nse Ikpe Etim

Lovely actress, Nse got married in a civil ceremony on Valentine’s
Day last year and followed it up with a traditional marriage two months
later in Akwa Ibom. Her husband, Clifford Sule had already fathered a
son from an earlier relationship before getting married to Nse.

Laide Bakare

Laide Bakare is another second hand wife, who got married to a second
hand husband. Alhaji Mutairu Atanda Orilowo. She left her former
husband, Olumide Okufulure after the pair fell apart. Though there was
controversy when her former husband claimed paternity of her child with
her new husband, she is always quick to tell the world she is happy with
her new husband. However, her new tokunbo husband is currently facing
fraud charges with the EFCC.

Foluke Daramola

Foluke Daramola recently celebrated her one year marriage anniversary
to her second husband, Kayode Salako. Mr Salako already had three sons
from his wife before he got married to Foluke.

Oh by the way, Ms. Uduak, a blogger has written a memo to celebrities with second hand husbands.
Read her article below:

In recent times, we have seen highly controversial weddings
among female celebrities. The issue to my knowledge, in the public domain, is
not whether these husbands were “second hand” husbands but rather whether they
fulfilled their responsibilities to their children or ex-spouses( where a prior
marriage was concerned) before attempting to remarry, okay perhaps Actress
Funke Akindele’s marriage might have been the exception to the rule; but that
was justified under Islamic religion where a man can have more than one wife.

However, more direct non-religious examples of controversial
weddings follow:
Take for example: 1) Mercy Johnson who married a man who was
allegedly still married in Italy, his Italian Nigerian wife even produced valid
marriage documents yet Mercy Johnson married him. To resolve that issue, the
man at the time of the wedding, and within 24hours, sought for a traditional
divorce of his Italian wife in Nigeria. The jurisdictional issue whether he was
still married in Italy remained. To date, we are unsure whether his wife in
Italy filed for a divorce. For the life of me, I can’t understand why anyone
will say ‘yes’ to a man that has not broken ties  from a previous marriage i.e. he is still married
with two kids. Divorce and marry, the law permits you to do so. Don’t take
someone to the altar while you are legally married to another, especially where
your soon to be wife allegedly has no clue.
The second example is the Tiwa Savage case. Tiwa Savage’s
marriage to T-Billz was controversial regardless of the luxurious weddings and
fan fare. Initially, most were very happy for her. She is the darling of the
industry. However, when a Nigerian-American Los Angeles based woman emerged on
the internet, complete with pictures of T-Billz with two children he fathered
by this woman, and accused T-Billz of not providing for his children and not
having contact with them for some years now, it became quite embarrassing to
watch and imagine that this was who Savage wanted to spend the rest of her life
with. To my knowledge, there was no explicit denial by T-Billz of the
accusations, rather, he made  a statement
on how he tries to be the best father.
Meanwhile, you had Tiwa Savage singing praises on how T-Billz
was the best and believed and invested in her when others wouldn’t.
If you all recall, I responded here on AML that, there was
mixing of business and pleasure. Your manager is supposed to believe in you and
invest in you the way that he does, even if you are a female artist, it is no
different than his investment in a male artist.
Anyway, fast forward, these two are now married and a
colleague writes an article that refers to her choice for a husband as a second
hand husband. While he does not name Tiwa and T-Billz, the clear inference
given the facts he cites is that he refers to them.
T-Billz and Tiwa in response are clearly hurt and have taken
to (instagram) to air their opinions. I am not sure Etcetera’s article
warranted a response. There will be many that will hold the opinion that
T-Billz is  a”second hand” husband. That
is their issue and prerogative. On the flip side, there will be many who do not
hold such opinion and can appreciate the role a manager has in the career of an
artist and that, but for his business sense and vision, the deals brokered and
the strategic placement of the Tiwa Savage brand,to become successful would not
have occurred. Arguably, that they happen to fall in love does not make him 2nd
hand.
I think the only thing T-Billz should be concerned about is
taking care of his existing children with the woman in L.A. so we don’t see
such spills on the internet making his private affairs with Tiwa one for
dissecting. He does have a duty to protect her,
doesn’t he?
-Uduak
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