Polygamy is a highly valued value in traditional Nigerian societies, but it is widely frowned upon by many modern women.
In 2022, the Nigerian entertainment scene witnessed numerous relationship and marriage scandals, particularly with several celebrities coming out as polygamous.
Polygamy may or may not be common in the Nigerian celebrity world. Nonetheless, many are involved in it, even though many frowns and reject it.
While there is strong opposition to polygamy, the truth is that it is on the rise, resulting in many divided opinions on the subject.
Now, let’s look at 5 Nigerian celebrities that came out as polygamous in 2022;
Mercy Aigbe married famous film marketer and businessman Kazeem Adeoti aka Adekaz, earlier this year.
Mercy and her new husband have faced much criticism since their second marriage, with fans and supporters of Adekaz’s first wife, Asiwaju, constantly accusing her of stealing her new man.
While some criticize her for choosing to be a second wife to a married man, if the photos and video clips Mercy and her husband post online are any indication, the couple appears to be genuinely happy and passionate about each other.
Furthermore, she is said to have converted to Islam after marrying Adeoti, but sources close to her have denied this.
Habeeb Okikiola, better known as Portable, is a Nigerian singer and rapper who rose to prominence in 2021 with the release of his single Zazu, which he co-wrote with Olamide and Poco Lee.
Portable, always surrounded by a controversial story, allegedly took a second wife, who recently had a child for the singer.
His first wife, Bewaji, has come out several times to confirm the news while denying a rift between her and her husband’s new bride, Ashabi.
Portable recently took to Instagram to share photos of his new baby mama and son, thanking God for such a wonderful gift.
Ahmed Musa, a famous Super Eagles footballer and Nigeria’s all-time leading goal scorer at the World Cup, is another celebrity who is also a polygamist.
In 2022, the football star announced that he married a new wife and had a child.
Ahmed Musa has been married four times, with his first two marriages ending in divorce. The former Leicester City forward married his third wife in 2019 and plans to marry another in 2022.
Ooni of Ife
Oba Enitan Adeyeye Oguwusi, Ojaja II, Ooni of Ife, recently arrested the entire Nigerian media space as news of his series of marriages rented the air.
The Yoruba monarch married six new wives in 45 days, and they were not just any women but some of the best.
A renowned lawyer, fashion mogul, and award-winning philanthropist is among the new women in the Ooni’s harem. Simultaneously, another is a billionaire businesswoman with investments in the oil and gas industry.
It is not uncommon for a Nigerian monarch to marry more than one wife. Instead, the length of time it took for the six new Oloris to marry and the calibre of women welcomed into the Oba’s harem made it a huge topic of public debate.
Yul Edochie makes the list due to his recent marriage to Nollywood actress Judy Austin. After eighteen years of marriage to his teenage heartthrob May Edochie, the star actor decided to add a new woman to his harem.
Many fans across the country and colleagues in the industry chastised him. His second marriage raised eyebrows and drew a lot of media attention.
Pete Edochie, the actor’s legendary Thespian father, has also weighed in on the situation, expressing his displeasure with what his son did. He did, however, commend Yul for doing something that only a wise man like King Solomon could do.
Yul claims that there is no conflict in his family and that he and May are still legally married. Yul and May are the parents of four children.