Vanguard (Lagos)

1 February 2014

Nigeria: The Tale of Nollywood's Second Wives

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Nollywood's second wives.

Nollywood isn't exactly a haven populated by married women even though most of the women are the most beautiful that can be found anywhere in the country. Most of the women are either single or divorced and plenty more still searching. Those that have been able to hold on to a marriage have come to accept their lots of being the second wife.

In a recent interview, Lola Alao must have spoken the minds of many of them when she cried out "where are the single guys?" after being asked why many of her colleagues are going for other woman's man and even made bold to claim that married men make better husbands.

Many of them who have toed this line have had their lives embroiled in hot waters of controversies, and yet survived while some are not so lucky. Even there are cases of those who rushed into the arms of the other woman's man only to rush out. Here are a few of them and their different tales of woes and triumphs.

Caroline Ekanem-Danjuma

The story of Nollywood sexy actress, Caroline Ekanem-Dajunma is not hidden. She is a one-time glamorous screen diva who later became the second wife of billionaire Musa Danjuma. Since then, Mrs. Danjuma who gave up her career in acting for the marriage has enjoyed all that money can buy and good things of life. However, it appears something is disturbing the actress. She recently confessed on her Facebook page that being the second best and being in second place is not fun. It appears something is actually missing here.

Liz Dasilva

There hasn't been any concrete evidence that this Togolese-Yoruba actress has married her baby's father who she bore a bouncing baby boy some months ago. But the fact that the actress went ahead to convert from Christianity to Islam, changing her name from Elizabeth to Aishat, in a bid to please her supposed husband, Alhaji Olaoye, is a sign that something more than just mere man-woman relationship is in the equation.

Alhaji Olaoye is said to have many other wives and Liz or Aishat is just one of many in his harem. But it appears Liz has no qualms in marriage as she is reportedly having a ball even if she has to accept her fate of seeing Alhaji every now and then

Mercy Aigbe

Nollywood actress Mercy Aigbe is surely having the fun of her life in her polygamous marriage. She was nick-named a husband snatcher by a fellow actress few months ago when she got married to Bimbo Akinsanya's husband, Lanre Gentry.

Ini Edo

In November 2008 she got married to Philip Ehiagwina, a businessman. Edo had a second wedding in February 2009 in America, in Houston, Texas, where her husband is based. Their relationship had been in the newspapers: not just because Edo is one of those people that newspapers like to write things about, true and untrue, but also because Ehiagwina had already been married, to Ruth Okoro, a Nigerian-American model and actress. Okoro made his leaving her for Edo ugly and public, both of them saying terrible things about each other.

Mosun Filani

Popular Yoruba Actress, Mosunmola. Filani secretly got married to Simeon Oduoye in Ibadan not too long ago.

The light-skinned Yoruba actress, as we were told by an industry source, was full of surprise getting married to Simeon, who is believed to be a woman's guy.

Information gathered revealed that Mosun secured the love of Simeon at the expense of Yemisi, Simeon's wife at the time.

Mosun, who once had hot romance with Odunlade Adekola and Muyiwa Ademola, was said to have hijacked Simeon to herself, thereby making him pay less attention to his wife, Yemisi, who has two kids for him.

Mosun has gone on to bear the man a baby girl and their marriage seems to be in ship-shape with no detectable cracks of any discord.

Bose Arowosegbe

If you have been wondering why Nigerian actresses prefer marrying other people's husbands, wonder no more, because Nollywood Yoruba actress, Bose Arowosegbe, has come out to support the trend of actresses going after married men. Just like some of her colleagues have done in the past, Bose is a second wife and she is proud of that. Her reasons are that single men are immature, childish, poor and do not have what it takes to give the actresses the kind of life they deserve.

Here is what she said: "I am married to a married man. I have not told anyone this before. Why actresses go for married men is that most single men out there are not mature enough to handle the fact that actresses are normal women.

Mercy Johnson

Most talented and sought after actress in the English sector of Nollywood, Mercy Ozioma Johnson got married to Prince Odianosen Okojie, who is married to a Canada-based lady named Lovely with two kids, a boy and a girl.

The whole drama got messier, when Lovely came out of the blues claiming that she is the legally married wife of Prince Odianose, who Mercy was planning to get married to and that she can't get abandoned like that because she is still legally married to her husband, Prince Okojie.

However from all indications Mercy seems to be having a ball with her husband.

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