10 August 2014

Nigeria: Travails of a Former Beauty Queen

Like a sad, sour beverage, love and marriage presents a repugnant mix in Rosemary Okeke-Wright's life.

In 1984, when she shot into limelight by winning the then much-coveted Miss Nigeria crown, Rosemary epitomised a sight for sore eyes. While her reign lasted, she was the toast of not a few suitors and the cynosure of all eyes. The attention on her was so intense that she eventually succumbed to the overtures of one of her most ardent admirers, Mr. Adekunle Wright. She fell in love with Adekunle and eventually got married to him.

Their relationship was quite sizzling that it was always a constant item in the soft sell media. Although it was on record that Rosemary said she could not have been happier with another man, no sooner than the union was blessed with a baby girl, christened Roxanne Adekunle Wright, than it began to experience marital cracks. At the end, Rosemary fell out of love with Wright and the marriage crumbled like a pack of badly stacked cards.

She later got involved in another relationship by which she thought she could right the wrongs of her past and before anyone could say jack, she had become an item with her new found beau. But her joy had a slender body that broke too soon as her new found beau took to his heels sooner than she could ever imagine.

Rosemary is in the news again, as rumour had it recently that she was planning her third marriage. But just when it seemed the story would attain credibility, her prospective husband bolted from her embrace to her dismay and that of her closest associates. Details of this latest crash are still sketchy but would be served on this column in a few days.

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