In this post I will be sharing with you 8 Nigerian celebrities who had secret weddings. Secret celebrity weddings are not common in Nigeria but some famous people have decided to get married with no fuss or fanfare. Most wedding ceremonies involve an exchange of marriage vows by the couple, presentation of a gift, offering, rings, symbolic item, flowers, money, and a public proclamation of marriage by an authority figure. Some Nigerian celebrities have defied all odds by exchanging vows with their spouses away from public eye. Anyway, not to waste much of your time, after a careful study and research I present to you 8 Nigerian celebrities who had secret weddings.
Below are the 8 Nigerian celebrities who had secret weddings.
1. Regina Askia
Nollywood actress Regina Askia in the early 90s secretly married Rudolph Williams, an American citizen who flew to Lagos for the secret ceremony and later relocated back with her to the United States of America immediately after the wedding. At that time the Internet wasn’t popular in Nigeria so it took about a week for people to find out. Shortly after her wedding Regina Askia relocated back with her husband to the United States of America, where she is currently practicing as a registered nurse. Regina Askia was born on 17th May 1967 in Lagos State in the south western part of Nigeria. She is currently 52 years old. She is originally from Ukanafun, a small town in Akwa Ibom State in the south southern part of Nigeria. She is very beautiful and has been described as one of Nollywood best actress of all time.
2. Adaeze Yobo
Adaeze Yobo was crowned the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria in 2008. She got married to Nigerian international footballer and former Super Eagles captain Joseph Yobo in 2009 in a private ceremony held at night. You would expect a queen to have a royal wedding but not Adaeze Yobo. In 2009 she married Joseph Yobo who at that time was one of Nigeria’s biggest footballers. The wedding was a departure from the norm as they got married in a private ceremony at night. They marriage is blessed with two lovely kids. Adaeze Yobo is originally from Awka-Etiti, a small Anambra State in the south eastern part of Nigeria. After winning the Most Beautiful girl in Nigeria, she represented Nigeria at the Miss World 2008 in South Africa. She used her reign Miss Nigeria as the as a platform to showcase Nigerian talent. Apart from winning five million naira and a Hyundai car, she also received many endorsement deals from big companies and conglomerates. In 2010, she got married to former Nigerian international soccer player Joseph Yobo in a secret midnight ceremony held in Jos, Plateau State in the northern part of Nigeria after a brief courtship, and marriage is blessed with two lovely kids.
3. Toke Makinwa
The Vlogger turned author was in a long term 12 years relationship with Maje Ayida. The relationship had a lot of ups and downs but they secretly got married on 15th January 2014. Unfortunately, the marriage crashed in 2016. The On Air Personality love life had been a subject of public interest for a few years. Toke Makinwa was born on 3rd November 1984 in Lagos State in the south western part of Nigeria. She attended Federal Government Girls’ College in Oyo State, Nigeria. After which she later attended the University of Lagos, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Literature. She is known for her book “On Becoming”. She is currently hosting The Morning Drive show on Rhythm 93.7 FM and her YouTube Vlog series Toke Moments. On 15th January 2014, Toke Makinwa got married to Maje Ayida, whom she had been involved with for eight years. In 2015, she separated from Maje Ayida after discovering that he had impregnated his ex-girlfriend. On 5th October 2017, Toke Makinwa’s marriage to Maje Ayida was dissolved by a Lagos High Court on the grounds that Maje Ayida committed adultery.
4. Uche Jombo
Uche Jombo secretly married Kenny Rodriguez in a low key wedding ceremony in America after her failed relationship with Ikechukwu Uche. Uche Jombo was born on 28th December 1979 in Abiriba, a small town in Abia State in the south western part of Nigeria. She is a graduate of Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Calabar and Computer Programming from the Federal University of Technology in Minna, Niger State in the northern part of Nigeria. She ventured into the Nigerian movie industry (Nollywood) in 1999 and acted in her movie Visa to Hell. As a screenwriter she has written and co-written several movies some of which include: The Celebrity, Games Men Play, Girls in the Hood, a Time to Love, amongst others. She has also produced movies like Nollywood Hustlers, Holding Hope and her latest work Damage which deals with the issue of domestic violence. She is currently a GLO ambassador.
Reports had it that Mavin singer Di’Ja had gotten married in December 2015 but Di’Ja did not give a hint. On 1st July 2016 Di’Ja finally revealed that she had gotten married months ago and had given birth to a boy. Di’ja aside from singing is also a model, a visual artist, a painter and a graphic designer. She was born on 14th August 1989 in Kaduna State in the northern part of Nigeria. She is currently 29 years old. Her mother is from Kaduna State in the northern part of Nigeria while her father is from Sierra Leone. She is a Muslim by religion. Di’ja grew up both in the United States of America, Canada, Sierra Leone and Nigeria respectively. She is currently signed to Mavin Records by Don Jazzy. After completing her primary and secondary school education, Di’ja went further and earned two degrees from different universities in the United States of America and Canada respectively. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and another Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology.
6. Funke Akindele
Multiple award-winning Nollywood actress Funke Akindele secretly got married to her hubby JJC Skillz Bello in London on August 27, 2016. Funke Akindele or Jenifer is one of the most popular actress of Yoruba decent. In 2009, she won the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role following her role as Jenifa in the popular television series “Jenifa Diary”. Funke Akindele was born on 24th August 1976 in Ikorodu, Lagos State in the south western part of Nigeria. She has over 200 movies to her credit as an actress, a writer and a producer. In 2009, she won the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role. She has a Diploma in Mass Communication from Moshood Abiola Polytechnic and a Degree in Law from the University of Lagos. On 26th May 2012, Funke Akindele got married to Adeola Kehinde Oloyede and later divorced him in July 2013. In May 2016, she got married to Nigerian rapper Abdul Rasheed Bello known as JJC Skillz in London, United Kingdom on a secret low key wedding.
7. Stella Damasus
The Nollywood actress who is based in the United Kingdom has been secretly married for 3 years to her long time boyfriend and lover, Daniel Ademinokan. They kept their marriage secret until her husband Daniel Ademinokan made their marriage known before the public on 14th February 2014 via an Instagram post as a way to surprise her fans. Stella Damasus was born on 24th April 1978 in Benin City, Edo State in the south southern part of Nigeria. She started her career as a singer in Lagos where she used to work as a studio session singer at the famous Klink Studios owned by Nigerian filmmaker Kingsley Ogoro. In 2009, she was nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role at the Africa Movie Academy Awards. In 2007, she won the award for Best Actress at the Nigeria Entertainment Awards. In 2012, she won the award for Best Actress for the movie “Two Brides and a Baby at the Golden Icons Movie Academy Awards in Houston, Texas in the United States of America. Stella Damasus married her first husband, Jaiye Aboderin, at the age of 21 years old in 1999. The couple had two daughters before her husband Jaiye Aboderin died suddenly in 2005. Stella Damasus remarried in 2007, this time to Emeka Nzeribe. The marriage lasted for seven months before a mutual agreement to divorce took place. In 2011, she started a relationship with Daniel Ademinokan and later got married to him in a secret wedding ceremony attended only by close family members. Their relationship sparked a lot of controversy all over Nigeria and Africa because both parties never publicly admitted to be dating, engaged or even married until in 2014 when her husband broke the secret.
8. Agbani Darego
Top Nigerian model and former Miss World, Agbani Darego got married to Ishaya Danjuma, son of Nigerian Billionaire General Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma in a quiet ceremony held in Marrakesh, Morocco on 8th April 2017 and the marriage is currently blessed with a son. It was reported that only 35 people were in attendance during the wedding ceremony. Agbani Darego is a Nigerian international model, beauty queen and a former Miss World. She is best known as the first native African to win the prestigious “Miss World” beauty pageant held in China. She was born on 22nd December 1982 in Lagos, Nigeria to a family of eight children. She is currently 36 years old. At the age of 2 years old, she relocated to Port Harcourt in River State, Nigeria and was raised in D-line. She is a native of Abonnema, a small village in River State, Nigeria but was born and bred in Lagos, Nigeria. Agbani Darego attended Bereton Nursery and primary school. As a teenager, Agbani Darego longed to be a model and despite her father’s disagreement with that, she went further and auditioned for the M-Net Face of Africa Modeling Competition, but was not chosen as a finalist. She later won the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria and represented Nigeria in the Miss World. She created history by winning the Miss World beauty pageant held in China.