‘I Married A Yoruba Muslim In 1984’ – Onyeka Onwenu Finally Breaks Silence

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The ace Nigerian singer and actress, Onyeka Onwenu, has finally opened her connubial relationship, revealing that she got married to a Yoruba Muslim in 1984.

The mother of two , who had always kept her intimate private, brought this revelation to light in ‘ Father’s Daughter’, her memoir, which be released October 1.

In the autobiography, the 68-year- star revealed how they fell in love decades ago and how the union brought about the birth of her two sons — Tijani and Ibrahim.

“In this , I am, perhaps for the very first time, setting the straight with respect to connubial relationship. Yes, I was married. I married a man I fell in love with in 1984,” she said.

“We have two : Tijani and Ibrahim. (Ibrahim later changed the first letter of name from I to A, and thus became Abraham.) husband is Yoruba, and was a Muslim when we met.”


The autobiography also documents her as a musician, activist, wife, mother, and politician as well as her formative contact with feminism.

The author shared how the — between 1967 to 1970 — scalded her teenage , the debilitating effects of successive realities, and how her family remained bound amid the frightening experience.

She also documents her years in , the conflicts that were the products of being a migrant, her experience with sexual harassment, and her decision to quit her job at the UN.

Speaking about the forthcoming , Expand Press Limited, her publishers, described ‘My Father’s Daughter’ as a deeply personal account of Onwenu’s life spanning previously unknown details.

the marriage front, she explores challenges women face and how she refused to shrink herself to accommodate her husband’s insecurities about her fame,” it said.

“It’s a memoir young persons must read. Women especially glean numerous lessons from her life experience since successful women in Nigeria rarely share their story in a candid manner.”