Monday, March 19, 2012


Nollywood actors and actresses often seem to have more compelling real lives than the characters they play, especially concerning stories with divorce, break ups and infidelity being peddled in the media.
The latest characters in this seemingly never ending cycle are hunky director Tchidi Chikere and his beautiful actress wife, who have been married for almost a decade, and have three children.
However, on Wednesday, 14 March, 2012, this marital roller-coaster ride ended for the couple with the issuance of a statement purportedly by the director’s publicist, stating, among other things that ‘After nine years of union that produced three wonderful boys, respected movie producer, Tchidi Chikere and wife, Sophia will be going their separate ways. The couple, who have been trying to make things work for nine years will be calling it quits. They reached this painful decision after several break-ups and efforts to make the marriage work failed’.
The statement goes on to say that Mr Chikere will continue to provide fatherly support for his children and remain best friends with his ex-wife in the interest of their three boys.
Also on Wednesday, March 14, 2012, another Nollywood director, Daniel Ademinokan, apparently troubled by reports about an imminent marital break-up with his wife, Doris Simeon, took to social networking site, Facebook to state his feelings about such rumours.
While not clarifying whether his marriage was intact or heading for the rocks, based on his convictions that such matters were ‘private’, he however stated that; ‘I know the challenges that come with my profession, fully understanding the fact that whatever we do is constantly under the scrutiny of the public. However, I am also human and I am entitled to my privacy’.
He goes on further to lay the blame on ‘most’ of the press for fabricating stories.
We know how the press works and most of them have made us understand and see their highest levels of incompetency by writing stories that link me with a colleague that I respect but do not even talk with’.
What is interesting in the two scenarios is the fact that there appears to be a link between them. This ‘link’ is what the latter described as ‘a colleague that I respect but do not even talk with’. That link is Tonto Dike.
Even though the cause of the break-up in the Chikeres’ case was not stated by the publicist, sources claim that his alleged fling with Tonto Dike played a prominent role in the saga; allegations that the controversial actress has denied in the past.
In the Ademinokans’ case, many allege the ‘D’ between Doris and Daniel is Dike as she has been unsparingly blamed as the reason the couple are reportedly now living apart. Some media reports have even sensationally reported the story with headlines such as ‘Tonto Dike tears Doris Simeon’s marriage apart’ and ‘Daniel Ademinokan splits from wife Doris Simeon over Tonto Dike’.
Even though there’s no concrete proof yet that Tonto Dike is responsible for the splitting up of these couples, it does appear that she may turn out to be a staple of break up tales to come.
Perhaps the actress, who has set tongues wagging in the past over alleged trysts with big names in the Nigerian entertainment industry like Don Jazzy, 2face, Wizkid, Naeto C, Joseph Benjamin and socialite Rotimi Ajanaku, has taken her ‘craft’ a notch higher?
If things are not clarified properly, and on time, Ms Dike could soon -wrongly or rightly- earn the unenviable reputation of Nollywood’s ‘marriage destroyer’.

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