10 Nigerian celebrities who left fame for marriage
We all know how our celebrities have to fight and claw their way to the top. So, when some of these celebrities voluntarily step away from the spotlight, it is natural to wonder if they should be included in our list of 10 Nigerian celebrities who left fame for marriage.
Of course, correlation doesn’t imply causation, but these are some of the Nigerian celebrities who left the public eye as soon as they got married.
Nigerian celebrities who left fame for marriage:
1. Regina Askia
Regina Askia was the ultimate screen queen. Her acting career catapulted her to fame in the 90s. She was everyone’s favorite bad girl in the movies. Regina was first runner up in The Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria competition in 1988, which Bianca Onoh won. However, Bianca had to give up the title when she decided to get married during her reign. Regina got the MBGN crown after Bianca’s resignation.
Nigerians fell in love with Regina Askia for her daring roles in movies like Highway to the Grave, Suicide Mission, and Queen of the Night. She married her American beau Ruddy Williams and related to the U.S to become a nurse.
2. Karen Igho Rakos
Karen Igho Rakos won the 6th season of Big Brother Africa. The continent loved her goofy personality and voted for her massively. Karen won BBA season 6 and took home the $200,000 prize money. She came out of the BBA house to find that she had garnered lots of fans from all corners of Africa.
Karen married Jaroslav Rakos in 2014 and relocated to the U.K, which makes her one of the 10 Nigerian celebrities who left fame for marriage.
3. Dakore Akande nee Egbuson
Dakore Egbuson Akande was an A-list actress who suddenly quit acting after her wedding to Olumide Akande in 2011. Her absence from the screen made her fans and admirers wonder if she was taking a break because of her marriage.
Thankfully for everyone who missed her, Dakore was back to acting by 2013 starring in a movie called Journey to Self.
4. Sandra Achums
Sandra Achums now lives in Germany with her husband and their four children. But before now, she was an award-winning Nigerian actress with dozens of movies to her name. The Unilag graduate is on this list of 10 Nigerian celebrities who left fame for marriage because after her wedding to her Germany-based husband in 2006, she hasn’t featured in any movie since then.
5. Georgina Onuoha
Georgina Obuoha was one of the most-loved leading ladies of the 90s and 2000s. She began her Nollywood career as a child actor after starring in the 1992 movie Living in Bondage. The Africa Movie Academy Award winner got married to Dr. Ifeanyi Igwegbe and relocated to the United States to start a new life.
Although now divorced, Georgina doesn’t seem to be making moves to return to acting.
6. Rita Nzelu
Rita Nzelu broke into Nollywood as far back as 1990 with roles in movies like Living in Bondage, Long John, and Nneka the Pretty Serpent. Rita got married and relocated to the U.K with her family, thus ending her acting career.
7. Victoria Inyama
Victoria Inyama got her start in Nollywood in the early 90s. Her body of work includes movies like Silent Night, Inyanga, Glamour Boys, and Danger Zone. Victoria Inyama makes it to this list of 10 Nigerian celebrities who left fame for marriage because her budding acting career ended when she married Godwin Okri and moved to the U.K.
8. Michael Okon
Michael Okon is the only man on this list of 10 Nigerian celebrities who left fame for marriage. His star-studded wedding to Kosi Obialor in 2018 was glamorous and well-attended by other famous celebrities. Michael hasn’t appeared in any movie since his 2018 wedding.
Dija is talented, fierce, and gorgeous! The Mavin Records queen released her single Awww, which ruled the airwaves for months. When wedding rumours began to swirl around the songstress in 2015, she was able to keep everything under wraps for months. She confirmed these rumours only after welcoming her son months later.
Since then, Di’ja hasn’t been as active in the music scene as much as before.
10. Agbani Darego
Former Miss World Agbani Darego took everyone one by surprise when she posted her wedding pictures. The wedding took place in Morocco in 2017. Agbani and husband Ishaya Danjuma lead very low-key lives. The couple recently announced the arrival of their son.
Some Nigerian celebrities prefer to keep their marriages out of the public gaze. It is not uncommon to find that a celebrity who had disappeared from the social scene had elected to do so after their wedding.
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