Gboah.com: 5 Yoruba Actresses Who Refuses To Marry After The Death Of Their Husband

5 Yoruba Actresses Who Refuses To Marry After The Death Of Their Husband

Marriage is one of the most precious things in this world, an exciting and long journey, but often marriage can either be full of conflict between partners that could lead to one partner's divorce or death.

A marriage that dissolves as a result of another partner 's death is a tragic occurrence as the one left behind was often depressed and sometimes missed their spouses.

In the Nollywood industry, we have some courageous women who stood by their kids after the death of their husband and did not remarry.

Below are some women who remained single after the painful death of their husband;

1. Regina Chukwu



Regina who is a mother of two lost her spouse 17 years ago and has never remarried as she focuses on bringing her children on the right part.

In an interview, she said;
"Actually, it is because of them (her children)  that I decided not to remarry then. Like I said earlier, I won’t call myself a single parent, because I am Igbo; the fact that you have lost your husband does not mean that you are still not married to that family.
So as it is traditionally I am still married to my husband family; I am still their wife and if they want to do any family function, I am considered and called upon. I still belong to the community wives meeting. When my husband passed away, I was called and asked if I wanted to remarry.
The condition was for me to leave their children and go ahead. But I looked at my kids and they were still very young and I decided to stay. My children have been asking if I won’t remarry; they want a baby sister or brother. But I don’t know what God has in plan for me. I am open to whatever God is says will happen to me.
If I decide to remarry now, it means whoever I want to get married to will pay my bride price and my parents will then go back to my late husband’s family to return the bride price they paid on me. It is tradition telling them this lady is no longer your wife. But when it is not done, I still remain their wife. I still paid my Mother-in-law a visit last year."


2 Idowu Phillips {Iya Rainbow}


Yoruba actress, Idowu Phillips a.k.a Iya Rainbow lost her husband 35 years ago and has never married another man since then. She said her spouse padlocked her heart and took the key with him.

While she was interviewed by Punch, she said;
“Over my dead body would I get married again. My husband closed my heart with a padlock and he went away with the key.
“I don’t trust the men of these days. There was one that said he wanted to marry me but he ran away after he saw all my kids. I have forgotten how to want a man. With five kids to cater for, I had no thoughts of that. In those days, I could go to four different locations in a day, to tell you how hard I was working to make money to take care of my children.”
Remembering how her husband died, she said;
“I can never forget the day my husband died in 1984. I felt the world was going to end on that day. He was my alpha and omega. I used to be a nurse but he was the one that made me to become an actress. As a matter of fact, during his burial, I told people to put all our children with him in the grave that I didn’t want them again. The shock was just too much for me to bear. Imagine one becoming a widow at the age of 42.”


3 Toyin Afolayan

Toyin Afolayan is one of the most respected actress in the Yoruba Industry. She lost her husband in her early years and her children has prevented her from getting married to another man.

The 61 years old woman said she didn't reconsider getting married thinking it might affect the welfare of her kids.

She said;
“I didn’t remarry because of my kids. I don’t think there will be too many men who will be interested in marrying you with three kids.
The new husband might not like to have the kids live with us and there would be some problems that will happen as a result of them living with us
and I can’t compare my kids with anything in this world and I decided to stay with them and forget the idea of marrying another man.
I am happy I was able to take care of them with the help of God,”


4 Toyin Adegbola


Actress, Toyin Adegbola a.k.a ‘Asewo To Re Mecca’ lost her husband in 2000 and didn't think of remarrying as she also focuses on her children future. People kept asking whether she would remarry or not and she said;
“You know at the initial stage I felt there is no man I will marry and would not want a child or two from me. And that I was sure couldn’t do because I love my children so much and the only thing I can do to make their late father happy is give them the proper care a mother could give her children on earth. That I have been able to achieve, as they are now grown up and they all have Masters degree in their academic pursuits. So, I think my fear is over and I can now remarry if a serious suitor comes my way. Maybe someone that just needs a life partner or something. You know am above 50 now”, 



5 Racheal Oniga


Racheal Oniga is an ambitious woman who chose to stay single after the death of her husband and stay focused on her children.

In an interview, she said her dream was to become a singer and dancer;
“I started acting in 1993 after I got separated from my husband; he’s late now. I was a full time housewife. I believed so much in myself, and when I got over the shock of the separation and all that, I made up my mind that I was going to make a statement without a man. I wanted to prove that a hard working woman could make an impact and with God’s grace, I have come a long way.
She was asked how she managed to cope with the death of her partner, she said;
 “The truth is that when you are focused and you know where you are going to, you are likely to succeed. I made up my mind then that I wasn’t going to remarry. I was determined to make it and make all men including my late husband know that with God by her side, a woman can make it in life without a man’s support."
She added;
Admitting how hurt she was after her husband left, she said, “Yes. During our years of courtship and marriage, I never suspected that we would just break up like that or anything could ever come between us. Back then, he told me everything. I could tell you where he was at every moment; I trusted him so much.

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