In the Nigeria’s entertainment industry today, interracial marriage is common trend and most celebrities no longer give it a second thought.
However, it wasn’t always this way in the past as those who wedded white men were seen as ‘unlucky’ people.”
Increasingly, and in greater numbers, Nigerian female celebrities are breaking the barricade by marrying non-Nigerian men. In droves, they are marrying Caribbean nationals, White-Americans and African-Americans.
Here is a carefully selected list of top celebrities who against all odds found love in the arms of white men and equally embraced their foreign cultures.
Tosyn Bucknor and Aurélien Boyer (French)
Popularly called ‘Area Mama’ On-Air-Personality and singer, Tosyn Bucknor tied the knot with her long time French fiancé on Saturday, November 15, 2015.
Tosyn Bucknor and Aurélien Boyer had their traditional wedding surrounded by happy family and friends.
The event was planned by the Tosyn’s sister Funke Bucknor-Obruthe of Zapphaire Events and among the guest was Gbemi Olateru-Olagbegi, Toolz & Sasha and more.
The couple got engaged in August after dating for 2 years.
Susan Peters and Dr. Croon (Dutch)
Susan Peters and her dutch husband, Dr Croon tied the knot in the traditional way on Saturday, October 24, 201, in Benue State.
Susan and her beau are said to have been friends for almost a decade before they decided to take their relationship to the next level.
Susan and Dr Croon officially got married on Saturday 10th October 2015. The two love birds are still savouring their honeymoon.
Karen Igho And Yaroslav Rakos (UK)
Karen Igho who found fame as the winner of Bog Brother Africa, got married in Jos on Saturday December 13th. The controversial diva got married to Yaroslav Rakos after they have dated for 9 years. Karen was later delivered of a son at the Mount Sinai Roosevelt hospital in New York on the 4th of July 2015.
Uche Jumbo and Kenney Rodriguez (American-Puerto Rican born)
Uche Jumbo is unarguably one of the A-list actresses currently rocking motion picture industry globally known as Nollywood. Aside her huge success as an actress, she is also a thriving movie producer with over 12 chart busting flicks such as: ‘Damage,’ ‘My Life My Damage,’ ‘Mother’s Fight’ ‘Misplaced’ and some others productions to her credit.
The Abriba, Abia-State-born thespian walked down the aisle with her American-Puerto Rican born husband, Kenny Rodriguez, in a low-key wedding that took place on the shores of Puerto Rico, in the north-eastern Caribbean.
The wedding, which held precisely on May 16, 2012 took many of her teeming fans her by surprise. Since they both signed the dotted lines, the couple has been living happily ever after with a cute baby, Mattew Rodriguez, to show for it.
Anita Hogan and Ted Mak (Dutch)
Precisely, October 18, 2006, few friends and family members of Anita Hogan, a star of Nigeria’s TV reality show, The Gulder Ultimate Search, gathered at the registry of Eti Osa Local Government Area in Ikoyi, Lagos for her wedding.
Indeed, it was a great turning point for the dark-skinned actress amidst the nude pictures scandal that almost cost her life.
In fact, it was a shocking development that instantly wrecked the career of the sensational actress, who even threatened to commit suicide.
Fortunately for her, the aged man at the center of the scandalous pictures eventually walked her down the aisle and they now have awesome kids together.
Chioma Toplis and Andrew Toplis (British)
Once upon a time, the media was awash with the rumour that the marriage of Nollywood busty actress and model; Chioma Toplis was heading for the rocks.
However, she debunked the incessant rumours trailing her marriage claiming her Oyibo husband would commit suicide if she leaves him.
Since the Abia State born actress came to limelight after settling down with Andrew Toplis, a UK born Engineer, she has been battling with allegations of unstable marriage.
But the big, bold and beautiful mother of three (two girls and a boy) with a towering height is never tired of defending her home, which she described as the type any woman could dream of.
How she is coping with foreign in-laws? Hear her, “I don’t have any problem with his family. My mother-in-law died when I had my daughter in 1998 and my father-in-law also died four years ago. They used to come and stay with us during Christmas period. I never had any problem with them before they died. My husband has only one sister who lives in Cyprus.”
Ufoma Ejenabor and Steve McDermott (European)
It’s been five years since actress and former beauty queen, Ufuoma Ejenobor and her husband Steven McDermott tied the knots.
Today, the proud parents are gradually building a family after the birth of their baby boy, christened, Isio Jared McDermott and their adorable baby girl, Kesiena.
For the Delta State born actress, coping with her in-laws and adjusting to the foreign culture were much easier than she had thought and made to believe.
The Queen of My Heart actress said, “The first time I spoke to his Mum on the phone, I said “Hello Ma” and she said “No don’t call me that, call me Jean. I had to say to her “Sorry Ma, you might not like this but your name right now is Mummy”. He has been in Nigeria for over 10 years but there are still some things he is trying to adjust to. I cannot honestly tell you that we’ve broken down every barrier of culture shock, but somehow we’ve tried to find our own meeting point to make sure that everything is balanced out.”
The couple has been living happily ever since.
Kate Henshaw and James Roderick Nuttal (British)
Kate Henshaw is undoubtedly one of the most popular and gifted Nigerian actresses.
Kate, the Cross-River State born actress got married in 1999 to a British born James Roderick Nuttal. The couple had their daughter and only child Ella Nuttal in 2000.
Unfortunately, the star actress and her British husband, Nuttal are no longer together. The multiple award-winning actress and Mr. Roderick parted ways amicably in November, 2011 following ‘irreconcilable’ differences and allegations anchored on infidelity. Their breakup was a rude shock to entertainment enthusiasts as well as her colleagues.
Ashionye Ugboh and Carl Raccah
Few months ago, August 14 to be precise. Nollywood Actress cum singer, Ashionye and her husband, Carl Raccah welcomed their second child.
The couple had known each other for over 14 years but married six years ago and has two kids; a boy and a girl to show for it.
On the main reason she opted for a white man, the Delta State born diva said, ‘I will call it destiny because it was bound to happen. My husband and I before we got married we were together for like six years. Like any other relationships we had differences but off course we work them out. We got married and now have a son. I didn’t go out looking for an “oyinbo” to marry. It just happened, we met and became friends, love developed and we are married and happily too. My two previous relationships before I got married while I was in school they were Nigerian guys and we are still friends. It is not about been white or black it depends on the individual.’
Oluchi Orlandi and Luca Orlandi (Italian)
Oluchi Orlandi is a popular Nigerian international supermodel. She won the Face of Africa in 1998 and had also covered a lot of renowned magazines such as Vogue, Elle and Sports Illustrated for a record four times. Oluchi, 35, is happily married to a 54-year-old popular Italian fashion designer, Luca Orlandi since August 2005. The happy union has produced two baby boys. She is in the top list of celebrities who have sustained interracial marriages.
When recently asked how she copes, she said “I have been married since 2005. I think it is just marrying your best friend more than anything. A man that will understand you; a man that will support you in good and bad times. My husband is my best friend. The dark and beautiful model maintains that her marriage has been wonderful because she married her best friend even though it is an interracial marriage.
Regina Askia and Rudy Williams (American)
Born Imaobong Regina Askia Usoro in 1967 but famously known as Regina Askia. She was onetime Nigeria’s top actress and ex beauty Queen. Regina secretly married her American-born husband, Ruddy Williams somewhere in Lagos few years back.
The union shocked a lot of her colleagues and admirers because the news of her white wedding, which was witnessed by a selected crowd, was quite unexpected, as it came on the heels of her controversial break-up with an Igbo big boy, Charles Okorie.
Goldie Harvey and Andrew Harvey (British)
It was a huge shock to the whole entertainment industry when barely 48 hours after pop singer, Oluwabimpe Susan Harvey, fondly known as Goldie Harvey died on the late hours of Thursday, February 14, 2013, new facts, especially about her marital status emerged.
It was later revealed by Andrew Leonard Harvey, a British senior contract engineer based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia that they have been married since 2005 but on a mutual agreement to keep their union a top secret.
Tracy Daniel and Indian Expatriate
Actress, singer and one of the golden girls twins, Tracy Daniels, was married to her Indian expatriate. Their traditional marriage took place on Friday April 7, 2012 in a low-key ceremony in Ohaukwu, Ebonyi state. They later celebrated their church wedding on June, same year.
Painfully, the union has met with brick walls and they have since moved on with their separate lives.
Chioma Akuezue and Walter Von Den Driesch (German)
Model and ex- Koko mansion housemate, Chioma Akuezue secretly got married to Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Nigeria, Mr. Walter Von Den Driesch recently.
Their marriage may come as a surprise to many close watchers of the entertainment industry who thought marriage was not on the agenda for the ambitious pretty-looking entertainer who seems to have the world at her feet.
Albeit, Chioma is relatively unknown in some circles but was in the spotlight years back as one of the housemates of the one-off reality TV show, Koko Mansion.
Ruth Ibeawuchi and Corrado Moglia (Roman)
Ruth Ibeawuchi, fondly called Ruth Johnson is still very fresh in union. The Abuja based international model is presently savouring her union with foreign husband, Corrado Moglia.
The tall, slim and beautiful lady who is also the brain behind Absolute Event, an event planning outfit in Abuja met is her handsome better half in 2011 and ever since then they have been inseparable. Corrado Moglia is a Roman but lives large in Milan.
The couple had their traditional wedding on April, 29, 2012, which was well attended by family members and friends. They later sealed their union on Saturday, July 20, 2013 as they exchanged vows and hosted their friend in a superlative reception.