‘I Married a Yoruba Muslim in 1984’ – Onyeka Onwenu Journeys Through Her Private Life in Tell-All Memoir


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

Ms Onwenu, who has always kept her life private, made this revelation in her new memoir titled ‘My Father’s Daughter‘.

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

Onyeka Onwenu has, for the first time, revealed that she got married to a Yoruba man over three decades ago.

“In this book, I am, perhaps for the very first time, setting the records straight with respect to my connubial relationship. Yes, I was married. I married a man I fell in love with in 1984,” she said. “We have two children: Tijani and Ibrahim. (Ibrahim later changed the first letter of his name from I to A, and thus became Abraham.) My husband is Yoruba, and was a Muslim when we met.”

The autobiography also documents her life as a musician, activist, wife, mother, and politician as well as her formative contact with feminism and and how her father’s life heavily influenced her decision to join politics is deftly explored.

The author shared how the war — between 1967 to 1970 — affected her life and her family.

Onyeka Onwenu memoir, ‘My Father’s Daughter’, is set to be released on the Ist of October 2020.

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

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

Expand Press Limited, her publishers, said while describing the book.“It’s a memoir young persons must read. Women especially will glean numerous lessons from her life experience since successful women in Nigeria rarely share their story in a candid manner.”

Photo Credit: Onyeka Onwenu

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