You may know her from her numerous of popular Nigerian and especially Yoruba movies. She started her career in 1998 and has now starred in over 150 Nollywood movies.
But right at the beginning of her career, Iyabo Ojo was about to give up. She got pregnant and got married to her husband. All this was not easy to handle for the 21-year-old raising star. How did she manage to continue to pursue her dreams? What is her husband’s name and how many children does she have? Let’s find out about Iyabo Ojo husband and children and if she is happy now with her life.
Alice Iyabo Ojo was born on 21 December 1977 in Nigeria. She is a Nigerian film actress, director, and brilliant producer. Since she began her acting career, she has not only feature in more than 150 films but also produced over 14 movies of her own. She is famous and gorgeous. But often times, actresses who have this kind of brilliant acting career, do not get the chance to build their own personal life or find happiness in marriage. Want to know about the personal life of the most lovely actress in Nollywood? We have all the details!
Early marriage story
Iyabo Ojo got married when she just turned 21. Her husband’s name is not mentioned anywhere, but it is said that he was a famous movie-marketer. In addition, there were some rumors going on about being the one who helped Iyabo Ojo become popular in Nollywood. However, Iyabo Ojo herself denies it and says that the only reason for the marriage between she and the man was Iyabo Ojo’s pregnancy.
The star actress confesses: “My husband married me because I was pregnant for him; that was the main reason. Most men get married to ladies in the industry because of the celebrity aura around them, only to realize that there is a lot more to marriage than that.”
She gave a birth to her first child at the age of 21. Her little baby was a boy, named Festus. Two years later, she got pregnant with her second child and became a happy mom of a daughter, called Priscilla. Despite the fact that she was so blessed to have two beautiful kids and enjoyed motherhood, she did not feel happy about her marriage.
New beginning: divorce?
When talking about leaving her husband, Iyabo Ojo admits that it was not about her acting career.
She says: “It was another thing entirely; it had nothing to do with my acting because I gave up acting immediately I found out I was pregnant. I just gave it all up because I wanted to have a home. I wasn’t known as an artist then. People would say: who is this girl? It wasn’t as if I had an established name or face. It was just the beginning of my career. The baby came and it was easy to give up everything because I was not deeply into acting then. I was just a beginner. Making up my mind to come back to acting was a result of the crash.“
Of course, it was quite a huge decision for the actress to leave her husband and raise the children by herself. She admitted that she was prayed to the Lord for all the guidance she needed at the time. Although it was not easy for Iyabo Ojo to take care of kids by herself, she kept on saying to herself that everything would be fine. It was not the children who asked to be brought to the world, so the actress completely realized her responsibility. She decided to become the best mom to them.
Sometimes, when things were so difficult and Iyabo Ojo felt she was about to give up, just looking at her kids’ smile and hearing their laugh would make her feel better and start over. There were times the young woman was broke and had no money at all. She would sell her gold jewelry and borrow money from friends to pay her children’s school fees. She kept on fighting for better life for them, just because she believed that every child was a blessing for her.
Iyabo Ojo’s amazing children
Iyabo Ojo’s first child, Festus is now all grown up and a fantastic young man. He is studying at the university and just turned 19. He looks very happy in all the photos, especially ones from his graduation ceremony. Priscilla is also doing pretty well and has already graduated from high school. She is 17 years old and about to enter university soon. Iyabo Ojo’s children have grown up and look very wonderful. They are also grateful to their mother for sacrificing herself to raise them in good conditions and give them good education.
We all wondered if Iyabo Ojo’s children are interested in an acting career. The actress says that her daughter has already played in some movies and works as a part-time actress. Her son has not acted yet, except in one movie “Beyond Disabilities”. Although now it is too early for them to think about the future in the movie industry, but the star mom really wishes them to try to succeed in real Hollywood and become even more famous than she is.
Is Iyabo Ojo getting married?
Iyabo Ojo is not married and doesn’t seem to be looking for a husband right now. She says that even though she has a man she loves now, they are not planning to get married any time soon. The actress feels comfortable and receives great support from her boyfriend. He is the second most important thing in her life after the kids.
The actress shares her feelings about her love saying that he is the only one who makes her laugh, understands her, and cares about her welfare. It looks like the star actress has finally found her Mr. Perfect. Although Iyabo Ojo doesn’t share a lot with media about her personal life, it seems that she is satisfied with her life now.
Iyabo Ojo is now a happy mom of two children and a famous actress. She is a precious stone in Nollywood. Although she has a beloved man by her side, unfortunately, she is not married now. The actress is not willing to divulge the name of her boyfriend as well. Well, maybe one day we will see her wedding pictures!