It is never a surprise when celebrities find love among themselves, get married and end up sometimes, becoming a power couple or influential figures in the society.
When we talk about outstanding celebrity couples we are talking about couples who have weathered the storm together, done so well for themselves career-wise and have become notable public figures.
On this feature piece, we will be looking at some outstanding celebrity couples who have won our hearts and how they have remained solid over the years.
1. Olu Jacobs and Joke Silva
Olu Jacobs and Joke Silva are probably the oldest celebrity couple in Nigerian with their careers spanning over three decades. These guys have remained an epitome of what we call couple goals today. They have lived a life devoid of controversies rather it has all been about their accomplishments.
In a recent interview with The Sun Newspaper, Olu Jacobs revealed how he meet Joke Silva at the national theater years ago.
" I was invited to come and do a play in Nigeria by the National Theatre. I was living in England at that time. I was to play the lead in Wole Soyinka’s The Trials of Brother Jero. We were having the production when the door opened and this lady walked in and said sorry, we are ready. When she walked in I said excuse me, ladies and gentlemen, this is the lady I am going to marry. You know bodies can attract and bodies can repel. I saw her and I was attracted," he said. He also shared the secret to happy marriage especially when you are celeb saying you have to be friends first and be patient with each other.
2. 2Face Idibia and Annie Idibia
They need no introduction as 2Face Idibia and Annie Idibia are probably the biggest celebrity couple in Nigeria. This amazing love story didn't just start today as it dates back to when 2Face was just an upcoming artist in the late 90s. Despite 2face's relationship with a number of women, they were able to weather the storm together.
Annie Idbia in a chat with Naij revealed how they have been able to stay together as one united front both as a family and successful careers.
"I married my friend and we trust, love and respect each other so much. And that has remained the bed rock of our marriage," she said.
3. Tunde Obe and Wunmi Obe
Tunde and Wunmi Obe happen to be one of the biggest celebrity couples of modern times. Tunde and Wunmi who have been together for over two decades have shown to a lot of fans and admirers what it is to be a celebrity couple and stay away from the paparazzi. TWO as they are popularly called has released a number of hit songs to their credit. According them, they were friends for over 10 years before they got married.
In a recent interview with HIPTV, Wunmi spoke about how they have been able to keep their marriage away from the eyes of social media. According to her, it is the best way to live with your spouse, that way you can always settle any rift without the public getting to know about it.
4. Omotola Jalade Ekeinde and Mathew Ekeinde
A lot of Nigerians yet unborn we grow up to read about the amazing love story between Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde and her husband Mathew Ekeinde. Picture an eighteen-year-old lady with so much innocence getting married to a young pilot, the best romantic story right? That was the case of these two back in 1996 when they decided to tie the knot.
Since then they both have grown to become one of the biggest celebrities in the country with Omotola having a very successful acting career spanning over two decades. In an exclusive interview with Kemi Filani, Mathew Ekiende spoke about the challenges of being married to a movie star.
"The most challenging thing, that makes us argue a lot, is her schedule. Sometimes, especially back then when she was shooting back to back, it was crazy. And then, when she’s had a busy schedule back to back, she falls sick. It’s standard. She gets Malaria and when my wife is down with Malaria, it’s not fun to be around her," he revealed.
5. Zack Orji and Ngozi Orji
When Nollywood kicked off in the early 1990s not many knew it would become the second biggest movie industry in the world. Zack Orji and his wife, Ngozi Orji were amongst the actors who bankrolled the now famous Nollywood industry. From the early days, these guys were in every major movie and sometimes even played the role of a couple.
Zack Orji is known for his expertise in delivering his roles in movies. According to his wife in an interview with Sun Newspaper, Zack Orji is a gentleman who is caring and loves his family. Ngozi Orji no longer acts as she now concentrated on a singing career.
6. Soni Irabor and Betty Irabor
Betty and Soni Irabor are a typical example of what an outstanding couple is all about. These guys started from humble beginnings with Soni starting up his career with Radio Nigeria back in the days and Betty a writer. They later rose to become moguls in the media industry with Betty Irabor as the publisher of the 'Genevieve Magazine' and Soni Irabor has become one of the biggest broadcasters from this part of the world.
A close look at this couple shows how in love they are with each other even as they age graciously. During Betty's 60th birthday in 2017, the beautiful mother of two talked about how Soni influenced her life.
"He is kind, self-giving and tolerates my excesses. Honestly, only a tolerant man like him could have married me; I am too stubborn. I always tend to want things my way. If I hadn’t married Soni, my destiny perhaps would probably have been diverted; he got me interested in the media. When I met him, I was a rookie PR girl who was totally clueless about an assignment I needed to deliver. He just happened to have saved the day for me and it was like payback time when he asked me out. He was in a relationship but I charmed my way into his heart," she said.
7. Alibaba and Mary Akpobome
Alibaba is known as the 'king of comedy' from this part of the world and we don't think anyone would argue about it. Over the last three decades, we've seen Alibaba transcend the length and breadth of the comedy business. Like they say "In every successful man is a woman" that is where Mary Akpobome comes to play. The couple has been together for over two decades and still waxing strong.
For those would don't know, Mary isn't in the entertainment industry unlike a lot of celebrity couples, rather she has grown to become one of the most successful bankers in Nigeria. During a recent interview, Alibaba described his wife as his stabilizing factor.
"My wife has been the secret of our success story in marriage and God. She is the glue that keeps holding us together. She holds the home front, she also manages me. I am not the easiest person to live with, considering the fact that I am an artist and always on the move. She’s somebody who believes in firm planning. She likes to do everything according to plan. I am the kind of person that works on the fly and I think on the fly as well. But she finally began to make me fall in line. She’s a stabilizing factor in my life," he said.
8. Charles Anazodo and Mariam Anazodo
Another cute celebrity couple which we have certainly done well for themselves and we can say have been outstanding is Charles Anazodo and Mariam Anazodo. Now it's interesting to note these guys have had very successful careers in Journalism over the last two decades and counting.
Charles is unarguably one of the finest sports journalist in Nigeria while Mariam is a screen diva whose smile has endeared to a lot of fans. In 2017, the couple celebrated their 14th wedding anniversary with Charles sharing on his Instagram some cute words for his wife. They are blessed with two amazing children.
9. Nobert Young and Gloria Young
When names like Nobert Young and Gloria Young are being mentioned, only one thing comes to mind which is professionalism at its core in the movie industry. It even gets better to see that these guys aren't just one of the best hands to have come out of the entertainment industry but are married. They have been for over a decade now and have somehow been able to keep us away from their private life.
Nobert Young got to the limelight in his famous role in the now rested TV drama series 'Checkmate' while Gloria Young was indeed a beauty to behold in the 90s famous movie 'Glamour Girls.' We've watched them become icons in the entertainment industry making them an outstanding couple for one to emulate.
10. Richard Mofe-Damijo and Jumobi Damijo
This list won't be complete without your favourite 'Man Crush Everyday,' Richard Mofe Damijo and his beautiful wife, Jumobi. We can't overemphasize the major role RMD as he is popularly called played in the emergence of this what we now see as one of the biggest movie industry in Nigeria.
Richard Mofe Damijo has is an amazing actor, politician, lawyer and sometimes a motivational speaker on social media. However his wife, Jumobi is known to be a former screen diva before venturing into communications where she presently works at one of Nigeria's biggest telecoms company. The two are not just celebrity couples but power couples if you would like to put it that way.