I'm a married woman - Onyeka Onwenu *'The Elegant Stallion' tells her story in coming book

By Editor on 24/09/2020

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Onyeka Owenu

Elegant Stallion, Onyeka Onwenu, has finally opened up on her marital status, one of the most guarded secrets of her life, since she broke into the Nigerian entertainment scene more than four decades ago.

The ace singer and actress, and former Director General of the National Centre for Women Development (NCWD), confirmed that she is actually a married woman, in a book she is about to unveil, thereby, putting an issue that has trailed her career to rest.

In the Book, My Father’s Daughter, set for debut on October 1, to coincide with Nigeria’s 60-year anniversary, she revealed that she actually married a Yoruba Muslim in 1984.

The 68-year-old songstress and a Nollywood diva, narrated how she fell in love with the father of her two sons - Tijani and Ibrahim, in the book, which also featured her musical career and her work in the entertainment industry.

“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.

“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.”

Apart from entertainment, the book also depicted Onyeka, the activist, wife, mother, and politician as well as her formative contact with feminism, while delving into her war-time experience between 1967 to 1970, when her home Arondizuogu, in Ideato North Council of Imo State, capturing her as a teenager during the conflagration among other stories of how her family remained bound amid the frightening experience.

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.

Speaking about the forthcoming book, Expand Press Limited, her publishers, described ‘My Father’s Daughter’ as a deeply personal account of Onwenu’s life spanning previously unknown details.

“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,” it said.

“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.”



Source Whirlwindnews.com

Posted on September, 24 2020

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