Thursday, 6 March 2014
Nigerian Celebrities: From Fame To Fatherhood
Gradually, ‘baby mama’ is becoming a syndrome among Nigerian celebrities as many of the men now choose to have children outside wedlock. Blessing Ukemena and Patience Ivie Ihejirika take a look at some of them.
He had famously declared early in 2013, that he is not getting married anytime in the future because he would not embrace the thought of losing half his earnings. However, he likes being a father.
Afrobeat artist and son of Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Seun Kuti and his partner Yetunde George Ademiluyi welcomed a daughter in December last year. The baby’s name ‘Ifafunmike’ means “A child gotten from a deity”.
In a recent interview, 31-year-old Seun talked about the exhilarating experience of fatherhood. “Training your first child is a life experience. It is a lesson in selfless service. You know, babies are strong but they are also quite dependent. You know you have to sacrifice your time, and now I am the one who sacrifices my time all night. “My partner works all day, I work all night. I am in the studio anyway, so I can stay awake all night. Well, it is interesting and my baby is quite peaceful,” he stated.
Despite the fact that he happens to be one of the youngest and busiest fathers on the Nigerian music scene, Wizkid, whose real name is Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun, still has time to spare for his kid, Boluwatife. He is also the first son of Wizkid and his mum Shola Ogudugu. There is no sign that the rich lad will be getting married anytime soon though but Wizkid is enjoying his role of a father and often posts pictures of his son on his instagram page.
Now often referred to as the ‘father of all nation’, 2face was linked to three baby mamas before he recently tied the knot with Annie who was also his longtime girlfriend.
The father of seven has three children with Pero Adeniyi namely; Rose, Justin and Oluwakitan, two with Sunmbo Ajaba namely; Nino and Zion while two, Isabela and Olivia, are with Annie Macaulay, his present wife.
One of his baby mamas, Sunmbo, recently got marriage to a Pastor in Lagos. When 2face was asked by an online magazine how he felt about it, his reply was “Sunmbo deserves all the best; I wish her many good things in her marriage. She’s a nice person,” he told an online magazine.
Popular musician May D whose real name is Akinmayokun Awodumila, also made the list of Nigerian celebrities Dads. His son Olamipoju turned one on January 24 this year. He had the child with his longtime girlfriend, Debola. Fortunately he never denied his son.
Terry G, is a proud father of one with his UK-based girlfriend, Mimi Omoregbe. She gave birth to a baby boy in November 2012. The singer, whose real name is Gabriel Amanyi hit the limelight with his hit single ‘Free Madness’ in 2008. He was said to have conducted a silent traditional wedding with Mimi in 2011
Timaya became a father in 2012 and he said he is in no hurry to tie the knot but his baby mama, Barbara is his kind of woman. The dark-skinned lady who is in her 20s met Timaya in 2010. Timaya whose real name is Enetimi Odom named his daughter Emmanuella Perere Timaya. And he recently celebrated her via his Instagram page: “After giving birth to my child she still looks hot. Mama Emma oo..LOL”
Ruby, a mother of one, is Jesse Jagz’ baby mama. The talented rapper/singer is MI’s younger brother and the brothers have known Ruby since childhood, as the singer is very close to the Abaga family.
The singer met the Abaga brothers back in Jos in the church choir, where MI was the music director. Jesse Jagz and Ruby have a seven-year old daughter, Jade. Jesse Jagz, a proud and committed father has often talked about his daughter in his songs, most especially on the song entitled This Jagged Life. The couple isn’t dating anymore but those close to them said they remain close friends and are jointly raising the fruit of their union.
20-year-old Babatunde Bimbo became known in 2012 after she confessed to carrying the child of Nigerian rap star, Ice Prince Zamani. Despite the several denials and rejections that trailed her announcement, the former undergraduate had to drop out of school to keep the pregnancy.
The baby was christened Toluwalase. Ice Prince, who initially distanced himself from mum and child, later admitted in an interview to being the father. In a sudden twist, Ice Prince embraced his child and re-named him Jamal Zamani. The hardworking rapper is gradually introducing the baby to his fans. In an interview last year he explained that he had denied his son because, “It was complicated back then, I didn’t really know what was happening and I wasn’t sure of certain things. So the best I had to do then was deny it and sort out things first. Now I know he is my child and I have done everything as a father ever since,” he said.
Kay Switch is the latest to join the list of celebrity dads in the music industry. He is expecting a baby with his Liberian beauty queen girlfriend Meena Subramani. He confirmed the news in a new interview with Encomium magazine. “Yes, it’s true. My girlfriend is pregnant. It really makes me feel like a man. We’ll get married one day, though I cannot disclose when now” He said.