MAR­I­TAL TRAGEDY…REAL REA­SON BEAUTY QUEEN, ANITA ISEGHOHI DUMPED HER HUS­BAND, TRANCORP FOR­MER MD, TOM

THISDAY - - HIGHLIFE -

Un­til very re­cently, the for­mer beauty queen, Anita Uwag­bale-Iseghohi’s pains were in­vis­i­ble and her cries were in­audi­ble. She merely fes­tooned the so­cial

space with her pres­ence, us­ing words that are only fit for the cul­tured. Then she wrote a short note on the so­cial me­dia and ev­ery­thing changed.

Other mis­eries only speak but heart­break shrieks out. Yet each cou­ple ex­tin­guishes the flames of their love, as it pleases them. Some do it with a bit­ter look, some with a flat­ter­ing word. Some do it with a kiss and oth­ers by in­fi­delity. Ask Tom and Anita; the es­tranged cou­ple would def­i­nitely have their pick from the pack.

How­ever, hardly any­one knew when sour mu­sic stole into the wed­lock of the cou­ple. But ev­ery­body knows when their mar­riage crashed. It was the worst thing ever. Friends and fam­ily watched in dis­may as the harsh notes in­truded the cou­ple’s joy leav­ing them a mess of a pe­cu­liar mess.

When they got mar­ried years ago, many peo­ple thought that their wed­ding was made in heaven. Theirs was a seem­ingly bliss­ful nup­tial that Anita’s peers felt they were in her shoes, with some even won­der­ing why she seemed to be the luck­i­est among them.

Cu­ri­ously, how­ever, when the go­ing was good be­tween them, they planned to build cas­tles in the air, have a fortress of a home with their kids rolling and frol­ick­ing on the lawn while they hold hands and give them­selves a pat on the back for sham­ing crit­ics who thought the mar­riage would not last. The plans were lofty and lovely. Be­fore long, the seed of dis­cord be­gan to ger­mi­nate be­tween them. Even­tu­ally, they parted ways thus go­ing the way of most celebrity cou­ples whose mar­riages crashed and burned in record time. Anita va­cated their mat­ri­mo­nial home im­me­di­ately.

Penul­ti­mate Thurs­day, Anita an­nounced the cou­ple’s sepa­ra­tion on In­sta­gram. “Fol­low­ing our al­most 15 years’ re­la­tion­ship as well as a lot of re­cent thought and con­sid­er­a­tion, I have made a dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion to sep­a­rate from my hus­band. We are still a fam­ily and will al­ways be lov­ing, ded­i­cated par­ents to our three lovely chil­dren. “I won’t be com­ment­ing be­yond this and I thank you all in ad­vance for re­spect­ing the pri­vacy of our young chil­dren and of our fam­ily. Love and re­spect from us to all of you,” she wrote, sign­ing off as Anita Iseghohi.

In an in­ter­view, which Anita granted a few years ago, she re­called how she met her es­tranged hus­band.

She said, “It was dur­ing my reign and I had travelled to the Nether­lands for the Miss Uni­verse pageant. As I alighted from

the plane in Am­s­ter­dam, I met him at the air­port.

“I was laugh­ing and mak­ing fun of peo­ple who are blacks but don’t want to be recog­nised as Nige­ri­ans. He was tak­ing a nap when I looked at him. Then, I turned to Guy Bruce and Chi­nenye Ochuba and told them that the guy sleep­ing there is def­i­nitely a Nige­rian. He woke up later and while dis­cussing to­gether, I found out that he was from my state—Edo state.

“He was also look­ing lost. To pro­tect him from miss­ing his way around Nige­ria, I gave him my phone num­ber and told him to call me when­ever he had prob­lems with lo­ca­tions. Of course, we started a re­la­tion­ship, which be­came very strong and he per­suaded me to move over to the United States where he was based in or­der to con­tinue my ed­u­ca­tion.”

Many be­lieved that the sepa­ra­tion of the cou­ple must have been as a re­sult of the tra­vails of Iseghohi, who is a for­mer group man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Transcorp Plc.

When in 2007 the widely ed­u­cated Iseghohi was re­cruited from Amer­ica to head the con­tro­ver­sial Transcorp by the for­mer DG of the Nige­rian Stock Ex­change, Ndi Ok­ereke-Onyuike, many ap­plauded the de­ci­sion and quickly touted him a cor­po­rate messiah.

He mar­ried the for­mer beauty queen in 2008, a year be­fore he was charged along with oth­ers with fraud and money laun­der­ing in con­nec­tion with the botched ac­qui­si­tion of the Nige­ria Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions (NITEL) by Transcorp.

The Court of Ap­peal has dis­charged and ac­quit­ted him of the charges.

Iseghohi is founder of G-57, an as­so­ci­a­tion of 57 top Nige­rian Ex­ec­u­tives from around the world and ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent at Hud­son Con­sult­ing Group.

But all that waned when Iseghohi, a staunch catholic was made to go through ig­no­ble acts and was dis­missed from Transcorp.

This ex­pect­edly led to his ob­scu­rity from the lime­light, leav­ing only his wife, Anita, for­mer MBGN to con­tinue her role as a so­cial but­ter­fly.

Ac­cord­ing to a source, “Anita may have lost the will to carry on in a fi­nan­cially chal­lenged mar­riage and de­cided throw­ing in the towel. That she went on so­cial me­dia to an­nounce it shows her des­per­a­tion to leave Iseghohi, who seems to want to hold on to the union.”

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