They say the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Well, we’ve been here stepping right alongside Toke Makinwa and Maje Ayida as they negotiated the journey from marriage to rumours of infidelity to carry-belle to separation, and finally, divorce. Via a tell-all book, of course.
And now, today, all of the dram (hopefully) comes to an end as the courts have finally granted them the divorce they have both wished for. Maje leaves the marriage with a gym, a child, and his freedom. Toke leaves with a book, some bleaching cream (I imagine), and her freedom.
All is well with the world again.
According to The Premium Times, the marriage has finally been dissolved by an Igbosere High Court in Lagos on Thursday, 5th October although Toke had filed for divorce in March 2016 on grounds that her husband committed adultery. Although Mr. Ayida, according to judge, Morenike Obadina, filed an answer to the petition, he did not give oral evidence to support it.
The judge said the issue of cruelty which the petitioner (Makinwa) relied on was established because of the “mental and emotional stress” she was subjected to by her husband.
She said Toke had sufficiently proven that the husband committed adultery and continued to flaunt his adulterous relationships even to her face.
Toke also told the court her husband cheated with his mistress, Anita Solomon, an affair which produced a child. She added that since they got married her husband had “behaved in a way she could not reasonably be expected to continue to bear.”
She also said the husband was cruel towards her. In her testimony, Toke said they got married in 2014, but ceased living together from November 8, 2015.
She also told the court of an instance where her husband threatened separation and even drafted a separation agreement because she discovered that he bought a ticket for his mistress to travel to London.
The mistress (Solomon), who is the second respondent, refused to join issues with the petitioner. Haha! I bet Ms Makinwa was sitting in the corner thinking “Lady, just open your mouth. I dare ya!”
Look. Everything that has a beginning must have an end. Hopefully, both parties can move on now and dedicate their time and energies to more important things.
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