About two weeks ago, reports were rife that Emma, wife of Emeka Ike, a popular Nollywood actor, had filed for divorce. She had asked the Lagos Island customary
court to dissolve her 12-year-old marriage to Ike, saying she could no longer bear being tortured.
At the hearing on Wednesday, July 22, the actor failed to show up. According to his counsel, Abdul’Hakeem Labi-Lawal, Emeka was not in court because he was ill.
Labi-Lawal begged the court to give Ike six months to see if there was a possibility of settlement between the couple adding that the actor was still in love with his wife.
Emma however said six months was too long, adding that Emeka Ike had two years to reconcile with her but he didn’t. She said She moved out of their home two years ago and since then emeka didn’t make any attempt to bring her back.
Court President, Chief Awos Awosola, said the court could only grant two weeks. “I am expecting Emeka Ike in this court if he really wants settlement,” he added.
The matter was adjourned till August 12 for further hearing. Speaking after the court rose, Emma said she was not interested in the marriage anymore and wondered why her husband wanted reconciliation after two years that she left him.
Said Emma: “If I was still with him, I may not survive. I was 19 years old when I met him and he was the one who deflowered me. I see no reason I shouldn’t be treated with utmost respect. Due to physical torture, my health has been affected. There was even a time I thought I had breast cancer because I felt a lump on one part of my breasts.”
The marriage produced four children between ages 4 and 13. According to the wife, Emeka Ike took the children away from her and has turned them against her.