Onyeka Onwenu, African music legend and entertainer recently revealed for the first time, that she got married to a Yoruba Muslim in 1984 and the union produced two sons named Tijani Ogunlende and Ibrahim Ogunlende. Ibrahim later changed his name to Abraham.
She revealed how she truly fell in love decades ago and how the union produced her two sons — Tijani and Ibrahim.
She disclosed she refused to shrink herself to accommodate her husband’s insecurities about her fame.
Ms Onwenu, who has always kept her life private, made this revelation in her new memoir titled ‘My Father’s Daughter’.
Her publisher 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.”
According to her:”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.”
The book also chronicles her life as a musician, activist, wife, mother, and politician as well as her formative contact with feminism.
How the Nigerian civil war — between 1967 to 1970 — affected her life and her family are part of the juicy details in the book.
Her sojourn in America with the attendant conflicts of being a migrant and her experience with workplace sexual harassment, and her decision to quit her job at the United Nations, will make you not want to drop the book once you start reading.