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Entrepreneur/Pastor’s Wife/Former Beauty Queen Ibidun Ighodalo Covers TW Magazine’s “Beyond Beauty” April Issue



What a refreshing Magazine cover to look at. One of Nigeria’s leading lifestyle magazine – TW has got us all in awe as the ever gracious and pretty former beauty queen turned entrepreneur – Ibidun Ighodalo is every touch of perfection on the cover of their April “Beyond Beauty” Issue.

The lovely Ibidun who is happily married to Pastor Ituah Ighodalo (Senior Pastor of Trinity House Church) reveals exclusively to TW never before heard details about her role as a beauty queen, her marriage and how faith helps her keep everything in balance.

Nigerian-German music act Ade Bantu also features in the magazine as the Celebrity of the Month. He talks to TW about how music for him is more than just the fame, bling and cars. He also gives an insight into how he tries to give back through various community projects in Ajegunle and Port Harcourt.

This month’s Special Report pages features 4 amazing Nigerian women who have faced and overcome the conventional notions of beauty. They discuss how they have battled personal challenges and have come to embrace their imperfections which makes them more stronger, resilient and truly beautiful everyday.

Just like the issue is tagged Beyond Beauty, Check out some of the photos of their beauty feature.

This issue has hit news stands, ask your vendor for a copy.


  1. Sexxie

    April 26, 2012 at 6:31 pm


  2. didi

    April 26, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    awwwww Ibidun married to my very own Pastor Ituah. WOOHOO. TOO MORSH JOR

  3. anonyyy

    April 26, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    She’s gorgeous!!
    Hmmm…Her dad said she is “too beautiful to be called an African woman”. *Sigh*

    • gimmer

      April 26, 2012 at 10:39 pm

      wow…her dad just insulted all of us

    • Ibidunni Ituah Ighodalo

      July 3, 2012 at 8:11 pm

      Am sorry gimmer my dad didn’t mean it like that

    • Anonymous

      April 27, 2012 at 5:57 am

      I can’t believe her dad made such ignorant statement. African women are beautiful, we have different features which doesn’t make us less or more African.

    • Gidi

      April 27, 2012 at 8:45 am

      Is her dad blonde?

    • Deebubu

      April 27, 2012 at 9:51 am

      Priceless lol

  4. Ajike Gold

    April 26, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    Ibidun looks different…

  5. Miss Pepeye

    April 26, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    Ibidun really looks different on the cover. Wetin happen? :)*&^%???

  6. bisola

    April 26, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    She seems to have lost some weight ( her face shows it), but she is still the classiest Nigerian beauty queen I know.

  7. iamfascinating

    April 26, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    too classy. love her.

  8. lola

    April 26, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    Really? Her Dad said she was too beautiful to be called an African woman?

    • Yoknyam Dabale

      May 5, 2012 at 12:42 pm

      Clearly he lost it to make such an unthoughtful remark. There is a proverb that goes something along the lines that not every elder should be called an elder. The entire world wants to be like black people ( i.e lips, buttocks, cheek bones implants, skin tanning etc etc ) but black people self hate is always on display………..lets hope it was bad translation of what he really wanted to express!

  9. Janded

    April 26, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    she is still as pretty as ever.

  10. mssexy

    April 26, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    Age is coming on Ibidun or is it my eyes??????

    • Ngozi

      April 27, 2012 at 10:35 am

      She’s not “that” old yet. Guess its just crappy photography! Haba, she fine pass this!

    • Naija4life

      April 27, 2012 at 4:56 pm

      My sentiments exactly! she does look older..still v pretty tho..i guess sometimes status can add age, marrying an older man in a position of some authority..maybe that’s what it is or maybe its the makeup who knows…she is still eye candy tho

    • abi

      June 22, 2012 at 8:32 am

      I don’t think so o! is because she lost so much weight. It really shows. She’s still beautiful sha.

  11. keri

    April 27, 2012 at 3:07 am

    Beautiful woman…

  12. JO!

    April 27, 2012 at 3:09 am

    “She is too good to be called an African woman?????” Meaning what o? African women are not supposed to be beautiful? I mean, realllyy *rolling eyes*

  13. sandy

    April 27, 2012 at 4:39 am

    Plz what happened to her face….this is not the face of the beauty queen i know from moremi hall…..smh #lookingtooold&different

  14. sefi-ann

    April 27, 2012 at 5:52 am

    what the hell happened to ibidun ajayi’s face in the mag, nahhh i refuse to believe that gaunt face is hers… she used to be a beauty omg!

  15. lil

    April 27, 2012 at 7:26 am

    she’s pretty! but why is she almost naked in some pictures? 🙁 i thought the married to pastor thing was supposed to come with extra decency. but ill just assume she tied wrapper or something.

    • mekhi phifa

      April 27, 2012 at 8:21 am

      @lil what do u mean by dt, she is not d one on d last 2pics.
      But must we find a Fault?

  16. Gidi

    April 27, 2012 at 8:47 am

    These pastors do not walk by faith when choosing wives o!
    They walk by sight.
    It is well.

    • Gimmer

      April 27, 2012 at 11:51 pm

      Lmao. Pastor had one eye open during prayer

  17. Omolola

    April 27, 2012 at 8:56 am

    @ lil she’s not ”almost naked”. The extra pictures you see are models and not her.
    And @ Gidi, Please dont call somebody’s father a blonde, its so RUDE of you. He’s entitled to his opinion haba.

    • Gidi

      April 30, 2012 at 11:40 am

      @Lola, take it easy. I can’t call someone’s father blonde but i can call someone’s mother or their sister? Is that not sexism? I am a man but an advocate of gender equality.

  18. Triangle

    April 27, 2012 at 9:02 am

    @Gidi We are all flesh afterall. LOL. You know the kind of temptations pastors go through from sisters seeking counselling. They need an extra beautiful wife at home o! *runs away

    • Gidi

      April 27, 2012 at 10:34 am

      Better run very far 🙂

  19. Soraya

    April 27, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Her father say she was too beautiful to be an African Queen??? Because she had Chinese eyes??? He should have shipped her off to China then- at least it could help to reduce our population. True, she may be beautiful and the wife of a pastor but after reading this ridiculous interview, I am happy to inform others that she comes across as a complete airhead

    • Ready

      April 27, 2012 at 11:28 am

      I agree. Even if her father made such an ignorant remark, having served as a beauty que

    • Ready

      April 27, 2012 at 11:31 am

      I agree. Even if her father made such an ignorant remark, having served as an African beauty queen and being exposed perhaps more than her dad, I expect better.
      BTW: Chinese eyes? Please! Many Chinese people have surgery to acquire actual eyelids and enlarge their tiny eyes and I say that as fact, not judgment. Trust a typical Nigerian to somehow make that an exotic feature.

  20. christy

    April 27, 2012 at 9:07 am

    Isn’t It sin enuf to marry an extra beautiful woman as a wife?

  21. Chikaka

    April 27, 2012 at 9:42 am

    These pictures don’t do her justice at all. She’s much prettier than this in the flesh. Her Dad’s comment is a big insult to the woman who gave birth to her; her mum and his wife!

  22. Audrey

    April 27, 2012 at 9:51 am

    Ibidun should have left out the portion about her Dad calling her ‘kokoye’

  23. cool cat

    April 27, 2012 at 10:30 am

    people need to learn what to say in interviews. if her dad make such a statement, does she have to report that in the interview? except she has it imprinted in her head and feels the same way. i know she was somewhat arrogant in uni(cos she was sooooo gorgeous) but i attributed it to being shy at the time.

    she’s not aging well at all. ibidun is tops 30, mayb not even up to and all her lines are clearly visible. if its the stress of work pls take it easy, money is not everything.

    wish her well and hope the cry of a baby will be heard soon. bless…

    • Naija4life

      April 27, 2012 at 5:01 pm

      hmmm….one minute you are praising her looks and the next you are mentioning her not having a does that affect the progress of your own life? are u looking for a nanny job? lol!..i will cut u some slack that the statement hopefully came from a good place…lets focus on the blessings we have and leave the ones we dont have to baba God..

  24. Leila

    April 27, 2012 at 10:34 am

    Critics!critics! critics! the less we criticize the better our lives will be o!!!!#Thatisallihv2say#

    • Ready

      April 27, 2012 at 11:34 am

      My dear, if there were no critics, there would be no enlightenment and we would still be in the Stone Ages.

    • Gidi

      April 27, 2012 at 11:39 am

      That your argument is very lame. Criticism has nothing on the quality of your life. How do you judge the quality of lives of folks you have never met?

  25. sade

    April 27, 2012 at 11:13 am

    God she looks too old for her gae, and shes gaunt. Shes is in her early 30’s. What happened? REally love her simple beauty.

  26. cledges

    April 27, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    She sure does look different, I think she tried to loose some weight. But she was much better with a fuller face. This look gives the impression that she is not well. I concur with the others that she’s got an elegant sense of style ans she always looks graceful. its so effortless. However, We know that African women fine die, she just happens to be one out of a zillion of them.

  27. abi

    April 27, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    Erhmm- isn’t kokoye what we call people of spanish decent- How did Chinese come into it?! I think her general belief is that she looks exotic and she was trying to convey that in the interview but it really sounded shallow!

    Some parents should be flogged for the kind of ideals they imprint on their children’s mind. As a parent myself, I am re-addressing all the ‘loose talk’in my life!

  28. Miss Pepeye

    April 27, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Pls, what kind of women had her dad been meeting prior to Ibidun’s arrival in his life as a daughter? Cos if he reckoned she was too beautiful to be called an African woman, then i wonder what his wife (her mum), his mother, sisters and all the women he’d met at one point or another must have looked like. And i agree with others on this blog who stated that she needs to learn to be discreet and choose what to reveal, instead of thinking she’d score points with her dad’s opinion of her looks. @ Ready,…. exactly jare. Chinese/Koreans etc are busy having double eyelid surgery to change the slanting features of their eyes, and he reckons its beautiful?? Hmmmn,… anyway, bottomline is ‘to each man, his own’. 🙁

  29. Uchechi

    April 27, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    @Gidi you have a good sense of humour, lol @ your first comment. Anyway she certainly looks different to me though!

  30. Uchechi

    April 27, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    Oops, meant second!

  31. Africanbeauty

    April 27, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    She looks totally different from the other magazines I’ve seen her in. Even if her dad said that, does she have to repeat it. I have small slanted eyes, long wavy hair people literally ask me all the time if I’m mixed, NO, both parent are yoruba. Nigerians come in different diverse beauty features,. I am so disappointed in that statement, so she’s implying she’s too beautiful to be Nigerian. Africans kill me with their ignorance. Sigh.

    • name

      May 18, 2012 at 10:26 pm

      No dear she’s not. She’s only reminiscing about her late father and the pet name he gave her

  32. lady lillian

    April 28, 2012 at 12:20 am

    i think Ibidun is a very beautiful woman who has aged gracefully , what do u expect that she still looks 18 when she is 30 and above. na wa oo, some ppl r jes talking abt the lines on her face as if it iz a crime to get old now. she no wan inject herself with botox,werin come happen??

  33. shanday

    April 28, 2012 at 10:03 am

    I don’t think her dad meant it as a derogatory remark about african women. Guess he was just trying to say how beautiful she is in her eyes. I find it so funny when i read comments on bella naija. Y are some people so critical and so quick to judge. smh

  34. beri2

    April 28, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    Ibidun is such a lovely person. Not in any way arrogant. I guess the “kokoye” part didnt come out right. Wish her all the best.

  35. moi

    April 29, 2012 at 6:09 am

    I think her dad was just commenting that she looks exotic. I guess transliteration brought about the confusing statement. We are enttled to our opinion. Don’t some parents call their beautiful daughters queen Elizabeth?

    • name

      May 18, 2012 at 10:18 pm

      abi o

  36. rachel

    April 29, 2012 at 9:01 am

    True talk moi. She certainly looks too thin and old on that cover thanks to bad photoshop effects

  37. UsaveOne

    May 2, 2012 at 10:31 am

    So its pays to be a pastor’s wife afterall? God bless you my dear!


  38. B

    May 11, 2012 at 4:25 am

    wow! she looks like a 40yr old woman in the cover picture and she’s just 30, at most 31!! I know because she was a year behind me in high school and I used to braid her long hair for Inter-house sports….. I don’t wanna believe she’s aged this much (pro’ly just bad photography/editing)

  39. name

    May 18, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    Goshhhh! her dad is late, and from the interview you can tell she cherishes every word/statement/sentence he told her before he passed on (who wouldn’t?). what’s the big deal about saying that to his child? don’t we all get remarks like that from our boyfriends/dad/loved ones. Disgusted at how rude these comments are..totally disgusted

  40. Ibidunni Ituah Ighodalo

    July 3, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    This is ibidunni, I am really sorry bout the statement ,I apologise to all , am really sorry it wasn’t meant to degrade or insult us women , so not like me …….am just reading this post would have replied a while back . Thank you and God bless

    • uche O

      April 11, 2013 at 5:12 pm

      Love you dearie…you are even so humble to render so many apologies.Guess what you wanted to say didn’t come out quite right or the way you intended.Just dont worry,people must talk… 🙂

  41. GodLover

    August 17, 2012 at 12:17 am

    Hello Ibidun
    I hope & pray that you read this and find it encouraging…you don’t need to reply any negative comments made about you – the stress is not worth it!

    Your friends do not require an explanation and your enemies will never believe you – i read that somewhere.

    You can’t win with press interviews as it will (usually) offend someone..Billy Graham, the evangelist learned this hard lesson and refused to grant interviews to the secular press after an interview at the early stage of his ministry, almost cost him his ministry.

  42. Otunla

    September 10, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    Forget all these comments.

    however, be graceful and avoid the press as much as you can. What are you covering a mag for by the way? you’re already popular , so lie low lady. A wise woman will do so.

  43. Bimpe

    November 12, 2012 at 7:52 am

    Otunla, my thougthts exactly. Ibidunnni, do avoid the press until your joy is full. i trust money is not an issue but in Brno Czech IVF/ICSI is cheaper , not so far from home – an hour plus from Ldn, u hardly see blacks there and they give you an option to choose gender of the child if you want. Science has advanced, faith without works is dead. use all info, monay and all to see you get that child that you and your hubby deserves. the next time i see you on a cover it should be with a baby. Amen.

  44. honorable

    June 8, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    Ibidun you are so charming and gorgeous. Apreciate God for you.ty to alws forgive and forget . God will alws grant u ur hrt desires n look after you and alws give u good health in jesus name.

  45. avoiceofreason

    July 29, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    People, its bad enough that we bring others under the hammer with our words the minute we get the opportunity. It is worse when we bring up their private business too.
    @Bimpe, pointing out to ibidun, the medical solution options to infertility on this forum isnt appropriate; this is not the place and you are not the prson to do so. Lets keep the criticism positive, people, and within the scope of the subject at hand.

    • Tobi

      May 10, 2015 at 6:40 pm

      I really don’t get it, what has that got to do with medical check up. Ibidunni is the CEO of Elizabeth R, if you want to give an unsolicited advise send her an email or something. Must the whole world know her challenge. We all have our challenges in different forms or another which the power of God can break asunder. Ibidunni be ready for a tough skin or else human beings will ruin your marriage and you. Kilode, I beg give the girl rest, must she meet with unsolicited advise every where she goes. That’s why I like Revd Olukoya and Pastor Ghandi. They waited on God for years but you dare not tell them nonsense. People just feel that when someone has a challenge, they have some power of advice over the person and the person is supposed to be succumbing, sad and sorrowful. That is just so sad.

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