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Court Dissolves Emeka Ike & Suzanne’s 17 year Old Marriage



Emeka Ike and wife Suzanne

Nollywood actor, Emeka Ike and his wife, Suzanne Emma, have parted ways.

A Lagos Island Customary Court, South West Nigeria on Thursday, dissolved their 17 year-old marriage.

The three-man panel presided over by Awo Awosola, dissolved the marriage in a judgment following a petition filed by Suzanne.

Other members of the panel of judges were: Opeyemi Olanrewaju and Kehinde Jacob Olayinka.

“From all evidence before the court, the marriage between the couple had broken down, and it is irreconcilable, consequently, the marriage is hereby dissolved,” said the court.

The court granted Emeka the custody of the four children, but ordered that Suzanne should be granted unhindered access to them.

Either Suzanne or Emeka Ike has 30 days to appeal.

The court also received a photocopy of a bank draft of N300 dated July 20, 2016, which Suzanne used in refunding the bride price, paid to her family during their marriage.

Suzanne in the petition filed before the court accused Emeka of incessant beating, molestation, and torture, which she said she could no longer endure.

But Emeka in his response denied beating, molesting or torturing his wife. He urged the court not to dissolve the marriage.

He also informed the court that his wife had moved out of their matrimonial home five times without any reason.

He also told the court that the only time ‘devil’ entered their marriage, was when his wife paid for the children’s school fees.


  1. Ade

    March 2, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    Eiya, lovely looking couple. Sucks when marriages breakup. Not nice 🙁

    • Anon

      March 2, 2017 at 5:07 pm

      Please let’s stop saying that, and putting pressure on people. If I were the people involved I’d feel guilty. Asif I just failed you. Many women are tired of enduring beating and cheating. And there will be many more divorces until the men stop. (And vice versa)

    • Suzannes Friend

      March 2, 2017 at 9:52 pm


      abeg park somewhere

      Thank God – this is over. YOU WILL NOT DIE Suzanne. God has saved you.

  2. Paul Adeyemo

    March 2, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    A big shame to Nigerian women and their level of adultery. For the court to award custody of the children to Emeka says a lot. Thank God The court did not reveal the reasons as infidelity and irresponsibility of the wife would have been taken into consideration. Feminism is killing Family life in Nigeria, how come the woman did not fight for the custody of her own children, she wanted time to be sleeping around unhindered. BN frustrated feminist, if you like curse or abuse me, I don’t care. It is rare to award full custody to a man tankless of awarding full custody of 4 children to the father. Kudos Emeka, another victory for the much maligned Nigerian man.

    • Tega

      March 2, 2017 at 6:00 pm

      But Emeka is the one asking the court not to divorce so he must be enjoying the adultery or not minding it. When a woman is tired, she is tired! Doesn’t matter whether or not she has children or not. She has to be sane first before she can take care of them.

    • Anon

      March 2, 2017 at 6:04 pm

      Feminism asin gender equality is killing marriage? And not adultery or abuse? Lol okay o

    • NUR

      March 2, 2017 at 6:36 pm

      I don’t know the reason behind the divorce and quite frankly it isn’t my place to say but in Nigeria, the father owns the children. If he wants them, he gets them. Simples!

    • iyaeko

      March 2, 2017 at 6:58 pm

      What a bunch of crock! Which foolish talk be this? The father owns the children…This is why we will never progress as a society. Tueeeee!

    • Lola

      March 2, 2017 at 9:25 pm

      Thank you.Even Davido will claim his daughter when she’s seven. Except he decides to leave her

    • Cocolette

      March 3, 2017 at 12:46 am

      So apparently Iyaeko and ‘message to an idiot’ need to educate themselves concerning family laws in Nigeria

    • lorelai

      March 3, 2017 at 6:27 am

      Nur speak for r uself . .. Nd ur culture.. don’t talk about IN NIGERIA.. there are many tribes in Nigeria . esspecially mine.. where the mother owns the children.. smh.. u ppl nd ur generalisations

    • Message to an idiot

      March 2, 2017 at 7:02 pm

      May God punish the person that used your brain to fry akara

    • funmilola

      March 2, 2017 at 11:17 pm

      that is to say im brain don soak oil wella….olopolo ororo

    • Ralu

      March 2, 2017 at 9:20 pm

      Paul please shut your mouth. Thank you

    • Lola

      March 2, 2017 at 9:23 pm

      You people need to be informed. In Nigeria any child above 7 will be given to the father and when the child is old enough he/she will decide whom they will live with do your research

    • stop

      March 3, 2017 at 5:37 am

      Stop misinforming people please, you are discussing the Matrimonial Causes act and this is not what the act says. There are custody battles in Nigeria in which custody has been granted to the mother. I understand that you mean well but this is not accurate information.

    • nnenne

      March 3, 2017 at 3:11 am

      So it! !
      If they were married traditionally, then under igbo customary laws, he has custody of the kids and he also gets his bride price back. That is Igbo traditional law and custom.

  3. FasholasLover

    March 2, 2017 at 4:32 pm

    “The only time the devil entered their marriage…….” Pls. what does this even mean and who is this devil sef? Devil don suffer. So, all the beatings, torture, verbal abuse as in, “prostitute, if l did not pity you and marry you, no one would hv….” is not devil entering? Your siblings/mother all having a say in your marriage is whose fault? Emeka, pls. seerve. The girl eye don open. There is a limit to what any one person can tolerate. You come across as having anger issues and arrogant to boot. Imagine Emeka beghing for his marriage not to be dissolved. How are the mighty/arrogant

  4. Gia

    March 2, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    “He also told the court that the only time ‘devil’ entered their marriage, was when his wife paid for the children’s school fees.”


    • me

      March 2, 2017 at 10:01 pm

      its amazing!!!

  5. Puzzles

    March 2, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    Why was he granted custody of the children instead of the mother? An alleged beater, molester and torturer? Someone like him can be very vindictive and would make it difficult for her to see her children. I know his type.

    • tunmi

      March 2, 2017 at 8:37 pm

      we don’t know who is working or earning more, maybe that’s why

  6. Nina

    March 2, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    Why do women have to refund the brideprice??? After 17yrs of marriage???!!!! She has given birth, she has taken the care of their home and then she has to refund the brideprice??!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Nnenna

      March 2, 2017 at 6:00 pm

      Dear, it’s tradition. According to the Igbo tradition, As soon as a woman married under the traditional laws of the land returns her bride price, that marriage is null and void. That is the only way her divorce can be acknowledged back home.

    • I understand

      March 2, 2017 at 6:43 pm

      I understand your frustration but if it was me I would also return the bride price. This kind of man will use it to insult her in future. Maybe it is because of a miserable 300 naira bride prize that he said she would have been a prostitute if he did not marry her and felt he could beat her until she saw stars. Let her cut all ties with him customarily as well…shikena

  7. Jezebel

    March 2, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    Yes, of course. The devil walked into their living room and told Emeka not to pay tuition for his children.

  8. greatness

    March 2, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    only God can sustain marriage..

  9. greatness

    March 2, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    i believe God can still intervene

    • Ss

      March 2, 2017 at 7:09 pm

      Abeg leave God alone o!

  10. ogeAdiro

    March 2, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    You mistreat someone and you still want to be with them. Even when you treat the person right, if they don’t want you anymore, just try and find the strength to free them.

  11. Nothingbutthetruth

    March 2, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    Why was he given custody of the kids?
    Reason : he is probably the party with a stable sufficient source of income, stable environment for the kids to live ( house where they can live comfortably and thier general life ( school, friends etc won’t be interrupted)

    Why was the bride price returned ?
    It’s a traditional way of announcing to the elders that the marriage is officially over and there should not be any expectations from the woman any further as wife ( always advisable as village people can be extra and overly dramatic when things go sour in marriage)

    Lessons to be learnt
    Women please be wise and stop splitting bills 50 – 50 with a man. You are a helper and not a running mate. Try to save more.

    When he buys you a car please ensure its in your name
    When he buys a house and says it’s for you, please check that it’s in your name.

    If any man is acquiring wealth in only his name and you’re sharing his bills with him, please think again.

    Vex money is more than paying for fast food these days – think further – should things go sour suddenly, do I have money to pay rent for atleast the first year when am out of his house?

    Do I have money to pay for the kids fees at least for 1 session if he starts to act up because I moved out?

    Truth is love is a beautiful thing but in these times its never truly enough. Marriage or no marriage, your life is yours and no one will bail you out.
    Shout out to women who are bold enough to walk away from abuse ( I speak of those I know) not caring what society says. It’s an incredibly tough road ahead when you start all over again but you will be alright!

  12. Just passing

    March 2, 2017 at 8:16 pm

    If only you know who this Emeka is, you will run for your life. A correct adulterer, molester, abuser to the core. The last he beat his wife. Almost killed her, that’s why she ran. The person abusing his wife, if she WS your sister you would have killed Emeka by now. Beats her even when she is pregnant. So pls, hater, you don’t know what you are talking about.

  13. Nothingbutthetruth

    March 2, 2017 at 8:19 pm

    Bella no swallowing comments today ok

    • Deluxe

      March 3, 2017 at 12:28 am

      They swallowed mine. I was trying to explain the tradition to the lady that asked why she had to return the bride price. This will be my last time commenting here.

  14. Lola

    March 2, 2017 at 9:31 pm

    Paul Adeyemo.How can you call her adulterous. So you don’t know in Nigeria the children belongs to the man,any child up to age 7 belong to man,if under 7 the man will be asked to pay a certain amount monthly till age 7.if the payment is not made he can’t claim d child @7

  15. ama glo

    March 2, 2017 at 10:03 pm

    Hian! Abeg judge well. The woman is not a Nigerian. So how will she have access to the children. Moreso, don’t be so conclusive

  16. passingby

    March 3, 2017 at 9:22 am

    Im from the igbo culture and i am proud of ny hheritage. I have 3 daughters and my advice to dem is never ever to agree to an igbo traditional marriage or any traditional marriage because of the simple fact that basis principles of traditional marriages have NEVER EVOLVED and as far as I am concerned Do not stand up to the 21st century woman. No offence they are backward and in no way progressive. I have brought up my daughters to have a mind of their own and not to be sub human. Thats my opinion. I dont know what happened in this particular marriage but the award of children to their fathers is an absolute if one is married under igbo tradition. Its unfair.

  17. Paulinuswealth6

    March 3, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    Mr Emeka, from ur humble explanations u love ur wife, the devil is really out to destroy ur marriage, w’d u let it? Even as the divorce has been declared, it doesn’t matter God can still fix things perfectly. Ur wife could be under some influences or u have made some mistakes on ur own part. Keep declaring in prayer that she has a sound mind and she is coming back home a lovely wife. U too has to be the man she first met. I see things turn around for u. 

  18. ZsaZsa

    March 3, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    Hahahaha!! You are funny. You’re just fishing for “compliments” aren’t you? Enjoy …

  19. Idomagirl

    March 5, 2017 at 5:23 am

    Thank goodness she walked away before he beat her to death.

  20. Adaobi

    March 6, 2017 at 9:03 am

    He can take the children but my advice to his wife is she shouldn’t give a gap in seeing her kids. However the Nigerian system doesn’t have a proper form of paying child support so less struggle for the woman .

  21. bonnie

    March 13, 2017 at 9:20 pm

    You will discover that these actors & actresses have allowed the characters they potrail in movies to become their way of life. Aside from that they really dont give a damn about God,so how will their marriages work out well.

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