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Toke Makinwa & Maje Ayida’s Marriage Dissolved



An Igbosere High Court has dissolved the marriage between OAP and author Toke Makinwa and her estranged husband Maje Ayida.

Toke had filed for divorce on March 9, 2016 on the grounds that Maje committed adultery.

Justice Morenike Obadina, while delivering judgment held that Ayida filed an answer to the petition but did not give oral evidence in support of it.

She said the position of the law was settled as pleadings did not amount to evidence.

“Pleadings on which no evidence was led are deemed abandoned. Therefore, Ayida’s evidence is deemed abandoned. The effect being that the petitioner’s evidence is unchallenged and uncontroverted,’’ she ruled.

The judge said the issue of cruelty which the petitioner (Toke) relied on was established because of the “mental and emotional stress” she was subjected to by her husband.

“I hold that the marriage has broken down on grounds of intolerable behaviour.

I hereby pronounce a ‘Decree Nisi’ dissolving the marriage between Makinwa and Ayida which was administered at the Federal Marriage Registry, Ikoyi, Lagos, on January 15, 2014.

The order Nisi shall become absolute three months from today unless within that period sufficient cause is shown why it should not be made absolute,” Obadina said.

Makinwa had told the court that her husband committed adultery with Anita Solomon, adding that the relationship produced a child.

She said since their marriage was contracted, Maje had “behaved in a way she could not reasonably be expected to continue to bear”.

She also said Maje was cruel towards her, adding that their differences became irreconcilable.

During the trial, Toke testified in court and tendered some documents including their marriage certificate which were admitted in evidence.

In her testimony, she said that after their marriage was contracted in 2014, cohabitation with Maje ceased on November 8, 2015, without any child.

She also told the court of an instance where Maje threatened separation and even drafted a separation agreement because she discovered that he bought a ticket for Anita to travel to London.

Maje, who replied to the petition when served, however, instructed his counsel, T. O. Lawal, not to continue with the defence.

Anita, who is the second respondent, refused to join issues with Toke.


  1. Ec

    October 5, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    Good! Now be done with this and proceed to greater things.

  2. Bolaji

    October 5, 2017 at 10:21 pm


  3. wendu

    October 5, 2017 at 10:34 pm

    Ayida is a coward , why put Toke through all this, …. there should never have been a wedding …… and the Irony of life, now that he is free to marry the Anita he still hasn’t committed to her and might never . A typical case of wanting to eat your cake have it…..

    Toke am glad you made that decision to call it off and though I know it’s
    not easy but with time you will get over him . May God bless you with a man that loves you and you will love in return

    • FasholasLover

      October 6, 2017 at 1:14 am

      Even by now, Anita eye go don clear as their ATM has abandoned ship. lol. Anita too has no shame/conscience – taking gifts, money etc from Maje knowing it was all coming from Toke.

    • Taje

      October 6, 2017 at 2:08 am

      Gbenudake. Toke forced this man to marry her. He was a no show at the registryetwice before they finally corners Jim. He didn’t want to do.!

    • Hmmm

      October 6, 2017 at 7:38 am

      I have a feeling Maje has been waiting for the marriage to be dissolved so he can get married to Anita after this. Notice he and Anita didn’t even continue with the defence (they have nothing to defend anyway. The child is there). Watch and see.

    • ITK

      October 6, 2017 at 12:11 pm

      You are an idiot raised to power [email protected] IS MAJE A COW THAT YOU FORCE TO THE ALTAR? Oh sure, I forgot Maje is a cow.

    • jade

      October 11, 2017 at 11:34 pm

      Toke has part of the responsibility. This man was very clear he didn’t want Toke as girlfriend and wife. He didn’t want the commitment but liked the benefit that came with being with Toke.

    • Bee

      October 14, 2017 at 12:46 pm

      I don’t get your pain o, toke confirmed that maje dint love her from the onset and yet she stayed. No one put her through anything my dear. We are all here when she got married and after the wedding she be came mtn(everywhere she goes) I’m happy both parties can rest now.

  4. chyamaka

    October 6, 2017 at 12:03 am

    my darling Toke move on and enjoy your life

  5. miss_nk

    October 6, 2017 at 12:10 am

    I thought he said he was going to sue her for defamation? agbaya. Toke, move on and continue living your life

    • Kiki

      October 6, 2017 at 9:57 am

      She’s already moved on with a 70yr old sponsor. I am very happy for her

  6. Hmmm

    October 6, 2017 at 7:38 am

    BN wrote, “Anita, who is the second respondent, refused to join issues with Toke.”.

    BN, I carry yansh for una o. See shade against Toke

    • Yeye

      October 6, 2017 at 8:55 am

      @Hmmmmm, where is the shade?

      “Refusing to join issues” is legal terminology. Not everything is shade. Be guided abeg.

  7. Kiki

    October 6, 2017 at 9:55 am

    Good riddance to bad rubbish
    Anyone will be a fool to bring THIS ONE into their family. Run a run fast from her.

    • Lovely

      October 6, 2017 at 11:44 am

      May Maje be brought into your family, seeing as he’s the the one who’s not shameless.

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