Wofai Fada: 5 Nigerian Celebrities Who Embraced Love Beyond Age Barrier

In Nigeria, traditional standards frequently cast a shadow over unorthodox love stories, especially when the lady is older than the guy.

Despite the hidden criticism and subtle judgments, some couples resist these expectations, questioning age-old conventions and enjoying love in its purest form.

As the world focuses on the glitz and glamour of celebrity nuptials, a poignant question emerges from the shadows: Does age truly determine the success or failure of a partnership, or is it only a minor factor in the larger picture of love?

Over the weekend, the internet erupted with excitement as the spotlight shone on a compelling story involving the prestigious Cole family of Victoria Island, Lagos.

Taiwo Cole, a descendant of the renowned dynasty, was at the center of the whirlwind, as his recent wedding to actress and comedian Wofai Ewa, also known as Wofai Fada, sparked a blaze of gossip.

The gorgeous environment of Ugep, Cross River State, provided as the backdrop for their traditional union, which had previously been kept secret from the general public.

The Cole family issued a statement on Sunday, condemning the marriage.

Wofai Fada responded by posting a video with the message “Let love lead” on her Instagram profile, which has 1.2 million followers, despite controversy surrounding her marriage to Taiwo Cole.

On Monday, the actress confirmed that she and her groom, Taiwo Cole, will marry permanently.

In the Nigerian entertainment world, where the sparkle of celebrity coexists with the pressures of cultural conventions, PUNCH Online shines a light on five outstanding individuals who defy age gaps in their relationships.

Here are five prominent Nigerian celebrities who married older women:

1. Peter and Lola Okoye

Lola Okoye, who turned 50 on Friday, September 2, is Peter Okoye’s adored wife, and one half of the famed musical group P Square.

Despite the nine-year age difference between them—Peter and his twin brother Paul were born on November 18, 1981, while Lola’s birthdate is September 2, 1972—their love story blossomed over seven years before they married in 2013.

The Okoyes, who have a son named Cameron and a daughter named Aliona, value their family life together.

In 2021, Lola expressed her satisfaction with how the now-defunct music group P-square resolved their disagreements following a lengthy musical feud.

2. Deola and Darey Art Alade

Darey Art Alade, the renowned R&B sensation, married Deola, a vibrant serial entrepreneur, in February 2007.

After more than 14 years of marriage, they have gracefully and contentedly accepted their eight-year age difference.

Darey once said, “No pressure at all!” Everyone eventually discovers what works best for them.”

Darey and Deola, who have two wonderful children, demonstrate how love transcends age and that happiness knows no limitations.

3. Michael Edwards and Perri Shakes-Drayton

The love story of Big Brother Naija Pepper Dem runner-up Mike Edwards and British Olympian Perri is one of athletic prowess and eternal love.

They married in 2019 and negotiate life’s milestones with synchrony, despite Perri being two years older than Mike.

Welcoming their son into the world demonstrates the depth of their bond and shared goals.

4. MC Fish and Anita Joseph

Nigerian comedian MC Fish and Nollywood actress Anita Joseph have a love tale that transcends age.

Despite their age difference of eight years, the couple’s relationship exudes excitement and affection, as evidenced by their impassioned social media posts.

While they haven’t had a child together, Anita Joseph’s daughter from a prior relationship enhances their family history, highlighting the benefits of blended families.

5. Joseph Ameh & Kaffy

In 2012, renowned dancer, choreographer, and fitness teacher Kaffy, who holds a Guinness World Record, began a love adventure with Joseph Ameh, P Square’s drummer.

Despite their eight-year age difference (Kaffy is the elder), life took an unexpected turn when Kaffy filed for divorce in January 2022, thereby ending their marriage.

According to unconfirmed claims, Ameh’s extramarital affairs were a major factor in their breakup.

Meanwhile, perspectives on whether age is just a number in marriage vary as much as the individuals themselves.

A PUNCH Online vox populi survey revealed diverse viewpoints and beliefs on the subject.

Some fervently believe that age has no significance, claiming that love knows no bounds and compatibility transcends numerical differences.

Others argue that age disparities might be problematic, emphasizing the necessity of similar life experiences and developmental stages in a successful union.

Age and marriage are a very personal and sensitive topic that represent each individual’s values and objectives, despite varying perspectives.

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