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Actress Iyabo Ojo picks companionship over marriage to Paul Okoye


Nollywood star and social media influencer, Iyabo Ojo, has taken to her personal Instagram page to assert her preference for companionship over marriage.

Iyabo Ojo’s admission comes as popular comedian, Ayo Makun fondly called Ay Comedian and his wife of 20 years, Mabel Makun, announced their separation.

WuzupNigeria reported that AY, during the course of the week, admitted that his marriage of 20 years is slipping off his hands. Mabel, on Wednesday confirmed split, urging the public to respect her privacy and that of her “ex-husband” on the new path.

However, Iyabo Ojo, in her candid reflection, she highlights the importance of prioritizing personal happiness and encourages others to pursue what brings them joy. This sentiment resonates with the idea of embracing life’s journey and finding fulfilment in one’s own unique path.

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The Nollywood actress shared her perspective on life stages, expressing a sense of fulfilment in various milestones and now embracing the next phase with enthusiasm.

Her post read, “Marriage…… Done & Dusted. Had kids …….Done & Dusted. Raised My kids…… Done & Dusted. Next stage: Enjoyment! Enjoyment!! Enjoyment!!!! 😋😍🥰 #foreveristhedeal to enjoy life to the fullest ✨ ❤ My happiness is the ultimate deal…. ✨ #nocompromise #queenofenjoyment. This is me….. Do you ….. do what makes you happy and what works for you 😍.”

Fans trooped into the comment section to react and one user, Pokiemama said: “A lot of people will think she is advising the young ones wrongly now and start dragging her, she said what she said….. this msg is not for singles, go get married, have kids , raise them, if the marriage is worth it stay put Nd if it’s not leave, raise your kids and enjoy your life to the fullest…. It’s sad to see marriages that has lasted more than 20 years break without the parties involve not looking back… which marry you wan marry again?? POV, her msg is for those that have been in her shoes before✌ Enjoy yourself @iyaboojofespris u deserve it ooo😍.”

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@marvellaasooke also wrote: “You will be a grandma soon so all you need to do now is enjoy and prepare for the grandma duty. Love u so much sis.”

Another user identified as @netblog accused the actress of misleading young ladies.

The user said, “You are misleading the young ladies by not believing in marriage.”

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Reacting, the actress said, “Never said I didn’t believe in marriage. I said I have done that character. It didn’t work for me and I don’t want to go that route again. I want to enjoy my life with my soul mate, It’s my choice, you can make yours.”

Iyabo Ojo further made it clear that she has experienced marriage before and is now prioritizing enjoyment in her current relationship.

Notably, the actress revealed her relationship with Paul Okoye during her 45th birthday celebration back in November 2022.

This declaration by Iyabo Ojo resonates with her commitment to personal happiness and aligns with her decision to embrace companionship while leaving the formalities of marriage.