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Abike Dabiri-Erewa Speaks About Ex-Husband …As Son, Oladipo, Marries Ibikunle Amosun’s Daughter, Ayomide



Former member of the House of Representatives and a Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari became popular during her days as a reporter with the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA).

But now things have really turned around for the television lady, who became more popular with the story she ran about a miracle baby then.

Abike later joined politics, which appeared to have paid off for her as she got elected to the House of Representatives and she spent 12 solid years there before she decided to move on.

However, Abike recently revealed how her first marriage ended and what actually led to the break up.

This was just as Abike’s son, Oladipo got married to the daughter of Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State, Ayomide in Abeokuta recently

According to her, her first marriage didn’t just break up. “It broke up over a period of time. He went abroad and never came back. It was painful, but I didn’t dwell on it. I concentrated on my children and my job. We used to communicate when it’s necessary,” she said in an interview.

Asked if she missed having a girl, she said, “Yes, but I love my boys. I love children, and would have loved to have more, like six or seven, like my mother (laughs). But God said two. Then again, I have two more from my husband, making four, so I thank God for my boys. With them, I do not miss anything. I have lovely nieces, Tomi and Tosin. There are many girls around me.

Speaking about her childhood, she said; “Growing up was fun with a lovely family. I remember I came back from St. Theresa’s College Ibadan, during one of the holidays, my cousins just came in from England and were staying with us at Adeniyi Jones, Ikeja, Lagos. One of them put a frying pan on the fire, anad we started dancing to the music of Sunny Ade. We forgot the pan on the fire and it got burnt. I had to carry it with my bare hands. The scar is still there today on my right hand. I was about 13 or 14 at the time. I was rushed to the hospital and the nurses said they gave me an award as the most courageous child of the year because I had saved our house from being burnt.

“I also remember a few of the pranks we played in secondary school, like jumping the fence to buy ‘Iya Akeem’s rice’. It was ‘Ofada’ rice. We were there on this particular day without being aware that the vice-principal had seen us. She waited for us to come back before calling us to give us our punishment. That was St. Theresa’s College, Ibadan. Then the good days at University of Ife, I had so much fun on campus. Driving from Ife to Lagos was also fun.

Now, from Lagos to Ibadan, you can spend 10 hours because of bad roads. We were three sisters and we used to alternate cooking. I didn’t like cooking. When it was my turn, I found a way to dodge and begged the two other girls.

“My younger sister would agree, but my elder sister would not agree. It was a lot of fun growing up. I also remember my days in Ikorodu. Ikorodu was home to everybody, especially during the festivities. I remember one of the times we came to Ikorodu, my sister and I were going somewhere and we saw two rams heading our way. I’m generally scared of any kind of animal, so we ran. I went in one direction and she went in the other, which was our way home. So I went missing.

“My parents were really worried, they looked for me, but they knew I would be okay. But you can’t say that today. I was kept in the Baale’s house who gave me food. I wasn’t worried. They asked me who my father was, and I said Ashafa instead of Erogbogbo. I was in primary school at the time. By the time they walked round every household, they knew they would find me, and they found me comfortably in the Baale’s house, playing with his children. That can’t happen today,” she said.

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