Anita Oyakhilome, embattled wife of Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, the founder of Christ Embassy, has officially gotten a divorce certificate and is no longer a part of, or involved in, the church, also known as Believers LoveWorld Inc.
This was made known in a statement by Anita’s Lawyers, Attwaters Jameson Hill, published on the United Kingdom-based law firm’s website, it reads:
We have been requested by Anita Oyakhilome to confirm that on February 8, 2016 a decree absolute was pronounced in the High Court of Justice Principal Registry of the Family Division dissolving her marriage to Christian Onehirokpeana Oyakhilome.
Anita Oyakhilome would like to confirm that she is no longer involved in or part of Christ Embassy, A.K.A. Believers LoveWorld Inc.
Anita Ebhodaghe, formerly Anita Oyakhilome, was a pioneer member of Christ Embassy, where she rose to become a pastor, she got married to Pastor Chris in 1991, and they have two daughters together.
In 2014, it was in the news that Anita had filed for divorce, after months of rumours suggesting that all was not well with the marriage.
In the following months, their marital crisis got messier as both Anita’s lawyers and Oyakhilome’s issued statements that suggested the damage to the relationship was irreparable, dashing the hopes of members of the Christ Embassy congregation who prayed for the marital crisis to be resolved.
Shortly after, news of a suit for separation broke, images of Anita, which were very prominent on the church’s website, were removed with her name and image also missing from subsequent editions of Rhapsody of Realities, the church’s devotional, which she had co-authored for years with her estranged husband.
Pastor Chris, at that time, dismissed reports about the messy divorce including those suggesting that adultery was one of the grounds for the divorce, accusing the media of publishing a lot of “stupid things.”
In August, on her official website – www.pastoranita.org – Anita talked about how she “tolerated abuse” for so long. In December 2015, right before the New Year, she declared she now “has a happy life free from abuse.”