Anita Isama is a Nigerian lawyer, entrepreneur, and author best known as the wife of Paul Okoye, a famous Nigerian musician popularly known as Rude Boy who makes up the P-Square music duo.
Anita may have gained so much fame following her marriage to one of the Okoye twins but she has a lot of accomplishments to her name. She is the founder of Tannkco, a children’s fashion store, and a co-founder of the Cashew Apple Project (CAP), a project focusing on contributing to the change of the world’s perception of Africa. Anita is also an author of the popular children’s book titled ABC’s of Africa. No wonder why she describes herself as a woman of substance and great accomplishment.
What Is Anita Isama’s State of Origin?
Anita Isama is from Rivers State. She was born in the state’s capital of Port Harcourt on November 8, 1988. Although Anita is yet to reveal much about her parents and siblings, there are reports that she grew up in an averagely wealthy family and so she attended some of the best schools of her time.
She had her basic and secondary education in Port Harcourt after which she gained admission to the University of Abuja to study law. Anita also holds a Master’s degree in Oil and Gas, which she earned from the University of Dundee, Scotland.
What is Anita Isama’s Tribe?
Anita Okoye, who was born Anita Tonye Isama, is an Ikwere woman. Her tribe is one of the Igbo subgroups that are found outside the traditional five Igbo states in southeastern Nigeria. She has since gone ahead to marry an Igbo man from Anambra state.
Anita was 16 When She Met Paul Okoye
Paul and Anita are college sweethearts. They met each other for the first time in 2004 at the University of Abuja, where they studied for a bachelor’s degree certification. Anita was just age 16 years old at the time while Paul was 23. She was a fresher having just gained admission into the law department of the University. Paul, on the other hand, was a final year student in the Business Administration department.
Anita and Paul coincidentally bumped into each other at a mutual friend’s residence, where Paul was supposed to meet another female friend he had a crush on. Paul was supposed to meet her somewhere else but she changed the location to her friend’s place. It was at the new meet-up point that Paul and Anita first saw each other.
Developing a spontaneous love for her, Paul who was already popular as a singer pushed to get Anita’s mobile phone number. After much resistance, she finally gave in just before
they went their separate ways that day. They soon became friends, and in 2006, they started dating. Anita was 18 while Paul was 25 when they agreed to become lovers.
The two dated for eight years before agreeing to officially become a couple in 2014. Anita was Paul’s first love. The singer also revealed Anita to be the only woman he had ever loved. He also gives credit to Anita for doing so much for him during their school years as he was not rich and was just kicking off his music career when they met.
She Became Paul Okoye’s Wife at the Age of 26
Paul Okoye and Anita Isama became a couple on March 15, 2014, months after the singer proposed to her at a jewelry store where he took her to test out rings and pick the one she likes. The couple dated for 8 years but knew each other for 10 years before the big day.
Paul and Anita chose the city of Port Harcourt for their marriage ceremony and the traditional marriage ceremony took place at Aztech Arcum Center located in the heart of the Rivers State capital. As expected, the traditional wedding venue was lavishly decorated and it was covered by the famous lifestyle website, Bellanaija.
Anita’s attire was no less fashionable. As the bride, she was dressed in the Igbo traditional attire, wearing a gold-embroidered blouse, gold wrapper, red heels, traditional coral beads speckled with gold, and a red scarf (also called Ichafu or Gele) for her second outfit. Anita also wore a shimmery royal blue dress as her last outfit for the day. Paul, the groom was dressed in black trousers with an Isiagu top and a cultural Igbo red cap.
The event was graced by top dignitaries like the state’s governor Rotimi Amaechi and famous stars in the entertainment industry like John Okafor, Naeto C, Ini Edo, Susan Peters, Iyanya, Omotola Jalade, Ubi Franklin, D’banj, Chinedu Ikediez, Majid Michel, AY, Pasuma Wonder, Mike Ezuruonye, M.I, Funke Akindele, Uche Jombo, Monalisa Chinda, and Uti Nwachukwu, among a host of others.
A year after their glamourous traditional marriage ceremony, Paul and Anita proceeded to the Ikoyi Registry in Lagos for a low-key court wedding with his twin brother Peter Okoye and a very few of their family and friends in attendance.
A Sneak Peek into Anita and Paul Okoye’s 9 Years of Marriage
Paul and Anita’s marriage is among the most celebrated celebrity marriages in the Nigerian entertainment industry and this is mostly because they are among the few whose marriage is free from controversies. For many years, these two kept their union far away from the public’s prying eyes. Only pictures and videos that tell positive stories of their love life and family circulated in the media.
However, in recent years, the couple has been roped into what Paul refers to as an internal crisis. First was the rumor that Paul was pressured by his parents to marry Anita as his twin brother Peter was already married to his heartthrob, Lola Omotayo. More recently, the couple became a topic of discussion when Anita filed for divorce from her husband.
In August 2021, it was reported that Anita Isama filed for divorce in a high court in Abuja, citing “irreconcilable difference” as her reason, and asking her beloved husband to challenge it if he feels disgruntled. Among other things written in the divorce petition was her demand for the alimony of 15,000 US dollars per month as financial support and children’s upbringing.
The rumor about Anita and Paul’s divorce happened barely one month after the couple celebrated their 7 year marriage anniversary on March 23. In April of the same year, it was reported that Anita had relocated to the United States of America with her children. It was followed by the rumor of her taking down all her husband’s pictures from her various social accounts.
While confirming the divorce petition against him, Paul asked people to keep their prying eyes off his family affairs. In what appeared like a strong defense of his wife, the famous singer emphasized that people’s choices should be respected even if they decide not to be in your life anymore.
Weeks after their divorce rumor went viral, the couple appeared to have struck an agreement to give the union another trial. Media reports have it that Anita’s close cousin Kene Nwakuche and her mother and other concerned relatives played key roles in the couple’s reconciliation. Shortly afterward, Anita Isama shared a video of Paul Okoye reuniting with his children after he visited their school in the United States.
Paul and Anita are Blessed with Three Adorable Children
Anita’s love story with Paul Okoye cannot be complete without mentioning their children. Currently, the couple is blessed with three children – two boys and a girl. While there may not be enough information regarding their education and private life, here are facts we know about the Okoye children.
- Date of Birth: April 11, 2013
- Place of Birth: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Andre Okoye is Anita and Paul Okoye’s first child. He was born on April 11, 2013, in Atlanta, Georgia, United States, and his middle name is Chukwunonso. Anita had Andre a year before she officially became Paul’s wife. He is often said to be the string that bonded his parents together, as Paul merely took the move about tying the knot with Anita until after his birth.
There are several pictures of him on social media with many attesting that he took more of his mother’s looks than his dad. While it is unclear what career path Andre would prefer to follow, his parents appear to be open and ready to support him as he grows to make his choice. Meanwhile, the young kid seems to love sports a lot, particularly karate and football. He even was decorated with a gold medal during one of his school’s inter-house sports in 2018.
Some of his pictures shared on his Instagram page include his basketball activities as well as the times he shared with his father at the music studio. This hints that the kid may also choose to go in his father’s steps. Like his famous parents, Andre is fast becoming a celebrity himself. He currently has over 2 thousand followers on Instagram.
Nadia and Nathan (Twins)
- Date of Birth: July 9, 2017
- Place of Birth: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Nadia and Nathan are Paul and Anita’s last kids. Nadia is the couple’s only daughter while Nathan is their second son. They both were born on July 9, 2017, which means that they are both 6 years old. Nadia and Nathan were born in the same location their elder brother Andre was born. The twin turned four on July 8, 2021, and as it is the tradition of their celebrity parent, they left no stone unturned in ensuring their kids were celebrated.
While the kids might be too young to decide what career path they would like to follow, their parents have given them the opportunity to share in their fame. Like their elder brother Andre, Nadia and Nathan both have their separate Instagram page where they share adorable pictures of their young selves.
Anita Isama is a Successful Businesswoman
Being the wife of a celebrated singer has not deterred Anita from finding her path to stardom. She has always had the zeal to make her own money despite being married into a wealthy and famous family. While Anita is a lawyer yet to practice her profession, she has gone on to establish herself in the business world.
Anita Isama has created an identity of her own as an entrepreneur and social media influencer. She is a well-known public figure in Nigeria as a working mom. She is the founder and CEO of Tannkco, a kiddies’ apparel company that she launched in 2019, in Lekki, Lagos State. She is also the co-founder of Little Luxe and Cashew Apple Project (CAP). The former is a kids-based lifestyle furniture company while the latter is a project which focuses on changing the world’s views about Africa.
Before Anita ventured into entrepreneurship, she worked for eight years as a strategic business developer in the oil and gas industry. Anita is also a creative writer. Her love for kids has led her into writing a children’s book titled ABC’s of Africa. To cap it all up, she is a fashion enthusiast who shares her great taste for fashion on various social media pages
Anita’s earnings and net worth may not be known but there is no doubt she has well enough to take care of her luxurious lifestyle. Recently, she revealed on her Instagram page that she was chosen to work as the Copywriting and Editing Manager on a project with Scadpro x Nike. SCADpro is an innovative design studio that creates business solutions for some of the world’s most influential brands.
Is Anita Isama Igbo?
Anita Isama hails from Ikwere, an Igbo-speaking tribe of Rivers state, Southern Nigeria. She is married to Paul Okoye of P-Square who is an Igbo man from Anambra State, Southeast Nigeria.
Who are Anita Isama’s Parents?
Anita Isama’s parents are Mr. and Mrs. Isama who are said to be indigenes of Rivers State, Southern Nigeria
Which State is Anita Isama From?
Anita Isama is from Rivers State in Southern Nigeria. She grew up in its capital city of Port Harcourt but now shuttles between the United States and Lagos, Nigeria.