Sometimes celebrities marry their fans for reasons nobody could understand. Strangely, the weirdest celebrity relationships are often the ones that are the most normal. Paul Okoye and Anita have an interesting love story, one you would find among most ordinary people. When the singer announced he was getting married to his longtime girlfriend and baby mama, Anita, his fans were overjoyed. It was another huge anticipation as his twin brother and ex-music partner, Peter Okoye, had just wedded the previous year.
Port Harcourt hosted this mega wedding ceremony, which took place on March 22nd, 2014. Since their wedding, the couple appears to be living out their dream, flooding our social media walls with their beautiful family pictures. The couple’s joyous moments on various social media platforms have so far sparked people’s desires for details on how the two love birds met and how their marriage has fared ever since. If you are among those eager to know more about Paul Okoye’s love history, this piece will surely make your day.
Paul Okoye Met Anita Isama At the University of Abuja in 2004
Paul and Anita first met in 2004 at the University of Abuja, where they studied for their degree certification. Anita was 16, a fresher who just got admitted into the law department, while Peter was 23 and a final year student of the Business Administration department. They 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, on getting to the initially proposed venue for their meet-up, the girl he was meeting up with had not arrived. He then put a call through to her, and she proposed they met at a different venue, 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, the 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, and Paul was 25 at the time.
Paul Proposed to Anita Eight Years Later
Paul’s flair for light-skinned girls first attracted him to Anita, while Anita agreed to be blown away by the singer’s humility, kindness, and reserved nature. After meeting and knowing each other, their compatibility became clearer to them. Paul, who was ready to settle down in marriage, saw Anita as that woman who would compliment him.
When asked to describe Paul’s marriage proposal, Anita termed it romantic, surprising, and unexpected. Paul proposed to Anita at a jewelry store. He took Anita to test out rings and pick one she likes. On choosing the one she preferred, Paul went down on one knee and asked that she marry him.
Anita was shocked and the only feeling she could let out at the time was tears of joy. Before getting married, the couple dated for 8 years but have known each other for 10 years before the big day.
Anita was the Singer’s First Love
Paul and his brother were at the prime of their music career as of 2004 when he met Anita, and it is only natural for one to think of him as the ladies’ man. Shocking as this may sound, the singer’s revelation on the matter was quite the opposite. According to Paul, Anita was the first and only woman he had ever loved. Not just that, he was also not rich. He gives credit to Anita for doing so much for him during their school years.
Paul and Anita Okoye Walked Down The Aisle in 2014
On March 22, 2014, Port Harcourt stood still as it was fortunate to host one of the most anticipated wedding ceremonies of the decade in the Nigerian entertainment industry. Paul and Anita chose the city of Port Harcourt because it is the bride’s home city.
Their traditional wedding took place at Aztech Arcum Center. Bellanaija was in charge of live coverage at the ceremony, and Omu Obilor Luxury Event Planner was in charge of planning Paul and Anita’s wedding. The Wedding Guru took care of the decorations as silver, cream, gold, and peach colors were chosen to be the colors of the day.
Banke-Meshida Lawal did the bride’s make-over. The bride wore a silver taffeta corset blouse and shimmering silver and pink wrapper, while Frank Osodi designed the groom’s outfit. Her cultural attire would not have been complete without a headpiece and chunky beaded necklace, the Oguta way. On the other hand, the groom looked so handsome in his all-white outfit mixed with a touch of silver and native beads.
The bride 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 (locally called Ichafu or Gele) for her second outfit. The groom dressed in black trousers and wore an Isiagu top, not leaving out the cultural Igbo red cap he wore. For the last outfit, the bride wore a shimmery royal blue dress, and on display was her shiny engagement ring and dangling diamond earrings.
In attendance at the couple’s traditional wedding were a host of top celebrities in the entertainment industry ranging from actors, comedians, musicians, politicians, media personalities, and more. Noticeable persons who graced the event were Governor of River state at the time, Governor Rotimi Amaechi, John Okafor, Naeto C, Ini Edo, Susan Peters, Iyanya, Omotola Jalade, Ubi Franklin, D’banj, Olisa Adibua, Ikechukwu, and Chinedu Ikedieze.
Others are Majid Michel, AY, Pasuma Wonder, Mike Ezuruonye, M.I, Funke Akindele, Kanayo O. Kanayo, Julius Agwu, Uche Jombo, Monalisa Chinda, Uti Nwachukwu, Ebube Nwagbo, and Ify Ighodalo.
A Private Court Marriage Followed a Year After
A year after their traditional wedding, Paul and his wife had a low-key court wedding at the Ikoyi Registry in Lagos. They legalized their union in January 2015. The private court marriage had in attendance his twin brother Peter Okoye and a very few o their family and friends.
Facts about Paul Okoye’s Wife, Anita Isama
Paul Okoye’s wife, Anita Isama-Okoye, was born on November 8, 1988. She is an alumnus of the University of Abuja, where she studied and graduated with a Law degree. Anita also holds a Master’s degree in Oil and Gas, which she earned from the University of Dundee, Scotland.
She has always had the zeal to make her own money despite being married to a wealthy celebrity. She worked as a strategic business developer in the oil and gas industry for 8 years before quitting and becoming an entrepreneur. As an entrepreneur, Anita is the founder and CEO of Tannkco, a kiddies’ apparel company located in Lekki, Lagos State.
Paul Okoye’s wife is also the co-founder of Little Luxe and Cashew Apple Project. The former is a kids-based lifestyle furniture company, while the latter is a project, which aims at changing how the world views Africa. Anita is also an author, and she wrote ABC’s of Africa, a children’s book.
Paul and Anita Okoye Are Blessed with Three Children
The union of Paul and Anita Okoye is blessed with 3 children – Andre, Nadia, and Nathan Okoye. Like their love life, which has severally been made public, the couple brags about their children countless times. While there may not be enough information regarding their education and private life, here are facts we know about the Okoye children.
Andre Chukwunonso Okoye is Paul and Anita’s first child. He was born on April 11, 2013, in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. He was born a year before his parents got married. He is often said to be the string that bonded his parents together, as Paul and Anita did not seem to think about tying the knot until after his birth.
Andre marked his 8th birthday in April 2021, and as it has been the habit of his parents, they flooded pictures of him on their various social media platforms. While it is unclear what career path the kid would prefer to follow, Andre seems to be already gathering his fanbase with over 2 thousand followers on Instagram.
Some of his pictures shared on his Instagram page include his activities at the music studio. This gives a hint that the kid may choose to go in his father’s steps. However, the young kid appears to also be good in sports. In 2018, Rudeboy shared pictures of Andre where he was being decorated for winning a gold medal during one of his school’s inter-house sports.
Nadia and Nathan (Twins)
Paul and Anita welcomed the latest additions to their family when Anita put to bed their twin kids, Nadia and Nathan, on July 9, 2017. Nadia and Nathan were born in the same location their elder brother Andre was born. The twin turned three on July 8, 2020, and as it is the singer’s tradition, he took to his social media pages to flood adorable pictures of them. Even his brother Peter and his wife Lola joined in celebrating the adorable boy and girl.
How Smooth has Paul and Anita’s Marriage Been?
Being married to a celebrity can be stressful as third parties would want to poke into the affairs of the marriage. Unlike the marriage of Paul’s twin brother that regularly faces controversies, mostly from third parties, Paul and Anita have continually kept their union far away from the public’s prying eyes. However, they never fail to put forward pictures and videos that only tell positive stories of their love life.
So far, there have been no known internal issues in the family of Paul and Anita Okoye. If there ever have been, the couple must have been able to handle it amicably without letting it slip out. But externally, there have been disagreements between Paul and his twin brother’s wife, Lola Okoye, where Paul publicly accused Lola of masterminding the breakup of the music duo he had with his twin brother Peter.
Despite his busy lifestyle, Paul Okoye still makes sure he finds time to spend with his family. The Okoyes have a Sunday afternoon ritual when they lunch together. Paul ensures he does not miss Sunday lunch with his family no matter how tight his schedule may be.