Wednesday, 10 October 2012

'My husband was always beating and maltreating me' - TV presenter, Juliet Ojukwu

Juliet Ojukwu is a former Soundcity presenter, actress and model. In September 2011, Juliet met US based Chima Ojukwu and within a week, they were engaged. Less than three weeks after they met, Juliet and Chima had their introduction - on the 29th of September 2011, which was followed by a traditional wedding on Oct 4th. The white wedding was scheduled to take place in January in the US but it never held. A few months later, Juliet changed her FB status from married to single. After months of keeping mum about what really happened, Juliet gave an interview recently revealing that her marriage ended a while back after just a few months. What she said after the cut...

"We parted ways over irreconcilable differences. We were incompatible. At a point, being in the marriage became life threatening. If I was still in it, my enemy may have been dead by now, all in the name of trying to make it work and to avoid what people will say. I had to cancel the wedding in America because here in Nigeria where my family and his family are, there were verbal and domestic abuse. Going to a foreign land where I knew no one would have been worse. So, there was no need for the American wedding since it was already failing in Nigeria."
Chima's friends alleged that Juliet cancelled the wedding not because she was abused in the short-lived marriage but because she found out Chima wasn't as rich as he claimed. Juliet says the allegation is completely false.

I didn't marry him for money and I don't know where people got that perception from. Maybe because I am an attractive lady, people assume I will only date for money but that's not true. What matters to me is love. If I was going to get married because of money, I would have been married to other men far richer than Chima long ago. But I turned down a lot of offers because I wanted to love and be loved. I am comfortable with the money I make from my job, so money wasn't the deciding factor in that marriage.


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