The glamorous marriage between Kris Okotie and his beautiful wife, Stephanie, has crashed less than four years after their big wedding, the funky preacher announced today. In a dramatic announcement after a moving ministration, the controversial pastor of the Household of God Church and three-time presidential candidate, told his church their differences were irreconcilable and the couple had divorced.
“Stephanie and I are no longer married. We have separated. You can
see she’s not in church today. It’s due to irreconcilable differences
and you should please respect our wishes at this time because there is
no going back.” With this terse statement Okotie announced the break up
We learnt that the congregation couldn’t believe the shocking news
they had just heard from the charismatic former pop star turned cleric
and politician.Okotie reportedly made the announcement which invariably
spoilt the day for most of the worshippers who had earlier had a very
memorable brethren’s birthday celebration characterized by soul lifting
songs, dancing, prayers, ministration and cutting of the cake.
While Okotie is divorcing for the second time, Stephanie has now been
married three times and has three children from her first two
marriages.The break-up also puts an end to dream twins that Okotie
expected her to deliver someday.
On 7 August, 2008, Okotie married Stephanie Henshaw, the woman he
described as the most beautiful on earth, in a glamorous wedding
attended by a horde of journalists and celebrities.
The funky preacher and celebrity singer had directed wealthy members
of his church to donate millions of naira in gifts and cash and they
made it one of the biggest and most-talked about wedding that year.
There were 12 committees made up of members born in each month of the
year. Members born in the month of June, Okotie’s birth month,
contributed the most. The eloquent preacher was born on 16 June, 1958,
in Delta State.Aside this, Okotie had selected 120 members, 10 from each
month to form the wedding train. Each of them wore aso ebi.
The celebrity pastor also invited two journalists from each media
organisation in the country to give total coverage to his second
marriage.Okotie’s traditional wedding took place on 7 August, at 6
George Street, Ikoyi, Lagos, by 2 p.m. while the registry ceremony
followed the next day, Friday, 8 August, at the Ikoyi registry, at 4
p.m, and the thanksgiving and benediction took place on Sunday, 10
August, at the Household of God Church, Oregun, Ikeja, Lagos.
The clergyman told his church members early that year that he would
be getting married to Stephanie because of her beauty which he described
as angelic.The eloquent preacher had also said that Stephanie has been
under his watch for five years and did not mind the number of children
she had from her previous marriages.
Mid-2007, when Okotie made his choice public, his church almost broke
up as some female celebrities who thought they were the favoured
candidates for ‘the post‘ of Mrs. Okotie, received the shocker of their
lives when he settled for Stephanie, the unassuming woman in his
Ladies like Sola Salako, church administrator for several years and
Okotie’s close aide; Vien Tetsola, a former Miss Nigeria; Ure Okezie,
daughter of former minister, Dr. Okezie, and others, were rumoured to
have left the church because of the announcement.
Celebrities such as Mofe Damijo and many others were also said to
have simply quit Okotie‘s church then, while some have reluctantly
Okotie’s marriage to Stephanie was his second attempt at matrimonial
life. He was first married to Tyna his long time friend, but the
marriage packed up after 17 years without any child.Okotie loved his
first wife so much that there was hardly a sermon in which he did not