After six years of marriage, Nike Oshinowo and Dr Soleye have parted ways. For the past 6 years Lagos doctor, Tunde Soleye and ex-beauty queen, Nike Oshinowo were a noticeable item on the social scene. When the news broke that Nike had gotten married to Dr. Soleye, it was received with shock, mainly due to the age difference between the two. Dr Soleye confirmed the news in an interview with Encomium magazine. He said;
We are no longer living together. Nike and I have sent out a joint statement on the issue. It is simple and clean. This is not a scandal. We had three options, the best of which is to tell the world the truth that we now live apart. We have been living apart for a couple of months now. We see occasionally. She calls me when she wants and I speak with her too. There’s no fight. I have been to where she lives. We are still friends. We are going through a difficult time and we will come out of it.
Nike Oshinowo reportedly moved out of Dr Soleye’s Lekki home in the middle of last year and even when they stepped out together at Folorunsho Alakija’s thanksgiving party in September 2012 to debunk rumors that they were separated. Nike now lives in VI, while Dr Soleye has moved to Parkview Estate, Ikoyi.
Insiders say both parties are to blame for the crash of the marriage. Nike’s friends have heaped the blame on Dr. Soleye, who, they say has remained a ladies’ man despite his marriage to Nike. He is alleged to have been close to other women. friends claimed that although Dr. Soleye showered love and affection on her at the early stages, he stopped a few years ago when he began to ignore her.
Friends of Dr. Soleye heaped the blame on Nike who, they said, lives a very extravagant and flamboyant lifestyle which reportedly contributed to the quick depletion of Dr. Soleye’s resources. They claimed that because of the love he had for Nike he spent all he had on Nike, setting up for her a beauty business and funded her Miss Nigeria project for 2 years before she pulled out. Many believe that their marriage may have contributed to the financial squeeze he is currently experiencing.
As if this was not enough, one of the women in Dr. Soleye’s life, who lives in England was said to have out of anger sold one of his prime properties in London so as to deprive Nike of staying there. Since the property is said to have been jointly owned, not only did she sell the property, she was said to have splitted the money into four: partly to offset the mortgage on it; give some to his first wife, some to him and kept some to herself.
As it is now, the crash of the marriage may be giving Nike sleepless nights, but Dr Soleye insists on an amicable separation. Dr Soleye is a popular Lagos socialite and owner of Duro Soleye Hospital in Lagos, which he inherited from his late father. Nike Oshinowo won the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria (MBGN) pageant in 1991.
Culled from City People