A Nigeria Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, founder of the Chris Embassy Church ministries also known as the Believers Love World Incorporated in Nigeria and his wife, Anita Ebhodaghe Oyakhilome have finally divorced following years of misunderstanding in their marriage, according to the Vanguard online newspaper quoting Anita’s Lawyers. Prior to their divorce, both couple got married in 1991 with two daughters.
A statement from her solicitor, Attwaters Jameson Hill, said the divorce was finalized on February 8 and hinted that she had dropped Oyahkilome from her name, while also severing all ties with the church.
The statement, published on the United Kingdom-based law firm’s website reads: “We have been requested by Anita Oyakhilome to confirm that on February 8, 2016 a decree absolute was pronounced in the High Court of Justice Principal Registry of the Family Division dissolving her marriage to Christian Onehirokpeana Oyakhilome.
“Anita Oyakhilome would like to confirm that she is no longer involved in or part of Christ Embassy, A.K.A. Believers LoveWorld Inc.”
In 2014, it was in the news that Anita had filed for a divorce, accusing her pastor husband of indulging in illicit affairs with female members of the church. This came to the fore after months of rumours suggesting that all was not well with the marriage.
In the following months, their marital crisis got messier as both Anita’s lawyers and Oyakhilome issued statements that suggested the damage to the relationship was irreparable.
Shortly after, news of a suit for separation broke, images of Anita, which were very prominent on the church’s website, were removed with her name and image also missing from subsequent editions of Rhapsody of Realities, the church’s devotional, which she had co-authored for years with her estranged husband.
Oyakhilome, at that time, dismissed reports about the messy divorce including those suggesting that adultery was one of the grounds for the divorce, accusing the media of publishing a lot of “stupid things”.