Why I left acting for 20 years – ‘Living in Bondage’ star, Nwabueze-Okonta

Ever wondered what happened to Living in Bondage star, Nnenna Nwabueze-Okonta, who disappeared from the Nigerian entertainment industry when the ovation was loudest for her?

In a chat with Saturday Beats, the actress revealed that she went AWOL for 20 years because she had to raise a family. She explained that shortly after she met her late husband about 22 years ago, they got married barely two months after.

“After ‘Living in Bondage’, I featured in some other movies, but I got married and travelled out with my husband. Unfortunately, I lost my husband two years ago. So I decided to come back to the industry and I knew that they would welcome me back. That is why I am back.

“As a woman or even a human being, you cannot have everything. I met my husband on February 28 and two weeks later, on March 12, we had a big introduction ceremony and barely four weeks later, we got married.

“There was no courtship; it was love at first sight. So, after the marriage, we had to get to know each other. My husband was a very jealous and possessive type. I got pregnant almost immediately. By April, I was already carrying our child.

“If I had wanted my career to come first, I would have had a broken home, I would have been divorced. So I had to choose between my career and having a happy home and raising my children.”

She told Saturday Beats that no day passes by without her husband crossing her mind and that things have been tough for her since his death.

She said, “Life without my husband has been rough and I miss someone calling me by 12 pm and 6 pm just to know where I am. I miss going home to discuss my problems and children with someone that cares and would listen. I miss my husband every day.”

source: Punch

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