DAVIDO and CHIOMA: A Love Story Of Patience And Tolerance Becomes Reality

Afrobeat singer, David Adeleke popularly called Davido took the world by storm when he wedded his wife, Chioma traditionally on Tuesday, 25 June 2024 in Lagos, Nigeria. The star-studded wedding with the hashtag #CHIVIDO24 was well attended by the elite, Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, Ooni Of Ife and other celebrities by invitation. 

The wedding immediately became the most trending topic on social media. This followed online personality Do2tun's warnings to other artists that they don’t attempt to release any song or album during the week of the nuptials, encouraging them to wait until the weekend so their music does not get lost in the noise of Davido’s wedding.

Chioma Rowland, whose last name is now officially Adeleke, has been in the news for some years as the woman by Davido’s side. The two lovebirds met in school and have been together ever since. Even when Davido’s alleged numerous cheating scandals came to the light of the public, Chioma refused to leave him. Critics of the Grammy Award nominated singer often cast aspersions on Chioma’s integrity when insinuating that she is only staying with the singer for his wealth and fame. 

Davido And Chioma’s Son, Ifeanyi’s Death

In November, Davido's son, Ifeanyi Adeleke drowned in a swimming pool in the singer’s mansion in Banana Island residence, while the singer and his then lover, Chioma were away attending an event outside Lagos state. Ifeanyi, who was found submerged underwater, was first noticed by the cleaning staff. A source from the Davido family says that the child was in the water for a long time before he was discovered. And, while they pulled him and rushed him to the hospital, it was, unfortunately, too late.

The news of the death threw the African entertainment industry into mourning, as fans and colleagues took to social media to send their condolences to the singer and his family.

Davido Baby Mama Saga And Scandals

Davido, who broke into the Nigerian music scene with his debut hit single, Damiduro is one of the celebrities touted as the next 2baba when it comes to having kids from different mothers. Davido had his first kid, Imade Adeleke with his now estranged baby mama, Sophia Momodu when he was barely 20. Since then, he has gone on to have kids with different women. 

Matters came to a head when Davido was caught on tape with different women, especially black American “baddies” who often post evidence of the singer’s cheating lifestyle for the public to feast on. Anita Brown, one of the women Davido cheated with, gained prominence in Nigeria when she posted photos and messages of the singer’s plea for her to terminate her pregnancy. Anita trolled the singer for weeks in a widely publicised scandal. 

Netizens, who were obviously angered by the disrespect Davido is showing his long-time girlfriend, Chioma called on her to break up with the singer. However, Chioma ignored all the pleas and instead took time out from social media, refusing to grant interviews or rant online about Davido’s well-documented philandering ways.  

Chioma’s response to the call to ditch the singer is rare, especially in a country like Nigeria where many citizens always seek social media validation in the things they do. This virtue, along with the tragedy that the couple suffered with the loss of their son, are perhaps the reasons why Davido finally decided to settle down with the chef. 

Davido has always shown his admiration for Chioma whether online or offline during interviews. Davido’s ‘Assurance’ single reassured Chioma that no matter what happens, she will always be the one who matters most to him among the different women that cross his path.

It is no longer news that Chioma now finally has the keys to Davido’s heart after putting up with the various scandals. However, as their love story continues, critics are on the lookout for yet another scandal despite the nuptials, as they believe not even marriage can tame a man with the same level of fame and money that Davido has.

If anything, the union promises to be a long journey of love that will require more patience and tolerance, the levels of which far exceed what Chioma has shown prior to their tying the knot. Will making it officially be what finally helps Chioma tame Davido’s wandering eye, and keep their union intact? That question will continue to test the resolve of the two lovebirds.