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Chris Okotie Divorces Wife Number Two

26 Jun 2012

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Chris Okotie


Mary Ekah 
Glamour pastor, Reverend Chris Okotie, once again, is hitting the waves on yet another controversial note. He seems to have blended sufficiently well with controversies that whenever such social storms blow, he manages to emerge unruffled, and soon trudges on in life, as if he was never fazed by life’s little hiccups.

But rather than get flustered, the worry this time, seems more from the members of his congregation at the Household of God Church, Oregun, Lagos, whom he openly told last Sunday, during church service, that “the union is not working,” as a passing explanation for the absence of his now separated wife, Stephanie, from the church.

Not a few of the members of his church were shell-shocked and speechless when the funky pastor, who has over time been known for his controversial lifestyle, announced that he has broken up with Stephanie Henshaw, his second wife of four years.

According to him, “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”, stressing that, “because there is no going back.”

The congregation was bemused. Although unvoiced, many must have exclaimed in their minds, “again?” Controversy had precipitated Okotie’s attempt to get married to Stephanie, a widow and mother of three, after he had divorced his first wife, Tina, who now lives in the United States of America.

The General Overseer of the Lagos-based church came to the attention of the public as a student with his I Need Someone track in the 80s, which became a monster hit. The single held night clubs spellbound for years. Ever since, the funky pop star-turned-pastor has remained a permanent feature on celebrity circuit in the country.

His claim to fame stepped up a notch when he joined partisan politics, seeking to become the president of the country under a party he formed – Fresh Democratic Party (FDP). As a politician, he served mostly as an entertainer, with his lofty and grandiloquent English at party conventions and campaigns, an idiosyncracy that earned him as much laughter as applause. Although he has never made an appreciable showing in the two presidential elections he has contested, his party (the FDP) won a seat in the Delta State House of Assembly a few years ago.

Just like his failed presidential bids, the entries on his marital life report have equally not been cheering. Given his charm, elan and panache, Okotie is generally believed to be a ladies’ man, an attribute that some might conclude conflicts with the Pentecostal genre. But he had managed to beat down (not very successfully though) scandals and rumours surrounding his private life.

So when he chose to “separate” from his campus lover and eventual wife, Tina, in 1998, many sympathised with him especially as the story pushed out was that there was a conflict over the choice on running the ministry here in Nigeria with relocating to the US, as allegedly preferred by Tina. Eventually, Tina moved to the US while Chris continued to pastor his flock in Lagos. That effectively brought down the curtain on the 16-year-old marriage to his first wife.

Ten years later, August 2008, to be precise, he remarried, this time to Stephanie at a colourful ceremony in Lagos. In telling fanfare, the socialite pastor was decked out in a regal Urhobo outfit on that day, all in a bid to express his joy over his marriage to Stephanie.

Despite the protestation from church and family members against a cleric of Okotie’s standing marrying a divorcee or widow, Okotie was purported to have said he was doing God’s bidding, who had directed him into the marriage with Stephanie. Who could controvert the declaration of a MoG (Man of God)? Okotie had his way and married Stephanie.

While justifying his marriage to Stephanie at the time as against Biblical injunctions forbidding divorcees from re-marrying, he had argued, “There is a difference between a man abandoned by his wife and the one that divorces. The only thing that breaks a relationship is a divorce and even when there’s a divorce, the Bible says you can re-marry.” 

According to reports, Okotie had during a press conference, said his new bride was destined to marry him from birth and that people really did not appreciate what love is. He said he began ‘walking closely’ with Stephanie in 1999, a year after his divorce and he had asked her to marry him many times. “She was not particularly certain whether it was what God wanted for her. So I had a situation where I had to get the Lord to persuade her that he is part of this agreement,” he had said
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But last Sunday, the cookie, once again, crumbled as the clergyman himself announced that things had fallen apart and that the centre could no longer hold. He followed this with a plea that the decision should be respected because they had mutually crossed the rubicon.

Besides, the divorce is now raising questions as to whether Okotie actually heard from God or if it was God that misled him. Now saddled with the reputation of not being able to keep his home together, his ability to serve as a good marriage counsellor to younger and intending couples is being called to question. 

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 breakup also puts an end to the dream twin babies that Okotie had expected her to deliver someday.

Now that Okotie has established himself as a man who flirted with marriage twice, will he someday remarry again? And what will happen to his claims of hearing from God. That perhaps is the harder part in this drama of reconciling a reverend pastor and a man no different from the rest of his congregation.

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  • Na Godu tellam say make him marry. Na God tellam say make him divos.
    So who go question what God say?

    From: Oluku Odo

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Na wa! This Musician turned Pastor, then Politician is becoming something else.
    Did he really hear from God or was he following his heart beat?
    His first Marriage to Tina failed based on who will oversee the Household of God and the Radio station in the U. S, and now this marriage to Stephanie, a Widow/Divorcee failed on what ground? That they are nolonger compactible or what?
    Who told him that Stephanie is his wife in the first place? When a man commune's with the spirit, he can never be led astray by anybody or by any spirit but when the spirit of God depart from U, a familiar spirit will take over. With this way of life, what will he teach the younger and intending couples?
    May God Bless his soul

    From: Derricks-Kings

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • These church goers should open their eyes and realize the deceit on which they are been bonded by their so called "Men of God" Your bible says "Biblical injunctions forbidding divorcees from re-marrying" What is the solution to many christian ladies who were divorced, so they become prostitutes? and your pastor said �There is a difference between a man abandoned by his wife and the one that divorces. The only thing that breaks a relationship is a divorce and even when there�s a divorce, the Bible says you can re-marry.� Which statement is correct? Biblical injunction or Pastor interpretation? No doubt, he will remarry again and again to enjoy all beautiful ladies in the church. Islam has provided solutions to these problems, It takes full determination before you can divorce as muslim because you have to follow some steps which are very sacrificing to take and hard except for a man that is fully determined. Secondly, your pastor should have followed the injunction of Allah by marrying four wives as some pastors and Christians are doing secretly if he can do justice in term of material and relationship among them instead of replacing one after the other.

    From: Kola

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Marriage must not be do or die affair, if neither of the party is happy, there is no need pretending,

    From: Dede Ade

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • no one is allow to remarry except if the wife or husband is deat. the so caled pastor should know.what kind of lesson is he teaching the up coming once?

    From: obayanju jumoke

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • If u believe dat GOD spoke to Okotie to marry Stephanie, then u should also believe dat GEJ is d smartest man in 9ja and dat Boko Haram will not throw another bomb

    From: leonardo

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • okoties life is a drama, well any man can wake up and tell us it is the LORD who speaks,i feel for those who are members of his congregation.for me i will wait no second to be associated with that kind of man as a pastor no.

    From: joseph

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Pastor Okotie pls stop embarrassing the body of christ

    From: Isaac

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • This is absolutely wrong in christiandom.

    From: uhiene lugard

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • From what I read here there is no divorce. Okotie said what he said in the church because his wife did not go to church that Sunday. Something might have happened that made her not to be in the church that day. Out of annoyance as a result of that, Okotie came to the church and said what he said. Which court divorced them? Do you sit down at home and say you're divorced? Reader, don't be a carrier of evil news. Pray for them because they have some issues to settle within themselves. Thanks!

    From: rev monday aluola

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • God help Rev. Okotie. He urgently needs it before he is overtaken completely.

    From: Femi

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Pastor Chris Okotie is just being human, his younger days life could be responsible for present his predicaments. We should try to understand his psychological makeups. He may come to terms with his
    temperaments if he should try marriage for the third time.

    From: Goodluck A. Idoghor

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Dis chris okotie is noting but a flirt.I pity people dat cals him a man of God becos 2 me he is not.he doesn't live an examplary life.all he is after are just women.

    From: nelly

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • If it's true that Okotie divorce his wife again, he should please and please reconcile with his wife.

    From: FO

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • One should have known Okotie from day one. The bible in Malachi 2:16 and Mathew 5:32; 19:9 deals explicitly on marriage. A true man of God will know, obey, and practice what Christ said in those verses. Let him ask himself firstly, if he was called by God Almighty to do his work, secondly, if so, is he a living example of what he probably preach like Christ that he represent did?, thirdly, who and what are his followers?

    From: Osezuah Austin

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Na wa o! Where is Christainity heading to? If "super men of God" like Rev. Chris Okotie keep divorcing and remarrying, what will become of the youths in the church? May God help us. Pls let's leave all these so called men of God and know God for ourselves o!

    From: Cornell

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • You have nailed it. Irreconcilable differences - what could that be, everybody is guessing. If it is childlessness of the union,one thousand years is like a day before God. Could there be undisclosed health issues during courtship in that case marriage was consummated on falsehood, how long could that be endured? or is it better to stay together in presence and die in silence? Only God knows and only Him will judge their soul that is what matters.

    From: agbawodike

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • The congregation can logically judge him, if they cant, then let them go back to the Holy Book where they will definitely get the answers that will clear their mind. For me he is just an ordinary human being like any other one, so how can u expect him to do something extra ordinary.

    From: Hassan chediyar kuda

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • A mango friut may be rounded like an orange, but there will all be that tiny bulge the betrays his native nature. Okotie has no business being a pastor; he has lost all biblical authority to be a christian leader. If a man cannot gorvern his home how can he lead the flock of Christ. His life is not an example for any Christian to follow.

    From: His Servant

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • brethren, be warned! that God says......... when He has not said is a sin against the Holy Spirit. Pastor Chris please do not mislead people, come to make amends by telling us the truth, did God really say you should marry Stephanie? if God said, He will help you to stay married. Tell me, how many people would like to sit and listen to you again? Do you counsel the married in your church at all? God is one and He does not want polygamy and disobedience?

    From: Rahila

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • May God have mercy!!!1

    From: raz

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Derricks-Kings, u have spoken well....

    From: Azi

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • I leave my comment here and now: NO COMMENT!

    From: Bros

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • please pastor Chris repent and accept JESUS as your personal Lord and Saviour now there is still time for the salvation of your soul. because you have sinned against God by being disobedient to His command. you lied against God publicly twice now. i personally doubt your calling. from what i have seen so far, i will not be wrong to say you called yourself and not God that called you or you have backslide from faith. therefore you need total repentance my brother. God still loves you, please come back to God my brother while the offer last.

    From: john emeka

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • okotie is a human being like every one of us, though he is a pastor. If you have ever been in a relationship with someone you once loved dearly and where things suddenly went bad between both of ytou, you would understand that it is better to separate from a relationship that is no longer working out and have peace of mind and harmony in your environment than to be dying in silence for fear of what people would say if you separate. Only a fool refuses to change his mind of leave a relationship that causes pain instead of pleasure. And only a fool condemns a man in a case where you do not have the full facts from both side to know what actually transpired to have led to separation decision.

    From: king

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • I THINK HE SHOULD GO AND ASK HIS GOD FOR DIRECTION BEFORE PICKING UP THE THIRD WOMAN OTHERWISE IT WILL END UP THIS SAME WAY

    From: SEGUN-ADEX

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Let the Man of God return to the Bible, read it properly and stop misleading the members. Let him not forget that one can be a Pastor and yet not make it to Heaven on the last day

    From: Pastor Benjamin

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • judge no one, so u will not be judged

    From: tolu

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Oh God of Heavens & the Earth, let thy WILL be done. I pray for your grace upon your people as many have been led astray and turned against your words in the satisfaction of their immediate needs and wants. No man can use the name of God in vain and go scot-free. Let all Man be careful on how you use GOD'S name unnecessary. I pray that Okotie should go back to God and ask for forgiveness from the Almighty God in all areas of his life and also seek God to truly find him the flesh of his flesh and bone of his bone, Not just a beautiful, fair-skinned, nicely looking or wealthy wife. God help us all and may His grace and glory direct our path.

    From: OLU O

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Haba! Pastor. Marriage is not all that life consist of and though been flippant with it doesn't leave anyone better. Have respect to the grace upon your life. God help you.

    From: italianpastor

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Okotie is a disgrace to humanity and the christian race

    From: luke

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • how would this Pastor teach and preaches the word to the assembling congregation in the church this is a man will a representative of God on earth these raise a question of does God really sent this man because we did not even know him for his preachings but for his flamboyant and fluent words that come from his mouth, His church member should really ask him if his GOD called pastor or self called pastor.

    From: abiodun

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Oh thou MoG, do u actually know dat God, whom u claim u serve or directed u,actually HATEIn divorce?. Pls dont fool urself n the ppl of God, cos His hands were not in at all . You,nor anyone on earth cant put ASUNDER that He joins.
    Oh Lord deliver ur ppl from d hands of these confuse MoGs.

    From: Yusuf.

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Na wa oh Rev. Okotie, how this thing dey do u. you don tire 4 this one so soon, abey suffry suffre oh no be only u one like better thing oh man of God

    From: Ani babe

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • It's only people who have been taking Chris Okotie as a true Christian that have problem with this development!

    From: Usman R

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • What else can one say if the so called pastor chris okotie is misleading such great congregation. Okotie does not have any moral justification on what he's doing. Pls Kris Okotie repent and accept Jesus genuinely and flee from evil, forsake all evil and God will take you back to do His work. What a shame, however, we shall be praying for you.

    From: J.I

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • many Nigerian are mentally sick, because it is insane person that will follow Chris and have the bellive that he is a man of GOD,Government should establish a center to examine this people pls

    From: peter ajayi

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Let us not be quick to judge or condemn him yet. Time is the reveler of all things.

    From: Johnson

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • God cn neva b an author of confusion.Let's b careful when we say we r being led by God.wateva may b d reason,God hates divorce.

    From: oluchi

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • I just don't like divorce.

    From: JosephOkolie

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Nobody should judge okotie may be he was destined to be a Roman catholic kind of priest without a wife but slipped and is now unknowingly going back to destiny or that the women have refused to 'work'okotie and the church the God's way and so got removed by destiny or that the women after all planned to only make God knows whatever through okotie.
    Marriage is more spiritual therefore i advice that such matter be left with God.

    From: Jachinma

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Anyone can claim to be a Man of God, only God can verify this claim; anyone can also claim to have heard from God, the outcome of such venture will verify his claim, if he actually heard from God, the only possible outcome is success. Like the Bible rightly said, "By their fruits you shall know them"

    From: Rotimi

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • anybody can wake up any day, do anything, anyhow!...this devil turned man, turned popstar, turned preacher, turned politian is simply revealing his true self.......you thing God is for show?.....pray this prayer Chris Okotie!::: dear God, if I am wrong, take away my life, but if i am right, justify me!....then lets waint 5 minutes after your prayer. Do this on the pulpit next sunday if your dare God...!!

    From: Rufus

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • This hair frying preacher is in the news again. little wonder he is always funky both in style and in character, even in his union(s). if i may ask, what is the likes of pastor chris Okotie doing in the pulpit as preachers of the WORD. dont the Word talk about forgiveness and this guy is talking about irreconcilable differences?. He should seemly tell all married couples to divorce their spouses once there is "irreconcilable differences". i feel pity for his congregations because i am sure there is another beautiful chikito he has spoted and need to end his 2nd matrimonial attempt ASAP.

    From: Ogamnana

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Actually, there are few that you can call anointed men of God. I have never one day been convinced that he is a pastor. I mean, people can easily differentiate between dog sickness and other sicknesses. Just use your tongue to count your teeth people.

    From: Cyp. A.

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • from the biblical point of view; it is categorically stated " not to divorce or marry a divorcee" Stephanie, was never his wife. His first wife still remains his wife until death do them part. may be he saw another vision to make things right or he want to re-unite with his first wife; who knows. We should not condem him now; let keep our finger cross.

    From: Emmanuel Itota

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Leave my Pastor alone

    From: Bunmi

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Pastor Okotie needs God's intervention in his life, bcos u can't joke with hearing from God. He had earlier told Naija people that he heard from God before coming out for Presidential ticket

    From: Lizzy

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Hard knocks, real hard high knocks. If Chris Okotie was not pa storing a flock, it would not have mattered so much what his marital life turns out to be, but he should abandon the pulpit and stay with politics. To remain in the pulpit when he cannot govern his home is Self aggrandizement inflicted apocrypha apostolic of a satanic emissary.

    From: elijah obude

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • confirmed Nigga! correct

    From: kennypee

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • confirmed Nigga Correct!

    From: kennypee

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • That is the Man of God. Interpreted and twisted the Bible to fit his lifestyle. I pray that he will find peace with himself before fooling another woman--Amen!

    From: Sad Showa

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • This is part of what am saying about our so call man of God, How can God tell you against the Bible to remarry after divorcing your first( Tina) on a controversial of money and to to control property. i really pity those who go the so call Household of God= Household of Satan.Members should sit and think better. how cam a pastor that cannot control his house will control the House of God.

    From: pelly

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • The is a blasphemy to the holy Church of God,Satan has taken over is Life,he should go for immediate delivery under holy spirit.

    From: Martins

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • There must be something seriously wrong. This is disappointing. I hope knows he needs to be delivered. God can help.

    From: Marie

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Okotie needs help. He should be humble enough to ask for one. It is clear that he has made God a liar. First he told us that God has told him that he would be the President of Nigeria,. Again he told us that God asked him to marry the divorcee and here we are again. The day he declared himself the Prince of Nigeria ( whatever that means and got a self-like Pastor to install him) I convinced myself that truly Chris Okotie needs help. Who will save him? Let's pray for him

    From: Ese+

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • I pray God send down fire to burn him and that evil spirit in him,he suld go back into his musical world.....fake pastors

    From: Omowunmi

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • The Bible said, by their fruit we shall know them. A mango tree can only bear a mango fruit, clean

    From: Okey

    Posted: 2 years ago

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