Top Nollywood actor and model, IK Ogbonna, opens up on his marriage to Serbian beauty, Sonia Morales, and his career, in an interview with PREMIUM TIMES.
Some of your colleagues display choice cars or fancy houses on Instagram but you prefer to show off your wife.
So many celebrities do not know that they have a strong weapon that can be used positively or negatively. Sadly, some of us use it negatively and that’s why you see them post images and videos of drugs, alcohol, and nudity on social media. Nudity has become the order of the day. Today, many ladies are comfortable posting images of braless tops simply because American superstar, Rihanna, pioneered it. I am simply using my influence as a celebrity to change the mindset of people.
Do you receive negative feedbacks as a result of these posts?
Yes I do. A particular guy sent me a direct message on Instagram saying that I was only being petty for putting the flaws of other guys out in the opinion. Infidelity and cheating is a matter of choice and a personal decision. At the end of the day you will bear the consequences alone and God will also judge you. All I am simply saying is don’t give another woman priority over your wife. Why expend precious energy on other woman while your wife languishes away in loneliness?
Are you suggesting that you don’t club or womanize?
I am not saying that I don’t go clubbing however I will never post a picture of myself popping bottles of champagne in a club. I also will never post a picture of a new car on Instagram. And when you do get to see it, then, it must have been leaked. All these are material things and mundane. I don’t have the time for side chicks or ladies because I have got a beauty queen for a wife. My wife possesses so many qualities that I can’t trade for any thing in the world.
Can you cheat on your wife?
I can never cheat on my wife. I have very little free time every day to myself. I recently shot two movies, Knock Knock and Excess Luggage, so I have been very busy with work. I don’t see any reason why I should dedicate that time to another woman aside from my wife. Keeping another woman is financially and time demanding. It is totally not worth it. I am of the opinion that as a man, your wife should reflect your personality. Some celebrities buy jeeps for their girlfriends while their wives drive rickety cars all around town. In fact, a real man should drive a small car wife while his wife drives an SUV.
But some persons are of the opinion that you are overexposing your wife on Instagram
I don’t think I am over exposing my wife. I don’t show off my wife on Instagram in a bid to intimidate or make my fans feel like, ‘Na only me get wife’. Several things happen every day in our marriage but I only get to share one or two of them. With the soaring divorce rates among celebrities, I post lovely images of my wife and I, to inspire those who look up to us as celebrities.
I also get feedback from people who my posts must have affected positively.
Rumour has it that you are smitten by your wife because she is white
I didn’t deliberately set out to marry a non-Nigerian. I prayed to God to send me my life partner and he answered my prayers by sending Sonia my way. I don’t love her because of her race; she is just like every other woman. Some guys have fun outside of their home without their wives. I see no reason why a man will marry one woman and keep her at home. If this describes you, then you probably used or scammed your wife into marrying you. My wife treasure is my queen and gold and she needs to be treated as one.
How did you meet your wife?
A mutual friend did the introductions by referring me to her wife’s Instagram page. I got her Blackberry Messenger pin and the first message I sent to her was ‘Hello my wife.’
At that time, we were continents away from each other, but that didn’t discourage me. It took me three weeks to convince her to visit me in Nigeria and the rest is history.
Do you nurse any plans to relocate to Serbia?
My wife is currently a blogger, life coach, relationship expert, and a public relations executive at Motherland Beckons. I don’t think we will relocate to Serbia because we had both decided to live in Nigeria and raise our family here. For now, we will just watch how things go and simply go with the flow.
Will you allow your wife embrace acting as a career?
As much as acting is a noble and rewarding profession, I wont force her to become an actress especially if she does not feel led to act. I wont want her to act and don’t want to push her to go into it. Acting is very demanding and most times I can only spare one day after being on a movie set for weeks. So, if she becomes an actress it simply means that we will both be very busy. One of us has to available to take care of our son and our growing family.