False claim about Ex-Super Eagles player, Emmanuel Emenike, marrying beauty queens resurfaces online


A claim that a former Super Eagle player, Emmanuel Emenike, divorced a beauty queen to marry another one has resurfaced on the internet.

This claim was shared on Friday, May 12, 2023 by a Facebook user, Adegbenro Adebanjo, in a post on the social media platform.

He’s Married Two Miss Nigeria 

…He Divorced Miss Nigeria 2013 ,

He has now married Miss Nigeria 2014

Former Nigerian football player, Emmanuel Emenike divorced his wife who was Miss Nigeria 2013, and married Miss Nigeria 2014. Culled from Kunle Mckmouth Daramola.



Emmanuel Emenike divorced Miss Nigeria 2013 and married Miss Nigeria 2014.

Screenshot of the Facebook post.


Findings by The FactCheckHub show that the claim is FALSE.

This is not the first time the claim would make rounds on the internet. It surfaced in May 2018, a week after the footballer got married to his wife, Iheoma Nnadi who won the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria (MBGN) 2014.

The claim was first made by Nigerian recording artist, singer and songwriter, Ayoleyi Hanniel Solomon, better known by his stage name Reekado Banks when he shared the same quote on Instagram.

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Several gossip sites had published Reekado’s statement without reaching out to the couple stating that “It is not certain how true his claims are”.

The Cable had reported that Emmanuel Emenike had told Reekado Banks to delete the post within 24 hours.

Reekado you have disrespected me and my family at first it was Miss Nigeria 2013 divorced and married 2014 and this joke is going around the world now, it has become 2017 to 2018. Boy I just want to tell you that I don’t bark, I give you today to delete it and mind what you post next time @reekadobanks

The winner of Miss Nigeria 2013 was Ezinne Akudo Anyaoha and the MBGN 2013 was Anna Banner. A look at their profiles shows that there is nothing to suggest that the footballer had a relationship with any of them.

A post about Nigerian female celebrities who married footballers by Leadership newspaper had none of the 2013 beauty queens too to show that he had been once married to them. It only had his current wife’s name.


The claim that former Nigerian footballer Emmanuel Emenike divorced a 2013 beauty queen to marry the 2014 beauty queen is FALSE; findings revealed that he neither had a relationship with the 2013 beauty queen nor got married to her.

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Seasoned fact-checker and researcher Fatimah Quadri has written numerous fact-checks, explainers, and media literacy pieces for The FactCheckHub in an effort to combat information disorder. She can be reached at sunmibola_q on X or [email protected].


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