Adenike Quadri is the beautiful wife of veteran actor, Alhaji Yinka Quadri and they have been married for 30 years now and blessed with four children, Muyiwa, Yewande, Olajuwon and Folarin Quadri.
They are also blessed with grandchildren. As a Muslim and a top theatre practitioner with women always hanging around him, many people expected the veteran actor to be married to more than one wife.
Surprisingly, however, he is married to just his wife and has been able to keep his age-long marriage going.
“I am with one wife; we have been together since 1985. But before we got married, I already had a child from someone else. I had a normal wedding ceremony with the woman, but along the line, we discovered we were not compatible. We would stay together in a week, that makes 7 days, we would fight for 5 days and just be friends for 2 days, so we were not compatible and we did that for 5 to 6 years, so our parents decided it was better we went our separate ways. And after she left, I met my wife, Nike in 1985 and we started having kids in 1989 and she is the only woman in my house.” Yinka Quadri once revealed in an interview.
In this interview with SUNDAY ADIGUN, Nike Quadri reveals the many secrets that have kept her marriage with Alhaji Yinka Quadri intact for 30years and still counting.
You came from a Christian family, but you married a Muslim family. How did your parents take that?
My husband and I are from the same town. My father was very popular and very wealthy when he was alive, the same thing with my father in law. The two families knew each other very well. So, it was so easy for my father-in-law to succumb and support our union 100% irrespective of our religious differences because he knows my father’s pedigree. Moreover, my family doesn’t discriminate. Though my father was already late then but my mother played a big role in our relationship. She was one of the people who chose my husband for me. She was very happy with my husband and accepted him wholeheartedly. Alhamdulillah, we have been very good friends since then. Like I said, my husband and I never fought for 1minute. You know it’s not easy to keep a woman or live with a woman without misunderstandings, but any moment I want to get angry and my countenance changes my husband knows how to calm me down. Ever since I got married to him, nobody, not even my family has ever interfered in the affairs of my home, and I’m enjoying it and I will enjoy it for the rest of my life.
Tell us about your life as a celebrity’s wife, how has it been?
Alliamdulilai, I thank God for everything. I’m an easy-going person. Everybody knows me through God and my husband. At times, I do show people that I’m Yinka Quadri’s wife. People also love to associate with me. I do smile when I’m being recognised as his wife. I was a petty trader, but it was Yinka who made me popular, and I became an international woman. I gave birth to my last born overseas and my children are there as we speak. I pray to God to always protect my husband for me. I will also like to advise every woman out there especially celebrities’ wives, patience and endurance are the keywords. Let us learn how to overlook some things in order to keep our home. We need no one to tell us that the work of our husbands exposes them to so many things, so we need wisdom to keep our home.