Contrary to the reports that went viral - that veteran movie director/producer, the highly respected Tade Ogidan beats his wife and recently injured her on her forehead - Tade Ogidan has denied the accusations and he has this to say:
"Thanks for your concern. I just got
back to Lagos from a trip abroad. It was Friday night in London that my
phone started to ring off the hook with the news of this publication.
Anyone who knows me near well enough or
even well enough will know that I CAN NEVER HIT A WOMAN. It just cant
happen! If anyone ever upset me, I simply walk away or take a drive.
A friend of my woman whom they've been
in rivalry from school days did that to mess her up. I only arrived to
start to get a fairly clear gist of how this came to be. Yewande didn't
post the document. In fact, she's been inconsolable since this
publication. She is been crying endlessly. She is lost for what to do.
This is what happened:
Yewande is like a tomboy. She can play rough.
We were all in my office, the day after
Children's day. I have been quite busy at work because of the reality
show we are working on. That means I am not home everyday. Our major
location is far along the Ajah axis; far from my home.
Yewande and the kids came to spend time
with me in the office. When it was late, no NEPA, and the attempts to
get the gen working [failed], she was ready to go home with the kids.
My little 5 year old girl was screaming
that she didnt want to leave yet. Her mother insisted. The little girl
ran into my office and shut the door to prevent her mom from taking her.
I told Yewande to give her time. You know how mothers can be with their
She insisted that they should leave as
she didnt want to drive late. I blocked the door so she can give the
girl a reprieve. She was playfully pulling me off the door. She does
things like that all the time. She lost her grip and staggered into that
three seater wrought iron chair in the open office. She obviously hit
the ridge of her nose on the steel arm of that chair. The cut was
She models and had obviously taken a
photo of her face, for posterity (something to laugh at another time).
One of her old school friends, with whom she's had rivalry from school
days, stole the photo from another friend of hers and went viral with
that damaging story. The obvious intention is to mess her up.
Sadly, one is caught in the firing line.
This has created such a stress for her, our family, my workers, my
friends, and most especially me. You can imagine me having to spend
time to explain this to everyone who knows me and finds this strange!
Painfully for me, there are just so many people that I can attempt to
explain this to.
She was quite worried that she's been
running all over to ask how to manage this. Before I got back from the
trip, she gave an explanation to another friend of hers to publish on
the site that first sent out the false story.
Everybody is trying to manage her, so
she wont affect her health from the outcome of this. That is what
happened. I HAVE NEVER HIT A WOMAN, AND I JUST CANT. I counsel people
who have issues and they respect me greatly for the wisdom I bring to
the table. People in and outside this society hold me in high regard. I
am ALWAYS mindful of anything I do anywhere.
This is a major distraction for me as I
spend quality time to explain the situation to all who reach out to me
(from all over the world).
Thanks for reaching out."
Meanwhile this is what his wife told SDK
when asked how she got the nose injury "I Had an accident with my honda
three weeks ago but i am fine now, it was minor. I hit my head on the
steering wheel when a mini van hit my car from behind.my husband is even
in the UK right now and he did not abuse me in any way. I am not
defending him, if anyone has done anything to me, I will speak out. I am
very well aware of domestic violence and I urge you to go on with your
campaign against it but i was not assaulted by my loving husband - I was
taking my kids to school and there was a gallop and a mini van hit me
from behind,it was my fault because I didn't have my seat belt on. Tade
ogidan cannot hurt a fly, I am not defending him but that's how he is.
My Tade would never hit a woman, he is far older than me and he treats
me like a baby''.