Anita Oyakhilome has finalised her divorce from Pastor Chris Oyakhilome of Christ Embassy, according to her lawyers. The couple was married for 23 years
Since the beginning of their marriage in 1991, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome and Pastor Anita Oyakhilome always tried to keep their marriage private.
However, with both of them being public figures, millions of people were interested in their activities and daily lives, and in 2014, rumors about a divorce started circulating.
They began after Anita Oyakhilome stopped showing up for events hosted by Pastor Chris Oyakhilome’s church, Christ Embassy.
After their marriage, Anita Oyakhilome also became a pastor of the church, but she stopped appearing in its events in 2014. It was noticed by members of the church, who began to speculate what had happened to her.
That same year, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome and Anita Oyakhilome announced that they had separated and were going to be divorced.
Two years later, the divorce was final, and Pastor Anita Oyakhilome stopped all of her activities in Christ Embassy.
Why did Pastor Chris and Anita Oyakhilome divorce?
Anita Oyakhilome and Pastor Chris Oyakhilome were married in 1991 and had two daughters in the following years: Carissa Sharon Oyakhilome and Charlene Oyakhilome.
Since the very beginning of the marriage, Anita Oyakhilome took part in church activities of Christ Embassy, becoming one of the most influential persons and running the branches in the United Kingdom.
Along the way, problems arose in the marriage, and people started speculating if the geographical distance between Pastor Chris Oyakhilome and Anita Oyakhilome was causing them marital difficulties.
While he spent most of his time in Nigeria, where the church is headquartered, she was in the United Kingdom.
Not much is publicly known about their divorce, as both parties have refrained from talking much about it.
Today, Pastor Anita Oyakhilome lives in the United Kingdom and has changed her name to Anita Ebhodaghe Schafer.
She lives a life outside the limelight and is no longer associated with Christ Embassy in any way.
Did Pastor Chris and Anita Oyakhilome remarry after their divorce?
The divorce between Pastor Chris Oyakhilome and Anita Oyakhilome stirred several rumors.
Some said that Pastor Chris Oyakhilome had found a new wife, others suggested that the pastor and Anita Oyakhilome were back together, while a third rumor said that the latter had remarried.
The rumors remained unfounded, and the two parties made it clear that they had not reconciled.
They also both denied being with new partners after their divorce.
“How do you measure a successful marriage?”
As a minister, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome has spoken about marriage on several occasions over the years.
“Is a successful marriage a marriage that lasts happily ever after? Is a successful marriage a marriage that fulfills all what everybody else thinks is needed for it? Or would a successful marriage be a marriage that is in fulfillment of God’s predetermined goals?” the pastor once asked.
According to him, only the married couple in companionship with God can tell if their marriage is successful.
“Everyone else cannot tell. So, that leaves the successful marriage in the hands of God and those involved rather than everyone else trying to tell why they are successful because they look successful,” he explained.
Pastor Chris Oyakhilome has stated that information about marriage in the Bible is scarce because God’s priority is that people are successful in life.
“What, in your mind, is a successful marriage? How do you measure a successful marriage? What would be the reference for a successful marriage? Apparently, that is why you do not really have that in the Bible. God would rather want you to have a successful life. If you have a successful life, then you would be a candidate for a successful anything that you are involved in,” he said.
Pastor Chris Oyakhilome believes that marriage should be based on the word of God.
He has been spreading that exactly since he founded his church, Christ Embassy, in Nigeria in 1987.
Since its establishment, the church has gained about 13 million members worldwide, and it has developed into having multiple arms.
Apart from being a church, Christ Embassy has a music and arts ministry, a healing ministry, an NGO, a bank, their own currency, multiple social media platforms, tv channels and radio stations as well as medical centers, among other things.