Friday, 14 February 2014

In 15 Years of our marriage, D1 only celebrated Val with me once -- Caroline Dayo Adeneye


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Carol, D1 &  GDA.
If you mention the name, Caroline Adeneye in a banking hall, it is most likely that majority of bystanders will not be able to put a face to the name immediately. Yes, that is the kind of reputation this Edo State, South-South Nigeria born entrepreneur and Founder/ Chief Executive Officer of Sierra Global Concept, an integrated event management company in Lagos has adopted for herself over the years.  On the other hand, Caroline’s husband’s name is like an anthem on the mouth of many Nigerians and Diaspora publics especially entertainment freaks. He is the world famous ambassador for peace and the better half of leading entertainment business guru, Kenny Ogungbe  (famously called Baba Keke) of the famous Prime Time Africa Television Show and CEO, Kennis Music. Dayo Adeneye (famously called D-One) is an entertainment phenomenon and nobody doubts that as his professional antecedent has shown in the last one and a half decade through his innovative contribution, in conjunction with his best friend and star-brother, Kenny Ogungbe.  The duo is solely acknowledged as Godfathers of modern Nigerian entertainment industry.

Recently your Number One Africa’s Celebrity Encounter blog had a special session with Caroline over some Chinese delicacies inside Zen Garden Chinese Restaurant situated on the highbrow Isaac John GRA, Ikeja area of Lagos state after a birthday party organized in her honor by her husband, D-One. The birthday event which she shared with her third child, Ashley who clocked 5 on that occasion had a cream of high class guests who made out time for the Sunday evening event and a double cake designed to explain the exact reason for the occasion. Caroline who is a very hard catch for press interviews gave us an hour no-hold-barred interview on our honor. She spoke to us on certain ideas that make her a success away from an average black woman married to a famous husband. Take a sit and sip your choice drink as we unveil what makes Caroline Dayo Adeneye a fair lady. 
  D1 is a great husband.
Caroline Adeneye with hubby, D1 with their state-of-the-art Rolls Royce Phantom
@ their Atlanta Georgia, USA home.
Caroline opened the chat with an appreciation for her husband, D-one who put his busy schedule aside to give her a rare moment which any woman will cherish to have, by bringing who-is-who and VIPs for her birthday, hear her “I feel very wonderful and I will say there is nothing more than your husband appreciating you and speaking at any given time, what you mean to him and how he sees you, that goes  a long way; we women don’t ask for much. We only ask for the commitment and the assurance from our husbands, that ‘look you mean a lot to me and I love you so much, thank you for tolerating me’, with that, what else can you ask or wish for?. So, I am very happy and I am very privileged to be alive by God’s grace and having my whole family celebrating with me another year. It is a God given privilege”.
What you don’t know about D1.
For every other year going, Caroline had been the one throwing a birthday celebration in honor of her husband and it has been the same tradition in the last ten years but on this occassion, it was D-One’s turn to do same for Caroline, what does it mean to her “Yes, you are right Dan, but it is because I am more on the quite side, socially. You will never know this but I can tell you that attitudinally, D-One is more quite than me. I make friends more than Dayo; Dayo is shy and reserved but most people don’t know this, they often look at the showbiz side of my husband but unfortunately that is his job and not his personality. For the yearly birthday gigs in his honor, I have to do that because he is my crown, the Bible says our husbands are the crowns that adorn our head. I celebrate my crown because he is the head of my family. It is not that he doesn’t celebrate me as well, but because he is more on the public side, if I send out ten IVs for a party in his honor, I see hundred people turning up. Last year was a peculiar experience. It rained heavily and the weather was not too friendly, we set up the event for 2pm and the rain fell and knocked everything down and we thought the event was over because of the kind of weather we had but by 4pm when the rain stopped I couldn’t believe the number of people who came in between 4pm and 6pm, the human traffic was heavy. It was on a Sunday, you wont believe that as at 1am, I had to turn off the music and I said ‘look, you are all going to work tomorrow’ and they said ‘no’ ‘we love D-One, we appreciate him and we are not in a hurry to stop the party. For us, we see it as a way of appreciating people and letting them share in our joy as well”
Why I had our 2nd child after 8 years of marriage.          
King of world beat, King Sunny Ade in a tete-a-tete with the Adeneyes
@ their Atlanta Georgia, USA home.
During his vote of thanks to guests who showed up for his wife’s birthday celebration,  D-One equally thanked Caroline for being a great and truthful partner, for being the mother of his 3 children, for being a genuine wife and lastly for ‘tolerating his excesses as a husband’. The very jovial peace ambassador and On-Air-personality garnished his commendation with one of the popular numbers of famous Hip-Hop act, Whizkid “Carol dun o carry, Carol dun O loyin etc” as the crowd burst into a rush of applauses and laughter. We asked Carol what was the “excesses” D-One was thanking her for understanding? Hear her “I think he is in a better position to answer that question” was the way she fired back her response. But the mother of three (Nicole, Bryan and Ashley) choose to educate us further “I think the good thing that happened to me was that I married Dayo Adeneye, I didn’t marry D-One so, we are like normal couple. D-One is the showbiz personality everyone sees and craves for while Dayo Adeneye is my husband and father of my children, we go through what normal couples go through and we get over things together. Yes, as a family, we have more of his absence than his presence, it is a bit better now, I remember when I was having kids he was not always there. You will discover there is 8 years gap between Nicole and Bryan (Her 1st and 2nd child). Those days when I go and see my doctor, my doctor will say ‘I don’t know why you are coming here because your husband is never around, so the day you start travelling with your husband you can come back to see me. Stop coming to give me your money; I am not interested in your money. That was what my doctor told me and truth to his word it was when I travelled with him (D-One) that I got pregnant for Bryan because he was never there. He was always travelling to cover one event or the other across the world. So, I went with him on that particular trip because the Doctor said if I don’t go, I should not come back to him; that I should not say I am not pregnant when my husband is not always there.  That is that; and I think in 15 years of knowing Dayo, I think it is only once we celebrated valentine together. So, maybe that is why when our birthday comes, he tries to celebrate it for me in a modest way. Then, I celebrate him (Yearly) because most times, he is not always around.
D1, ladies and I
With his kind of popularity and professional success, you will think Caroline would be in the class of women who run high blood pressure over female admirers who run after the heart of their men for canal pleasure. But that appears to be the least of Carol’s challenges “No! There is one thing I have to appreciate my husband for, I have to give kudos to him for one thing, he respects me and he would not go out of his way to do anything he knows a woman won’t like to see. But you can also understand that female fans are crazy, they go all around him and all that, but when we go for public events and they do their stuff to him I don’t really care because he is going home with me. That is the most important thing.
Why I don’t check my Husband’s phone
Otunba Dayo and Chief (Mrs.) Caroline Adeneye @ an event.
And then the tricky question came hitting her “Have you ever caught a love Sms message from a female lover on your husband’s phone?” and she replies “I don’t think there is none because my husband knows I don’t have the time, I don’t check his phone, why should I desire to give myself unnecessary headache? You check today, you see Bimbo, tomorrow you see Zainab and next tomorrow you see Gloria. It is unnecessary; a man who loves you will do everything necessary to protect his home and like I said, I give kudos to my husband; he tries to make me happy. He tries to avoid things that will make me unhappy. So, what else would I ask for? Snooping around? That means I am not busy”.
The benefits of being D1’s wife 
Caroline Adeneye, King Sunny Ade & Dayo Adeneye during
KSA's visit to their Atlanta Georgia Home recently.
Being Mrs. Dayo Adeneye must have come with lots of good tidings over time, Caroline shared her stock benefits with us “Yes, the goodwill my husband has from the public rubs on me on many occassion. I really appreciate it because I feel very great, I feel wonderful and I feel blessed to be Mrs. Caroline Adeneye because anywhere I go people favor me, in as much as I try to hide my identity but perhaps by chance, someone who has seen my face on one magazine or the other is quick to ask, when I say ‘Caroline Adeneye’ they will say “Oh, are you D-One’s wife? So why didn’t you let us know earlier? ‘Don’t you know D-One is our Egbon’ and before I know it they will pull me out of the line and give me an express attention, what else can someone ask for? So, his good name open doors for me and I pray God will continue to prosper him and make him fulfill his dream.
D-One doesn’t mind if I am richer than him.
We asked if Caroline cares to have Dayo Adeneye as her husband again in a reincarnation and her answers were as predictable as this blog imagined “Of course I will because Dayo allows me to grow; he allows me to expand, he allows me to do whatever makes me happy. If I say I want to do this, he will tell me the way to go about it and all that, so what else can I ask for in a man? A man who allows his wife to grow, like he tells me, ‘I don’t care if you are richer than me, all that matters is that you are still my wife, so why would I be bothered? Because whatever money you make belongs to the family and what is life about? Life is too short, our biggest priority is to live as one in truth and with sincerity of purpose’, and his prayer is that God should give me good health to enjoy the benefit of my labor. That has always been my husband’s wish for me. He is a much secured man without fear for his wife’s success”.
Why my parent delayed our marriage for 2 yrs.

This two cakes are telling us about D1's sport hubby and career line
....Caroline is the author of the expression.
Giving her closing remarks, Caroline Dayo Adeneye who is the Yeye-Otunba of Odogbolu kingdom in  Ogun state where her husband hails from gave legion of spinsters out there her success tips for a successful marriage life; hear her “The secret of a successful marriage life is three things; they are Patience! Patience!! Patience!!! Those are the three things you need to secure your marriage. My mum told me this when I was getting married, you know my parent had reservations for showbiz people, they believe they don’t keep good wives; they don’t keep good homes and all that. But when I insisted that it was Dayo I want, because they refused for like two years and I have had my baby before our marriage. My daughter was almost two years when we had our marriage because there was resistance from my parent. But when they finally succumb and gave their blessing, my mum said to me “daughter, you have to wear a garment of patience because we that are not even married to people in the public arena we romance patience not to talk of people like who are marrying the real men. So, patience and friendship matters. When you are friends, you build trust and trust becomes the tripod on which patience will stand and with patience you will be able to do anything. Secondly, you must be able to communicate; it is a very powerful weapon for a successful marriage. But I equally found out that in Africa, majority of the men are not too open for communication. They think you want to know so much. But I will tell you that whatever your husband feels you should know, just accept it. Later, he will start opening up to you, don’t force him”  

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