Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Katherine Obiang - On Her Abusive Marriage to Frank Edoho and Life After Separation

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Katherine Obiang, was married to Who Wants To Be A Millionaire’s host Frank Edoho for seven years and they had three children together. The couple separated in 2011 after accusations by Katherine that Frank was physically abusive. Katherine has since then been working with Project Alert as a voice for women who are victims of domestic violence.

In a recent exclusive with TheNetng, she discusses their marriage, how life is after such an experience, and working together with her ex to ensure that their children get the best of their parenting. Here are some excerpts...

How are your kids?
They are great.

And how are they taking the whole divorce issue?
We are not really divorced. It’s still a work-in-progress kind of thing but we are taking it well. When its time for him to see the children, he does and when its time to return them, he does. On my part, I have carried the children along and make them understand they are not stained because of it. I wouldn’t want them to develop a complex because of it. We didn’t design for these things to happen but they do. Its like people who have lost their parents, they didn’t plan for it but they have to move on. I watch them and I think they are doing pretty okay especially because we talk about it every time there is a reason to.

You mentioned that you aren’t really divorced. Does that suggest possibility of reconciliation?
No, it doesn’t. We just started the process but there isn’t any hope for reconciliation. We know we would always be in each other’s lives because of the children, so we have to be civil. When the children are getting married for example, we have to hide our differences and make it work.

What if he (Frank) came back, would you consider it?
No. Three years have gone by. It will be a whole entire process of knowing somebody all over again and I don’t have the energy to do that. We’ve let it burn and I don’t think he will do that.

Do you sometimes miss him?
He had such a great sense of humor. I don’t know if he still does. His sense of music too, being a radio presenter, and we used to exchange thoughts on things regarding that, but otherwise, I don’t miss him in that nostalgic way of…It’s a part of my life I have come to terms with. I am a solution oriented person. He was part of my life for more than 10 years (dated for four years and got married for 7 years).

Looking back at everything, do you wish you never got separated?
No, I think Frank and I should not have gotten married in the first place. We should just have been friends because he was an awesome friend. While I was dating someone else and he had to go back to his country, he (Frank) was there all through and I had known him all the while he was in the University of Calabar and we started our career together. I think we shouldn’t have pushed it to marriage and just stayed as friends.

Any regrets about that?
No. I have three lovely kids to show for it and of course, every thing happens for a reason and a purpose. They can only make us better or stronger people and it has done so for me. I have grown from what went wrong.

What is usually the cause of the fight?
I think it impatience, anger and not knowing how to deal with issue in the now, so you react before you think. It goes like, ‘huh, how dare you say this to me…is that what you will say?’ I can’t remember any one in particular, it has been long now, I have moved on and it’s not a thing that can happen to me again but I always say no matter what, a man should not raise his hands on a woman. A woman should also not goad a man too much. It takes nothing from the man who walks away because once he hits a woman, he starts to think it is justifiable. Unfortunately, we are in a society where we have friends that will give you thumbs up for doing that. A man should be calmer and not react on the now.

Are you making efforts to ensure that your son isn’t wrongly influenced by this?
I have a son and I talk to him all the time. I let him know he must be there to protect his sister. They should look at him and feel safe with him and he knows that. The girls also push him and I caution them, so it’s a balance.

Were you hit by the rumors of his recent marriage?
I didn’t want to believe he was because we are still married (legally). We are not divorced, so I didn’t see how that was possible and didn’t loose sleep over it. I’m not asking him not to go on with his life but things should be done properly. We are separated for three years and now in the divorce process. If he found happiness and love, then I’m happy for him.

Will you be trying your hands on marriage again?
You just never know.

If you would, what kind of man would he be?
You come to a point in your life where you can’t afford to do things out of adrenaline but with great thought. It would be a more mature person, someone who is calm and has a fine sense of how life should be. Someone who is mature, wise and seen life and the ways of the world and knows what he is doing at every time.

When you think about all that has happened, does it bring tears to your eyes?
No, I feel a sense of disappointment instead especially now when the children come home with questions that I need a man to answer, if he (their father) were around. For example, someone to be there for my son at a time when he is writing his common entrance examination. It’s a feeling of disappointment, but you know, we have to rise above them and you go on.

What was your reaction the very first time it happened?
I’m like these things happen in marriages but we think of reconciliation and getting families involved. It is your first trial in marriage and nobody gives a guideline about how things are going to be.

Apart from being part of the Project Alert, what other steps have you taken to help women who are battling with domestic violence?
I talk to them but in the end, I let them know, the decision is theirs. A friend of mine was involved in this and after we talk, she will go back to him. No matter what platform there is, it rests on the individual. It is what I have arrived at. I still share my story when I have the chance to.


  1. He and I drove around one day. And I can assure you that he still has his sense of humor, and meticulous choice of music intact.

  2. I'm glad she's among those who were able to clear their eyes and mind and save their lives. My heart breaks for those who society, peer pressure, or so-called love have blinded them.

  3. Who would have thought a gentle looking, civilized dude like Frank would raise a finger on a woman? *sighs. Like they say, life happens.

  4. Only a weak man hits a woman,thank God she was able to leave b4 she was killd,i knw a woman who kept enduring d beatings till she lost her eyesight n eventually died despite everybody telling her to leave d useless man who has nw remarried.Our society is also nt helping matters as single mothers r stigmatized,it is well sha........

  5. She is such a great interview subject, I just wish the interview was a bit meatier. Good that she has taken such a negative experience and turn it into something positive.

  6. Very mature interview. I believe she has made her peace with that part of her life. For the sake of her children she doesn't have to give us any juicy details of what happened. it is enough to know that she walked away from it all because she knew she deserved better. That's the lesson we can learn. any other thing is feferity.

    is that an English word? lol.

  7. I sense a lot of calm and maturity. ilike

  8. Ah xo sad! Can't blive ds happnd 2 frank edoho.. Go watch sensational korean love movies... Lol

  9. Hmmm this hit me too close. I pray one day, I too will be able to leave with my kids before it's too late.

  10. And the wife beater is still the host of who wants to be a millionaire. Even acts like nothing happened

  11. @blossom please leave, for your safety.
    Nice interview, katherine is obv, name calling or shifting blames.
    Truly wish her all the best!


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