Dikko Nwachukwu Bio – His Wife, Children, First Marriage, and Net Worth

By Ray | Published on: March 14, 2024 | Updated on: March 14, 2024
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Dikko Nwachukwu is a Nigerian businessman and entrepreneur who is most well-known as the husband of renowned Nigerian actress and reality star, Zainab Balogun. The husband and wife have been married for nearly five years and in these five years of their marital life, Nwachukwu and Balogun have become one of the most loved celebrity couples in Nigeria.

wife, Zainab started her career in modeling at the tender age of 16. Apart from Nigeria, Balogun has been featured in various international campaigns for renowned brands.

But, coming to the year 2023, there is a rumor spreading over the internet that Dikko Nwachukwu and his wife Balogun are divorcing. Well, what’s the truth? Let’s find out everything here.

  1. Dikko Nwachukwu was born on 25 July, 1973. He is 39 years of age.
  2. He did his schooling at The Abbey School & St Augustines College, Kent, London, and later attended Haileybury and Imperial Service College.
  3. Dikko was married to married to popular Nigerian actress Zainab Balogun.
  4. The rumors of his divorce from the actress began after she deleted his last name from her social media handles.
  5.  He was previously married to Funmi from 2007 to 2015, until her death,
  6. He is the father of two children Eli & Ethan from his first wife.

Bio – What’s His Age?

Nwanchukwu was born Nwachukwu Dienbo Olayinika Dikko Mohammed Chukwuneme to mother Gwedolyn Nwachukwu and father Ike Nwachukwu in Lagos, Nigeria. Dikko Nwachukwu was born on 25 July 1973, and as of early 2023, he is 39 years old. His father, Ike is a former military general as well as a senator.

Dikko Nwachukwu's parents
Dikko Nwachukwu’s parents

Regarding his education, Nwachukwu studied at The Abbey School & St Augustines College, Kent, London from 1984 to 1988. Afterward, Dikko did his A-levels at Haileybury and Imperial Service College from 1989 to 1992.

For his bachelor’s degree, Nwachukwu went to the University of Massachusetts where he majored in economics and political science.

Wife – Is the Nigerian Billionaire Divorcing His Second Wife?

The Nigerian businessman’s current wife is Zainab Balogun, a famous Nigerian actress, model, and television presenter. The lovebirds tied the knot in Lagos, Nigeria on May 13, 2018. They were living a happily married life for quite some years. However, in December 2022, the rumor about their divorce started circulating over the internet.

Well, the rumor sparked after the Nigerian model and actress, Zainab Balogun removed Dikko’s last name from her social media page. On top of that, she has also removed all of his pictures from her Instagram.

Dikko Nwachukwu and his second wife Zainab Balogun
Dikko Nwachukwu and his second wife Zainab Balogun cutting their wedding cake

Moreover, their fans and media also speculated that the actress had also removed her wedding band from her hands as it isn’t visible in her recent photos.

But, neither Nwachukwu nor his wife Balogun has addressed the rumors about their separation. Until they talk about their relationship in public, it is difficult to predict what caused the rift between the two.

Zainab Balogun doesn’t have any children with her husband Dikko Nwachukwu.

Zainab Balogun Talked About How She Met Her Husband

Around a year after walking down the aisle, Award-winning actress, Balogun gushed about how she met her then-husband Dikko Nwachukwu and how they started dating in an interview with Bolanle Olukanni.

In the interview, Zainab said that she and her husband met through their mutual friend, comedian Chigurl. Quoting how Chioma talked about Dikko to  her, Zainab said, “she was I have a guy that really likes you.”

They became close in a couple of meetings only and as Zainab said Nwachukwu became “someone that I would talk to all the time.

Shortly after they started dating, Balogun met Dikko’s children and his children “really liked her.” The actress also told that she had talked about her and Dikko’s marriage to his kids before they tied the knot. She said,

“I and daddy are thinking of getting married…so how would you feel if I became your mum and we got married? It was so weird they burst into tears. They were so happy and for me, it just made sense.”

Who is First Wife? His Children

Before Dikko started his romantic relationship with actress Zainab Balogun, he was happily married to his first wife, Olufunmilola Nwachukwu (nee Olutayo) aka Funmi. Although there aren’t details about Dikko’s first wife, Funmi, we do know that the former husband and wife got married in 2007.

Dikko Nwachukwu's two sons, Ethan and Eli
Dikko Nwachukwu’s two sons, Ethan (right) and Eli (left)

Dikko Nwachukwu and his first spouse also gave birth to their two children, Ethan and Eli Nwachukwu. They welcomed their first kid, Ethan on July 24, 2008, and less than three years later, on January 31, 2011, they were blessed with their second child, son Eli.

What Happened to First Wife?

Nwachukwu and his first wife, Funmi were happily married with children. After around eight years of their marriage, Dikko lost his wife. Funmi died on 5th April 2015 in Nigeria.

It’s not clear what was the cause of Nwachukwu’s first wife’s death. On her fifth death anniversary, the Nigerian businessman remembered his late wife and wrote some beautiful words praising her on Instagram.

April 5th is always a bittersweet day for me. As today is the 5th year that you were called unto glory! Yet your legacy lives on here and your works here are still ongoing” Nwachukwu wrote in his post.

Dikko Nwachukwu's first wife Olufunmilola Nwachukwu
Dikko Nwachukwu’s first wife Olufunmilola Nwachukwu

He added,

“I know you see how incredibly well Ethan and Eli are doing? Its mindboggling! Outstanding young men in every sense! I’m doing ok too. The impact you had in our lives will live on forever. You are in our hearts and minds always.”

“Continue to rest on in perfect peace, our beloved Olufunmilola Nwachukwu (nee Olutayo). We love you!!” Dikko concluded.

His Net Worth

Dikko Nwachukwu has been regarded as a billionaire by several online sources. While at the same time, many other outlets have called him a millionaire Nigerian businessman. Unfortunately, there aren’t any official sources that have talked about Nwachukwu’s net worth to date.

So, as of now, all we can say is Dikko Nwachukwu is a very rich businessman who has millions of dollars in net worth if not in BILLION.

Dikko has earned his net worth from his multi-faceted business model. As per his LinkedIn profile, Dikko is a founder and CEO at Dowkaa, a courier service that covers the African continent. Besides, he also serves as the CEO of JetWest Airways since September 2016.