By SAMUEL OLATUNJI
Actress Bisi Ibidapo-Obe has given birth to a baby girl. The popular Yoruba actress was delivered of the baby at Reddingthon Hospital, Lagos, on Friday. The baby’s birth adds a new twist to the controversy surrounding Bisi’s pregnancy and an alleged love affair between her and Honourable Dino Melaye.
It would be recalled that news blogs and papers were awash with stories of how a married ex-member of the House of Representatives, Hon Dino Melaye, impregnated Bisi allegedly under the pretext of a promised marriage, and allegedly asked Bisi to abort the pregnancy. But when she refused, Melaye allegedly denied responsibility. That is Bisi’s version of the story. Dino Melaye, however, denied in two separate interviews of ever having anything to do with Bisi’s pregnancy. He said he never dated Bisi talk less of promising to marry her.
“This is Africa Magic story. This is fiction,” he said while dismissing Bisi’s story. Lola Alao, who introduced the two, also took a swipe at Bisi for not being ‘old enough’ to know the man responsible for her pregnancy. Now that the baby is born, there has been talk that Bisi might put pressure on Dino to subject himself to DNA test in order to determine paternity of the child and put an end to the ‘embarrassment’ once and for all.
Bisi, who gave birth at the GRA branch of Reddington Hospital, chose the place as a last resort since she couldn’t come up with money to travel to Canada to have the baby. Her financial condition had gone bad to the extent she could not start ante-natal care until she was eight months into the pregnancy. During this time, she shut herself in and was reaching out to lots of people who could help since Dino refused to take responsibility for the pregnancy. It was some friends that rallied to register her at Reddington Hospital and footed the bill.
During this period, however, rumour was rife of her travelling to Ghana and selling her cars. The reports were later found to be false. Immediately after her delivery, Lola Alao was reported to have congratulated her in a telephone chat as published in a newspaper. Bisi is reported to be keeping a lot of her colleagues at arm’s length as she’s suspicious of them coming around to ridicule her. All efforts to speak with Bisi and Dino proved abortive.
While Bisi’s number didn’t go through, reply to SMS sent to Dino was, “I don’t want to talk about it.”