Why I will not change surname after marriage – Toke Makinwa



Actress and media personality, Toke Makinwa, has revealed why she will not be changing her surname after marriage.

Toke during an episode on her podcast gave reasons she can not give up her surname, Makinwa.

She stated that she has worked so hard for her brand and a change of name could make her hard work crumble. She went ahead to say that the change of name would also mean a change of name in all her official documents. She said her children would bear their father’s name.

According to her, she had retained her surname in her last marriage with Maje Ayida. She said her ex-husband only calls her Mrs Ayida while they are indoor.

She said, “I kept my last name when I got married. It was supposed to be Toke Makinwa-Ayida but it was only at home that he called me Mrs Ayida.

“I hope that whoever I end up with next would actually love it because Toke Makinwa is staying. I don’t want to hyphenate. But my kids can bear their father’s surname.

“In my marriage, my bank details, my passport, nothing changed. Imagine what I would have gone through trying to change it back when we got divorce.

“I have built this brand with my blood, sweat and tears.”


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