Read the press statement issued by Tchidi Chikere's publicist:
After nine years of union that produced three wonderful boys, respected movie producer, Tchidi Chikere and wife, Sophia will be going their separate ways. the couple who have been trying to make things work for nine years will be calling it quits. They reached this painful decision after several break-ups and efforts to make the marriage work failed. The relationship was taking its toll on the children and affecting personal happiness of the couple.
The three children are with Sophia for now and Tchidi will be solely responsible for their upkeep and continue to play the role of a responsible father.
For the sake of the children and others involved, Tchidi Chikere will not be granting interviews or running down Sophia on the pages of newspapers. He enjoins members of the fourth estate and public to respect his privacy and help protect the children from emotional torments.
Tchidi wants an amicable process and protecting the wellbeing of their three lovely boys remains top priority to him, especially during this trying times. He thanks friends, fans and families for their prayers and support at this time and wishes that their (Tchidi, his children and ex-wife) privacy is respected especially for the sake of the three lovely boys. He wishes to remain friends with Sophia as much as possible within the circumstance.
It's really sad, but if the separation will restore the happiness they've lost as individuals, then so be it. The Press should please respect the couple's privacy. I remember that 9ice issued a similar press release to announce his separation from Toni; he also pleaded for privacy but didn't get any.