Reality TV star, Maria Chike and her boyfriend welcome their first child


Former Big Brother Naija Shine Ya Eye reality star Maria Chike Benjamin has joyously welcomed their first child into the world with her partner, Kevin Anene.

Maria Chike proudly announced the arrival of her bundle of joy through heartfelt posts on both Instagram and Twitter on October 3, 2023. She shared a beautiful video that captured the family of 3. The video featured Maria and Kevin tenderly holding their newborn son's tiny feet. The former air hostess and media personality named her son “Leonardo AmaraNna Anene”.

Maria shared her gratitude with the world via her Instagram account, “Leonardo AmaraNna Anene 01/10/23. I just want to say thank God. My heart is so full and grateful. I've found the light in me that I couldn’t find all these years. Thank God for choosing us as your parents.” Fans of Maria have taken to social media to congratulate the reality star on the arrival of her new baby.

Maria announced her initial pregnancy on July 6, 2023, via Instagram, in which she posed for a maternity photoshoot with her partner Kevin.

However, her journey to motherhood was not without its share of controversy and online backlash. Maria faced online hatred during her pregnancy. She was accused of being a homewrecker because of her alleged involvement with a married man, Kevin. During an interview, with popular YouTuber Chude Jideonwo on his channel With Chude, Maria cleared the air on the allegations laid against her. She said “I wasn’t aware he was married or not when we first started dating. I have never and would never destroy any marriage. I do not owe people any information about my personal life.” Maria swore that that was the gospel truth and she would stand on it.

Maria has taken on a new role as the proud host of her very own television program, titled "Healing With Maria."