My Crashed Marriage? Don’t Go There… Actress Chika Ike Speaks

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 Charming Nollywood actress, Chika Ike is quite an interesting
personality to hang-out with. On the other hand, the sultry actress who hails
from Ekwuluobia, Umuchiana village in Anambra State confesses that she has
learnt some lessons in life. The once married thespian talks about her acting
career, her thriving business and other related issues in this interview with
KUNLE AKINRINADE. EXCERPT:

HOW true is it that you have a bad temper?

That
story is not true, and those who are saying that obviously don’t know me. I can
be very terrible when I am angry, but I know how to manage my anger very well.
It’s either I take a walk from the scene or I stay alone to calm down, because
I know that a man could say the worst things when angry.
If you are not an actress, what
would you have been doing?
I would
have opted for interior decoration, painting and other similar things because
of my passion for things that has to do with arts or better still modeling. And
as a matter of fact, I started off as a model, but acting has taken that from
me now. Modeling is lucrative when you are on billboard or television
commercial. But acting has made me busier than modeling. However, I must
confess that I still want to be on the runway as a model, but acting is not
allowing it.
What lessons have life taught
you so far?
Taking
a look at my life lately, I think I have learnt a lot of lessons so far. Life
has taught me to be very patient and not to be in a hurry to do anything. It
has also taught me to be less judgmental on people and to look before I leap;
but more importantly, not to give up.
Talking about looking before
leaping, does it have to do with your crashed marriage?
I
rather not talk about that because it is my private life and I would like to
keep it as that. That part of me is one of those things I would rather have you
not talk about.
But
something must have happened to you before you can conclude on such matters…
Cuts
in… You are still inching toward my private life and I think we should not
delve into such things.
What has changed about you?
Nothing
has changed about me at all. I am still the same Chika Ike. I strive to achieve
more in my career because it is good to aim big for career improvement.
You
recently marked your birthday on a film location in Enugu State. How did you
celebrate it?
I threw
a party at PK Garden in Enugu. I am also planning a charity show for street
children because my foundation is concerned with the plight of street kids in
our society. I threw up a similar party for them a couple of months ago.
How do
you manage the home when you are away on location?
(Laughter)
I know what you want to get at, and I would not oblige you. You want to fly through
the window to get an answer to your earlier question about my private life, but
I bet you won’t get me.
What do
you consider when accepting roles; money or good script?
I
consider the story, the plot, the cast, the crew and the total output of the movie.
Apart from these, I also consider the publicity around the project. I don’t
take roles because of the financial gain. I have had cause to turn down scripts
because of the poor content or because the role is not challenging at all. At
times, I decline scripts because of my busy schedule. I have a sucker for
stories that are emotionally challenging and not uninspiring roles.
How
busy are you?
Right
now, I am busy and greatly occupied for the rest of the year, even up till
January 2013. I have been in Enugu for some weeks, and I don’t have time for
any other thing because it’s only fair for me to finish the jobs I had been
paid for at the moment.
Which
job are you working on at the moment?
It is
not my project; I am only being featured in the movie. The working title is
“kleptomania” and I played a lead role in the movie. It is a big project and
the movie was quite challenging because in one of the scenes, I played the role
of an accident victim and was on clutches. It was indeed tough. But I think the
role is also a career booster, because it also portrays me as a versatile and
dynamic thespian.
What
are your plans for the future?
I
intend to run fashion outfits, not just in Nigeria, but all over Africa. And
hopefully, we would soon start it. Although it’s still in the pipeline, but I
am already working on it with all my vigour. And because of my fashion
business, I am planning to bring models on the runway soon. By next year, I’ll
also be part of a movie project in the United States of America (USA). Thank
God, I have a great manager, publicist and people that make my life easy for
me. They have ensured that I don’t naturally get stressed up, so I can focus on
my career and other businesses.
How do
you run from scandals?
It just
happens. For example I have been busy for several weeks; I have been traveling
from one state to another to take part in one movie or the other. For me, it’s
not just about being overly careful or intentionally trying to avoid scandals,
but being pre-occupied with jobs. Believe me; celebrities cannot insulate
themselves from scandals because even if you don’t curry one, the press could
give you a bad press, such that you will be trying frantically to exonerate
yourself.
Love
for Charity work
This
year in the month of May, Chika hosted over three thousand kids at a party,
held in Agodo, Lagos. The party was part of the activities by Chika Ike
Foundation, marking Children’s day. School supplies and snack boxes were handed
out to the children who attended the party. She was also presented with an
award of recognition at the occasion by the traditional ruler of Agodo who was
present at the party.
Achievement
as an actress
Between
the years 2005 -2006, she did well over 20 movies to her credit. This was to
the amazement of a lot of people given her quick and sudden rise to stardom and
was appreciated by many. In the year 2008, Chika Ike became an unexpected star
after she was cast in a leading role as an African Princess in an epic movie
called Mirror of Beauty which was shot on 35mm to the international scene and
was shown in seven Cinemas in London (Odeon and Cineworld) where it was
premiered.
The
movie was later selected the only African movie to be screened during the CANN
film festival in CANNS 2008 because of the quality and beautiful African
Culture exhibited in it. It also got nominations and ward in Africa. The
University of Lagos, Human kinetics and health education graduate (Unilag) has
graced the covers of many local and international magazines. She has appeared
on numerous television shows on TV and Red Carpet events.
Entry
into other venture
In
September 24, 2011, Chika opened an upscale fashion accessories store, Fancy
Nancy Collections in the city of Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, which is
now a must shop- store for those discriminating, yet fashionable taste. The
free spirited actress, entrepreneur and model who is blessed with beauty,
brain, fame and fortune is a recipients of several awards and honours with the
most recent one from United Nation Organization as World Youth Ambassador.
Background
Born on
Friday November 8th to the prominent family of Ike and grew up in a close knit
family of eight in Lagos, Nigeria. She was raised by her religious parents who
did not fail to imbibe discipline hard work and tolerance. Chika as a child was
nick named by her nanny – Rebecca, Fancy Nancy because of her fanciful and
funny character as a child. She was sometime caught in her mum’s room wearing
mums high heel shoes and mimicking her mother in front of the mirror, with
heavy makeup on her face.
The
famous actress was called a drama queen severally by her friends and peers
while growing up. Owing to her discipline, she earned the position of senior
prefect and her beauty always made her to be crowed the most beautiful girl in
her school. The covetous beauty started acting at age six in her local church
and watched a lot of movies while growing up; this became the inception for
inspiration and challenge to join the movie industry. Never backing down from
challenges, she laced her shoes and stepped into the movies auditioning ground
in 2004 where she was auditioned for a movie. Her hard work, patience and
discipline helped her face and got prepared for most things in life, but
needless to say; she was surprised and overwhelmed when called back four months
later to pick up a script to do a role in Nollywood movie.
Despite
the fact that the role was a minor one, she took it as a stepping stone to
greater heights in her aspiring career as an actress and did it so well. This
landed her another movie role, this time to play a major character. After the
African beauty – first major role in movie was released; it was adjudged chart
buster and a sell out in the market, resulting in directors and producers
recommending her for jobs and roles in movies. That same year Chika did over
five movies and was nominated as the best upcoming actress (AMAA), an Africa
Movie Academy Award in 2006 and a recognition award for that same year.

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