I am a sucker for romance–Chika Ike

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By TOSIN AJIRIRE

She is talented, versatile and hardworking. A woman of many parts, Chika Ike is an actress, model and also an entrepreneur. She began acting at the age of five featuring in stage plays in her local church. In fact, Chika only went professional in 2005 when she landed a role in Sweet Love, a flick produced by Grand Touch Movies.

By the time Chika played her first lead role in Bless the Child, a movie directed by T. Chidi Chikere, she has become a force to reckon with in Nollywood, thus going ahead in 2006 to win nomination as the Best Upcoming Actress at Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA), and getting a recognition award that same year.

Standing at 5ft 10 inches and blessed with sexy brown eyes, pretty Chika indeed became a household name after playing a lead role in an epic, Mirror of Beauty, which was premiered in the United Kingdom in 2008. Today, the delectable actress has starred in over 100 movies.

In an encounter with The Entertainer, Chika, nicknamed Fancy Nancy by her nanny, opened up on her career and other issues. Excerpts:

How was your growing up? Can we describe you as a silver spoon kid?

No, I wasn’t born with a silver spoon, that’s why I try to work hard. I grew up in a close-knit family of eight in Lagos. I was raised by my parents, who did not fail to imbibe discipline, hard work, and tolerance in me. I was actually born on November 8, 1985. I attended Premier Day Nursery and Primary School, Papa Ajao, Mushin, Lagos. I later attended Ronik International, Ejigbo, Lagos and then St. Francis Catholic Secondary School, Idimu, Lagos. I studied Human Kinetics and Health Education in University of Lagos and graduated in 2010. I am yet to go for my NYSC but I must do that very soon.

When and how did you come into the movies?

It all started in 2005 when I went for the audition of a film, Sweet Love, produced by Grand Touch Movies. I got a minor role but played it well. Since then, I have not looked back. I have acted in over 100 movies including Minute of Silence, Bless A Child, Implications, Mirror of Beauty, and Girls’ Cot 2 where I played the lesbian daughter of a Vice President.

You came into Nollywood in 2005 and graduated from UNILAG in 2010, have you been acting while in secondary school?

I modeled for three years after leaving the secondary school. Modeling was fun and full of excitement. It actually helped me in my acting career. As a model, you have to be confident. So, I acquired confidence as a model and it helped me greatly as an actress.

Models tend to experience sexual harassment either from their agents or patrons; did you at any time experience such a thing?

No, I did not experience sexual harassment as a model. Modeling as a profession was new when I started. Then, there were few models because parents did not allow their children to model. It was less competitive and therefore there was no need to succumb to any sexual advances before you got a job. You cannot compare then to nowadays when every girl in town wants to be a model. Even as an actress, I have never experienced sexual harassment. Though, sexual harassment is not peculiar to the movie industry, it is everywhere. Wherever you have males and females, there is bound to be sexual advances but speaking personally, I didn’t have to go through such thing.

You have featured in many movies, which one would you consider as your favourite?

It is difficult to pick a favourite among all my works. In fact, I am passionate about all my movies because they come with different challenges. For instance, I played the role of a kleptomaniac in a film. I stole something from an old woman who issued a curse on me. Nemesis later caught up with me and I got my leg amputated, which made me to walk with crutches. The role was really challenging physically. But then, in over 100 movies that I have done, I cannot pick a favourite.

What are your challenges as an actress?

Being a busy actress is my major challenge. I don’t have time to do what others do. In fact, I don’t have time for myself. This year alone, I have only squeezed three free days for myself. I don’t have time to relax and I don’t enjoy my privacy.

Being a busy actress and not having time for yourself actually comes with fame and fortune. So, being famous and rich must have compensated for it all?

Honestly, fame has been wonderful to me. I have experienced the good and bad sides of fame but the good side has overshadowed the bad side. Apart from this, I am blessed with wonderful fans that love me.

Your marriage crashed, what actually happened?

I don’t want to talk about why my marriage crashed. It’s my private affair.

Do you have any regret?

I take every regret in my life as a learning process. I don’t dwell on regrets. I pick up lessons from them and then move on with my life. The lessons that life has taught me are many. I have learned to be hardworking, to be patient, never to give up, and not to be quick in judging anyone.

You just floated Chika Ike Foundation, what about it?

I have a charity foundation called Chika Ike Foundation, which I launched on May 27, 2012. I intend to use the foundation as a tool to give back to the society, most especially, to help children on the streets. Our aim is to provide these children with food, clothes, education, shelter, and make sure they have purpose for their lives. Recently, we threw a party for over 3000 kids at Egbe, Lagos. And we are still going to do more before the year runs out.

You seem to have a philanthropic heart, where did you pick this up?

I was born in a Christian home. My mother is a full time evangelist while dad is a businessman. Of course, I am a born again Christian. I have a good relationship with God and I believe everybody should have a personal relationship with God. I also believe that if God has blessed you, you should be kind and generous to others especially the less privileged.

Lets talk about your boutique, Fancy Nancy?

I opened my boutique, Fancy Nancy Collections in Abuja on September 21, 2011. I have always loved fashion. As a child, I was nicknamed Fancy Nancy by my nanny because of my fanciful and funny character. One day, I was caught in my mother’s room with heavy makeup on my face. I was wearing my mum’s high-heeled shoes and also mimicking her in front of the mirror. So, when it was time to open my boutique, I had no choice than to call it Fancy Nancy. Fancy Nancy is essentially a store for ladies. We deal in fashion accessories for women only. Already, my fans are calling on me to bring Fancy Nancy to Enugu. Also, in the nearest future I have plans to open a branch in Lagos.

What do you want in a man? I mean what kind of man are you comfortable with?

My kind of man must be God fearing and must have a special relationship with God like I do. That quality takes a front row. He must be very hardworking, honest and possess a heart for philanthropy. My man must also be caring, loving and very romantic.

A lady who desires a romantic man must herself be romantic. Are you romantic?

For me to desire a romantic man means I am also romantic. Look, I am a sucker for romance. I am caring, loving and romantic. I believe there are so many men out there who have such qualities.

What advice do you have for youths who aspire to be like you?

They should stay strong and believe in themselves. They should not take ‘no’ for an answer. The youths should be hardworking, make sure they do the right thing, and above all, put God first in whatever they do.

 

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  1. Bona Orakwe from Uk on

    You are really good, I have always guessed that you are a Scorpio and I’m really right,you have all the qualities: Beauty,brain, strength of character,dogmatism,very passionate . You are good babe……….. Love you.

  2. You never let your beauty to carry you away from God.Surely you are romantic,you have what it takes to move to greater height in your enterprises.I should advise other actresses to imitate your footstep especially in the area of helping the less privileged.

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  4. You said ” I am a born again Christian” Born again christian will never dress like this and she will use all her knowledge and closeness to God to maintain, protect, and save her marriage. Dress like born again or don’t call yourself born again because there are contradictions based on your appearance and statements.

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  6. Most times naija movies are just ‘CRAZY’.But this actress is fine,sexy & acts very good movies.Next tym pls try dropping ur number.

  7. IF U R GOD FEARING YOU WILL PRAY YOUR HUSBAND OUT…ND S STIL BE WIT HIM..HENCE YOU KNOW WHAT IS LOVE…WHY CALIN GOD IN VAIN..EVEN IF HE BOOT U OUT..THERE IS STIL SPACE LEFT FOR RECONCILATION…U PEOPLE PROBLEM IS GREED..EMPOWER WOMEN FINANCIALLY ND KN THEIR TRUE COLOR

  8. U R NOT A ROLE MODEL U HAVE NOTIN TO TEL YOUNG LADIES…I BLVE U PAID FOR THIS CHAT…NOW U R LOOKING FOR ANOTHER MAN U BRING DOWN AND CLIMB…NOT ANUMORE..

  9. Alhaji Ciroma. on

    jesus b4 paradise you and yusuff are morons and stack self righteous unbelievers.what is wrong in her dressing or must she wear a hijjab to claim born again.infact how many of your so called Pastors and born again claimers that have not comitted adultery .Idiots (chief Judges of Heaven)

  10. Alhaji ciroma you must be moslem from the north why are you comenting here,do you know what it take to be a borne again christian or did you mixe ur road or hav boko haram send you out of mosque or ur crazy.

  11. I stand not to judge her but righteousness isn’t by claims or by good works but by the spirit of God. It’s only his spirit that will tell her the truth of about those things she thinks that she is right about but not knowing it leads to damnation.prov.14:12. You can’t serve God and mammon at the same time!

  12. Sister Chika, God will help u my dear. Your crashed marriage was a temptation. But u must seek reconciliation with your husband and pray to God to help you, because if you remarry, even if you get a divorce, you will be committing adultery the rest of your life. Born again christians know this. Pls, dear Chika, you know (as a born again christian) the ealier the better. Be blessed, dear.

  13. You are ok, but u need to try as much as u can not to follow other actress in puting on RAGS since you have the fear of God in you because God cannot be in you while your breast want to jump out of your cloth.

    • Yes you’re a sucker to the Senate President David Mark,that we know.
      Doubt if you have the fear of God.
      Due to too much sucking and touching your breast needs a little air to enable it pump/jump out fully.

  14. How do u have fear of God in u while the whole world can view the size of ur breast? No reserved man can near u else he will be ruined. A lady with this out look must be a suspect in lending ones hand in marriage. Nigerians wants to be like America more than the Americans, an alien culture that wouldn,t take us anywhere escept destruction. Failed marriages has now becomes the order of the day in Nigeria,rubbish.

  15. BRO. CHRIS NKEM on

    SIS. CHIKA, I AM NOT IN POSITION TO JUDGE YOU BECAUSE YOU SAID YOU ARE A BORN AGAIN CHRISTIAN , PROBABLY DUE TO YOUR APPEARANCE. I WILL ONLY ADVICE YOU TO TRY TO RECONCILE WITH YOUR HUSBAND IF YOU ACTUALLY A BORN AGAIN. CHOSE YOUR WORDS TO USED IN THE PUBLIC AS NOT TO GIVE WRONG IMPRESSION OF YOURSELF, NOT EVERYBODY UNDERSTAND , DRESS MODERATELY, COVER UP,DO NOT MIND INDIVIDUALS NEGATIVE OPINIONS ABOUT YOU , BE FOCUSED AS YOU ARE . PRAY FOR GOD’S GUIDIANCE TO UNDERSTAND ME SPIRITUALLY. THANKS BE BLESSED.

  16. ” I was born in a christian family, i am a born again and i have a close relationship with God” If all these things re through then I am a saint. A born again that dresses anyhow flaunting ha breast. Nawa oo heaven don suffer

  17. All the actresses have killed the respect of womanhood what was supposed to be personal to women has now turn to a public property shame on women for nakedness nd shame on any one that claims to be a christian nd is in the half naked movement of Nigerian women association i believe that is not the way to catch husband bcs u wont catch my type

  18. All the actresses have killed the respect of womanhood what was supposed to be personal to women has now turn to a public property shame on women for nakedness nd shame on any one that claims to be a christian nd is in the half naked movement of Nigerian women association i believe that is not the way to catch husband bcs u wont catch my type just look @ the title

  19. In as much as i don’t support divorce, no body should blame her for leaving her husband, who knows whether the man is a beast, Titilayo Arowolo of skye bank lost her life cos she don’t want to be a divorcee. Chika i love you, please follow your heart, a lot of women have lost their life for marriage sake, marriage end here on earth. What matters is where to spend eternity. if a man will make you go hell, while not remain single and make heaven.

  20. I am one of ur admirers and fan, but i don’t believe in divorce and i also believe that ur crashed marriage may not be up to 7 years so i will advice u to make up with ur husband and be a role model to young ones.

  21. To err is human, to forgive is divine! I call on u my dear Chika to quickly ask for reconciliation with ur husband. The question is, has dis guy remarried? If not, go back to him, I believe he still needs u! I can’t judge u with ur dressing, but if u are a child of God as u claimed to be – u know d right thing to do as pertain to ur dressing!

  22. My dear Sister Chika, U have ear and U hav seen all the world hav to say about U. My own bi say, those who hav ears, let them hear oooo.

  23. CHIKA DEAR pls dress decent cos if u are a born again ur body is temple of GOD pls keep it decent n try n reconcile with ur husband cos and bring him to the knwledge of God

  24. I am secretly a celebrity 2 b bt i het hypocricy. Bein BA i bin born of God n God said we shuld do al tins dcently n odaly, n dat He hates divorce. Now u say u sock 4 romance, u dres nudely, n a divocy n a fashion model n claims d pure holy n dcent spirit of Almighty God dwels in u…dat is vry contradictry bcos no mata wat hapens d world is n wil remain woldly sinful bt xtianity epitomizes chastity, decorum, obidience, honor to spouse n fear of God’s word. As an actres i admire u n comend ur charity prnject, dat is great bt pls dfine d line. God bles u

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