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Chika Ike’ 2012 Shocker: I’m A Born Again Christian, My Mother Is A Full-Time Evangelist

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Chika Ike’ 2012 Shocker: I’m A Born Again Christian, My Mother Is A Full-Time Evangelist

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Nov 18, 2012 – Actress Chika Ike’ 2012 Shocker: I’m A Born Again Christian, My Mother Is A Full-Time Evangelist

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.

(DailySun Interview)

19 Comments

19 Comments

  1. Tacy

    November 18, 2012 at 7:05 AM

    I luv u Chika Ike am a fan of urz nd plz continue d work. U have a good HEARTH nd may God bless u.

  2. EBENEZER NWA GEMBU

    November 18, 2012 at 8:14 AM

    Me i no d feel ur ginga @ ul u even dressed lk a harlot what do u want the prostitude to look like? U say ur a christian abeg go wear pant

  3. Abraham Azure

    November 18, 2012 at 9:30 AM

    I luv u nd dats cul'kip it up.

  4. dauda

    November 18, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    Good upbringing

  5. Shi2

    November 18, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    Wow!!!
    U so look like a born again xtian.
    Born again indeed!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    well, I love your big heart for philantropical work, it’s worth emulation.
    Keep up the good job. I would like to do more too.

  6. Mary

    November 18, 2012 at 2:12 PM

    9ice one; keep it up dearie…i’m one of ur fans

    • umeanabuike Chibuike A K A Desweetboy

      June 16, 2013 at 5:01 AM

      my dia, keep on with ur good work, God wil bless u, i stil be ur fan desweetboy, luv u soo much.

  7. Love emmanuel

    November 18, 2012 at 4:03 PM

    A christian born again is a repented, truelly converted, Godfearing person whose talks, words, works, dressing and disposition is Christlike.

    Prostitutes dresses are not worn by Christians.

    You cannot, as a believe wears God’s jacket on to of devil’s slippers,

    Sister, let you dressing portray your faith if truelly you are born again.

    It’s a pity many people do not even under stand the born again experience.

    You can change as its not too late.

    I have not condemn you, but they are known by who they believe in through their ways of life

    Be converted please in Jesus Name

  8. Valentine Victor

    November 18, 2012 at 4:07 PM

    I am a fans of yours, love u so very much pls give GOD thanks embracing HIM for there is peace, joy and life keep it up ok.

  9. Henry

    November 18, 2012 at 6:49 PM

    Dis is wat i called bunt again nt born again

  10. matthew

    November 18, 2012 at 8:56 PM

    I see nothing wrong in a person who decieded to become a full worshiper of God, go ahead be honest to God, do his good will and his blessing shall await u.

  11. Pamella Thomas

    November 19, 2012 at 8:44 AM

    well done chick you are bless.

  12. ARC nwaiwu christian

    November 19, 2012 at 3:55 PM

    let me start doing d talking GOD will do d rest, for it’S HIM that do d finial judgement not man.look at her hot like fire,nw i knw ur plan so u want to show angels ur pant abi? so u can seduce them for u to make ur way to heaven hahaha u av failed intoto.i don suffer see wetin born again d wear,so born again don turn to caricashure GOD d wash u ooo this little thing we abuse christianity wit her dressing.this country called nigeria i never see”’nawa ooo they said notting is new on earth this own is new ooo.see chike ike let me tearch u wisdom fear GOD and don’t lie.u can’t serve two masters at a time.either GOD or model, am ur brother in tribe so i tell d truth.

  13. Justina Ibeh

    November 20, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    I love my dear.

  14. shamsudeen adesoii

    November 20, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    Actually,no way ppl we not comment bt we shd be diplomatic & matured in our ultrances,remember,u ‘re on air where everybdy reading ‘ur comment even u ‘ur choosen words on air portrayed calibre of person u ‘re.Having saying so,d lady in qetn shd examine ‘re self,if dat’s d right xtian or born again way of life .

  15. Kingsley

    December 8, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    Hei Chika i ‘ll sugest u go & reconcile with ur x husband watsoeva be d case dat makes ur christianity more porlite, well i dont knw d intence of wat lead 2 ur divorce or ‘ve u tried d reconciliation b4 & ur x man refus if so keep 2 ur God den believe God 4 d real man tanx.

  16. Kingsley

    December 8, 2012 at 4:36 PM

    I love d way u composes urself & d confidence u exibit while acting keep it up

  17. chioma

    December 8, 2012 at 8:27 PM

    My dear u ave worked hard is nt easy at all, infant God is by ur side. Keep it up

  18. divine

    August 24, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    My dear a lady cann’t dress like a harlot n call urself a christain so as a christain learn hw 2 dress 2 give glory 2 God n not dressing 2 kill.

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