February 4, 2017 – Chika Ike: My Favourite Nigerian Food Is Efo Riro & Ofe Nsala
The Anambra-born Nollywood actress who has had her growing fan base glued to their TV sets since she started her own TV show last year opened up on her career, personal life and the African Diva show.
Who Is Your Role Model
My role model depends on what I’m doing at any particular time, so right now, Tyra Banks is my major role model, because I like the way she has helped a lot of girls in America discover their modeling careers. I want to help a lot of girls in Africa discover how strong they are as African women.
What movie are you currently shooting?
Last year, I released a movie titled Miss Teacher in the cinema and I look forward to releasing another movie in the cinema this year.
What do you like about your role in the movie?
I liked the fact that she was compassionate, lovely, caring, and generous. I love the fact that she was selfless. She is the woman I’m looking forward to becoming.
How do you juggle acting, managing and being producer and creator of African Diva?
It’s crazy. Sometimes I wake up in the morning and wonder how I could even do this, how possible is it? Honestly, when you have a dream, a vision in your heart, and then pray to God to give you the strength to do it. Nothing is impossible; all you have to do is to make a priority list, so at the end of the day, you just have to find a way through.
What’s your dress sense?
I just love being simple; I love bright colours and embracing my femininity. That inspires what I wear daily.
You have a distinct character, which is evident in your movies.
What makes you exceptional?
I get compliments a lot from my fans who say ‘Chika you are very real, it’s like I’m not watching a movie. I see myself in you.’ And when an actress is able to break that façade of acting and being real then you have broken through your limits. I think the make believe in any movie is what makes me exceptional.
Which international male or female actors do you want to be on the same set with?
I love Idris Elba. He is my latest crush.
What’s your greatest achievement right now?
I count my blessings every day. I think being alive is a huge achievement as well as achieving my goals.
Who is Chika Ike when she is not on camera?
I think I’m quite reserved but my job exposes me a lot. But then, I’m laid back though; I’m not too reserved. I’m calm and not spontaneous when it comes to decision-making, I’m the girl next door.
How do you maintain such a perfect physique?
I work out, I eat the right diet. How do you relax? If I’m not working, I travel.
What Nigerian food do you like?
I like efo riro and ofe nsala.
Why do you like them?
I like them because I can cook them.
What is the craziest thing a fan has done to you?
Although I don’t want it to happen again; I was coming home from church, and a fan carried me off my feet and almost kissed me. People can be crazy.
[Interview culled from Saturday Sun]