May 13, 2016 – Nigerian Actor Chiedozie Nzeribe Tells Grass To Grace Story “I Grew Up In Isolo Lagos”
Nollywood Actor Narrates Unpleasant Ordeal With Female Fan Turned Stalker
Excerpt from Nollywood actor Chiedozie Nzeribe aka Sambasa’s recent chat with Daily Sun’s Christine Onwuachumba.
Interviewer: Tell us a little about growing up?
Sambasa: I grew up in Isolo, Lagos. I lost my father at a very young age. I recall as a child that he went to work one day and never made it back home. Years later we felt the impact of growing up without a father figure. My mother was a primary school teacher and her income was not enough to feed her five children so she went into petty trading. There is nothing we didn’t sell to make some money. I hawked fufu, vegetable and puff-puff on the streets of Isolo. My mother was also a drama teacher and choir instructor at our parish, St. Mary Catholic Church, Isolo. And I was a part of the drama and music group. There I developed love for music and drama. But sadly, she died of fibroid related issues when I was rounding-off my secondary school education. Thank God the Catholic Women Organisation (CWO) took up the responsibility of training me and my siblings via their Orphans’ Scholarship Scheme. They saw me through secondary school after which I wrote JAMB and gained admission to study Creative Arts at the university of Lagos (UNILAG) and here I am today.
Interviewer:” Is Sambasa your real name?
Sambasa: My real name is Chiedozie Sixtus Nzeribe. Sambasa is a name that grew on me because of the tough things I was experiencing. It is an acronym for my philosophy of life and it means Surviving and Maintaining Balance against Societal Aggression. It simply means that whatever odds life throws at you, embrace it with the belief that you would survive and triumph.
Interviewer: What is the scariest encounter you have had with a female fan?
Sambasa: I had this very scary experience with a fan last year. I gave her my number and she began to stalk and bug me with calls. She called me countless times that I even contemplated changing my line. She desperately wanted to be in my life. And up till now she still stalks me occasionally.