Nollywood Actress Chika Ike

// Nigeria Article | Nollywood Actress Chika Ike
Email to a friend Plain text Print version // Font size: Decrease font Enlarge font

Prominent director, Chico Ejiro gave Chika Ike, her first shot in Nollywood, and in just a few years she has ascended the zenith of success. In this chat with Hazeez Balogun, the screen goddess talks about her career and her personal life. Excerpts:

Very few people know who Chika Ike is.

I am Mrs Chika Ike Ebirere. I am an undergraduate of the University of Lagos. I am reading Human Kinetics and Health Education. I grew up with my parents. My mum is an evangelist and my dad is a business man.

Most actresses do not marry early, how did you do it?

Marriage is a decision one takes, and I believe that other actresses who are not married today have chosen not to. It is their personal decision, and nothing more. Getting married at my age is my personal decision and, yes, I am successful to be married to a man who loves me. It is not like there is a jinx in the movie industry. Any actress who wants to get married will get married, it is just a personal decision.

How did you meet your husband?

When I first met my husband he did not even know that I was an actress. I met him in my school when he came to transact some businesses with some people. We got to meet and before you knew it, we started dating. And even then he never still knew I was an actress. When he eventually found out, he took it in good faith. He was cool with it.

As a married woman, how do you juggle between the home and the set?

It is very challenging. Marriage on its own is a huge challenge. Having to combine it with acting which takes most of my time, is tasking. It has not been easy, but I thank God that I am married to a very understanding man. It is so nice that he understands me and my work.

You must have found yourself doing roles that include kissing and cuddling, how does he take these?

I try so hard to limit my kissing in movies. But if it comes to a point that I cannot express that role except I kiss, as a professional, I just go ahead and do it. Concerning my husband, I make sure when ever we are watching the movie in which I kissed, I will make sure I am the one holding the remote control. When it gets to the kissing part, I just fast forward the movie so he won’t see that part.

Despite your marital status, do you still get advances from men?

As an actress, it is just normal that you get advances from men. Just being a la dy alone, you still see guys flocking around you, not to talk of an actress or a public figure. I just think that it is just natural. Personally, I try to draw the line between my work and my personal life. I appreciate them calling telling me that I did a great job, but I don’t let it exceed that point. Any other further advancement is not allowed.

What is the most embarrassing thing a fan has ever done to you?

The most embarrassing thing a male fan has done to me, is so funny. Actually I was coming out of the church and this guy just picked me up and turned me around 360, and almost planted a kiss on my face. All that right in front of my husband. It was really crazy. I have never seen such an obsessed fan in my life. I did not know what to say, I was in a shock. He later apologised that he was carried away because he was a great fan of mine. He said that he had promised himself that he would carry me up the first time he saw me. Probably he must be following a scene I acted, I can’t remember, but it was all crazy. He did apologise, though right there I understood, yet anytime I think of it...

Will you say it is the part you play or your looks that is driving the fans crazy?

People like you for many reasons. Some just watch your movies, and fall in love with you. While some just see you and they like you naturally. Yes, I won’t say that I am not an attractive person, but it’s not just about the looks alone. More people are attracted by the skills you have.

How have you been able to escape scandals?

I will not say I have been escaping scandal, and I will not say I have not been escaping them. Generally it is just the perspective people have about actors and celebrities. I won’t be surprised to see my name included in a scandal one of this days. It’s just normal. I try so hard to avoid being in places that could create a scandal for me. I don’t go to places where my name could be picked up and used as they like. Most of all it is the grace of God, because there is no matter how you hide, there are some people ready to cook up one story or the other about you.

Marrying early too must have helped you.

I don’t think so.

Yes, I married early, but it does not mean that I am immune to scandals. Even if I am single I would still be weary of scandals, it’s a personality thing. I am not the kind of person that involves myself in situations or positions that will allow people or the press to say negative things about me. But like I said earlier, if some people want to, they will still involve you in scandals, whether they exist or not. It is about being principled.

Why acting?

Well it’s what I have been known for. When I was a young girl my name used to be ‘Fancy Nancy’, because I liked fanciful things. I used to sing, dance, act, wear costumes and all. That is what I used to do a lot. So it was only natural for me to find myself in the entertainment world. Acting to me is a way of expressing myself. I can take on any role and replicate it perfectly. I love the challenge I get trying to fit into a role.

Which role got you stardom?

My first job was with Chico Ejiro. my sister and I went for an audition for one of his flicks, and my sister was picked for a major role while I got a ‘waka pass’. I was not happy with the role I got, but funny enough, the ‘waka pass’ role was like a gateway for me. From then on, the roles kept rolling in. (laughs)

You must have had your fair share of sex for roles

(Shouts) No, no way. I won’t do that. People say it happens but I don’t see it. I can’t even say it exists. For me to say it does exist I must have experienced it or must have seen someone who has experienced it but I have not. It’s so funny that people say these things yet they don’t really know what is going on in the industry. It is only the truly talented that get roles. No producer will waste his money on a movie to see a fake actress spoil his work just because he is sleeping with her. It’s just what the media want the people to believe. It’s not real.

If your husband decides to take another wife, what will you do?

Ah! how do I answer this one. First of all, my husband is not a polygamist by nature. Personally I don’t think my husband should get another wife. I won’t find it funny if he tries it. Second wife , it’s impossible. There will be no peace.

Will you act nude, to interpret a role?

I won’t do that. I am too principled for that. I understand that some roles might require nudity, I respect actors who can take up the challenge. But for me, I will never do it.

Image gallery

Tagged : Anita Hogan, Uche Jombo, Chika Ike, Isabella Ayuk, Dr. M.A Sadiq, Nigerians In Foreign Jails, Mum conceals hard drug in underwear, Night Life In Nigeria, John Mikel Obi Racially Abused, Mark Basseley Youseff, Female Health Workers In Kano Shot, Afaha market, 168 passengers drown, Ngozi Nwosu Kidney Transplant, Independence day bombing, Movement of the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, Waje Music Video I wish, Damola Olatunji, Raliat Abiodun Sobowale, Gunmen kill 28 in Plateau, Police Cadets Sleep Under Trees, BRT

Headlines Newsview all

Bomb Explosion In Kaduna Leaves Many Dead!

An explosion has occurred in central Kaduna killing at least 10 people, a witness has said. The blast occurred Wednesday afternoon along Isa Kaita road which ...

Nollywood Actress Bukky Wright’s Second Marriage Crashes

It appears that the second marriage of popular Nollywood actress, Bukky Wright with her husband, Adewale Onitiri, has crashed. Reports say the couple almost ended the ...

Boko Haram Beheads Nigerian Air Force Officer - Very Disturbing Video Video

A disturbing video which showed a Nigerian Naval officer identified as Umar Abubakar being interrogated and later gruesomely murdered by Boko Haram men in Borno ... Full story

Popular Nigerian Pastor Chris Okotie Shows Off N400m fleet of cars

No doubt, the ageless multi award winning pop Musician, Chris Okotie; now known as Rev. Chris Okotie is a very wealthy man; who loves seeing ... Full story

Charles Okonkwo Jr., Nigerian in New York arrested after killing brother, beating respected doctor mother into a coma

Charles Okonkwo Jr., a Long Island, New York, teenager with a history of psychiatric problems killed his 15-year old brother and brutally beat his mother ... Full story

Parents Of Abducted Chibok Girls Arrive At Presidential Villa

Parents of the school girls that were abducted from Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok , Borno State on April 14, by the dreaded terrorist group, ... Full story

Sulaiman Abdulkarim Isah, Nigerian Man Wins Dubai International Holy Quran Award

A Nigerian man, Sulaiman Abdulkarim Isah has been announced winner of the 18th session of the Dubai International Holy Quran Award which was concluded on ... Full story

Rilwanu Lukman, Former Minister Of Petroleum Dead At 76

Former Minister of Petroleum, Dr. Rilwanu Lukman, is dead. He died this morning in Austria at the age of 76. Lukman, who was born in Zaria, ...

Samuel Kayode, Nigerian Pastor In UK Commits The Biggest Education Fraud In UK History

An accountant at a chain of academies championed by Michael Gove is at the centre of a fraud investigation after £4million of school funds ended ... Full story

Oby Ezekwesili Harassed By Security Operatives At Abuja Airport

Operatives of the Department of State Security this morning seized the international passport of the Coordinator of the BringBackOurGirls group and former Minister of Education, ...

Armed robbers attack Sambo’s wife aide, killing two

Armed robbers on Sunday took over the Kaduna-Abuja Express way unleashing terrors on motorists/passengers, leading to death of two persons. Also, a health practitioner in Kaduna, ...

Comment on: Nollywood Actress Chika Ike

Image gallery

Rate this article

2.50

Featured author

Paula Obiewkwe

Breaking News

Iyabo Ojo ‘Abandons’ Movie Set For Graduation Party

Nollywood actress, Iyabo Ojo, who has been very busy on a movie set, took some time off to show affection for her cousin and nephew ...

I’m Not Dating Ramsey Nuoah—Ghanaian Actress Cries Out

Fast-rising Ghanaian actress, Emmanuela Mendoza, better known as Ella Mensah, has denied speculations making the rounds that she was dumped out of Ghanaian movies by ...

I knew I was going to emerge the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria 2014 – Iheoma Nnadi

The ‘Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria’ MBGN, 2014, Miss Iheoma Nnadi has stated that she had always known she would win the MBGN title.The 19-year-old ...

EXCLUSIVE: 9ice Furious Over Wedding Reports

Top Nigerian music artiste, 9ice, seems to be angry and would not want to entertain any question from the media concerning reports him getting married ...

Selecting A Perfect Eye Shadow For Your Makeup

Eye shadows have been a long lasting trend amongst ladies. It does not only add colour to the face, but also curves the eye shape ...

US Model At War With Tania Over Wizkid

Reports making the rounds is that a US-based Nigerian model named Caroline Ikpea is not at loggerheads with Tania Omotayo, girlfriend of wave making Nigerian ...

Danger Of Celebrities Posting Pictures Of Maids Online

It is gradually becoming a trend for Nigerian celebrities to show off their domestic staff on the internet through social media platforms like Instagram and ...

Video: Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde Has the Sexiest Accent in Nollywood?

Jordan Burchette noted the 12 sexiest accents in the world for CNN Travel on November 30, 2012, and he ranked the Nigerian accent as the ...

Genevieve Nnaji announces 18year old aspiring actress, Bola Suru as winner of “Act The Part” online contest

Genevieve Nnaji has announced the winner of the “Act the part” online contest, which kicked off three weeks ago as 18year old aspiring actress, Bola ...

Photos: Jonathan in Close Door Meeting with Parents of Chibok Girls

Earlier today, it was reported that thebparents of abducted Chibok girls will meet with President Jonathan on Tuesday, July 22nd. They finally the president had ...