Star actress, Chika Ike is a UN Ambassador, a Nigerian actress and the CEO of Fancy Nancy Collections. The multiple award winning actress started her acting career in 2005 and has featured in over 100 movies. She is a Human Kinetics and Health Education graduate of the University of Lagos.
Chika started her acting career at the age of 5 in church plays. In 2005, she landed her first role in the movie Sweet love and has since then starred in over 100 movies. She has added many feathers to her cap, as a producer with her production outfit Chika Ike Productions which has produced 3 hit movies.
She is also an entrepreneur as she runs a big fashion outfit Fancy Nancy and has delved into the booming Real Estate sector.
In a short interview with City People Head of Movie Desk, VIVIAN ONUORA, the talented actress speaks about acting among others.
How did you get into acting?
I went for several auditions until I got my first role.
What was the inspiration?
Events and happenings in life.
How long have you been acting?
Professionally, 8 years
How has the journey been so far?
It’s been awesome. It’s been a roller coaster ride of excitement, challenges, ups and downs.
What are some of the movies you have featured in?
Just to mention a few; Bless the child, Miss Teacher, Happy Ending, Painful soul, Locked up, One fine Day.
How did you get your first role in a movie?
I heard about an audition and I went for it, I got one scene.
Which movie would you say brought you recognition?
Bless the child my first lead role
What are the movie projects you worked on in the last one year?
Happy Ending, Miss Teacher, Locked up, One fine day, Yes we will.
How has acting experience been for you so far?
It’s been a lovely and rewarding experience
What are some of the challenges you have encountered as an actor?
Managing your privacy is top on the list.
Why did you choose acting rather than any other profession?
Acting has always been my passion, and growing up, I was always told I will make a good actress, and that I was dramatic.
What else do you do apart from acting?
Real Estate and my accessories line, Fancy Nancy collection.
How financially rewarding has acting been for you?
We thank God, he said he will bless the woks of our hand and he surely has. I am grateful for that.
What kind of role appeals to you most and which has been most challenging?
Every new role is a new challenge, my recent movie is called Happy Ending, it was challenging because I had to play a prostitute and speak Pidgin English throughout the film.
What’s your educational background?
I went to Ronik International primary School, Saint Francis Secondary School, and University of Lagos.
What was growing up like for you?
Growing up was fun. I have a lot of siblings, so we had so much fun playing.
What do you love most about yourself?
I am driven, I set goals and I work towards archiving them.
What has been your most embarrassing moment as an actor?
When a fan lifted me off my feet and turned me 360 in public.
What do you enjoy most about being an entertainer?
Being able to make people happy and change lives through my movies
What are some of the nominations and awards you have won?
City People Awards for best actress. Two nominations at the Africa Movie Academy award, to mention a few.
How do you feel about your City people entertainment award nomination?
I want to say thank you for for appreciating my work. A nomination is a Pat on the back to say keep up the work. So I appreciate it. Thank you.
Culled from City People Magazine