African Entertainment: I’m not yet fulfilled, Chika Ike Nigerian Actress
How is your real estate business doing and why did you go into it?
To God be the glory, although, it is on a low key for now, due to the present state of the economy. As for the reason I ventured into real estate, I’m a real business woman. I love doing business and I like generating funds for myself, so I can give out. I like to help people a lot. That’s my basic thing. Aside acting, I have a beauty store; business is a part of me.
Looking at the present state of the economy, how is it affecting you?
To be honest, it’s affecting everyone. And we earnestly pray we get out of it as soon as possible because businesses are folding up every day. We just have to go through all these for a reason. Americans too went through a recession. But it’s the ability to survive after the recession that matters. Aside the grace of God and his promises, what drives and keep me going is determination. I tell myself that I must survive no matter how bad the system becomes. I just have to look for ways to survive positively.
Kindly share some of your growing up experiences?
Growing up was fun. My parents are disciplinarians. My mum was an evangelist and my father is a very strict man. When I told him I wanted to be an actress, he didn’t like it. In those days, it was difficult to convince parents unlike now that parents, especially mothers, are encouraging their daughters to go into acting, and even entertainment generally.
Why did you set up a foundation?
I grew up in a neighbourhood where people could not afford the basic necessities of life. I saw my mother help them when they needed help. I saw a lot of kids being exposed to violence, child abuse, and peer pressure. I was close to them and I could feel their pain. Since then, I told myself, ‘if I’m going to set up a foundation, it has to be one that has to do with kids.’ That is my passion. It focuses on children on the streets and I love education. I call my charity project, ‘Educate a Child’ because I think educating a child is one of the greatest gifts you can give him or her. It is an African foundation, not just Nigeria.
Do you think you are a fulfilled woman yet?
Honestly, not yet. There are certain things I haven’t achieved. Every day I wake up, I want to get to the zenith of my career, but it all takes one step at a time. I’m still hoping to achieve more which would eventually make me a fulfilled woman.
Aside your TV Reality show, ‘Project African Diva’, what other projects are you working on?
I have a movie project we are working on it. But for now we are focused on African Diva.
What’s new about the African Diva reality show season two?
We had three girls each from four African countries and the rest from Nigeria. The season two was tough. It has better picture quality, the girls more organized, and the task more interesting, the house more structured. There are lots to learn about from this season two.
What is the secret behind your relevancy?
No special secret other than the grace of God; another thing in life is all about growth. The day you stopped growing, you start dying. The ability of not being satisfied, the thought of failure, scares me. It makes me to want to do for myself every day.
You are always attributing your success to God, you seem to be highly spiritual, or is there something we don’t really know?
Nothing at all, like I always say, I can only attribute my success to God because, without Him, I’m nobody. I’m also a sucker for hard work. I believe that in whatever you do, you have got to put in your best in it. I’m a very spiritual person. Without God, I can’t really do anything. I grew up under the influence of my parents who inculcated the values of discipline, hard work and tolerance in their children.
How has life been generally for you as a Nigerian actress?
I started acting since 2005. I knew there was a world I could conquer back then beyond my father’s bakery wall at Ikotun- Egbe area of Lagos State. I would say my 11 years of existence in the movie industry has been rewarding.
For a while now, your fans hardly see you in movies, what’s happening?
Well, my last movie is still in the cinema, ‘Miss Teacher’. I released it last year for the cinemas. Add to that, I have been busy with my pet projects and doing a lot of traveling too. But I have been busy working; soon my fans will start to see some of these jobs.
What’s the striking thing you want to be remembered for in Nollywood?
I want to get to higher places in life, but we all know that no matter how far and wide you project, you can only get there by the grace of God. From my recent experiences, I know it’s all about God and his plans for me. I know he would crown my efforts and hard work with great success.
On social media, especially Instagram, how do you react to critics that trail your posts?
Some years back, it bothered me a lot. But right now, I have learnt to develop thick skin for such negative comments and critics. I don’t waste my time responding to them. I just sieve; the good, bad and ugly ones. I take note of the good ones, do what I need to do with them and discard the rest.
Your late mum was a pastor until her death; did she influence your life?
My mum was a very strong woman. There’s something she always says, ‘don’t let anyone intimidate you; be confident’. So, she’s the kind of mum that won’t let you fail. She preached the gospel all over the world; American, London, everywhere. She was like a role model to me. She shaped me into the woman I am today.
What do you have to say to your fans?
Thanks for the love, support and prayers. Even to those who go as far as patronizing us, we say thank you for believing in our services. We promise never to let you all down.