Chika ‘Nancy’ Ike (born November 8, 1985) is a Nigerian actress, television personality, producer, businesswoman, philanthropist and former model.
Born in Onitsha, Anambra, Nigeria she began acting in church plays at the age of six. Ike began her career as a model at age 16 just after graduating from secondary school.
Film and television
Ike began her film career in 2005 when she played a minor character in the movie Sweet Love. She got her first major role that same year in a movie titled Bless the Child and has since played major roles in over a hundred movies, such as Paradise, Mirror of Beauty, To Love a Stranger, Girls Got Reloaded, Happy Ending, Yes We Will, Anointed Queen and The Prince and the Princess.
In 2007, Mirror of Beauty was shown in Cineworld and Odeon cinemas across the U.K and in 2008 It was selected and screened at the Cannes film festival.
She founded her production company, Chika Ike Production, in 2014, and produced her first movie Miss Teacher and her reality TV game show African Diva Reality TV Show of which she is the executive producer, host and a member of the judging panel. The first season aired on DStv and the second season aired on AIT. In 2015, she collaborated with Rok Studios to produce movies like Happy Ending and Stuck on You.
In 2004, Ike enrolled in the University of Lagos (Unilag) for a 2-year diploma program in human kinetics and health education. She completed the program in 2006, earning a certificate. She went further to get a degree in human kinetics and health education at Unilag. In 2014, she graduated from the New York Film Academy in Los Angeles, California where she studied film making.
Ike established the foundation Help the Child which is aimed at helping poor children. In 2012 she threw a street party where she hosted over 3000 children, feeding them and giving out toys, school bags and writing materials. Every year she organizes a major charity event for the children on the street, provides scholarships, and provides them with school writing materials.
In 2011, Ike founded her fashion line Fancy Nancy and launched it in Abuja, Nigeria.
Ike has been outspoken on abusive relationships, having been a victim of domestic violence. In 2013, she opened up about how she was domestically abused in her past marriage. She filed for divorce due to domestic violence in 2013.
Awards and nominations
Ike has received several awards and nominations for her work, including the Africa Movie Academy Awards Best Upcoming Actress, 2008, and the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in 2009.
|2008||African Movie Academy Awards||Best Upcoming Actress||Bless the Child||Nominated|
|2009||African Movie Academy Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Assassination||Nominated|
|2009||African Youth Society Award||Best Role Model in Africa||Self||Won|
|2009||City People Entertainment Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Self||Nominated|
|2011||Donven Club Awards||Best Actress||Self||Won|
|2011||United Nations Messenger of Peace||United Nations Youth Ambassador for Peace||Self||Honorary |
|2012||African Heritage Awards||Contributions to The Youth In Africa||Self||Won|
|2013||HOG Award||Icon of Hope||Self||Won|
|2013||Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) Award||Most Disciplined Actress||Self||Won|
|2013||Cynosure Magazine Nigerian Fashion Recognition Awards||Nollywood Fashion Icon of the Year||Self||Won|
|2016||City People Entertainment Awards||Face of Nollywood||Self||Nominated|
|2016||ZAFFA Awards||Best Producer||Miss Teacher||Nominated|
|2016||ZAFFA Awards||Best Actress||Miss Teacher||Nominated|
|2016||Happy Ending||Lape||Drama, Romance|
|2016||Locked up||Susan||Drama, Romance|
|2015||Miss Teacher||Nwanne||Drama, Romance|
|2014||Secret Act||I & II|
|2012||Bridge of Contract|
|2012||The End is Near|
|2009||Eyes of the Nun|
|2009||Harverst of Love||Nancy|
|2008||Before The Rain||Anita|
|2006||The Seekers||Yvonne||I & II|