Woman Crush Wednesday: Chika Ike

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Chika ‘Nancy’ Ike (born November 8, 1985) is a Nigerian actress, television personality, producer, businesswoman, philanthropist and former model.

Early life

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.

Career

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 ParadiseMirror of BeautyTo Love a StrangerGirls Got ReloadedHappy EndingYes We WillAnointed 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.

Other projects

Education

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.

Philanthropy

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.

Fashion line

In 2011, Ike founded her fashion line Fancy Nancy and launched it in Abuja, Nigeria.

Personal life

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.

Year Event Prize Recipient Result
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 [14]
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

Filmography

Year Film Role Notes
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
2010 Street President Nene
2009 Dangerous Beauty Anita
2009 Eyes of the Nun
2009 Harverst of Love Nancy
2008 Before The Rain Anita
2008 Desire Juliet
2008 Jealous Princess Mercy
2006 The Seekers Yvonne I & II
2006 White Chapel Yvonne
2006 Emotional Blunder Yvonne
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