Chika’s Rise From Nollywood Sweetheart to Harvard Business School Graduate and CEO!
Chika ‘Nancy’ Ike (born 8 November 1985) is a Nigerian actress, television personality, producer, business woman, philanthropist and former model, Born in Onitsha, Anambra state of Nigeria to Mr and Mrs Ike.
Chika Ike is an award-winning Nigerian actress, filmmaker, philanthropist, TV Host, author, and entrepreneur. She is the CEO/Founder of Chika Cosmetics, Flip Script Studios, and Help the Child Foundation.
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.
Chikadebia Nancy Ike passed through a 2-year diploma program in human kinetics and health education at the University of Lagos (UNILAG) in 2004,On completing her diploma program in 2006, she proceeded to obtain a degree in human kinetics and health education from the same institution.
Upon graduating from UNILAG She enrolled in the New York Film Academy, Los Angeles, California, in 2014. She studied film-making at the Academy.
In an unexpected move Chika moved to Business studies at Harvard Business School, were she bagged a Leadership Development degree .
The Actres hasn’t had it all rosy ,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 an interview with Bella Naija She had her to say on how she was abused
“I was a victim of domestic violence in my marriage and that was the singular reason I left my marriage, aside other reasons.
Growing up as a girl, I was always known as the sweetest kid on the block, before I got married, I have been through some relationships and for once no man had ever laid a finger on me. The first time it happened in my marriage I didn’t understand it because I am not the type of woman a man beats but I guess there are no types.
It just happens and no woman deserves it. As a young girl I thought it was love or his way of expressing his emotions,after every beating he pleads , cries and says it won’t happen again, once again I thought it was love and made excuses for him.
Over the years when it kept happening consistently, I started looking for other definitions for it. I started loosing my self pride, self esteem, self worth, and most painfully I lost a pregnancy (Miscarriage). I almost lost my life in the process then I realised how serious and abnormal it really was.
I have heard and read a lot of accusations from ignorant people who don’t know my story, I guess that’s why they are ignorant. I was 20 years old and very naive to the world when I got married . “They said I married for money” LOL. I was married to a corporate guy, who had a 9 to 5 job in a bank, lives in a rented 2 bedroom apartment at Egbe.
So do the math! I married for love. I did a traditional wedding. A white wedding and a court wedding. So that’s how much I wanted to be married forever. For five years I hoped, prayed & wished that one day it will all change. But the last straw that broke the carmel’s back was during a heated argument he threw a glass jug to my face and I dogged it and it shattered on d wall.
I saw death flash before me and I made a decision to save my life. I left my marriage.
I am not saying this to draw pity from anyone because we are entitled to our opinions and believes. i am not also saying this to discourage people from falling in love because it’s a beautiful feeling and I still believe in it.
I am saying this to educate, share and talk about my experience as a victim of domestic violence because it is real”
“The quality of our lives depends on the quality of our thoughts. What we expect from life is what we manifest.”
She is our Woman. Crush !