Nollywood’s Chika Ike, also known as Fancy Nancy, is more than an actress. She is a United Nations Peace Ambassador, and CEO of Fancy Nancy Collections, a fashion boutique in Nigeria. She is also a multiple award winning act and a two-time Africa Movie Academy Award nominee.
The following information on Chika Ike’s biography was culled from ChikaIke.com and provides most of the needed information Nollywood fanatics ought to know about the fancy Nollywood actress.
Chika ‘Nancy’ Ike has proven time with her sterling performances on the big screen that she is now indeed Africans sweetheart. Judging from her role interpretation skill in the Nigeria Movie Industry better known as Nollywood, has gradually crept into the heart of movie buffs as whatever she touches always turns to gold.
In a highly competitive industry with multi talented actors and actresses, it is still easy to pick out this leggy actress whose trademark smile reminds one of Leonardo Da Vinci’s principle portrait – the Monalisa and like the master piece. The multiple award winning actress sure looks like one who has what it takes to stand the test of time against all odds.
Born on Friday November 8th 1985 to the prominent family of Ike and grew up in a close knit family of eight in Lagos, Nigeria. She was raised by her religious parents who did not fail to imbibe discipline hard work and tolerance. Chika as a child was nick named by her nanny – Rebecca, Fancy Nancy because of her fanciful and funny character as a child. She was sometime caught in her mum’s room wearing mums high heel shoes and mimicking her mother in front of the mirror, with heavy makeup on her face.
The famous actress was called a drama queen severally by her friends and peers while growing up. Owing to her discipline, she earned the position of senior prefect and her beauty always made her to be crowed the most beautiful girl in her school. The covetous beauty started acting at age six in her local church and watched a lot of movies while growing up; this became the inception for inspiration and challenge to join the movie industry.
Never backing down from challenges, she laced her shoes and stepped into the movies auditioning ground in 2004 where she was auditioned for a movie. Her hard work, patience and discipline helped her face and got prepared for most things in life, but needless to say; she was surprised and overwhelmed when called back four months later to pick up a script to do a role in Nollywood movie. Despite the fact that the role was a minor one, she took it as a stepping stone to greater heights in her aspiring career as an actress and did it so well. This landed her another movie role, this time to play a major character.
After the African beauty – first major role in movie was released, it was adjudged chart buster and a sell out in the market, resulting in directors and producers recommending her for jobs and roles in movies. That same year Chika did over five movies and was nominated as the best upcoming actress (AMAA), an Africa Movie Academy Award in 2006 and a recognition award for that same year. Her career took a drastic turn around positively and jobs were rolling in from all corners.
Between the years 2005 -2006, she did well over 20 movies to her credit. This was to the amazement of a lot of people given her quick and sudden rise to stardom and was appreciated by many.
In the year 2008, the dark haired beauty Chika Ike became an unexpected star after she was cast in a leading role as an African Princess in an epic movie called Mirror of Beauty which was shot on 35mm to the international scene and was shown in seven Cinemas in London (Odeon and Cineworld) where it was premiered. The movie was later selected the only African movie to be screened during the CANN film festival in CANNS 2008 because of the quality and beautiful African Culture exhibited in it. It also got nominations and ward in Africa.
The University of Lagos, Human kinetics and health education graduate (Unilag) has graced the covers of many local and international magazines. She has appeared on numerous television shows on tv and Red Carpet events. And also anchored several events and high profile shows.
In September 24 , 2011, Chika opened an upscale fashion accessories store, Fancy Nancy Collections in the city of Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria, which is now a must-shop store for those discriminating, yet fashionable taste.
The free spirited actress, entrepreneur and model who is blessed with beauty, brain, fame and fortune is a recipients of several awards and honours with the most recent one from United Nation Organization as World Youth Ambassador.
Chika Ike still remains highly visible and a well respected actress of her time and has featured in well over 100 movies till date, and she is still striving to do more especially giving back to the society that has made her who she is today. There is so much to expect from the hot, flaming and sexy actress.