Ibinabo Fiberesima Was Born to an Okirika father and an Irish mother, Ibinabo lived with her grandmother for the greater part of her childhood and adolescent years.
She hails from Rivers State, Nigeria, and she is the child of Dr J.B Fiberesima and an Irish woman. Ibinabo attended the Y.M.C.A Play Centre, Port Hacourt and had her secondary education at the Federal Government Girls College [ F.G.G.C ], New Bussa, Niger State, Nigeria. She graduated in 1994 from the University of Ibadan with B.A Degree in English Language and Literature. The second child in a family of six.
Apparently destined for greatness in showbiz and entertainment, she didn’t work with her degree for one day as she got ‘The Pyramid’ night club as birthday and graduation present from her ex-boyfriend.
“I got the night club the month I came out of school, so I just started doing business. I preferred a night club because I am a karaoke freak, I love karaoke, I love to sing.”
Below is a self authored biography of the talented actress culled from her website.
Ibinabo Fiberesima is a lady of many parts. Beauty queen, actress, pageant organizer, former club owner, and – above all, a very level headed multiple business owner.
Ibinabo Fiberesima is a Nigerian actress, ex-beauty queen and Events Manager. She got into entertainment after winning the Miss Wonderland Beauty Pageant in 1997. She was the First Runner up at the Miss Nigeria 1991 beauty contest. Due to her love for music and the arts, Ibinabo went into Night Club Management in the 90’s and she ran her club, Pyramid and Karaoke, [ A gift from a lover who was besotted with her ] for six years.
As the years rolled on, Ibinabo also started acting,with solid performance in ‘Most Wanted’ ( Nigeria’s version of ‘Set It Off’. An American movie featuring Queen Latifah in a Gangster role ). Besides acting in other movies, She has also produced a movie ‘A Night In The Phillipines’.
She also contributed positively to the Nigerian Music Industry by appearing in Music videos especially those of Edward Inyang, whose stage name is Blackky. Ibinabo is the National Director for Nigeria to the Miss Earth Beauty Pageant and Miss International Beauty Pageant [ RV is not sure if the named Paegants are still being organised these days ].
She has three children [ The father of the last child is Fred Amata, a noted Nigerian actor and Movie Producer ]. Ibinabo has been in the spotlight in recent years after accidentally killing Dr Suraj Giwa in a car crash in 2005. She has been to court several times and has been handed a jail sentence. However, she has been able to avoid going to jail.
An excerpts of an interview she sometimes granted is reproduced below:
KHAMILEON: Because of your looks there have been many theories about your background. Please tell us a bit about yourself.
IBINABO: I am mixed. My dad is Nigerian and my mum is Irish.
KHAMILEON: There was a rumor that you contested in some beauty pageant in the past, can you tell us more about that.
IBINABO: Yes, when I was younger I did the Most beautiful girl in Nigeria, I was second runner up, I then did MissNigeria and I was first runner up and finally I did Miss Wonderland and emerged the queen.
KHAMILEON: You caught everybody’s attention in the movie “CAMOUFLAGE” Apart from your performance there, you were also the very first to put on Bikini on screen (Nigerian movie). What was your experience in making that movie, and did you get any criticism from the public?
IBINABO: Amazing not one critic spoke, well to my knowing, it was the first time and I should hope I complimented the bikini or it complimented me. Whichever, it was a lot of fun doing that movie, coz it was a girl thing and the excitement was amazing. We shot in Yaba Tech, and most of the girls that we used their rooms, were actually telling us how it was really done. I enjoyed playing that role a lot
KHAMILEON: Have you always wanted to be an actress, or it’s something you stumbled into?
IBINABO: Honestly, I stumbled into it and I am having the time of my life. No regrets
KHAMILEON: Which was your first movie, and what was the experience like?
IBINABO: “MOST WANTED”. It was a real shock to me. It took me forever to get into character; I did not have a clue what was up, but then my friend Regina Askia Williams helped me out a lot and Ayo Adesanya, so it became easy after a while.
KHAMILEON: All of a sudden you disappeared after doing some movies, and you just only resurfaced. What happened, why did you disappear?
IBINABO: Well woman wahala, or do I blame the Men. I started having children, and wanted to bond with my children. I did that and now I am back.
KHAMILEON: Since your return last year, how many have you done so far?
IBINABO: I have done 7 to date.
KHAMILEON: You have worked with so many actors, which of them do you like working with the most and why?
IBINABO: I enjoy working with Ramsey Noah a lot, because he is my friend. And we always have a good laugh. Also I have met a lot of new faces and they have all warmed up to me. Zack Orji, Peter Bruno, Enebeli Elebuwa too, is someone I enjoy working with. Alex Osifo, Frances Duru. I respect him a lot too.
KHAMILEON: And you have also worked with so many actresses, which of them do you like working with the most and why?
IBINABO: Actresses, Augusta Ikifha, (My sister in law in “Mortal Sin”) Genevieve Nnaji in “Camouflage”, Lolo Dora in “Burning Bible”, Tina my mum in “Jackie Philips” and a lot more StephNora in “Ladies Night”.
KHAMILEON: The Nigerian movie Industry is growing big everyday, and more people are into Nigerian movies now. So it’s no surprise that people (Especially in the Diaspora) wont settle for just any movie, still so many movies are below standard. Some of the things I hear from fans are… 1, Over-recycled stories 2, Actors/Actresses looks fake on screen 3, Stories without good plots. 4, poor scripts or the directors are not doing their jobs. To you, what is the cause of these problems?
IBINABO: I would say everyone is trying to cash in quickly, which is a typical Nigerian thing. Sometimes I read some scripts and I wonder why anybody will sit down and not think before writing. Its sad but it will take a while b4 we catch up. But we will.
KHAMILEON: Generally in the arts, the fans play a very vital role in the survival of artists. If the fans stop buying your products you are out of business. In Nigeria are Actors/Actresses in touch with their fans? Do they care about what the fans has to say? I mean what would you do if your fan says. “I don’t like the way you act, you need to take an acting class to improve,” would you take it and give it a good thought or would you get annoyed.
IBINABO: Personally, I will take it to heart. There is a site I go to, to read about Nigerian films, reviews, what they think of the artist and all, it has really helped me a lot in my career. I remember what they have complained about and work on it to make me a better person. Not that I would change what I am doing because of bad belle oh.
KHAMILEON: Though talent is what’s most important in the arts, but a little beauty won’t hurt anybody. Now I have noticed that once some of our actresses’ start making some money, they start over-feeding and stuffing themselves up. Apart from looking good I think they should also be concerned about their health. Don’t you people talk about stuff like that and ways to deal with it?
IBINABO: It’s really up to the artist I think. I want to look good whenever. You feel me?
KHAMILEON: I saw pictures of you at a beauty pageant in one of these Eastern countries. Apart from acting what else do you do?
IBINABO: I organize Beauty Pageants. I took the Miss Nigeria to Japan for the Miss International pageant and Miss Earth pageants in Manila also the Miss Intercontinental in China. My company holds all three licensees for Nigeria. Put it this way I am the National Director for these pageants in Nigeria. I will be hosting Miss Africa 2004 in Nigeria come August.
KHAMILEON: There is also the rumor that you once owned the “PYRAMID NIGHT CLUB IN LAGOS.” Is there any truth to it and what happened to the club?
IBINABO: Yes it is not a rumor. Owned it and closed it. Capice?
KHAMILEON: You are based in London, but you are mostly in Nigeria shooting movies.
IBINABO: I travel a lot.
KHAMILEON: There are so many good Actors/Actresses and Directors in Nigeria. I want you to name five actors that you admire the most.
IBINABO: Frances Duru
KHAMILEON: I also want you to name Five Actresses you admire the most in Nigeria
KHAMILEON: Finally I want you to name Five Directors that you admire the most in Nigeria
IBINABO: Zeb Ejiro
KHAMILEON: Do you watch Nigerian Movies? If yes name your top five favorite
IBINABO: “Pastor’s wife”
“Osoufia in London”
“Out of love”
KHAMILEON: There must be some Actors/Actress that you have not worked with before that you would like to work with, can you name some of them?
IBINABO: Omotola Jolade-Ekeinde
Genevieve Nnaji (again)
KHAMILEON: To my knowledge, apart from the KISS SCENE with LIZ BENSON (“DAPO JUNIOR”), BATH SCENE with EUCHARIA (“GLAMOUR GIRLS 2” ) and a few others, most of the romantic scenes in Nigerian movies are still too fake. Now if we decide to do a LOVE STORY together, with “A LOVE SCENE” I want to take it to the next level, almost like what you see in Hollywood. Would you be bold enough to take up that challenge or it’s something too big for you? (OF CAUSE THAT PART WOULD BE SLASHED OFF THE NIGERIAN RELEASE BECAUSE OF THE CENSORS BOARD).
IBINABO: I am Game, as long as I will be in the scene with a reputable person
KHAMILEON: Talking about censorship, what do you think about the Nigerian Censorship Board?
IBINABO: No comment.
KHAMILEON: There is also the rumor that you sing too, is there any truth to that? If yes do you plan to record an album someday?
IBINABO: I do. I would love to soon I hope.
KHAMILEON: KHAMILEON’S video clip for “INDIAN LOVE SONG” is receiving good airplay in Nigeria and London (Ben Tv). Lots of people are going crazy over his “VIDEO GIRL” (even girls) but he is insisting it’s you he wanted to play his “LOVE INTEREST” on that Video clip. So what happened? Why where you not on that Video?
IBINABO: I was traveling a lot at the time of shoot, so I will make it up to him.
KHAMILEON: Ok, back to the movies There is also this rumor that some stars are letting their success get into their head and they treat their fans bad. Are you like that?
IBINABO: Who! ME? Hell, NO! I love my fans to bits. Will always do. I will soon have my fan site up and running,. They keep me going.
KHAMILEON: Are you a romantic person?
IBINABO: Very, maybe too much of a romantic
KHAMILEON: What qualities do you look for in a guy?
KHAMILEON: Describe an ideal romantic date with a guy
IBINABO: Candle light dinner with a nice bottle of red wine.
KHAMILEON: What do you think can be done to help the young film Industry?
KHAMILEON: Finally what message do you have for your fans?
IBINABO: Love you all and thanks for always being there for me. I won’t disappoint you. Promise.
KHAMILEON: Whenever I set up a date, I will invite you to come and chat with your fans will you do that?
IBINABO: I would love to. It would be nice to know them personally.
KHAMILEON: It’s been nice chatting with you and I hope to have you on again.
IBINABO: Anytime. I enjoyed this. Thanks