Born October 10, 1975 in Nigeria, Tchidi Chikere is a consummate filmmaker and one of the leading producers in Nollywood.
Tchidi is a graduate of the University of Calabar with over 50 films to his credit. Tchidi who hails from Mbaise Imo State, is also a musician. He has had duets with Marvellous Benji, OJB Jezreel and Pat Attah.
Tchidi is a graduate of the University of Calabar, and has over 50 films to his credit. Tchidi hails from Mbaise, and he's the last born of his family. He started writing film scripts when he was still in school. While in school, he belonged to a musical group of three. On completion of National Youth Service Corp programme (NYSC), he traveled to the United Kingdom to publish his first book. In 2007, he launched his first album. He also launched his second album in the UK.
This talented young man by the name TChidi Chikere is an actor, director, producer, script writer and singer. He is married to Sophia Tchidi Chikere who is also an actress and the union has produced three boys together.
OPINION: Tell us Nollywood fans, which of Tchidi Chikere movies do you love most? Read more »
BIOGRAPHY: Nonso Diobi who has featured in over 60 movies was born on July 17th in Enugu to the Diobi's family. However, Nonso grew up in Anambra state, Nigeria.
Nonso grew up with a family of five, which consists of two girls and three boys. As the last child of the family, Nonso Diobi always saw himself in the limelight and as an independent individual. He began his own mini business at a tender age, selling clothes to his fellow individual at his high school. His parents exposed him to explore his God given talents by doing stage plays at his local church when he was 15years old. He became one of the best in his church drama group.
In the fall of 2001, He decided to take his acting skills to another level by entering into the now famous Nollywood. He featured in his first movie "Border line" which was shot by top director "Adim William". His first breakthrough movie "Hatred" came right after he did Border line"Nonso Diobi never looked back, as Nollywood keeps calling on this young, handsome, dynamic, and multi-talented star with over twenty movies to his credits.
As the first Nigerian actor to be signed unto Jton Productions in New York, Nonso Diobi is using his opportunities to explore other God talents which he plans to unleash within the next few years. His greatest joy and soul satisfaction is to continue to entertain his fans as they are his number one priority. He finds joy when his fans admire and watches him on screen. One of his goals is to own a studio and enter deep into movie making and Animations.
It is important to note that Nonso is one of the few Nollywood actors on a role call for romance movies, many fans argue that they love to watch Nonso play a romantic role rather than a bad boy role. In your opinion, what role would you like to see Nonso Diobi play most? Read more »
She’s one of the very best in Nollywood and probably beyond, that is what Genevieve Nnaji is. In this brief chat with TOPE OLUKOLE, she speaks on some issues relating to her career and the entertainment industry.
Excerpts: What inspires and motivates you in life?
Fear of failure. I am driven by fear of not achieving what I set out to achieve and not meeting my standards. I can be pretty hard on myself. I’m very competitive, so failure cannot be an option.
What is your ultimate goal?
I want to challenge myself, as an actress, some more. I don’t think I have reached my potentials. There is still a hunger in me. I am still not completely satisfied. I won’t stop until I get an Oscar.
If you could do it all again what would you do?
If I had it my way, I would love to be a model, but I don’t have the height. If I could start my career again, I would definitely go into the fashion world because I have been designing since primary school. But you can’t go back into time and the best thing about my job is that I get to dress up and pose all the time, just like a model!
You can be described as someone who is career-minded, ambitious and beautiful. However, you were also a teen mother, what advice would you give to other teen mums?
Thank you. I have never heard of that term, but I like to keep this part of my life private and I don’t like to talk about my daughter. But what I would say is, I completely believe in destiny. I think everybody has a dream and something they want to achieve, so you should never give up on yourself.
Learn to embrace everything life throws at you and learn to make everything work for you, even your mistakes. Do not give up on your dreams, as long as there is life, there is hope. When you have life, you should make the best of your time because life is too short.
You’ve been romantically linked with several people, are there any wedding bells in the future?
Yes, I am dating, but there won’t be any wedding bells, because I do want to get married. I am looking for someone who can keep me excited because I get bored easily. I need someone, who is there to support me, who is confident. I haven’t got the time to be massaging a man’s ego; he has to be confident in our relationship from the word-go.
Who is your ideal man?
We all want a handsome man, but ultimately, we want one that is good inside. But I would love to meet someone with a Johnny Depp personality and with Boris Kodjo’s lip.
What gets you out of bed in the morning?
The gym, a great work out! I am very restless in the morning, so the gym is somewhere I can get rid of tension. It gets me prepared, both mentally and physically for the rest of the day, which is usually long and tiring. I am not a screamer in the gym, but I like to zone out and plan my daily goals.
I don’t see anybody at that point in time. I go into my inner self and put on my earphone listening to music and meditate about my future. I’m what you call a deep thinker. I love to run the most and use the treadmill or steppers as I work mostly on my legs and thighs plus my stomach.
Do you see yourself as sexy and what’s the favourite part of your body?
I like to think that I’m sexy, although I don’t always feel sexy. I think my waist is my best part. I like my waist because it’s small and neat and gives me my hourglass figure.
What has been your favourite role to date?
I have enjoyed playing all the characters in the movies I have done. The Mirror Boy was fun. Ije was another movie, which was great and challenging because it was shot in Hollywood among other Hollywood stars, but I would say my favourite to date is the Window of Glory, where I played the role of a blind girl. I really got into my character and learnt a lot about myself at the same time.
You have starred in more than 100 movies, are there any roles you have not played?
There are still many roles left in me. I’m prepared to try any new thing and challenging roles. I would do any role except porn, no amount of money can get my clothes off.
Finally, the world is your oyster, who would you like to star with?
Johnny Depp. I find him a very deep actor mostly because he represents what I represent; he acts for himself and picks out roles that he enjoys.
It’s not about the movie being commercial. He is acting for himself and picks out challenging characters to play. Acting should not be taken too seriously, it should be fun and he doesn’t take himself too seriously.
Nse Ikpe-Etim was born in the 70’s on the 21st of October. You may not be acquainted with her until you are privileged to watch, “Re-Loaded”, a new movie produced by Emem Isong. And when you do then, you will begin to understand this writer’s fascination and respect for her delivery in the new movie.
Nse Ikpe-Etim is one of the privileged actresses whose recent movie exploits have pitched them in contention for the crown of Best Female actresses at the forth coming UBA-AMAA awards billed to hold next month in Yenoogoa, the Bayelsa State capital.
She gained national acceptance when she played the role of Omoze, wife to super-actor Ramsey Nouah in that thrilling ‘Re-Loaded”, a movie currently receiving accolades across borders and which has gained for the movie Director, Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen a nomination at this year’s edition of AMAA award.
Nse is not a new actress per se, because she’s starred in several other flicks that include a role in a TV soap,”Inheritance” and which was also produced by Emem Isong, ten years ago. She then went on to do other things that are not related to acting.
Nse Ikpe-Etim has been in the entertainment industry since age 18 when she anchored a show on NTA.
As one of the few actresses who starred in the early Nollywood flicks, Ikpe-Etim’s foray into movies began in 1995 upon graduation from the university, when she appeared in ‘Venom of Justice’ as an extra. She was then cast in ‘The Scars of Womanhood’ – as an extra, but as a friend to the lead actress, Kate Henshaw. Ikpe-Etim later featured in other movies, including ‘Rampage’ and ‘Inheritance’, before she left the scene in search of bigger challenges.
Her first movie role was in Venom of justice 2 after which she has acted in various movies including the Nollywood BIG hit movies, Reloaded and Guilty Pleasures, where she acted as Ramsey Nouah’s wife. This lovely lady is an exceptional actress and one of the best in Nigeria.
She attended Awa Nursery School Kaduna, Command Children’s School Jos, St Louis College Jos, Federal Government College Jos and Ilorin and finally bagged a degree in Theater Arts at the University of Calabar, Nigeria. She is a thespian with a lion’s heart. While in Federal Government College Ilorin, she was in the school Basketball team which won several trophies and she also played Volleyball actively.
Nse was Miss University of Calabar 1992/93. She also won the Miss NTA Calabar contest. During the course of her education, she was seen to be eloquent and articulate and this was the birth of her compering most social functions/shows that took place in the university, hence exposing her to the world of compering. In Nollywood, Nse has been described as “the silent tsunami”. She brings with her a breath of freshness.
This beautiful and assertive actress, having run away from the industry to other known fields like Banking, Fashion, Radio and Television, finally came to berth with “Reloaded” which can be described as her comeback after a decade. The Silent Invasion of Nse is what earned her a nomination in the 2009 AMAA Awards where she was nominated for best actress in a leading role in the movie “Reloaded”. This was an unprecedented decision in the history of AMAA. Two actresses tied for the Award for Best Actress from the same movie. This is no small feat since this was her first major role in a movie.
The ingenuity of Nse is that you really don’t know she’s there. She tries so hard to unassumingly blend into the woodwork…. until her performance hits you… just like a tsunami and then you realize she has been there all along. Notwithstanding her exposure to other industries, her flair and passion for writing drove her to work on projects (Screen Plays) with different producers.
Nse can be described as a passionate writer whose dialogues are apt and filled with humor. In her spare time, she writes articles too. Nse also loves doing live stage plays and has done Anowa (by Ama Ata Aidoo), Marriage Of Anansewa (by Efua Sutherland), Child Internationale (by Wole Soyinka), Milikin Mata (by Harry Hagher)...and loads more. She has done many pantomimes and dance dramas as well.
With Nse, there is never a boring moment. Laden with a great sense of humor, Nse laughs with all her heart and has been described as a true and loyal friend. She brings any set alive and leaves her directors and colleagues looking forward to the next time. Her precise interpretation of her different roles has kept her on a different pedestal. Nse is an ardent fan of Manchester United FC. She loves the game. She enjoys a good game of Scrabble, cooking, reading and writing. Nile, as she is fondly called, is constantly looking for new challenges as she believes that “the race is not to the swift…”.
Apart from acting, Nse is involved in loads of charity work in her spare time. She is also an accomplished writer and star chef.
Re-Loaded, a story that resolves around cheating in relationships and its attendant consequences is certainly not her last film as she also starred in two yet to be released movies, “Guilty Pleasures’ and “Edikan” both produced by Emem.
Although, Re-Loaded is one movie that may launch her into the mainstream movie world, Nse told HVP that for several years, she had been on the background helping to build the stars of the industry.
“Unknown to many I was behind the screen helping to build stars through my role as a technical and support hand”.
And while behind the camera, Nse claimed she felt empty and unfulfilled in her quest for creative exploration. And in her search for fulfillment, she made brief stop-over at Rhythm and Cool FM, where she worked as an on air personality, before moving on to pick a job in the bank, a job which did not last the day. Ace producer, Jeta Amata, whom she described as “a very good friend of mine for 13 years’ introduced her into the acting profession. ‘Jeta and I have been friends for 13 years.’ she replied, avoiding to use the word, ‘lovers’.
A graduate of Theatre Administration of the University of Calabar, Nse is a pretty lady from Akwa-Ibom state and she’s in her early thirties.
Re-Loaded is the first movie that she has featured in and playing a major role. “I was a bit frightened, especially acting alongside a man.”.
She claimed that “even after the movie “I am still afraid because I want to be able to give my audience a quality delivery.”
The actress who says her ambition is to make it to Hollywood, wouldn’t however wish to talk about her love life. But it’s believed that, Nse may have been in and out of relationships that never led to life of matrimony.
She named, Stuffy Loral, an American actress and Nigerian Joke Silva as her screen idols. “I grew up at a time when there was nothing like Nollywood. For me, Stuffy Loral and Joke Silva are my sources of inspiration.”
Nse was one of the Nollywood stars that graced this year’s edition of BOBTV, which ended last week at Sheraton Hotels, Abuja. She had arrived the festival venue, dressed in modest attire, and in the company of her friends, as well as her producer, Emem Isong, where HVP cornered her for a chat.
According to Nse, veering into other fields of life to make ends meets, mostly accounted for the partial delay in launching herself into the movie world. Marriage, she believed is a game of choice. “I think, every woman has a choice either to marry or not.’she said.
For her, writing remains an integral part of her entire being. ‘I love writing. And I can’t stop writing. Right now, I’m assisting Jeta Amata in his next series, which is on the story of ‘Queen Amina. Jeta Amata has faith in me, as well as Emem Isong.”
Nse believes that as a growing industry, which is not devoid of its ups and downs, the movie industry will someday emerge to become the major tool for economic development of the country.
Aside acting and writing, which she listed as part of her hobbies, Nse said, it is her utmost dream to emerge the best cook in the world.
As the first daughter in a family of six, who is faced with the challenges of assisting her mother to train her younger ones, having lost her father at a very tender age, Nse claimed that she had earned a lot of money from cooking. “When I stay off the screen, I hope to establish a big restaurant in the city of Abuja. I intend to retire to my kitchen.” she enthused.
Contrary to the belief that most of the top rated actresses sleep their ways to the top, Nse had a different opinion. ‘Sleep my way to the top?” God forbid. she reacted furiously. “I think, it’s high time, according to her, “people stop making such insinuations. What happened between two people, is only between them and the four corners of the wall.
How would a third party get to know about it. I keep asking this question. One day, we will all come to have a marriage of understanding.” “It’s sad, that people use this unconfirmed act to look down on female stars. I have never heard where it happened before. It has never happened to me either. So, I can’t talk about it. I will never sleep my way to the top.” Nse stressed.
For her to excel in the industry, Nse counts on the support of her friends and fans. “My colleagues will support and teach me how to handle eventualities. Because I’m still a baby in the industry.
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She did not have the so-called ‘normal’ childhood. Her teenage life was truncated. She became pregnant at 17. Much was not expected from the little girl who did not follow the ‘golden rule’ of right upbringing (from secondary school, university and to career), however, against all odds, Genevieve Nnaji has broken, recreated and became the rule for many and is now a success story. Read on...
On May 3, 2011, the Nollywood star clocked 31. She marked her birthday in far away London, full of smiles and in company of hip pop star D’Banj, friends and fans. Yes, Genny has many reasons to smile. Out of the lot that passed through Nollywood she has risen to become one of the very few iconic movie figures in Africa. Cable News Network (CNN) even dubbed her Julia Roberts of Africa.
In an interview she granted Treasure Magazine, Genevieve shared the story of her life. The Mbaise, Imo State-born actress didn’t grow up in the East. She is what you call the typical Lagos girl. Speaking on her childhood, she said: “I grew up in Lagos basically; my family is here in Lagos. I went to Methodist Girls High School, Yaba, Lagos. My mum is a teacher and my dad is a retired banker. Okay, I’m from a family of 10, eight kids, mummy and daddy. I left school in 97, went to UNILAG to do Creative Arts (part time); it was difficult keeping up because of doing movies, so I decided to drop and continue with the movie until I’m ready.”
That is not all, she grew up with strong Catholic background, a church she claimed impacted conscience into her, and it was that conscience the made her take a stand against abortion when she became pregnant as a teenager. Speaking on her child and pregnancy, she said: “Yes, I have a child. I was pretty young though. What happened? What I learnt was that no matter how much I try to control myself and be preserved and everything, sh*t still happens to me. So, I think what is meant to be will be.
You can only try to avoid it or prolong it, but it will be. The truth is, if it hadn’t happened I won’t be here now, because it had a way of shifting my life. So, it is like falling to one side and trying to make the best out of it. I probably would not be here. It happened and the best I did was not to dwell on it. It affected me in a way, but I didn’t dwell on it. I just felt it was not about the downfall, but how to pick up yourself that makes you a strong person, and not everybody would understand. And there is this thing I keep telling myself; life is once. So, life starts and ends with you. You live once, try to make the best of it. Don’t let people discourage you, people are going to talk, they are going to judge, but truth is, people who talk the most are those who do the worse. If you are not important, people won’t talk about you. Be yourself, be happy.”
The pregnancy was seven months gone before Genny’s Catholic mum discovered it. Genny said, “She couldn’t believe it, ‘how can she be pregnant when she was very careful’.” A test confirmed it, her parents were disappointed but stood their ground against abortion. “I didn’t feel anything. I didn’t even know till I was about four months. It was there, but I was still in shock. I didn’t believe it. The only time I actually believed it was when I saw it in a scan. Seven months! And I saw it’s in there and I said, “Okay, it’s true!” I was like, “Oh, it’s like some disease....” I think I was pretty much hard on myself then than my parents or people. I was harder on myself, really. My parents reacted the way any parent would react – disappointed. I didn’t know. My mother discovered it for me. I didn’t know anything really. She discovered it for me and it was too late, we couldn’t do anything and we’re Catholics and I’m glad I didn’t do anything funny really.”
Speaking further, she said: “Getting rid of the pregnancy was an alternative then, but it was too late, because not until I was four months before we discovered it and so it was not what we could do, and my dad was like, ‘it’s a child for Christ’s sake. God knows why he wants to bring that child into life”. We are Catholics and it’s just that conscience, you do wrong once and doing another would not make the first right. So, you either correct your mistake by doing the right thing. If I was pregnant, and then have an abortion, it would have been like murder after fornication! So, that was basically wrong.
“I’m sure everywoman knows the feeling of pregnancy, but for the young girl – it is difficult for me to say now, because I have grown much older – but I know at that time it was, let me see... Anyway, I’d just wake up every morning hoping to wake up from a dream... but you know it doesn’t happen so. It’s more like giving me hope that ‘no, it wasn’t...’ I was like looking forward to sleeping and waking up, then it wasn’t getting any better anyway.”
Were her parents at fault? No, Genny took responsibility, “Mine had nothing to do with it, it was a different case entirely, which I wouldn’t want to go into. My parents did their jobs and I did my own job of listening and everything. My parents were fantastic. I got the best of home training. It’s none of my parents’ fault. I was close to mum and Dad and they told me everything I needed to know, okay. But what happened had to happen, somehow. So, I didn’t think it had to do with my parents, although some people could suffer from not getting enough education from their parents, but I think my mum did her part as a mother. Yes, she did.”
On the lesson life taught her, she said: “Like I said before, I have learnt that life is the way you live it. It is not about theory, no lecturer can tell you what life is. Life is what you make of it. Life is what you want it to be, basically. For somebody like me, if I say I want this now and I work towards it, nothing is going to keep me away from that, I’m going to get it. Even if it means me drawing up my account, I want that, and I’m happy. I always think of today and not tomorrow. It is not like, ‘Oh, my children in the future...’ whatever I do right now, I believe I’ll dig into it. Yes, I will try to be considerate later... but life is too short, you go now and whatever you’ve achieved other people will enjoy it.
“I think it is doing what you love doing, that’s what life is basically all about. Be happy; whatever you do let it be worth doing well. Don’t do things because other people expect you to do it. Please yourself, but don’t be selfish about it. You know it’s not like when you enjoy killing; that’s not what I mean. Whatever your direction, if your father wants you to be a doctor and you want to be a musician, follow your dreams! At the end of the day, if you have a gift for it... (go for it).”
All in all, Genny has come of age and done well for herself. She is a role model, not just to teeming aspiring actresses but to those who had a truncated/pause in the journey of their dreams, but are trying to pick up the pieces. And as icing on the cake, the beautiful actress is on the verge of inking a document that would see her pair with a Hollywood star in a multi-million naira movie. Happy birthday to Africa’s queen of the tube!
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