Nigerian Movie Star Profile
Ebbe could have been an acclaimed athlete. But perhaps she was not destined
to be one. Fate had something else in stock for her: she became an actress,
a tube goddess, one of the beauties that make Nollywood tick.
In early days at school, the Orlu Imo-State born
was athletic champion for many years and would have gladly
represented Enugu State at an earlier edition of the National Sports
Festival, but for the politics of state of origin, which deprived her of
that opportunity. That ended her dream of being a top athlete.
She gave acting a serious thought after her studies at the Institute of
Management and Technology (IMT) Enugu, where she studied Fine and Applied
Arts. An encounter with a family friend who was then a recognisable face in
the movie industry provided the break. She had expressed the desire to do
some serious acting to the family friend who informed her of an audition
exercise at the Hotel Presidential in Enugu.
After her first role as Agu's wife in 'Igbodo' she soon got a lead role in
the epic movie 'Oganigwe'.
She has since featured in over 60 home videos. Some producers have thought
Chiege would not last in
the industry when she came in. They had thought she was a flash in the pan
that would run out in no time.
But almost six years after, she is still waxing stronger in Nollywood,
determined, she says, to prove that she is into acting good.
Emeka Enyiocha in
married with a baby. She says her husband saw her on the screen, and that
was how the attraction started. "He was so persistent until I decided one
day to honour his date. But much later I discovered that his dad and mine
were very good friends when they were young," she recalls her encounter with
the love of her life.
She says she married early because she believes that there is respect is
being married. "I know some people always ask why I married. I wanted it
early because I believe when you are married you are more respected. I don't
believe that a woman should remain single for the better part of her youth.
Marriage attracts respect and it doesn't make you a lesser actress."
On Nollywood she says: "We must begin to get people to specialise. I am an
advocate for specialisation. Produce only if you are a producer, direct only
if you are a director. People should be able to specialise, that way they
would become masters of their arts."
Some Chiege movies includes
End of Dream,
End of Money,
Once a Soldier,
Under Fire etc
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