+ Celebrates 3 years of marital bliss
CHINEDU Ikedieze, MFR, is a happy man. The Bende, Abia-born famous actor would be 37 on Friday, December 12, 2014. And Aki, as he’s fondly called, would be celebrating with the less privileged, though he’s not ruling out a birthday bash if he’s in town that beautiful day.
ENCOMIUM Weekly’s Associate Editor, UCHE OLEHI asked the prolific thespian and entrepreneur the reasons he’s a success in his chosen profession, how it feels to add a year as well as the dividends of being married for three years.
You started acting about 17 years ago, what has kept you on top of your game?
My simplicity, honesty, dedication, high level of professionalism and the favour of God has kept me on top of my game.
When did you get a break in Nollywood?
My break came in 2002 after I shot Aki na Ukwa.
It has definitely not been a bed of roses?
Of course, in every world of success there must be challenges. Challenges bring out perfection. The art of trying to be another person while you are not, the incessant absence from family and friends, etc, strengthens your desire to be the best.
What has being a movie star done for you?
It has given me an edge over so many life dynamisms.
Has stardom changed anything about you?
Stardom has not changed much about me except this charade of public life style so as not to be mis-represented by your audience.
Which has been your most tasking movie?
Most of them were tasking. I can’t really point out any particular movie.
How many movies have you shot, so far?
They are well above 100.
Why is Chinedu Ikedieze, MFR, in hot demand at the moment?
I’m in hot demand because my fans love me and can’t get enough of me. I love them too that’s why I labor day and night to make sure I give them the best and a run for their money.
Do you have plans to start producing your own movies as well?
I’m already at it. I co-produced a movie, Take The Spotlight, which was shot in Dallas, USA in 2013. It was directed by Drew Madueke who equally produced the movie. The movie won award at the 2014 Capital City Black Film Festival (CCBFF) in the US. It featured the likes of Glen Morshower, Lynn Whitfield, Daniel Foster, Allen Warchor, Chinedu Ikedieze, Nene Nwoko, etc.
You would be 37 on December 12, 2014, how does it feel?
I feel good and blessed. I thank God for the gift of life.
So, how are you celebrating?
If na that one, I never know o! I’m still in the East, shooting a movie. I’ll possibly visit an orphanage to celebrate with them.
You’ve also been married for three years or so, how has it been?
It has been a very wonderful experience and I thank God for every moment of it. It has been a marital bliss all the way.