ADDRESS: Lagos, Nigeria.
DATE OF BIRTH: May 23- 1965
MARITAL STATUS: Married
STATE OF ORIGIN: Anambra L.G.A., Anambra State.
LANGUAGES SPOKEN: Igbo, English and Pigeon English
EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND: Primary, Secondary, and Diploma in Journalism.
Tell us a little about your childhood, growing up, parents, brothers and sisters?
Parents - Mr and Mrs D.O. Ikpelue. I have 5 brothers and one sister (7 all together).Normal Nigerian home. Above average.
What was the first paying job ever that you had?
Hair dressing. I practised journalism for a short while too.
How much were you paid per month and what were the responsibilities?
I was self-employed and comfortable.
What other jobs did you do outside Acting?
What made you go into the Acting career and when did you start Acting (year)?
The Interest. I started acting professionally in 1993.
Who were your Idols/Models (Actors) in those days?
What was your first role in theatre, TV or Movies?
Supporting lead in Nneka, the pretty serpent, an Igbo Movie.
What was your major break-through role and in what film, series or play?
Thelma in Glamour girls (1), back in 1993.
What were the constraints you had to face and overcome as an up-and -coming Actor (young actor)?
I was Lucky - None.
How many films have you been involved with as an Actor to date?
I have done quite a lot at least 50 movies.
Glamour Girls, Nneka, the pretty serpent, August Meeting (1) and (2), Christ in me, In the beginning (1) and (2), Innocent tears (1) and (2), etc.
AS a DYNAMIC,OUTSTANDING,'A'-List Actor, how have you managed to adapt to the different range of roles you have played in your career?
*Versatility and Interpretation.
What is the most awkward or strangest role you have had to take /play in your career and why?
My role in "Love in High Places". No reason at all. What films have you been most proud to be involved with so far, and why?
Glamour girls, My best friend, and My faithful friend.
As an 'A'-List Actor, yourself, what other 'A'-List Actors or Actresses have worked or collaborated with?
*Pete Edochie, Liz Benson, Sola Fosudo, Sola Shobowale, Clarion Chukwurah, Justus Esiri, Eucharia Anunobi-Ekwu, etc.
Did you at anytime want to quit your Acting career for something else or for any reason, and why(if any)?
What is the motivation for you or what keeps you interested in this career every morning you wake up?
The Job satisfaction I get.
How important are our Nigerian roots, moral, values, knowledge and sense of wisdom to you and your works?
They are very important, they form the bedrock of any job I take part in.
On the stories, scripts, or screen play of your films, and its impact on the Nigerian/African culture values (home and abroad), how do you manage to harness, keep and pass them across in your films?
*Like I mentioned earlier, I consider the impact my films will have on the public. I hold morals and our cultural values close to my heart. I also use my films as a medium to evangelise.
Are you also a producer, Director and film-maker, which seems to the natural progression for our actors/actresses?
I am concentrating on just Acting for now.
What project are you working on at the moment and with whom?
I just finished a job with Sola Fosudo in Enugu for Twins Production (The Agents for Naijacommunity.com in Eastern Nigeria).
Where do you see yourself in this career in the next five years?
I will be five steps higher in the next five years, by the grace of God.
Where do you see the Nigerian movies industry in the next couple of years?
It definitely must have passed the teething stage.
When you are not working (Acting, or making a film), what do you do or how do you pass the time?
I stay with my family and play wife and mother.
What kind of music do you listen to and who is your favourite musician?
I listen to all kinds of music depending on my mood. I Like Whitney Houston a lot.
Is there an international Actor (American, British, Australian, African, etc.) you will want to work with if the opportunity presented itself?
I will want to work with Whoopi Goldberg if I have the opportunity.
What message do you have for your international fans in America, United Kingdom, Europe, Africa and its Diaspora?
I appreciate all of you. I promise not to disappoint you all, God bless you.
For any reason at all, how would you personally want your fans to remember you?
As one who did not lose her sanity and kept her feet on the ground