Celebrated Nigerian actress Chika Ike has opened up about her failed marriage, hinting why her five-year union with ex-husband Tony Ebireri collapsed in 2013.
Chika Ike, 31, told Nigeria’s The Nation Newspaper that getting married at a tender could have contributed to her marriage hitting rock bottom.
“I think it has to do with so many reasons; one of them might be being young. Some people get married that young and have been able to make their marriages work. But if you’re young, you’re young. There are some things you’ve not experienced. You might not be able to stay calm when you’re supposed to stay calm, understand when you’re supposed to understand or leave what you’re supposed to leave,” said Chika Ike.
“I think it has to do with age and so many other things like compatibility and not being true to yourself in the marriage. Everybody has a limit. There are some things in marriage that you might not be able to stand. Some people’s limit might not be my limit; my limit might be somebody’s starting point.”
The actress’ marriage to Ebireri had come under heavy storm of accusations and counter accusations of infidelity, insubordination and domestic violence before it finally collapsed in 2013.
Meanwhile, Chika Ike also addressed rumours that she is getting ready to wed a second time.
“Marriage is a beautiful institution. I will never talk down on marriage because it’s something I still look forward to. It’s what every woman hopes for. Though I’m focused on my career right now, I do have a very special person in my life.”
The two-time African Movie Academy Award nominee said that she attributes her acting career success to God and hard work.
“Without Him (God), I’m a nobody. I’m also a sucker for hard work. I believe that in whatever you do, you have got to put in your best in it. In a highly competitive industry with multi-talented actors and actresses, it is not easy. But I give God the glory; I’m a very spiritual person. Without God, I can’t really do anything. I grew up under the influence of my parents who inculcated the values of discipline, hard work and tolerance in their children.”
Chika Ike has starred in popular Nigerian movies, which include: Power of Beauty, The Prince of My Heart, The End is Near, My Lovely Princess.