Hello Presh Nation! It’s a beautiful Sunday and you already know the vibe. We have a very talented, beautiful and (in the words of Mr Macaroni) Fantabulous actor. She started acting at age 4! I’m sure you’d enjoy this one. Ladies and gentlemen, Ijeoma Aniebo. Enjoy 🌹
PRESH: Please introduce yourself to us
IJEOMA: My name is Ijeoma Aniebo.
PRESH: Tell us what you do and how you started.
IJEOMA: I am an actor. I started performing in my parent’s living room at the age of 4. Went on to doing school plays and finally decided at the age of 12 that I would do this for the rest of my life. I didn’t start professionally until I graduated from university (dem no dey take book play for my house). And I’ve been lucky to be able to do this, ever since
PRESH: Born in Enugu, grew up in Port harcourt, and schooled at a point in Owerri. Did moving around a lot affect the kinda person you are today?
IJEOMA: I didn’t really move around a lot. I spent most of my time in Port Harcourt. I was just born in UNTH. That foundation really helped because I’m able to ground myself but PH will always be home to me.
PRESH: Tell us about your experience in FGGC, Owerri
IJEOMA: I hated boarding school. It traumatised me to no end but I formed a full family of sisters at FGGC Owerri so, I am thankful for that. It also let me know that I was stronger than I thought because I persevered till the end. But I have never willingly put myself in a boarding situation since then.
PRESH: How has the movie industry treated you so far?
IJEOMA: The industry has been a double-edged sword. On the one hand, I haven’t gotten some of the bad treatment and experiences that some of my colleagues have and on the other hand, I’m not as far along in my path as I would have hoped considering how long I’ve been in it. But I’ve been fortunate to have worked with fantastic people to date and I’m grateful for my opportunities and all I have been able to do so far.
PRESH: It’s safe to say you’ve not been getting as much recognition as you deserve. What then has been your motivation to keep going?
IJEOMA: I love what I do and every opportunity to do it is a blessing. The recognition has never been my motivation. It is a nice thing to have no doubt, but it is not the necessary thing to have. Give me work and money, all day, any day.
PRESH: Apart from acting, do you do other things?
IJEOMA: Yes. I do some modelling, writing and work in the advertising space.
PRESH: You studied English Language at the university. Have you gone on to study anything Acting related?
IJEOMA: I have a degree from NYFA.
PRESH: Tell us how it was growing up in PH city
IJEOMA: I loved it. At the time, PH was a town with everything in it. Very balanced and very happy too. The talent there is also top-notch, from music to the arts and everyone is organic.
PRESH: Who are those that have influenced your career so far?
IJEOMA: Everyone to some degree has influenced my career. From colleagues, I look up to and keep dreaming to work with, to family and friends that keep supporting and pushing me, to the audience that consumes the content that I am in and a lot of times, have feedback for me. I really appreciate the village that surrounds me.
PRESH: What next for Ijeoma Aniebo?
IJEOMA: Mehn! Only God knows oh! I might decide to run for president in the next election. Lol. But mostly the same, creating bodies of work that people can enjoy, in any capacity.
PRESH: Please leave a message for everyone struggling to find their way.
IJEOMA: Struggle is a phase. Once you never forget that, you can and will be, anything you set your mind to.
PRESH: Thanks so much for your time ✌🏾
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Whatever you manifest in reality is first created in your mind. Cook it well, and withstand the heat. It’s going to be worth it in the end. Ire oo 🥂