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Chiege Alisigwe has really paid her dues as a Nigerian actress with a string of movies to her credit. Since she entered into the industry in 1998, no one has been left in doubt as to where she is headed.

She speaks about her love life and how she would readily remarry if the right man comes with WWW.NIGERIAFILMS.COM She also tells why her marriage lasted only three months.

Nigeria movies
The Nigerian movie industry has come a long way. We have tried to hue water out of stone. It has grown so much. There are several things that are not going well but I must tell you, it is so far, so good. It is not what it used to be but we have moved forward in some areas.

I think there is a great future for the industry here in Nigeria. We started small but with God and with interest in its growth, the Nigerian home video industry will grow from where it is now.

How do you feel being one of the few getting roles?
I feel very great and thankful to God for being there. Everyone is slugging it out to survive, both big and small artistes. So it is the grace of God not even your hard work or your beautiful face that keeps you there.

First role
My first acting role came in 1998. I was introduced into Nollywood by a family friend named Kelvin Ugwu, a broadcaster and actor. I did my first audition in the movie Igodo where I got the role of Agu’s wife. I did Oganigwe, My love and others.

I won’t say I dreamt about being in the movies before the opportunity came. I just came out of secondary school. I attended Queens School Enugu and was a member of the Dramatic Society. I was not just dreaming because it is part of me and I knew I would be there some day. I left secondary school in 1996 waiting for my JAMB result, so 1998, I went into the industry. Kelvin had said to me: “Now that you are waiting for JAMB, why not come to try your luck?” I thank God it has been lead roles all the way.

I consider myself a very comfortable person. I don’t talk about riches because it is God that gives them. I wonder when people talk about riches. It is not any one’s making to be rich or poor. It is only God that decides this.

The challenge there was knowing that you are a new comer in the arena coming to slug it out with the known faces. There was a little bit of anxiety when I was auditioned to feature in Igodo but I have always believed in my ability to act. It was determination and solid belief that I have the ability that made me excel.

I have always believed that talent is the basis for any grasping of knowledge. I learnt so much from our Dramatic Society but I have also learnt so much from Nigerian notable directors who have directed my acting in their films. I have learnt quite a lot and continue to learn. I can’t say I got all from the drama group but the rudiments were the basic foundation.

I come from Umueshigwe, Orlu, in Imo State, but I grew up in Enugu where I had my Primary and Secondary school education and went ahead to study Fine and Applied Arts at the Institute of Management and Technology also in Enugu.
I completed my Youth service in 2006.

The most challenging movie for me was Under Fire. I played a typical village girl who couldn’t speak English. My director helped me a lot. Tchidi Chikere did plenty to help me realise this and people are commending me for that role till date.

Sexual Harassment
I have never encountered this. I go all out to do what I am expected to do. I do not mix pleasure with business. So I am serious minded. I won’t talk about that because I have never come across that. However, I have heard that it exists especially from the new actors.

Lesbianism /Homosexuality
I have heard about it but I have never been approached for such. I believe that no one could even come around me to propose that. I was a day student in secondary school so the idea of inculcating lesbianism into me did not arise. I am yet to see the lesbian who would woo me when there are several handsome men out on the streets.

I have a working relationship with them. It is only a working relationship I said. If you want me in your movie, you invite me, we negotiate and then I work. After that, we move on. We have a strictly business relationship.

Love life
I was once married and I have a baby girl. The marriage crashed. The marriage did not work out. The marriage was consummated in 2002. For me, it is past tense and I won’t talk much about it. We were incompatible and it didn’t work.

Kind of man
I love a God-fearing, determined and hard working man. He must be respectful and humble. Men who are full of themselves bore me stiff. I detest being around them. He could be good looking as people say, but I don’t mind that. I find it hard to discuss about men in the good looking adjective because it does not follow. He must just be a man, and this doesn’t mean being a monster.

Wrong choice
I won’t say I made a wrong choice of a husband. May be I was naive when the affair was contracted. May be it was a wrong choice. I won’t call it a mistake but I call it experience which I have learnt from. The marriage, lasted for only three months you won’t believe it. I had concieved the baby in my womb before we fell apart, three months later so I had the baby and have taken care of her all by myself since she was born. When I am working, she stays with my sister and as soon as I am back from location, I take her. She lives with me and I love her so much. In fact, she is my jewel.

Single mum
It is not easy but I cope. My baby is my jewel and I am very happy I have her. It’s a blessing and not a stress as people want to say. Her name is Munachimsoaga.

Marry again?
Yes, if the time is right and the guy is right. Why not? I am young and can’t live my entire life alone without a man. But the time and the guy have to be right. I can’t afford to make the mistake I made earlier so I am watchful and very careful the way I fall this time around.

I love to spend time with my daughter and listen to music. I love music.

I do not regret any thing, I just move on. Just see everything as experience and it goes on and on. You must be strong in whatever you do.

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Chinasa - U.S.A | 5/30/2007 9:02:58 AM
Thank you baby girl for all the fun you provide in Nollywood. Your movies are interesting and informative. As for the marriage thing, we all know what Nigerian marriage is all about so no big deal. Glad you have moved on. Take care of your daughter and remain favoured in the Lord.
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Dee Dee (London) | 5/30/2007 12:32:12 PM
You are such a nice girl. Chiege, you also act well and down to earth. Keep it up gal and take good care of your baby girl. Stay focused.
Like your movies!!
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Bakas Nnanna | 5/30/2007 2:33:13 PM
Hello Chiege,

I sincerely wish to let you know that your Miracle is on the way and you have nothing to worry about. Meanwhile, the right husband will come for you when the time is due. You need not to worry. Good luck.


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Annimah-Assare: Ghana | 5/31/2007 6:51:24 PM
Chiege, nowhere kuul, just brace urself up okay!

As for men, gud n handsome ones abound in Ghana- if no Nigeria man wantst tu marri u, run here for ur dream man.

Don't waste ur prime age there where no one appreciates ur beauty n elegance!
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ifeanyi from ananmbra state | 6/1/2007 2:29:53 PM
hi pls how can i get ur num or email ok
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santos | 6/3/2007 12:19:20 PM
You act some good movies, but I am sometimes offended by your "thick" igbotic phonetics---NA BY FORCE????. English no sweet for ya mouth at all. Please speak Ibo in all your movies and we can deal with the translations later. You are only better than that other igbo gal ---NKIRU SYLVANUS---nkiru sylvanus---A.K.A --sexy eyes--- is the worst of them all. Please try and improve yourself. Another thing--- why do you always wear "jump up" trousers??? Are you trying to avoid a "Flood" from the river Niger??? Abi you be MICHAEL JACKSON wen wan show us im white socks???
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Gloria D. | 3/11/2010 3:44:49 PM | Apapa-Lagos
Santos you are such a barrier. Na jealousy dey worry you. Chiege is everything good. Chiege Girl, keep it up.

Gloria D.
Gloria D. | 3/11/2010 3:47:44 PM | Apapa-Lagos
Miserable Santos,

People like you know even fit spell their name. You cant stop Chiege's success. The Lord is on the Throne, she wil keep going higher IN JESUS NAME
Adunbarin | 6/3/2007 10:14:07 PM
Santos, is there anything about the lady that you like? is it a crime, a sin even, if one speaks English with his/her accent? How far can we go in erasing our accent to satisfy people like you and the Queen of England? These are Nigerians using English language to act, let us remember that and play down this childish criticism
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msnigeria | 6/4/2007 9:09:30 AM
Santos is just a s****d "hater". Why don't u get a life instead of trying to make people change the way they are. Just be real, don't fake ur accent or ur lifestyle.
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jolly boy | 6/4/2007 10:27:10 AM
I agree, her accent is fake and gets on my nerves sometimes. Nobody said you should speak English like "Queen Eliza" but must you use fake "phoneeee"? Why can she speak naturally like others--- Omotola or Stella or Genevieve? She is fake please! USE NATURAL ACCENT not igbo, yoruba or hausa---it sounds very local! I agree santos!
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Gloria D. | 3/11/2010 3:51:52 PM | Apapa-Lagos
Jolly abi wetin you call ursef, u b authentic FAKE itself. Pple like you cant even remember where dey are from. Did u even go to a secondary skul
liongate | 6/5/2007 2:09:35 PM
Shut up adunbarin, you are becoming a nuisance here with all your fake names! You are a pest to others here and you have been reported to the administration. Don't be surprised if you cannot use your sign in name anymore! Stop insulting others here you f**l!
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Adunbarin | 6/6/2007 8:29:16 PM
First let me start with jolly boy: What is natural accent? You people with half baked education bore me to no end. You are so ignorant it is a sin for you to come online and pass judgment on others. Judging from some of the stuff I read here, I have the mind to put the ages of some of you guys at 7 on a good day, otherwise some of you function on the level of a 5 yr old. Read this one talking about natural accent. What the heck is that? The actors must now change their native tongue because jollyboy hates his own tongue.

Liongate: What are my fake names? Please list them so I, too, may be aware of them. Meanwhile, I am awaiting the action of your administration. If I leave this site, and looking at the caliber of souls here, that wont be a bad idea, you guys would be the loser for it. Before i happened on this site, you people have been misled by the likes of Chinasa with her mindless tirade on topics she knows little about and freely offering opinions on subjects that are way over her head, so I can understand your irrational outburst in defending your leader. You certainly don't know better. Now go and hide under Chinasa wrapper before I get my "koboko"
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Frolicking! | 6/7/2007 9:39:02 PM
Sorry Adunbarin, natural accent means without twisting your neck and tongue to sound fake! Yes you are allowed to speak with an accent-- any natural Nigerian one not fake U.K or Americano accent when you have not crossed River Niger or seen Murtala Mohammed ariport. Which part of it do you not understand? Mr. know it all! This actress sometimes speaks with a dry, fake wannabee English, unless you have not watched her!

Let me give you examples of actors and astresses that speak naturally with nigerian accent. Genevieve, Omotola, Stella, Chioma, Ini, Rita, Ramsey, Desmond, Chidi, Segun Arinze, Kanayo, Pete Edochie, and many more. This Chiege Alisigwe speaks naturally most the time. But when she is bad, she is terrible trying to fake it! Full final stop! She is sometimes fake! Deal with it, most people here can't be wrong, but you-oga rotimi williams! Abi na Gani Fawehimi you be? Oga lawyer!
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Simmi, Ebonyi | 6/8/2007 8:22:10 AM
The girl is fake.
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Gloria D. | 3/11/2010 3:57:57 PM | Apapa-Lagos.
Simmi or wat did u call ursef, you ar an authentic FAKE itsef. Ur name is even FAKE. stop castigating pple.
Adunbarin | 6/9/2007 7:21:54 PM
Thanks, Frolicking, for taking the time to lecture me on this important issue. I still disagree with your definition of natural accent though but thanks anyway. I wont even bother with your side remarks, they are on the low side.
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cythia | 8/15/2007 5:02:03 AM
she is fake so what english is not her language she can decide to speak it anyhow she wants queen elizabeth doesnt have problem with that r you perfect? sha
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kc precious | 9/20/2011 3:02:38 PM
pls i will like u to call me with dis number 07036483693
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uche | 3/25/2012 3:06:29 AM
Santos look at u embarrassing my pretty Chiege. My dear don't mind watever they say ok ,don't change continue ur act ok they are just jobless f**ls ok. Abt ur marriage just b carful incase of any step u wnt 2 make ok MEn don't worth gud tin. As of ur child takekia of ur girl nd continue with ur life. D Gud Lord will always b with u
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lovet chris | 3/29/2012 9:56:48 AM
i like ur statement, ur word are courageous
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DADDY IYKE | 4/15/2012 12:30:59 AM
helo chiege,continue wit ur good job n before u go back again pray harder, so dat God wil provid ur man 4 u, a man who is GOD FEARIN, so b couragous n make sure u dat care of d baby bcos am gona marry her(0703080901 dat my number)
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CAJO | 6/24/2012 5:26:08 AM
Chiege, if you want to have GOD fearing man u must be GOD fearing,
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ANYANWU AGAH AGGREY | 11/27/2012 7:20:52 PM |
{Alisigwe.c.}u r a gr8 n talented actress.a pretty,gorgeous n enchanting creatured indeed.i neva waited 2 watch any movie u featured.pls take good care of ur baby girl{jewel} 4 d sky remains ur limit.i love u.
i fill like stayin wt u all true, pls can u send ur number to me? So dt i can be hairin ur voice.
onyii | 1/9/2013 1:28:26 PM
pls send ur no to me.
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Nelly | 3/21/2013 5:36:44 AM
Pls chiege dnt listen to all dis trash dey r saying here just take gud care of ur baby and remain focus
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AKO | 5/21/2013 1:14:07 PM
Look is better you go back to your husband before another girl will grub here
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Al uv gt
Ashley | 7/2/2013 3:13:14 PM |
Nobody cn force herself in a marriage dat does nt work al i cn tel u for now is to bring up ur daughter ad always remember a child neds a mum more bt also neds a father i knw u dnt wish to hv a fatherles child dnt u? Jxt dink about ur child ad also ur own hapines ad i do luv u
ok | 5/23/2013 12:57:17 PM
ok good
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Enugu state
Ifunanya chukwuani | 7/28/2013 1:26:27 PM
Pls chiege go back to ur husband make peace with hem so dat ur child. will not fatherless ok.
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My lovely sis.
Chinaza | 9/25/2013 4:25:03 PM
Pls sister,iam ur sister 4rm umuoshie mgbee in orlu local goverment.pls i want to b an actres lyk u bt no help.pls help ur sister.08131370167
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Am Interresting in getin u, as mi life partner.
Uzor | 6/27/2014 4:25:05 PM
Dis is mi no:08066125230, GOD FEARING
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John Kennedy | 7/23/2014 6:36:22 PM
Pls sister, Beware of YEYEMEN. keep moving on, GOD is on your side.
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Henry | 8/12/2014 11:01:53 AM
I've read the comments of fans and distracters, all it shows is that Chiege is getting the attention she deserves afterall she is an actress. My family and I have always looked foward to seeing Chiege on screen and when we don't we get curious hence my entrance to this site. As for you Chiege you have brought smiles and laughter to many of your fans with your GRACE and ELEGANCE. You are such a beauty that any right thinking man will be happy to ardon his house With. If the man you fell for is not worth it then move on with your life and take care of your baby girl. You are blessed.
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smart angel | 8/25/2014 8:39:05 PM
my dear no condition is pamarnent i believe u know what u want just be your self and your dream man will come calling for u
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love for chieze from new-york
lily | 9/19/2014 2:58:00 PM
I just finished watching your movie 'when the going is tough' to me you are the best in nollywood. we miss you. when are we going to see you again on the big screen. the movies are not what they uses to be. come back.
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love for chieze from new-york
lily | 9/19/2014 2:58:27 PM
I just finished watching your movie 'when the going is tough' to me you are the best in nollywood. we miss you. when are we going to see you again on the big screen. the movies are not what they uses to be. come back.
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