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IN THIS INTERVIEW, OGEFASH PHOTO BLOG HOOKS UP WITH WORLD-FAMOUS IMPECCABLE ACTOR- CHUCKS CHYKE. HE SHARES WITH US HOW HE CAME ABOUT THE NAME CHUCKS CHYKE, STABBERS IN THE MOVIE INDUSTRY, THE HASSLES CAST AND CREW GO THROUGH, WHY HE DUMPED WHITE-COLLAR JOBS, HIS CURRENT RELATIONSHIP STATUS AND MORE… “LADIES STICK AROUND TO KNOW IF CHUCKS CHYKE IS STILL AVAILABLE FOR YOU!”

World-famousWorld-famous Chucks Chyke is a Nollywood actor that has overtime proven from his countless flawless performances in movies that he is the “King of the Kings of Nollywood.” Fantastic doesn’t even fit the description I have for him right now; he is way past fantastic; he is fan-freaking-tastic and fantastically impeccable. Chucks Chyke has a distinct form of interpreting roles; you would certainly agree with me if you have seen some of his movies like Protege, Tinsel series, As crazy as it gets, Let Karma, Nothing but the truth, Broken, Living in Bondage, My Lady, Hush, Passion of my Woman, The Itch, The colour of Rage, The Confessor, Stroke of Luck, O-Town, Smoke screeen, Silver spoon, and many more. Chucks is currently the most sought after actor in the country. He is equally a filmmaker and also mentors people. He has an online training school where young actors receive basic acting skills that prepare them for a wonderful position in the film world. Follow Chucks Chyke on Instagram @realchuckschyke to find out more. Ogefash photo blog presents to you, the interview with Chucks Chyke where he tells Ogefash why he left the white-collar job, why he can never opt for another career, his plan to feature in a fast~paced/action movie like fast and furious, companies he would like to represent, the hassles cast and crew go through before releasing a movie, best movie location and how greatly covid19 affected the industry, view excerpts…

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OGEFASH: I recently watched your movies back to back, and it didn’t take me time to realize how exceptional you are when interpreting the role given to you. I really love your movies. Thanks for granting Ogefash Photo Blog this interview. Today- July 3rd is actually your birthday, we love to say happy birthday to you from all of us @Ogefash Photo Blog

CHUCKS CHYKE: Thank you very much! Love and appreciate you so much!

Chucks Chyke: I owe my success to my parents. We had the luxury they could afford at our fingertips. I really owe my success to them.  

OGEFASH: THANK YOU SO MUCH! SO, FOR THE BENEFIT OF THOSE THAT ARE JUST MEETING YOU, CAN YOU SHARE YOUR PROFILE?

CHUCKS CHYKE: My name is CHUCKS CHYKE coined from Okoroafor Chukwuemeka Chibuikem. I am from Okoko Item, in Abia State. I am a Christian, and also from a very loving Christian family of six (6). I studied Economics at the University of Calabar, Cross River State. As a kid, I did not talk much because I grew up in a reserved environment. I have a lovely family; love was shared amongst all equally. The ultimate priority in our family is to love God and be successful in whatever you do; work right and be the best. I grew up in a family where discipline and respect for humanity was the keyword. I grew up with the best parents ever that gave us all that life demanded in a very controlled measure. My parents did everything possible to make sure we were well taking care of socially and educationally. We had the luxury they could afford at our fingertips. I really owe my success to them.  

OGEFASH: HOW COME YOU DID NOT STUDY THEATRE ART OR ANY RELATED COURSE AT THE UNIVERSITY?

CHUCKS CHYKE: Interestingly, I already studied film before my university days. I decided to study Economics at the university to balance showbiz. But studying Economics as a degree didn’t stop me from going to the theatre arts department to flaw some of the students there. I learned more and also participated in their departmental rehearsals.

Chucks Chyke: Chucks Chyke is a name given to me by my parents. Dad calls me Chucks while mum calls me Chyke.

OGEFASH:  HOW DID YOU COME ABOUT THE NAME CHUCKS CHYKE? 

CHUCKS CHYKE: It is a name given to me by my parents. My dad named me Chukwuemeka so he calls me Chucks while my mum named me Chibuikem, so she calls me Chyke. I  answered to these names since teen days.

 

Chucks Chyke: I have always dreamed of having the opportunity of acting in Hollywood movie

OGEFASH:  HAVE YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO ACT?  

CHUCKS CHYKE: I have always wanted to be a filmmaker and an actor. My first act happened when I was in primary six, and it was supported by applauds. I have always wanted to pass a message to people without talking too much. So, when I was a kid, I tried training myself in every possible way. I watched a lot of cartoons, mimicked their acts, and memorized their lines; dreaming that one day, I will have the opportunity of acting a Hollywood movie. This led me to write my first movie script in my primary school days, which I wrote as a story with dialogues, because, in those days I read a lot of novels and storybooks.

OGEFASH: HOW DID YOU HONE YOUR ACTING SKILLS?  DID YOU GO TO ANY ACTING SCHOOL?

CHUCKS CHYKE: I went to an acting school. I enrolled in Bestway Film Institute in the year 2000 to learn acting, filmmaking, and the entertainment business. I paid attention to every detail in class. When I play any character; I consider the techniques and rudiments of acting.

Chucks Chyke: I always act inside the bathroom when having my bath. My family would always knock on the door when I am having my bath. In the year 1999, I decided to choose acting and filmmaking as a career. So I stated the journey into acting/filmmaking in the year 2000. Although at some point, my parents wanted me to go in for an 8am to 5pm job. I did but…

OGEFASH:  AT WHAT STAGE DID YOU DISCOVER YOUR TALENT IN ACTING, AND THEN CONCLUDE THAT YOU WANTED TO TAKE IT AS A PROFESSION?

CHUCKS CHYKE: As early as my primary school days. I always tried to express myself through drama in those days. I remember my teen days when my family always knocked on the bathroom door anytime I was having my bath. This is because when I am in the bathroom, I will always act, talk to myself, and play with imaginary characters on a script that I developed in my head. In exactly the year 1999, I decided I was going to make acting and film making a career. That was when I made a move to register and get trained as an actor/filmmaker.

OGEFASH: HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN ACTING AND DID YOUR PARENTS OPPOSE YOUR CAREER PATH?

CHUCKS CHYKE: I have been acting professionally since the year 2000. My parents were of great support, as long as I maintained good behavior and good grades in school. They supported me in the little they could as they did not give me what they felt could be of distractions to me. Though at a later stage, they tried to convince me to go in for an 8am to 5pm job which I did, but didn’t find fulfillment in them.

 

Chucks Chyke: To be a good actor, you must first understand and believe that talent is nothing unless harnessed…To succeed as an actor, you must…

OGEFASH: YOU ARE A FANTASTIC ROLE INTERPRETER; REALLY, WHAT COMES TO MIND FIRST WHEN YOU ARE GIVEN A SCRIPT AND A ROLE TO PLAY?

CHUCKS CHYKE: I always ask myself “who, what, why, where, when, and how” is this character am about to play. These help me in the mannerisms and characterizations of the character. I also consider my audience; who am talking to, how best I can capture their attention, and in turn affect their lives positively. When I can see my audience; then I decide the best approach to the character. For me, it’s a life and should be delivered at maximum expectations.

OGEFASH: WHAT MAKES ONE A GOOD ACTOR?

CHUCKS CHYKE: To be a good actor, one must first understand and believe that talent is nothing unless harnessed. For you to succeed as an actor, you must be trained to know what you are about to engage yourself in; so that you can do it right.

OGEFASH: I HAVE SEEN YOU ON THREE DIFFERENT HAIRSTYLES; AFRO, LOW CUT AND PLAITED HAIR. WHICH IS YOUR MOST PREFERRED STYLE? OR ARE THE HAIRSTYLES BASED ON THE ROLE YOU ARE PLAYING IN MOVIES?

CHUCKS CHYKE: My preferred hairstyle is bald. All my hairstyles in movies are orchestrated by the character I am playing.

 

Chucks Chyke: When given a script and a character to play; I find the personality of the character and bury myself in it.

OGEFASH:  AFTER I WATCHED THE MOVIE “AS CRAZY AS IT GETS,” I SAW CHUCKS CHYKE AS A “SOFT” PERSON, BUT WHEN I WATCHED “LET KARMA,” I SAW THE “TOUGH” SIDE OF CHUCKS; I WAS REALLY THRILLED. SO WHAT’S YOUR TRAIT? ARE YOU THE GENTLE KIND OF PERSON OR VERY TOUGH GUY? DOES YOUR PERSONALITY REFLECT IN YOUR MOVIE?

CHUCKS CHYKE: I try not to find myself in the characters I play because the character in the script is not me while the script is a graveyard with a pool of characters. My job is to find the character and become it through any means possible. I am one of the actors that believe that an actor should go any length to find all the personalities of the character he or she is to play. So what I do is find the personality of the character and bury myself in it. I believe every character has a personality and I am sure those personalities are not me. Every character I have played was born out of deep research, and my consideration of how best to satisfy my audience with respect to the realism of the character. 

Chucks Chyke: People think acting is an easy go easy come job; it is one hell of…

 

 

Chucks Chyke: There are characters that once you play, your life would never remain thesame..

OGEFASH: HOW DEMANDING IS THE ACTING PROFESSION

CHUCKS CHYKE: 200% demanding! People watch movies and say all sorts of things thinking it’s an easy come easy go job. It is one hell of a job. A billion dollars is not enough to pay someone who can become a thousand persons without flinching; an actor does not just play a character but also observes the business and entertainment of the act. Acting is a job that affects you psychologically, emotionally, physically, socially, and sometimes religiously. There are characters that after playing them, your life will never remain the same. It is more like practicing metaphysics; the combined practice of realism, abstract actions, and emotions.

OGEFASH: WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST BEING AN ACTOR AND HOW PROFITABLE IS THE ACTING PROFESSION?

CHUCKS CHYKE: I love the fact that I have the opportunity to give guidance to people’s lives. I believe we are all messengers on earth and this is one of my major ways of fulfilling my life duty from God. The acting profession is very profitable and reliable. I will say I love being an actor and it’s a job I will do again and again.

Chucks Chyke: Passionate actors never quit because it is a…

OGEFASH: WHAT CAN MAKE SOMEONE GIVE UP ACTING AND OPT FOR ANOTHER CAREER?

CHUCKS CHYKE: An actor can opt-out anytime the actor feels “acting” is not bringing to the table the required self desires. A lot of actors have left the acting profession to do something else, but passionate actors never quit because it’s a job with no retirement age.

OGEFASH: WOULD YOU SAY YOU HAVE GOTTEN TO THE PEAK OF YOUR CAREER AND WHAT MAKES ONE A FULFILLED ACTOR?

CHUCKS CHYKE: No! I will say I am about to start. There are very big dreams and aspirations that I am yet to fulfill in the movie industry. It’s never over until it’s all over. I have an audience all around the world that I am yet to satisfy.

Chucks Chyke: Coronavirus has affected us greatly because…

OGEFASH:  HOW GREATLY IS THE INDUSTRY AFFECTED SINCE THE OUTBREAK OF CORONAVIRUS

CHUCKS CHYKE: I will say it has affected us greatly because we have not been able to film. Our job is one that requires a large gathering of people from different works, in which most times, we do not know the personal health conditions of the people we are working with. Everyone now needs to be very careful especially for a transferable virus-like coronavirus. So producers have been advised to keep calm and wait for a cure so as not to endanger the lives of the individuals working on their movie set. This has caused filmmakers to feed on what they have saved up, awaiting a release on the lockdown.

OGEFASH:  WHAT IS YOUR MOST RECENT WORK?

CHUCKS CHYKE: My most recent work is titled SANITATION DAY, directed by Seyi Babatunde and produced by Filmore cinemas.

Chucks Chyke: I need to act a full action movie with stunts

OGEFASH: WHAT MOVIE WOULD YOU SAY BROUGHT YOU INTO LIMELIGHT

CHUCKS CHYKE: The movie PROTÉGÉ and TINSEL series by Mnet.

OGEFASH: WHAT ROLE WOULD YOU WANT TO SEE YOURSELF PLAY THAT YOU HAVE NOT PLAYED?

CHUCKS CHYKE: A full action movie with stunts. I have done action scenes but I need like a fast and furious, skyscraper kind of movie role.

OGEFASH: IF YOU WERE TO BE AN AMBASSADOR FOR THREE COMPANIES IN NIGERIA, WHICH WOULD YOU OPT FOR

CHUCKS CHYKE: Any reputable African company.

OGEFASH: WOULD YOU SAY NOLLYWOOD ACTORS ARE WIDELY RECOGNISED IN OTHER COUNTRIES?

CHUCKS CHYKE: Very much! I have witnessed politicians confess that they were recognized in some countries because the citizens of the said countries love to watch Nollywood movies and these movies are acted by Nigerian/Nollywood actors. The citizens of the said countries even dream of seeing Nollywood actors.

 

Chucks Chyke: Actors work tirelessly day and night with sleepless nights most times to achieve the end goal.

OGEFASH: HOW WOULD YOU RATE NOLLYWOOD’S LIFESTYLE COMPARED TO ACTORS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES?

CHUCKS CHYKE: Well, comparing Hollywood A-list actors and Nollywood A-list; the earning difference is quite wide apart, and this plays a major role in lifestyle. But, we are coming up fast. For now, we have filmmakers that do only movies and they are living large. Rome wasn’t built in a day. Hollywood has been there for more than 100 years but Nollywood is barely five (5) decades old, I will say we are not doing badly in lifestyle.

OGEFASH: NOT MANY KNOW THE HASSLES THAT CAST AND CREW GO THROUGH BEFORE A MOVIE IS RELEASED; CAN YOU BRIEFLY TALK ABOUT WHAT GOES ON DURING A MOVIE SHOOT/MOVIE SET?

CHUCKS CHYKE: A lot of work! It comes in phases

  1. Pre Production: This is the moment the vision is born; from story to scripting to hiring of crew and cast, to securing every logistics required.
  2. Production: This is the moment we roll the camera from start to finish. That moment all hands must be on deck without resting.
  3. Post Production: This is the moment the producers and directors sit with the production editors and cut out; and also do finishing on pictures and sound.
  4. Distribution: This is the moment of truth. When the audience will judge the movie.

Now, for all these to happen successfully, cast and crew will have to work tirelessly day and night with sleepless nights most times to achieve the end goal.

OGEFASH: SINCE YOU STARTED ACTING, WHAT STATE WOULD YOU SAY IS THE BEST SO FAR FOR SHOOTING MOVIES  AND WHY?

CHUCKS CHYKE: Abuja and Lagos because of their serenity and level of professionalism in those environments.

OGEFASH: HOW DO YOU DETERMINE TRUE FRIENDS AND STABBERS IN THE INDUSTRY SINCE IT IS BECOMING SO COMPETITIVE?

CHUCKS CHYKE: For me, I try not to recognize both but rather see people I work with, and try to maintain a working relationship only.

OGEFASH: HOW DEMANDING IS IT WORKING WITH OTHER ACTORS

CHUCKS CHYKE: Well, first of all, I try to research the actor’s strength; because working with rookies demands a lot more work. I try to put professionalism first; patience and tolerance are the major tools I employ whenever I am working on a film set.

Chucks Chyke: My involvement with Anette Dike story that is making round the news…

OGEFASH: THERE IS THIS STORY MAKING ROUND THE INTERNET ABOUT YOUR INVOLVEMENT WITH A LADY- ANETTE DIKE AND YOU ABSTAINING FROM YOUR CHILD; WOULD YOU LIKE TO CLEAR THE AIR ON THAT ONCE AND FOR ALL?

CHUCKS CHYKE: No comment on that…

OGEFASH: ASIDE THE ANETTE STORY, BUT YOU HAVE MANAGED TO STAY AWAY FROM CONTROVERSY, HOW HAVE YOU BEEN ABLE TO ACHIEVE THAT?

CHUCKS CHYKE: I try to carefully mind my business in everything I do; not all the people you know mean well for you. I try not to bite off more than I can chew; not all that glitters is gold.

OGEFASH: SINGLE LADIES ARE ALWAYS CURIOUS ABOUT THE MARITAL STATUS OF MEN? SO ARE YOU MATCHED OR UN-MATCHED?

CHUCKS CHYKE: No comment on that

Chucks Chyke: A fan actually met me in a mall and pointed out that the shirt I was wearing was what I wore in a movie she saw me in. I felt…

 

OGEFASH: WHAT IS THE CRAZIEST THING A FAN HAS EVER DONE TO YOU?

CHUCKS CHYKE: Lol! A fan actually met me in a mall and pointed out that the shirt I was wearing was what I wore in a movie she saw me in. I really felt embarrassed. Also, I met a fan that felt the action I played in a particular movie in which the character died was real; so the fan started crying at the sight of me alive.

OGEFASH: WHAT’S THAT ONE THING THAT PEOPLE DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU

CHUCKS CHYKE: People do not really know that I am really a private person. I grew up as a private person that loves to have fun. A lot of people think am very wild and crazy. Yes, I can be funny and love to help humanity, but I am a very reserved, disciplined, and homely person.

Chucks Chyke: If I wasn’t an actor,  I would have been a salesman because…

OGEFASH CHUCKS CHYKE
CAN’T JOKE WITH THIS FOOD/DRINK Funny enough, I am not a favorite food and drink kind of person. Although I love my smooth whiskey, which I take not often, for food;  non.

 

HOBBIES I love to see movies, play badminton and volleyball.

 

IF YOU WERE NOT AN ACTOR If I wasn’t an actor I would have been a content developer which is what I also do. Also, I would have been a salesman because I can sell anything unsalable.

 

FAVORITE PLACE

 

My room
FAVORITE  GAME

 

Badminton and Volleyball
FAVORITE  SONG

 

Gospel and classics. Sometimes hip-hop songs…

 

CURRENTLY LISTENING TO? Drake collections
CURRENTLY WATCHING?

 

I just saw the Asian movie “Parasite” because I heard of its global accolade achievements. I was inquisitive about “why”; now, I can testify that it is worth the recognition.

 

ITEM IN YOUR HOUSE YOU  CAN’T JOKE WITH OR SHARE WITH PEOPLE My rocking chair because it is a spot of easing off after a long day work

 

BEST FRIENDS IN THE INDUSTRY?

 

Paul Vicks Asogwa

 

IF YOU WERE TO MARRY A COLLEAGUE?

 

Rihanna

Chucks Chyke: Give yourself another chance; you can’t take that chance unless you…

OGEFASH: WHAT IS YOUR NORMAL DAY LIKE? 

CHUCKS CHYKE: Well I am an early riser and immediately I rise, it’s activity all the way on my businesses of the day. I am not much of a foodie but I eat heavy whenever I am ready to feed. I also take lots of fruits and vegetables. I sit out some evenings to relax with family and friends, and also to discuss business sometimes. I am not an early-to-bed kind of person; I usually see movies at night.

OGEFASH: ADVICE TO SUICIDE ATTEMPTERS

CHUCKS CHYKE: My advice is no matter what the matter is, you can give yourself another chance. You can’t take that chance unless you stay alive. Your limitations are unreal. It means no challenge is worth your life.

OGEFASH: ADVICE TO EXISTING AND UPCOMING ACTORS

CHUCKS CHYKE: Always believe in yourself and your ability to deliver your character. Research, get trained, and do not build on chance.

 OGEFASH: ACTIONS AGAINST RAPISTS

CHUCKS CHYKE: Rape is a criminal act that should not be treated likely no matter who commits it.

Chucks Chyke: Nollywood will someday rule the world

 OGEFASH: SEXUAL HARRASSMENT IN THE INDUSTRY

CHUCKS CHYKE: Know your craft and stand for what you believe in. Don’t let desperation rule you. Build on the foundation of patience.

OGEFASH: WHAT’S YOUR DESIRE FOR NOLLYWOOD

CHUCKS CHYKE: That we will someday rule the world.

OGEFASH: WHAT’S THE ONE QUESTION YOU WISHED INTERVIEWERS WOULD HAVE ASKED YOU BUT NEVER ASKED? WHAT WOULD BE THE REPLY TO THE QUESTION?

CHUCKS CHYKE: Who is CHUCKS CHYKE? I am an actor that has always seen myself as a messenger. I was born to deliver messages, and then affect lives positively for the good of mankind.

OGEFASH: IF YOU WERE THE PRESIDENT OF NIGERIA, WHAT WOULD YOU DO DIFFERENTLY

CHUCKS CHYKE: I will educate Nigerians on maintenance, and ensure that Nigeria becomes a producing country by all possible means

 

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Born in the 80’s, Ogefash picked up writing early in her secondary school days at International School, University of Lagos (Unilag). She took it professionally after her university days at the University of Lagos where she graduated from the Department of Mass Communication. She is a writer of several short stories some of which have been published in the magazines. Some of her popular stories are: A Night to Remember, The Special Gift, Haunted, Preparing Ahead of Time amongst others. Her novel "Looming Danger" published in December 2015, was highly recommended by people. She has worked with several media outlets some of which are Spur Magazine and Upcoming Magazine. She is an educationist. With her love for children, she took up the task of supervising and taking care of children at the After School Department of Heritage School before her resignation. Her unique strory telling and song teaching skills endeared her more to the kids she worked with. Ogefash is a goal getter, a pace setter and always strives for excellence. She likes to impact and solve problems in a creative way regardless how challenging they may be. She has in-depth knowledge in reporting, editing, social media and other media related works. She is a seasoned writer and very passionate about her work. Interestingly, her blog is the first in Nigeria to start reviewing Nigerian and foreign movies and also write the movies' plots scene by scene. Ogefash blog is also the first to translate songs, interprete and give a full detailed analysis about music and artistes in Nigeria, Africa and America before other blogs started emulating her style. While other blogs provided just music lyrics alone, we took it higher by not only providing lyrics, but translating, interpreting and analyzing as well. It is also the first blog to give detailed analysis of adverts. Interestingly, Ogefash blog also known as Ogefash Photo Blog is the first blog all over the world to blog with lots of interesting pictures to support all articles. Ogefash says "I don't keep male friends because they always say "sex" is part of friendship. I don't keep female friends because they are always bitchy. I only keep people I can call more than a friend!" Ogefash has an affinity for TV reality shows. In 2018, she represented Nigeria in the PanAfrican TV reality game show "The Maltavator Challenge" powered by Nigeria's number one malt drink packed full of energy giving vitamins B1, B2, B3 and B6;Malta Guinness. The show brought together four African countries Nigeria, Ghana, Ethiopia and Coted'ivoire who competed for the grand prize of 20,000 dollars. Undaunted by any task in her field, Ogefash is highly energetic and creative. She is a rare gem and a gift to this generation.

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