Monalisa Chinda is a Nigerian entertainment personality. She was born on 13 September 1974. Monalisa Chinda is born to an Ikwere father and an Igbo mother.
The 41 year old actress hails from Port Harcourt. She is the first in a family of 6.
Monalisa spent her educational days in Port Harcourt. She attended Army Children’s School GRA for her Primary education; and Arch Deacon Crowther Memorial Girls’ (Secondary) School, Elelenwo. Monalisa is a graduate of Theatre Arts, University of Port Harcourt.
Monalisa Chinda had described her call into the acting business as “divine”. Her parents wanted her to be a lawyer and she hadn’t quite made up her mind on what to study at the university. She simply went for it. Monalisa who had been part of school drama performances as a child was privileged to learn under Nigerian renowned playwright, Ola Rotimi.
She had featured in stage productions like Our Husband Has Gone Mad Again by Ola Rotimi and The Fight To Stop Female Circumcision by Amatu Braid.
In all, Monalisa had quite a humble and perhaps a comfortable beginning. As an undergraduate in 1996, Monalisa debuted her first professional appearance in the Nigerian movie, Pregnant Virgin. She also featured in a Nigerian television soap opera, Heaven’s Gate.
After her graduation, Monalisa gave a full time shot to her career as an actress. In no time she became one of Nollywood sweethearts and leading actresses. In the early 2000, Monalisa dominated the movie scene. The reputable actress surprisingly has a down to earth personality amidst her daunting successes.
Monalisa moved from actress, to a movie producer. She has featured in over 50 Nollywood movies including Golden Moon, Wrong Woman, Games Men Play Reloaded and the recent all time success Weekend Get-Away sequels which she served as both actress and Executive producer.
Monalisa Chinda as a behind the scene personality often works in conjunction with Nigeria’s leading production company, Royal Arts Academy. Monalisa’s productions with the company have produced some of the top notch movies that Nollywood can boast of. She also works as a consultant in the academy.
Monalisa Magazine Venture:
Aside the thespian profession, the actress had other media interests. Monalisa has a column (Monalisa Code) in the Saturday edition of The Sun Newspapers.
In 2014, Monalisa launched her own self-titled magazine. The Monalisa Chinda Magazine was short-lived with series of misunderstandings with her editors.
After the resignation of the first editor; another editor identified as Kelvin Keshi also followed. The former editor sued the actress for slander. Monalisa had described him in an interview as a “half-baked journalist” in 2013. Her publicist acknowledged the lawsuit, saying that her lawyers were handling it. They stated that Keshi was only an opportunist trying to take advantage of the “soft-hearted” diva.
The Magazine initiative in subsequent weeks was folded as the diva publicly called it quits with the editorial venture.
However, that would not be the last of her projects. In 2014, Monalisa took her talent to TV production. She launched her TV talk show, You & I with Monalisa, which airs on several Nigerian media channels- AIT, TVC, Channels Television and other DSTV platforms.
According to the stunning star, the idea behind the show is to address social situations, dissect them and proffer solutions using the tool of drama.
You & I with Monalisa is currently in its second season. The show is recording much more success than the folded editorial. The innovative and engaging show has millions of viewers across Nigeria. It has also featured prominent national figures and celebrities.
To a large extent, the Nollywood damsel is a conservative personality. This trait clearly shows in her shows and interviews. Monalisa Chinda is the Nollywood actress with class and a bold personality. She has an effortless dazzling and subtle charm that endears her fans to her.
Monalisa Chinda’s Marriages:
The beautiful actress has equally had her fair share of drama in the industry. In 2009, Monalisa was all over the media for her marriage crisis. Her first marriage to Dejo Richards ended in 2009 over allegations of domestic violence and abuse. Together they had a daughter, Tamar Chinda.
Monalisa has been involved in a couple of high profile relationships. Despite her failed first marriage to Dejo Richards, the actress unequivocally maintains that “marriage is a better option.”
“I tried to make it work but it takes 2 people to tango. That’s the only thing I regret, raising my child without a father. It’s a bit painful. But I have to live with it…”
On February 20th, 2016, Monalisa Chinda wedded her second husband, Victor Tonye Coker, whom she said she has known since she was 14.
Chinda’s Achievements And Awards:
Monalisa landed an over N100 million contract with Nigerian Telecommunication Giant, Glo, to become their brand ambassador. In 2011, she was crowned the “Face of Port Harcourt” during the annual Carnival in Rivers State.
In 2012, she featured on the cover of Hollywood Weekly Magazine. Amongst many others, Monalisa Chinda graced the cover of the Genevieve magazine in May 2016. In her interview, she shared her romantic experiences so far as a star. She had earlier featured in the prominent Nigerian Lifestyle magazine in 2010.
Monalisa Chinda has participated in a number of charity works. She won the 2009 Afro Hollywood Best Actress Award at the Monte Carlo Television Festival. She was nominated for a Best Actress in a drama series at the Terracotta TV and Film Awards in 2010.