Charity Eke Fanni, also known as ChaCha Eke is one of Nollywood’s finest actresses who has received praises for her role in showcasing African and Nigerian culture to the world through her roles in epic movies. Best known for playing emotional characters, Chacha has appeared in dozens of Nigerian films with local settings. And aside from being an actress, Chacha is also a model and television personality. However, that is not all there is about the talented and pretty Nollywood actress.
Chacha is Igbo, From Ebonyi State
The prominent and talented Nollywood actress is from Ebonyi State, Nigeria. She was born in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, eastern Nigeria but she spent her childhood and early teenage years in three different cities in Nigeria which are Abakaliki, Asaba, and Enugu. She had her primary education at ESUT Nursery and Primary School in Agbani, Enugu State, and had her secondary education at Our Lord Shepherd International School (OLSIS) in Enugu State. She went to Ebonyi State University for her tertiary education and graduated with a B.sc in Accountancy.
Her Father was a Commissioner of Education
John Ubochi Eke, a professor of Mathematics Education from Pacific West University USA, is the father of Charity Eke, one of Nollywood’s most gifted actresses. Talking about impact, the renowned professor was a major contributor to the decree that re-established the National Primary Education Commission (NPEC) in 1993/1994. To the Institute of Empowerment and strategy (in collaboration with UN), ChaCha’s father served as the chancellor and afterward, was appointed the Commissioner of Education by the governor of Ebonyi State.
With all his achievements in the educational sector, one will think that he will use that to influence all his children to follow the same part. Instead, he understood the importance of supporting his daughter to achieve her dream which turned out well.
What we Know About Chacha Eke Faani’s Mother
Chacha Eke’s mother’s name is not known but from our findings, she is a reputable barrister and like her father, her mother was quite supportive of her choice of career. Chacha’s mother resides in Abakalili, Ebonyi State with her husband. From the pictures the Nigerian actress posts on her Instagram account, she seems to have a very good relationship with her mother.
Who are Her Siblings?
ChaCha Eke as stated earlier is not the only child of her parents. She has a sister named Peace and two brothers whose names are Justice Eke and Ikechukwu Eke (Aik). The four siblings are all carbon copies of their mother as they somewhat don’t show much resemblance to their father. Not much is known about Chacha’s siblings, not until the issues she allegedly had with her husband.
How Chacha Eke Found Her way into Nollywood
Chacha Eke started her acting career in 2009 when she began participating in the Miss Nollywood Talent Hunt show, an acting contest that took place in the city of Abakaliki. She began attending various auditions which favored her as she managed to receive different minor roles as a supporting actress. However, she rose to fame when she starred in the 2012 drama film, The End is Near. The film attracted a huge fan following to her and she became more recognized. She is currently considered to be one of the most gifted and most prominent young actresses in the Nollywood industry. Some of her best films include:
- The End is Near
- Commander in Chief
- Clap of Thunder
- A Day Like This
- Two Hearts
- Beach 24
- Gift of Pain
- Bridge of Contract
- Secret Assassins
How far has She gone in Show Business?
There are no better ways to describe Chacha Eke’s career achievement than through her financial earnings and awards. The actress, in the course of her career, has won for herself a number of enviable awards. Thanks to her acting skills, she couldn’t go unnoticed as she has bagged some awards which include:
Charity has definitely grown big in Nollywood compared to when she started acting. In addition to her awards, the actress has an enviable following on various social media platforms like Instagram and Twitter. This stands as proof of how well she is accepted in the industry. She has leveraged on this massive social media following to further grow her career and that of her husband. Chacha has been seen promoting ChachaEkeFaaniTV, AustinFaani Studios, and also @nextfashiontrend9ja to mention just a few.
Besides her acting career, she has shown interest in fashion and loves wearing trendy African clothes. This prompted her to start her own business called Print Afrique Fashion Ltd which she is the C.E.O. This business also contributes to her wealth of $700,000
Deets of Her Married Life and the Controversies Therein
Just a few months after Chacha and her husband celebrated their 7 years wedding anniversary in 2020, a video from her Instagram account went viral. In the video, she was seen and heard talking about divorcing her husband Austine Okechukwu Faani.
While the video could not buttress the reasons why she chose to end her marriage with the father of her three (now four) children, the actress said although many would think of her as being crazy, she has decided to “move on” with her life. She ended her speech with a promise to give her fans the full details on why she made such a drastic decision.
Chacha and her husband Austin Faani were best of friends before falling in love with each other and agreeing to settle down as a couple. Everything seemed rosy between the couples until the now-deleted video surfaced. However, in June 2020, the actress shared adorable pictures of herself, her husband, and her children. She even shared video clips of her wedding ceremony.
While fans anticipated a second video that would possibly give an answer to why the actress chose to back out from her marriage, many feared she was being abused or that her husband cheated. To clear the air on the rumors another video surfaced with Chacha claiming to be suffering from bipolar disorder. The video also has the actress stating that contrary to the speculations about her being a victim of domestic violence, her husband has neither raised his voice or hands on her and that she was receiving treatment after she was diagnosed to be suffering from bipolar disorder. Putting her fans in yet another suspension, the actress promised to return to share in detail, all her health problems.
Is Chacha Eke Realy Bipolar?
Chacha Eke Faani’s revelation about being bipolar left many in shock. Not only did the news go viral, the video of her being on a sickbed receiving treatment made many wonder how severe her situation could be. Just while the public was about to digest that, another video surfaced, this time it was her brother Aik who reacted to his sister’s video where she claimed to be bipolar. He said that his sister isn’t bipolar and that the whole video was a cover-up. He also called out Chacha’s husband for trying to clear his name at his wife’s expense.
Meanwhile, in another video, the Nollywood actress blasted her brother accusing him of trying to destroy her family. The video also has the actress explaining that her brother and members of her family are barely aware of her health challenges.
Narrating what happened on the day she released the viral video, Chacha said she had not taken her bipolar drugs for 3 days and was rather flushing them down the toilet. When her husband mentioned it to her, she angrily called him out and raced to a bank to withdraw money and then to a call service center to retrieve an old phone line she had destroyed herself. She ended the heated saga over her family by vowing never to leave her husband and children again. Aik on the other hand reacted to her video by promising to stay out of her family business.
Chacha is a Mother of 4
Chacha Eke is among the few stars in the industry who have not allowed their career to interfere in their private lives. Except for the recent crop of controversies between her and her husband, the actress has been able to keep things about her life very private which has helped her grow in her marriage. Chacha had three children – two girls (Kamara and Kaira) and a boy (Chiemerie) – before she got an addition in April 2021.
Currently, the actress and her husband is blessed with three daughters and a son. Her youngest daughter’s name is Diamond Kandilichukwu Faani. Being a proud mother of her children, Chacha often brags about her adorable kids on social media.