Klara ‘Ifedioku’ Jessica Kalu (born: 13 October 1997; Age: 25 years old) is a popular Nigerian social media influencer, model, creative writer, eye doctor (optometrist), business owner, and humanitarian.
Ifedioku may be easily referred to as a “Jack of many trades” but in her case, a master of all. As a writer, she has published stories such as You Bury Me and The Paper. As a model and digital creator, she has recorded high followership on social media and has equally released many works. Here’s everything to know about her family, childhood, education, and career.
25 Years Old Ifedioku Hails From Abia State
Klara Claire Jessica Kalu is currently 25 years old, as she was born on October 13, 1997. She hails from a Christian family and is an indigene of Ebem-Ohafia, Ohafia LGA, Abia State.
The social media sensation lived most of her life in Abia and also attended schools in the same town. She currently lives in the bustling city of Lagos State, Nigeria.
Who are Ifedioku’s Parents and Siblings?
Ifedioku’s parents are Chief Kalu Iche Kalu and Mrs. Ola Kalu, whom she refers to as her best friends. They have been supportive and have allowed Ifedioku to pursue her dreams.
Born on 12 December, her father attended National High School Kumba before going on to study Soil and Water Engineering at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is a chairman of the Agricultural Innovation Platform/WAAPP Nigeria. According to her, he still teaches Sunday school classes on Sundays in his home church.
Her mother, on the other hand, was born on January 31 and supposedly makes dresses under her business called Ola Gold Creations. She went to Ohafia High school and later received her tertiary education at Rivers State College of Education, Port Harcourt.
As regards her siblings, Ifedioku has 2 siblings (a brother and a sister). Karyl Kalu-Osamudiamen is the first child of the close knitted family. She was born on 6 March and schooled at the Micheal Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike, where she studied Human Resource Management. She recently got married to her husband, Kenneth Osamudiamen Evbagharu, in 2022. Karyl is the creative and art director at Karyl Kreations, a fashion design business that makes bridals and bespoke dresses.
Jerry-Kirk Kalu is another sibling of Ifedioku. He is the last born and only male child of the family, born on 16 September. He currently works at Alexi galleries as a marketing agent and runs his own fashion business called Kirk Klaus Dynasty Wears.
She Studied Optometry at Abia State University
Coming from the Eastern part of Nigeria, Klara Kalu, known as Ifedioku, attended both primary and secondary schools in Umuahia, Abia state. The media influencer scaled up to secure a place at the Abia State University (ABSU) to study Optometry.
Her acceptance into the institution came in 2015, shortly after she obtained her secondary school leaving certificate. Although it may seem unbelievable, the multi-brand ambassador and influencer entered school as a shy teenager, barely able to make any friends in her first year.
By her third year of study, she began to pay her school fees and foot her bills. In 2022, Ifedioku graduated as an optometrist from the State institution she attended.
All There is to Know About Her Career and How She Got the Name “Ifedioku”
The name “Ifedioku” is a brand name Klara Kalu got from the university among her inner circle of friends who began addressing her that way. The name is Igbo and means something that is hot. Therefore, her beauty and body shape may have prompted the name.
She later adapted the name to her career as an influencer career although it started out as just a nickname.
She Became a Social Media Influencer and Brand Ambassador While Studying at the University
Her career as a social media influencer began while she was still at the university studying. By 2020, around the Covid-19 lockdown, she started to draw attention that would eventually make her famous.
Steadily, she has been able to grow her fanbase which is now over 440,000 followers on Instagram, while on Twitter, Klara Kalu Ifedioku has more than 90,000 followers since joining the platform in 2011.
On social media, she posts her day-to-day activities and is more popular as a ‘makeup-less influencer’. The medical practitioner has gotten a large followership based on her creative and artistic posts, adverts of businesses, and being goofy.
Klara Kalu’s work as a brand ambassador and social media influencer has garnered the attention of organizations and businesses both in and out of Nigeria. Some of the businesses she has worked with are; Dreads by TMS in Ghana and Karyl Kreations.
She is a Certified Optometrist and a Creative Writer
Klara graduated from ABSU and became a certified optometrist. While it is difficult to get a hold of her growth in her career over the course of time, she may have established a good place for herself through the job.
She has further exposed herself to creative writing, which she started early in life. In 2015, she was a participant in the 10 days Purple Hibiscus Creative Writing Workshop and from then on, has been mentored by the Nigerian novelist and feminist Chimamanda Adichie. Her participation in the writing workshop has afforded her an opportunity to explore her writing prowess and excel at it.
Since then, the certified Optometrist has written stories such as; You Bury Me, The Paper Life, which was published in Kalahari Review. She accords her father of the success related to her writing and studious nature.
She Volunteers for Several Humanitarian Organizations.
The model volunteers with Slum2School Africa – a Non-Profit Organization Management founded in 2012 in Lagos State. The organization aims to provide for and empower children from the slums and those underprivileged. As part of her humanitarian services, she volunteered to paint the Amuzukwu Health Centre in Umuahia North LGA.