JUST IN: Veteran Nollywood Actor Chinedu Ikedieze, Shares Past Experience on Childhood Challenges

Nollywood star Chinedu Ikedieze, commonly referred to as Aki, has recently opened up about the challenges he encountered in his early life due to being diagnosed with stunted growth.

During a conversation with renowned media figure Chude Jideonwo, the actor candidly discussed the emotional distress he went through due to his condition, revealing insights into his path towards self-approval. Reflecting on a significant childhood memory, Ikedieze recounted, “A crucial event occurred when I was nine years and six months old….CONTINUE READING

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As reported by the Daily Post on Friday, August 18, 2023, I recall the doctor telling my mother, ‘Madam, what he has is stunted growth.’ That’s when I began hearing the terms ‘stunted’ and ‘retarded growth.’”

He conveyed how these phrases profoundly affected his self-confidence, triggering a series of difficulties he encountered both at school and in his private life.
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The actor’s interview illuminated the emotional burden that his condition placed upon him, as he admitted to wrestling with emotions of anguish and despair.

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“I shed tears on multiple occasions due to being bullied both at school and even within my home, all because I wasn’t growing at a normal rate.

Things became quite difficult, and there were instances where I contemplated putting an end to it all. Thankfully, I wasn’t raised in Lagos; otherwise, the Third Mainland Bridge wouldn’t have been too far [laughs],” he shared, underscoring the intensity of his emotional turmoil.

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Nonetheless, amidst these challenges, Ikedieze conveyed his deep appreciation for his mother’s unwavering backing throughout these difficult moments. Her presence and encouragement played a crucial role in assisting him to navigate the obstacles posed by stunted growth….CONTINUE READING

Moreover, Ikedieze offered a heartening glimpse into his bond with fellow actor Osita Iheme, known as Pawpaw. Characterizing their connection as distinct, he noted, “From the moment I met Osita Iheme, also known as Pawpaw, there was an undeniable chemistry between us.”