Nollywood actress, Chika Ike has joined the league of celebrity authors as she recently launched a book titled, “Boss Up,” where she talked about her journey to becoming who she is. According to her, it took seven years to write the book because she got emotional many times.
“I would stop and cry and take some time off and return. Sometimes I would stop for like a month or two or three because I was feeling so much hurt. It was a journey from birth to now,”. She told Tribune in an interview, as she explained the motivation behind the book.
The title is “Boss Up”. It is a book about my journey. I have been through a lot in my life; the highs and lows, the ups and downs. It’s been very emotional for me. I am someone that is very guarded and private. I don’t let my guards down. But in this book, I revealed a lot about myself. I told my story and spoke my truth.
“Boss Up” is a 41 chapter book that mirrors the obstacles we go through in life, convention, money, self-esteem, love, relationships among other things.
Most often we tend to shield ourselves from people, from our personal struggles and situations, but with “Boss Up”, I opened up about lot of things. I delved into different aspects of my life. I gave a guide to conquering fear and living your best life.
There are about five sections in “Boss Up.” I talked about Chikadibia. That is my full name. It means that my God is greater than the soothsayers. My name was given to me because of the events that happened during my birth.
My mother went through a lot. I was rejected at birth by my father. He didn’t want a girl. I lived with this thought all my life. I talked about this rejection and other challenges I faced growing up. I talked about the pressure, the self-esteem issues I had as a child. I always tell people l hate my comfort zone. I push myself constantly. I do things that people do not expect me to do.
So, I talked about the business world. People think I like money. But the truth is I don’t like to fail. I grew up with nothing, so I always push myself to be that person everybody doubted I would become. So, I always want to learn more, I always want to give more. So, I spoke about the tricks and tips of having a successful business.
The thing that I didn’t want to put into the book that made me write it for a long time was the story about my family. I had a struggle. I feel that in Africa, we have this thing within the family that hasn’t been addressed in so many ways.
I wanted to address it in my book so that someone will learn from it and avoid doing those things to their children. That was why I went deep. I didn’t avoid anything. I actually feel naked when I read Boss Up.
I spoke about family and relationship as well. We tend to talk about business, society, but we hardly remember the importance of family to everything. When I was in Harvard Business School, I thought I came to study business but the first two weeks was about personal development and case studies.
I was given a coach. I was made to realise that before you can succeed in business, you must deal with your home front first. Every successful man or woman you see out there in business must have succeeded in their home. With the coach I talked about my family and all the supressed aspects of me. I thought I was very guarded, but Harvard broke me.
They made me sit in front of so many people to talk about my life, something I have never done. I spoke about how I was rejected by my father. My father was a good husband and father to all of us. But I didn’t have a good relationship with my father growing up. I talked about the grace. The grace is God.
A friend of mine told me that in order to succeed you need 40 per cent hard work and 60 per cent grace of God. I call it grace, I call it God, but some people call it favour or luck. It is good to work hard, but you must have a force, which is God.