For many, 2020 has been a year of ups, downs, and many stories. We know you have a lot to tell us and we have asked that, as one big family, we all share our stories, joy, pain, wins, losses and successes through the year.
2020 was full of ups and down for Victoria Chidiebere, but guess what? She had a major breakthrough.
2020 started with a breakup eleven days into the new year. Truth be told, that breakup nearly broke me. It was my first relationship so I guess that was the reason I felt that way.
The lockdown started 24 days after I finished my NYSC. I was so sad. I had no job, and had to stay home broke. Twitter and an endless supply of novels kept me busy. I felt useless, lying around doing nothing, and had to console myself with the fact that everyone was home and businesses were on lockdown. The job applications I sent out came back as regret letters; companies weren’t hiring due to the impact of the pandemic.
I took up typing up school materials (term papers, project works, stat analysis) to raise money; I couldn’t be broke and hopeless. My friend, James, always kept me on the loop and called whenever he had term papers he knew I could handle (yea, I’m really good when it comes to term papers). The money helped me solve a lot of issues this year. This year was like a year of consistent Ls. I got a lot of rejection letters, cried myself to sleep some times.
I drew closer to God this year and became a baptised Catholic. I take my prayers very seriously now. I like to think I have gotten to a point where nothing moves me to the point of tears. I just take everything to God in prayer, converse with him.
My biggest achievement of 2020, as I type this, is that I got quoted on a Coronavirus pandemic article on Financial Times UK. I stumbled on a survey, I can’t remember where, but I filled it and let out my frustrations in that survey. This quote put my name on an international paper and wiped out all the Ls of 2020.
Taking part in the #EndSARS protests has to be one of the best things I did this year. The massacre at the Lekki Toll Gate gave me my second heartbreak this year. All I want is for justice to be served and served fully. I don’t have a job yet, but I know I’m on my way to getting a really good one. I still work on term papers and review project works.
2020 wasn’t the best of years, but I’ve grown so much this year, taken a stand where I would have been cowed. I’ve learned vital lessons. Nigerian youths took a stand this year and I’m so proud to be a part of the sorosoke generation.
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Brian Emmanuel Chimezie Imo is a brilliant method actor with about six years in the Nigerian movie industry. He is a dancer, singer and voice-over artist whose love for life and enthusiasm warms those around him and his fans. That is just one of the reasons why we love him, find the extensive list of reasons below.
1. His Acting: Chimezie Imo is a brilliant actor who has successfully avoided being typecast into a particular type of role. Since he started his career on the set of Learning Curves in 2014, he has appeared in several other movies and taken on different roles. He plays the role of a teenage boy so well at the age of 28. Despite playing younger roles, he has also taken on completely different features. He was a confused young man in MTV Shuga, bowing to peer pressure; then a drug-addled teenager in Nimbe, and now, both a powerful spiritual man and a spoilt rich kid in the upcoming Ananze and The Zipman.
2. His Style: Chimezie is the perfect picture of effortless-chic. His simple style and understated elegance always shine through. Whether he is dressed in street-style outfits, or suited up for the red carpet, the actor never fails to slay.
3. His Optimism: The moment you meet Chimeze Imo, you can tell that he is a happy person. His positive way of looking at life ensures that everyone who leaves him does so with a smile. Even his social media posts are always bursting with positivity and filling the world around him with love and light.
4. His Activism: He participated actively in the End SARS movement that happened across the country recently. He showed up to protests, tweeted, retweeted, and even published content via Instagram to sensitize his followers. What’s that saying again, ‘Na only man wey go protest we dey love.’ Right! We love Chimezie Imo because he wasn’t afraid to ‘soro soke’.
5. He is Down To Earth: One thing all of Chimezie’s interviews have in common is the breezy and easy-going vibes you get from reading them, watching them, or listening to them. He’s a man who loves life and lives it to the fullest, and that playfulness is contagious!
6. He Has a Banging Body: We can’t say this enough, Chimezie is a HOT man, with a beautiful body. The actor has shared in different interviews that he works out a little to keep in shape. One look at one of his shirtless pictures will tell you that the exercises are working out well for him.
7. Amazing Monologues: Part of what makes him such a great method actor is that he pushes himself to put out monologues regularly. When he is not putting out well-thought-out monologues, he is creating spontaneous content with his friends like Uzoamaka Aniunoh and Abayomi Alvin.
8. Beautiful voice: He doesn’t show off his voice as often as he should, but the man can sing. We love that on a few occasions, where he’s showing off a little, he blows us away.
Want to see more of Chimezie’s awesomeness and get a chance to fall in love with him too? Catch him in Gilbert Bassey’s soon to be released Ananze and the Zipman!