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Nollywood’s Aneke Twins Motivate Students at Promasidor “Harness Your Dream”
Famous actresses, Chidinma and Chidiebere Aneke (the Aneke Twins), have urged students to learn from their own experience of surmounting the odds of rejection by family and friends to become an authentic success story.
Addressing the students, who attended Promasidor’s “Harness Your Dream” career guidance initiative at Queen’s School, Enugu, the twins said that they did not lose focus on fulfilling their dreams despite the deprivation that followed the death of their father in their formative years.
Now the promoters of the Aneke Foundation, which supports humanitarian activities, the twins recalled how they hawked around Enugu in order to support their mother in funding their education.
They eventually graduated from the University of Nigeria, with degrees in Mass Communication and Banking and Finance, but admitted that they would have chosen courses that suited their natural flair for acting if they had been exposed to career guidance.
Chidiebere said: “If we had the kind of opportunity that you now have, we wouldn’t have read those courses. We were in our church drama group and discovered that we had a talent for acting. Somebody invited us and then we began to act, while still hawking our akara (bean cakes) and bread and going to school. But after school, we would go to the movie industry for auditioning. We found out that we needed to know more about acting, so we went to school.”
The 32-year-old twins joined Nollywood in 1999 and had their first movie outing in “Ebuka”. But the breakthrough did not come until they acted the lead roles in “Desperate Twins”. They have featured in over 80 Nollywood movies since then and won several awards.
Explaining that education made the total being, Chidinma said that they had to inspire themselves and rise above the challenges of becoming fatherless at a young age. “When our father was alive, we had everything, but when he died, everything changed. We looked around and there was nobody to help. We then decided to inspire ourselves,” she reminisced.
The celebrity twins commended Promasidor for sponsoring the project and urged other corporate organisations to follow their example.
Promasidor staff shared their educational and career experiences with the students and explained how to become professionals in several disciplines. These are: Personnel Management and Emerging Entrepreneurial Opportunities, Information and Communication Technology. Others are: Accounting & Business Management, and Digital Marketing.