Presently in his late-40’s, Ejike was born in Makurdi, Benue State. He started his primary education at Santa Maria primary School, Constitution Crescent, Aba. He passed though St. Mary’s Primary School, Lokoja, Abdulazeez Attah Memorial College, Okene, Christ the King College, Onitsha and Institute for Management and Technology, Enugu.
In 1990, Ejike became the President of the Student’s Union Government of the University of Port Harcourt and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree in Theatre Arts. On Graduation, he became Personal Assistant to Chief Emeka Odumegwu Ojukwu at the 1994 National Constitutional Conference in Abuja.
Ejike is one of the Pioneers of the Nigerian Motion Picture Industry and has immensely contributed to its growth and development in the past 28years. An accomplished director, he has directed numerous feature films including the award winning “Mama Sunday” and has acted in over one hundred of Nollywood’s best home movies. He introduced and popularized the role of artistic directing in Nollywood. In addition to stage drama, he has featured in Nigeria’s best soaps like the New Masquerade and Bassey & Company.
Ejike has several awards of excellence to his credit including ATAS Merit Award 1995, Best Actor of the Year (THEMA) 1996, and best Supporting Actor of the Year (THEMA) 1997, as nominees. More recently, he also won the Most Notable Actor Award 2010 (Afro Australian Music and Movie Awards).
Ejike is versatile in all Motion Picture Script to Screen and Stage Production. He is a member of several professional and human rights associations including National Association of Nigerian Theatre Arts Practitioners (NANTAP), Directors Guild of Nigeria (DGN), Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Electoral Reform Network (ERN) and Citizens Forum for Constitutional Reform (CFCR). He has participated in, convened or deployed his “art” and “act” in various fora, seminars, workshops, conferences and/or focal group discussions to propagate and standup for the rights and interests of the voiceless and down trodden in the society.
Ejike is a staunch advocate of human rights. He uses his professional calling to mirror and redress societal ills. As a tool, he employs drama for civic education and advocacy. His documentary drama for Ford Foundation on the “People’s Constitution” attests to his versatility. He is an unrepentant advocate of good governance, constitutionalism, transparency, gender rights, inclusively, participatory democracy, equal opportunity and the enthronement of the rule of law in a polity where fairness, equity and social justice are erected as base foundations of an egalitarian society.
In recognition of his selfless service to his nation and commitment to his professional calling, he was elected National President of the Actors Guild of Nigeria in 2005. Because of his numerous contributions he was invited by partnership for transforming Health system, (PATHS) to participate in a workshop; titled Securing a better future: Transforming Nigerian’s Health Care System, held in Protea Hotel Enugu. Ejike is Executive Director, Project Drama Foundation and Chief Executive Officer Forever Commutations Limited. He hails from Umuahia in Abia State and married to Ogechi Anyiam from Nkwere in Imo State. Together, they are blessed with four children a daughter and three boys.
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