NIDA acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which we learn and tell stories, the Bidjigal people. We pay our respects to Elders past and present.

We also wish to acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across this country's sacred homelands, and in particular, students and other First Nations members of the NIDA community.

Chika Ikogwe

Chika was born in Lagos, Nigeria and relocated to Melbourne, Australia when she was four years old. She grew up playing a range of sports including lacrosse, volleyball and athletics but mainly partook in competitive tennis. From a young age, Chika wanted to be a doctor, however after a few biology classes and visits to the hospital, she realised that medicine was not a career she was destined for.
Though Chika put on performances in the living room for her family from a young age, it was much later in life that she realised a career in acting was possible.
In 2015 Chika began her studies at the Victorian College of the Arts in the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Theatre Practice) course, but left after being granted admission into the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting) course at NIDA in 2016.
Chika is the proud recipient of the BBM Youth Support Award. She lists her mother, Beyoncé and Stevie Wonder as her inspirations. She’s very passionate about diversity and representation as she strives to bring more Afrocentric stories to the forefront of Australian stages and screens. She is extremely excited to be finishing up her degree, to find out what the world has to offer, and what she has to offer the world.

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