Charles Inojie, the veteran Nollywood actor, has gone down memory lane to talk about his life.
The actor talked about the hardships of his upbringing, especially the impact of the separation of his parents during his early years.
In an interview with Chude Jideonwo, the actor shared that his parents split when he was just 8 months old, and his mother left, leaving his grandmother to care for him by breastfeeding him.
His father remarried, and the new wife became the priority. The father chose to stay with her, prioritizing their relationship over his son’s well-being.
Charles Inojie disclosed that his stepmother made his life difficult, and he only lived with his father for 8 months before their separation. He further revealed that when he gained admission to the university at 20, his stepmother influenced his father not to support him financially until her child was ready for university.
Years later, he reconnected with his mother, but due to the existing emotional strain, there wasn’t a strong emotional connection between them.
”When I wanted to go to the University, I became back to the house to tell him I have gotten admission. The woman began to laugh, faced my Dad and told him ‘If this one has to go the University, he will wait for my own child to grow so they will go together’, that is a child I an older than with 18 to 20 years,” he narrated.
Speaking on a reunion with his dad, he said, “I met him and we sat for close to thirty minutes, nobody talked. I was crying, he was crying. I said ‘I have to start going but that I am now out of school. My first work, they said Papa must pray for his child’.
"I bought a drink and put N5000 in an envelop and asked that he prays for me and he said he wasn’t going to touch it and that his conscience will not let him having not contributed a dime,” he said in part.
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I was not ready for how emotional this became.— Chude Jideonwo (@Chude) November 10, 2023
Charles Inojie is one of Nollywood’s greats - as an actor, as a director, as a comic. He has made us laugh too many times to remember.
But where did all of that come from? A life of pain.
First his parents’ marriage crashed.… pic.twitter.com/lBUwX8bMyU