By Obiajulu Chiagoziem
Nigerian actress Annie Idibia, wife to music legend Innocent Idibia, took to her Instagram page to share a video collage of her younger years pictures, while recalling her past struggles.
“Looking at the beautiful young Annie in these pictures is lovely. I am so proud of you. I want to give you a big warm hug. You have been through all sorts of hell from a very young age, with so many responsibilities from so young. That girl never gave up (never will still).”, she captioned the video.
She went further to share her experiences while she was in secondary school.
“From SS 1, she never knew what it felt like to go on ‘break time’ like other kids in school because that was when she sneaks out of school to rush to the market (the very old gateman, he was definitely in his 50s, became her friend), to buy her mother’s pepper soup ingredients that she would have to cook after school and sell in front of their Boys Quarters in Mobil, VI.
“She will wait till her single mother gets off work by 7 pm to take over from her (mom was a cook) those hours before 7 pm were the longest ever because she would have only a few hours left to study and do her homework before bedtime.”
“Yet she always had a bright smile while serving their customers. She was so good at mathematics and physics. If you had ever met her. She always had a big bright smile to give with dreams way bigger than her (so I thought). The universe always had a way of constantly blessing her. She had so much love inside, so much love to give. Love so deep and unconditional.”
Annie also further to appreciate herself for never giving up, saying, “I want to thank me for never giving up on me. For all the NOs I did not allow to discourage me and lose focus. I want to thank me for being so aggressive with my dreams and what I wanted. I want to thank me. I want to hug you, young Annie.
“Girl, you have come a long way. and you have done well (aspiring to do better and wiser). Adulthood is still the hardest. The saying, ‘whatever doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger,’ is the true interpretation of the life of this girl; now a strong woman! I have not even started, just only scratching the surface now.” she concluded.
Annie became a public figure after she competed at the “Queen of All Nations Beauty Pageant”, and also went on feature in a cameo appearance on the music video of 2face Idibia’s “African Queen” song.
Her Nollywood career came to limelight for her role in the movies titled Pleasure and Crime and Blackberry Babes. She’s a mother of two Isabella and Olivia idibia.
In 2009, she was nominated in the “Best Supporting Actress” category at the Best of Nollywood Awards.