Chioma Omeruah, popularly known as Chigul, is a multi-talented award-winning Nigerian comedienne, actress, singer, and songwriter. The delectable Chigul speaks six different languages, including Espanol, Hausa, Igbo, French, and Italiano. Chioma can also transform into eleven different characters, and Chigul is her most popular character.
Chioma Omeruah was born on the 14th of May 1976 in Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria, to Late Air Commodore Samson Omeruah, and his wife Mrs Omeruah, as the second child, and first daughter of four children. Her father was a strict disciplinarian and a public figure.
Her father was once a Military Governor in Anambra State. Chigul attended Airforce Secondary School, Jos, first for her primary education, but failed in form four. As a result, she had to leave Jos to continue her schooling at Airforce Secondary School Ikeja, Lagos. She left Jos because her father felt it would be a slight to his status, and personality if she repeated a class.
Even though she changed schools, her academic performance didn’t improve. Chigul wrote WAEC and Jamb several times in different schools and failed. Finally, she passed her exams and got an offer of admission to study at the Abia State University (ABSU). She attended ABSU for three months but left because of strike.
The Journey To Delaware, USA.
In 1994, she left ABSU to study Criminal Law at Delaware State University. Her father wanted her to become a lawyer, but she had to first study criminal law because her grades were too low for her to transfer to law.
Two years into her study, the school put Chigul on probation for poor performance, so she was on the verge of being sent away from school. Chigul called her mum to explain her plight, and her mother advised she change her major to french education, so she could have a degree.
Chigul listened to her mum’s advice and studied french education against the will of her father and uncles. While studying French, she self-taught herself Spanish, Arabic, and some other languages. Chioma Omeruah was once married but is currently divorced with no children from the marriage.
After seven years of studying French Education at Delaware State Education, Chigul became a French teacher at a public school in the United States. Her career as a French teacher was very successful.
After twelve years of living in the United States, she returned to Nigeria at her father’s request. This decision didn’t go down well with her because she already had a stable life in the United States. A month after Chigul’s return to Nigeria, she lost her father. The death of her father left a void in her heart.
Chigul’s Journey To Stardom
Chigul always had a flair for singing and acting, but never comedy. For her, comedy just happened, it was never planned. She does funny voice notes, then sends them to her friends. Her friends would listen, laugh, and delete the voice note. Then, she did a particular voice note that went viral on social media. That voice note marked the beginning of her journey to stardom and fame.
For Chigul, her voice was known before her face. People could only relate to her voice. No one knew the face behind Chigul. Her first physical appearance was at Basketmouth’s comedy show, where she was invited to perform live on stage.
- Out of Luck – 2015
- Road to Yesterday – 2015
- Remember Me – 2016
- Bandits – 2017
- Wives on Strike: The Revolution – 2017
- The Wedding Party 2 – 2017
- Banana Island Ghost – 2017
- Chief Daddy – 2018
- The Ghost and The Tout – 2018
- Hello (Hello – Cover) – 2015
- Sumtin Tangible This Xmas – 2016
- Blessing (Banana Island Ghost Original Motion Picture Playlist) with Mayorkun and Phyno – 2017
- 1 Kweshun – 2017
- Good Love featuring Barz (Afrobeats With Love, Vol. 4) – 2017
- Sombori featuring Koffi (Colourborations) – 2017
“Happiness is a choice, not necessarily a result.”
“When it comes to challenges, it is more of a personal thing for everyone to stay on the pulse, to evolve, to flow with the times, to bring new things every time.”
“It doesn’t matter what you’re doing, as long as it’s touching somebody in a positive manner, it is a market.”
“A waste is someone who sits and dreams while others are working.”
“If you work smart, then you won’t have to work hard, it becomes soft work.”
“Dream big, but also work hard. Do things to better your craft.”
“Be humble and stay humble because that is one thing that would get you places as opposed to just your talent. Remain grounded in whatever you do.”
“Everybody’s story must not be the same, just make sure you’re making the right decisions.”
Awards And Nominations Of Chigul
- Comedienne of the Year at the EbonyLive TV Sisterhood Awards – 2014
- Nigeria Entertainment Award nominee for Best Supporting Actress – 2016
- City People Movie Award nominee for Comic Actor of the Year (English) – 2017
- Nominated at the City People Movie Award for Comic Actor of the Year (English) – 2018
- City People Movie Award nominee for Comic Actor of the Year (English) – 2019
Life Lesson From Chigul
Believe in Yourself and be Optimistic
As an entrepreneur, if you’re waiting for people to cheer you on, you will wait a long time. When challenges come and you are termed a failure, don’t take their words for it. Continue to give yourself a chance until you succeed.
Build a Strong Support System
Chigul’s siblings are always there to support her. Considering all the challenges she has experienced, we can’t imagine what would have become of her if she didn’t have a strong support system.
Entrepreneurship is a lonely and challenging journey. To get through it, you need a strong support system. You need people who can genuinely empathise with you. Therefore, it is important that you choose your circle of friends wisely.
Image Credit: Chioma Omeruah (Facebook page)