Ibinabo Fiberresima is a renowned Nigerian actress, ex-beauty pageant, event manager and former President of the Actors Guild of Nigeria.
She was born on January 13, 1970 to a Nigerian father and an Irish mother.
Ibinabo had her primary education at the Y.M.C.A Play Centre, Port Harcourt, Rivers State and later at Federal Government Girls College, New Bussa, Niger State.
She went further to have a Bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Ibadan.
Ibinabo participated in the 1991 edition of the Miss Nigeria beauty pageant and emerged first runner-up to winner Bibiana Ohio.
Prior to this, she won the prestigious Miss Wonderland Contest in 1990, and in that same year, was first runner-up at the Miss NUGA competition held at the University of Calabar.
In 1992, Ibinabo contested the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria (MBGN) pageant for the first time, where she made it to the second runner-up.
In 1997, she competed and emerged first runner-up of the 1997 edition of Miss Nigeria before she was crowned winner of Miss Wonderful that same year.
The on-screen diva was also second runner-up for the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria in 1998.
Ibinabo delved into acting and made her debut in the movie, ‘Most Wanted’ in 1997, a movie that was very successful and shot her to fame and recognition in Nollywood.
She has since starred in several Nigerian movies, some of which are:
• Most Wanted
• The Ghost
• St. Mary
• The Twin Sword
• Ladies Night
• The Limit
• Letters to a Stranger
• Rivers Between
• A Night In The Philippines
• Pastor’s Wife
• Camouflage ”
Ibinabo is an epitome of beauty, creative and exceptionally talented Nollywood actress, playing exceptional roles in movies. She has indeed made a big name for herself in the Nigerian movie industry.
In 2009, Ibinabo was charged for manslaughter and reckless driving after she accidentally killed a certain Giwa Suraj in 2006.
On March 16 2016, Ibinabo was relieved of her post as President of the Actors Guild of Nigeria and sentenced to a 5-year jail term by a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos.
She was however granted bail in the sum of ₦2 million and two sureties in like sum on April 7, 2016 by a Court of Appeal in Lagos pending the determination of her appeal at the Supreme Court.
Awards and Nominations
Ibinabo has so far earned a number of awards in her entertainment journey, notably as:
• Most Prominent Actress in Nigeria at the African Movie Academy Awards.
• Best Actress in Nigeria at the African Movie Viewers Choice Awards and others.
Ibinabo was said to have married her long time friend, Uche Benjamin Ugbuka, a businessman on 14th December 2014, now based in the United States of America. Nothing is known about her family affairs.
Ibinabo Fiberresima is currently one of the richest and most influential Nollywood actresses with an estimated net worth of over $1 million dollars.