Born and raised in Edo State, Theodora Ibekwe-Oyebade originally hails from Owerri in Imo State, Nigeria. Considered a child prodigy by her primary school tutors, Theodora’s parents wanted her to pursue Education as far as she could take it. This led to a certificate in Education at Auchi Polytechnic, Edo State. Later on she studied Accounting at the University of Lagos.

Even though she excelled in academics, Theodora also greatly admired entertainers and all things entertainment. After her education, she decided to move to the UK in order to seek out other opportunities.

The multi-award winner, who regularly graces the cover of UK-African magazines, founded Miss Elegant International, a beauty pageant in 2009. This propelled her into the limelight and a few years later, she took the pageant one step further with the Miss Elegant International TV show. The TV show aired on the only African TV station at the time; BEN TV. Through this medium, she became a well-known promoter in the African-UK entertainment industry. An avid entrepreneur at heart, she then became a Director of Starlywood, which is a competition-based talent show, aimed at discovering young Black talent in the UK. With offers pouring in from African celebrities like Clarion Chukwurah, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, John Utaka, Pauline Long, Dayo Olomu, etc for her to promote and consult on their entertainment projects, Theodora then created Theodora PR, a media and consultancy PR firm for Black talent in the diaspora(

Theodora had a chance encounter, whilst a stand-in MC at an event, with a film producer. Incidentally, he was casting for a new movie with Nollywood star Jim Iyke, and was so impressed by her performance that he offered her the lead role. This led to her big break in movies. She went on to star in other movies and in February 2013, took on her first role as a producer for the drama Shameful Deceit.

She also recently produced her first stage drama Franz Kafka’s “Metamorphosis” adapted by Nick Pelas.

Theodora Ibekwe -Oyebade recently tied the knot and the budding entrepreneur continues to create opportunities for herself in the UK-African entertainment industry.

She is proud to be named as one of the founding producers of the UK Nollywood Movie Industry.

Also an inspirational speaker, Theodora has had numerous speaking engagements including the launch of Miss Bronze UK pageant, in Portsmouth; Lift Effects 2013; the launch of Enrich Africa charity just to mention a few. As one of the founding members of the UK Nollywood Producers Guild, Theodora is presently its public relations officer.


 Supported and helped raised funds for Clarion Chukwura’s charity

 Supported fund raising for Theodora children’s Trust UK

 Supported and fundraised for the John Utaka foundation

 Supported and fundraised for Ngozi Nwosu’s Kidney Treatment

Awards: Theodore has more than 40 Awards in her credit for outstanding performance and service. Some of which are listed but NOT limited to:

Award of Excellence 2008

Love to Work charity organisation 2008

M & M Award of Excellence 2009

Personal Achievement Award 2010

Women in Enterprise Award 2010

Recognition Award 2010

Pride of the Motherland 2010

Special Industry Award 2011

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