Born and raised in Edo State, HRM Queen 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 University 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.
With offers pouring in from African celebrities like Clarion Chukwurah, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, John Utaka , 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(www.theodoraibekwepr.co.uk).
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 then tied the knot and the budding entrepreneur continues to create opportunities for herself in the UK-African entertainment 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 Morin Okenla’s charity, Enrich Africa, Focus on Disability foundation of which she is the brand Ambassador for the charity. She is also the brand Ambassador for Chamy Perfume and brand Ambassador for Numatville(Nigerian Unity Museum & Trade Tourism.)
As one of the founding members of the UK Nollywood Producers Guild, Theodora is the immediate past public relations officer, and she is the Founder/ President of the Nollywood UK Actors Guild.
Theodora was made a Traditional Queen in Nov. 2014. (Queen of Nollywood Uk) for the support She has given to Nollywood.