“I am aware that people think I am a snob, but I am actually a shy person. My job demands that I should abandon who I am. It used to be even worse for me because I went to a single-sex school; so, relating to guys was difficult for me. However, I am adjusting now because of acting.”she said.
According to Akpotha, she tries as much as possible to protect herself and that gives people the impression that she is a snob. “When you meet me newly, the first impression you get is that I am cold. But I am only trying to protect myself from people I don’t know.
“If I am in a room and I know everyone there, I will be very comfortable and playful. But if I don’t know anyone, I will be cold. I am not trying to blow my trumpet; I am just saying that I need to know you to be comfortable with you,” she said.
Despite starting acting at the age of 17, she claimed that she did not indulge in drinking or smoking like some of her peers. The way her mother raised her and her siblings, especially as the first daughter, there was no way she would have lived a wayward life. Her late mother would have been a solider if she didn’t have a job. In Igboland, they pay so much attention to the first daughter because she must be an example to the younger ones.
Chioma also revealed she is also allergic to smoke and act stupidly whenever she is high, which is not good for someone like her in public because she will always like to conduct herself well. “I had friends who questioned why I did not smoke or drink but if you know who you are, you wouldn’t succumb to peer pressure”. However, she is not saying that notsmoking nor drinking made her an extraordinary being.”