Vera Nkechi Anenyeonu, Actor, Dancer, Choreographer and Director, professional name Vera Ephraim, was born in Edo state of Nigeria but she hails from Anambra state. At a very young age she lost her parents and was raised by her siblings. Already knowing that she wanted to pursue a career in the performing arts, an unusual choice for a girl at that time and place. Although not supported by her family, she sets off for Lagos and joined a renowned dancing company, the African Heritage Ambassadors Dance Company. With them she received her dancing and acting training and went on tour in Europe.
Acting and dancing have been a long life passion for Vera. She combined the two professions, founding her own dance company Vera’s Danse Hauz, choreographing and staging various pieces. She featured in movies, theatre, and TV series in Nigeria. She performed on stage with the likes of Femi Kuti, Hugh Masakela and Orlando Julius and worked with Lavelle Smith Jr. (Micheal Jackson and Beyounce’s Choreographer) She was nominated and won the title for best-featured Dancer in Nigeria. (Organised by Amen awards.
In Manchester U.K she studied and obtained her diploma in performing arts, majoring in acting, script writing and directing. She featured in short films and a TV documentary for Channel 4 and was the assistant director for the stage play Greed Need and Slavery Part 1& 2. She directed the stage play “my taste of freedom’ written by Cathy Crabb, at the Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester, also worked as a movement adviser. She studied theatre in Education combining it with facilitating dance workshops, working with inmates and young people in the North-West of the UK.
Since moved to South Africa, Vera has extended her career and featured in top drama series like Generations, Intersextions, Jacobs Cross, 7de Laan, Room 9 and in Sink, an award winning movie after the book “Rachel weeping” written and directed by Brett Michael Innes. She also continued to work as a Dancer/Choreographer, putting on stage several pieces. She has featured in over 20 commercials. Vera continues to travel internationally for film, Television and dance. ‘Castle&Castle” was one of her recent series which she was invited for, in Nigeria. Her attention also goes out to the socially weaker, as she is well aware of the force of expression and the joy that performing can bring. She engages them in dance projects. Her short film, Omena, is finger exercise for a feature film she is planning to make in the future.