The siren call of fame started sounding in the ears of Nse Ikpe-Etim at a very tender age, though she didn’t answer it immediately, she remained in the public eye of entertainment on a small scale, pursuing a degree in the arts and eventually arriving at her true calling. What is this thespian up to these days when she is not on the set of a movie? See her full biography.
Nse Ikpe-Etim: Age and background
Nse Ikpe-Etim was born in Lagos to a Nigerian father who worked in the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN on October 21, 1974. Due to the nature of her father’s job who was always receiving transfer letters, she lived in various parts of Nigeria with her five siblings and their mother. One place the family spent much time was in the Northern part of Nigeria where she attended Awa Nursery School and Command Primary School in Kaduna State, St Louis College, Jos, and the Federal Government College in Jos before completing her secondary education at Federal Government College Ilorin. During her secondary school days, she was active in sports especially basketball and volleyball.
Etim moved to the University of Calabar where she bagged a degree in Theater Arts. Etim is from Akwa Ibom State and she is 45 years old.
Nse Ikpe-Etim: Career
Etim first had a test of the show business at the age of 18 when she anchored a show on Nigerian Television Authority (NTA). This was followed immediately by an appearance in the family soap opera “Inheritance”. As an undergraduate student at the University of Calabar, in the plays “Anowa” by Ama Ata Aidoo, “Marriage Of Anansewa” by Efua Sutherland, “Child Internationale” by Wole Soyinka and many others. Ms Etim veered away from the entertainment industry and entered into the corporate world of banking. She also went into modeling for a while but the call to be a movie star was stronger so she returned fully to the screen.
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In 2008, she starred in the film “Reloaded” alongside Ramsey Nouah, Desmond Elliot, Ini Edo, Uche Jumbo, and Stephanie Okereke Linus. It was a strong and a great way to make a re-entry into the acting industry. The film was directed by Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen and it received 3 nominations at the 5th Africa Movie Academy Awards. In the year 2010, she appeared in four movies, “Bursting Out” “Inale” “Guilty Pleasures” and “Memories of my Heart”. “Bursting Out” starred Genevieve Nnaji and Majid Michel. It premiered at Odeon Cinema, Greenwich, London on 29 October 2010 and it received rave reviews.
In 2011, the actress starred in the romantic comedy film “Kiss and Tell” alongside Monalisa Chinda,. The film captures the lives of two Casanovas, friends, and business partners; Iyke played by Joseph Benjamin and played by Bernard Desmond Elliot. Ms Etim played the role of Tena, a best friend to a divorce lawyer, Delphine portrayed by Monalisa Chinda. The film was a commercial success but it received mixed reviews. A year later, Ms Etim starred in the romantic comedy film “Phone Swap” as Mary a fashion designer who works for a tough boss, Alexis, that takes credit for her designs. The film received 4 nominations at the 8th Africa Movie Academy Awards which includes the category Best Nigerian Film and won the award Achievement in Production Design.
Perhaps one of her most iconic roles on screen was in the film “Mr and Mrs” as Susan Abbah a lawyer who was forced by her husband Joseph Benjamin to be a housewife. Ms Etim has appeared in many blockbuster films like “The Meeting”, “Journey to Self” alongside Dakore Egbuson, and “American Driver” where she played the role of Nse. Jim Iyke and Ayo Makun starred in the movie as well. In December 2019, Nse Etim was featured in the Visual Collaborative Polaris catalog, under the Supernova series for humanities, she was interviewed alongside people such as; William Coupon, Bisila Bokoko, and Ade Adekola
Marriage and Womb Removal
Nse Ikpe-Etim got married to her childhood friend Clifford Sule on 14 February 2013 at a Lagos registry. Months later after her civil union with Clifford who works as a Senior Lecturer in Middlesex University, her traditional marriage rites were performed n her hometown in Akwa Ibom State and Lagos.
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In May 2019, Ms Etim made a shocking revelation that she will not be able to have a child after she removed her womb. According to the thespian, she was diagnosed with Adenomyosis, a gynecological medical condition in which the inner lining of the uterus (the endometrium) breaks through the muscle wall of the uterus. She revealed she was diagnosed with the disease in 2016 and the Doctor told her the only way to live a normal life was to remove her uterus. She cried, went into depression but her husband was by her side, squeezing her hand, whispering sweet things to her and telling her they would be fine. Her medical condition made her have a new perspective about life that it doesn’t matter if one can’t bear children but what matters most is what you would do for the world, for the universe.
Despite her explanation, social media bullies still troll her because of her inability to have her own baby, just the way they are counting time for Adesua Etomi Wellington on when she will conceive. One question for these online bullies, are they God?
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