Name at birth : Nse Ikpe-Etim
Born : 21st of October 1974
Known for : Acting
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Background and Introduction
Mrs Nse Etim is a Nigerian actress popular for her role in Reloaded 2008 which was her break out year. The movie made her a prominent figure in the Nigerian Movie Industry and that earned her a nomination for Best Actress for Leading Role at the 5th and 8th Africa Movie Academy Awards and for her role in Mr and Mrs. In 2014, Mrs Nse Etim won Best Actress in a Drama award at the 2014 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards for playing “Nse”.
Early Life and Background
Mrs Nse Etim hails from Akwa-Ibom state, known to have attended Awa Nursery School Kaduna for her elementary education. A few years later, the dad got transferred to jos, she had to change to Command Children’s school, Jos.
Mr. Etim, Nse’s father worked as a staff of Central Bank of Nigeria and had to move from time to time, this led to Nse changing schools very often during her Elementary and high school education Educations.
Nse attended the following Secondary school
- St. Louis College Jos
- Federal Government College, Jos and
- Federal Government College Ilorin.
After secondary education, she took her education further and got a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre Arts from the University of Calabar. Unlike most Nigerian actors and actresses, Nse Ikpe Etim never rushed into the industry but took her time to groom herself and talent.
Nse started acting from her career from secondary school. Do to her fluency, eloquence and brilliance, she took part in a lots of acting activities like drama, debates and short films. Nse was a very active member of the drama club in the University of Calabar where she started off her acting career in full swing.
After graduating from the University of Calabar, Nse didn’t move into the industry at first, she dived into the banking sector and had a great spell in the fashion industry too. She was briefly involved in the fashion industry. Nse was also t.v personality for a host of Media outlets like Cool Fm and Rhythm
Career and Life
Nse started acting following her enrolling at university of Calabar drama club but after graduation, she paused from acting to go into Banking and Business sectors respectively, including a spell in the fashion industry. Finally, Nse made her first television appearance was in the family soap Inheritance.
Nse starred in Emem Isong’s Reloaded in 2008 which proved to be her major comeback into the movie industry, the movie also featured Ramsey Nouah, Rita Dominic and Desmond Elliot. In 2011, she featured in the cracker Mr and Mrs which cemented her spot in the Movie Industry. Nse has featured in lots of movies since then, from Reloaded to Guilty Pleasures, Kiss and Tell, The Meeting, Mr and Mrs, Phone Swap, Broken,Journey tos Self, Black November to and lots more.
In a recent interview…
What was your first day on set like?
Now which of the first day? i think I have had two first days on set. Now is it from the early days when I first came in, or my come back which was Reloaded by Emem Isong? Which one of them?
Let’s talk about the first one because I still have a question on reloaded
Reloaded (smiling)…For the first one, my first day on set wasn’t anything spectacular. I did it, you know fresh out of school, you’re definitely thinking about a lot of things. You know you are not sure, and then being a rebel, I didn’t want to be a banker, which was what my mother wanted me to do, so this was my way of saying, I’m not going to do what she wants me to do.
I didn’t even know what I wanted to do at the time but it was just a case of ‘okay, just try’. And then I tried. The set I enjoyed back then was when I did ‘Scars of Womanhood’ with Basorge Tariah Jnr, then in 2009 I now did Reloaded. And I always say my coming back into the industry was not designed and planned, my passion and hobby has always been my kitchen, writing and all that. For me, I was writing here and there. Emem brought a script and I’m looking at it like ‘what can we do because I want to play this role’ and then she starts cursing me in my kitchen…i said to her what is wrong with you; I’m not an actor and of course she said I didn’t have faith in myself and all sort of stuff. Finally I said ‘okay’ and finally she was able to convince me and I did it.
On the set of the movie Phone Swap, we learned you were injured. How did it happen?
I had already fallen off from the bike while filming two days before on set. So I was still a bit sore. And so the next day I tried to pick up a phone which was ringing, and when I stretched to pick it, I slipped and fell. I am grateful to the people who came to my rescue at that time. I shall not mention their names but I say thank you to all of them. Thank you… (laughs)
Mid January 2013 saw Nse Ikpe Etim getting engaged to her childhood friend Clifford Sule who is currently a senior lecturer at the Middlesex University, UK. Two months after her engagement, Nse tied the knots at 39, she got married to her childhood friend Clifford Sule on February 14, 2013 at a Lagos registry followed by a traditional wedding ceremony in her hometown of Akwa Ibom State some months after the civil union. Nse currently lives in London with her husband currently serving as senior Lecturer at Middlesex University .
Away from acting, Nse is a die hard fan of Manchester United football club of Manchester in England. During her liesure, she enjoys cooking, reading, writing and playing scrabble.
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Endorsements and Awards
During her career, Nse has won a couple of awards including:
- Award from Best of Nollywood for Best Actress in a Lead role in 2011 (Guilty Pleasures)
- Award from Nollywood Movies for Best Actress in a Supporting role in 2012 (Kiss and Tell)
- Award from Best of Nollywood for Best Lead actress in an English Movie in 2012 (Phone Swap)
- Award for Africa Magic Viewers Choice for Best actress in a Drama in 2014 (Journey to Self)
- Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) 5th and 8th Edition, nominated as Best Actress in a leading role.
- 2014 Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Award for Best Actress in a Drama
- 2009 Best of Nollywood Awards for Revelation of the year (Female).
- ZAFAA Awards for Best actress in a supporting role.
- 2010 Best of Nollywood Awards for Best Actress in a leading role
- The Eloy Awards for Actress of the year
- 2012 Nigeria Entertainment Awards for Best Lead actress
- 2013 City People Entertainment Awards for Best Actress of the year and a nomination in the 2014 Golden Icon Academy Movie Awards.
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