She may not be that old in the Nigerian movie space, yet I think it’s totally safe to call Nse Ikpe-Etim a veteran Nollywood Actress, don’t you think so too?
Guardian creatively nicknames the versatile movie icon ‘The Silent Tsunami’. For this writer, that pseudonym is for the way she leads a quiet, yet powerful life and career and for the way she interprets her role and brilliantly delivers them. Socially, Nse Ikpe Etim is an inspiration to young male and female actors. Some of them, she mentors. So, as Nse Ikpe Etim graces the cover of GuardianLife Magazine’s August Edition, she is truly a sight to see.
Guardian Life Magazine features Nse in an article title ‘Being Nse Ikpe-Etim’ published by Modupeoluwa Adekanye, exploring her life and asking how she became the extraordinary actress she has become today.
When asked how long it has taken her to get to where she is today, Nse drops a punchline for days.
“To get to this point in my life, it took years of unlearning that which we are conditioned to believe, relearning new things, accepting people for who they are, and appreciating the little things. In my career, it took never thinking I know it all. Constant learning is key. To be this version of me, it’s taken all my life.”
As an artist, Nse has discovered the extraordinary benefits of reading and learning. One can argue that it is this art that has helped her stand out in the saturated Nollywood industry. She masters her art so well that for each character she plays, she studies, knows and becomes that character intimately.
In the interview, Nse Ikpe-Etim attributes her ‘awakening’ to being regarded for awards even when she thought she was undeserving of them. From 2019 till date, Nse Ikpe-Etim has bagged and would bag several awards for her outstanding roles in films like Phone Swap, Reloded, Mr. and Mrs., and you would never get over her talent in her silent short film ‘A Hotel Called Memory‘ which she says helped her deal with her health issues at the time and it was, to her, ‘a dream come true.
Nse Ikpe-Etim talks on her road to success, her TEDx seminar and her unflinching support for women all over.
Read the full interview here.