Nse Ikpe Etim is a popular Nigerian actress. Born on the 21st of October 1974 in Akwa-Ibom state, Nse attended Awa Nursery School Kaduna for her elementary education. Along the line, she had to change to Command Children’s school, Jos as a result of her father’s work transfer to Jos.
Her Father worked as a staff of The Central Bank of Nigeria and had to be transferred from time to time. This led to Nse changing schools several times during her Elementary and Secondary Educations.
For her secondary education Nse attended St. Louis College Jos, Federal Government College, Jos and Federal Government College Ilorin respectively.
After her secondary education, she bagged a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre Arts from The University of Calabar. Nse Ikpe Etim is one of the few Nigerian actresses who didn’t just rush into the industry to make some money or fame; for her, it was a true passion for acting that led her into the industry.
Nse started her journey into acting right from when she was in secondary school. As a result of her eloquence and brilliance, she took part in a lot of activities like drama, sports and debates. She was also a very active member of the drama club in the University of Calabar, from where she started her acting career professionally.
After graduating from the University of Calabar, Nse had a brief stint in the banking sector. Due to her love and passion for fashion, she was briefly involved in the fashion industry. She also worked in the media briefly as an On-Air-Personality for Rhythm and Cool Fm.
Nse was first noticed on our screens when she acted in the soap opera, “Family Inheritance”, but it was her excellent performance in the movies, Reloaded and Mr and Mrs that shot her to major limelight and registered her firmly as Nigeria’s sweet heart.
For these two roles, she got several awards and nominations such as Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) 5th and 8th Edition (Best Actress in a leading role), 2014 Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Award (Best Actress in a Drama), 2009 Best of Nollywood Awards (Revelation of the year (Female)), ZAFAA Awards (Best actress in a supporting role), 2010 Best of Nollywood Awards (Best Actress in a leading role), The Eloy Awards (Actress of the year), 2012 Nigeria Entertainment Awards (Best Lead actress), 2013 City People Entertainment Awards (Best Actress of the year) and a nomination in the 2014 Golden Icon Academy Movie Awards.
In January 2013, Nse Ikpe Etim got engaged to Clifford Sule her childhood friend and a senior lecturer with the Middlesex University, UK. On Valentine’s Day, February 14th 2013, the cute couple tied the knots in a civil ceremony at a registry in Lagos. A traditional wedding followed intermittently at her home town in Akwa Ibom State. After the wedding, Nse relocated to the UK to be with her husband.
Apart from acting, Nse also has a passion for sports. She is a die-hard fan of Manchester United and also enjoys cooking, reading, writing and playing scrabble.