Why I Can’t Sacrifice My Acting Career For Marriage –Actress Nse Ikpe

Published 6 years ago by: Charles colins
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at 08:34 AM, 19/10/2012 (6 years ago)

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A few years back, Nollywood actress, Nse Ikpe-Etim, took a break from acting, to work in the banking sector. Ikpe-Etim, who is a professional chef, later delved into the fashion industry before she made a comeback in Emem Isong’s hit movie, Reloaded.

But nowadays it takes an intelligent script and a thorough filmmaker to entice her away from her home and family, as well her favourite place, the kitchen.

And the latest film script to have engrossed the slender role interpreter is the Rita Dominic/ Mildred Okwo’s satirical comedy flick, The Meeting, in which she plays, Bolarinwa, the high-flying girlfriend of a serving federal minister.

Although she appears in just a few scenes in the film, the actress is quick to correct anyone who thinks that it was an irrelevant role. “It was not a minor role, I beg to differ because one scene can make or mar a movie and one scene can give you an Oscar or AMAA. So I like to say that every role is increasingly important as long as you are an actor. You can have guest appearances, cameos, lead and supporting roles. My role was a cameo," she says.

As she speaks glowingly about her role in the movie which premieres today, Ikpe-Etim almost immediately switches into character and then in a smattering of Yoruba language saying, “Mo need cash gan just like Bolarinwa, my taste is very high,” bursting into a fit of laughter.

It then becomes almost impossible to decipher when she is actually being serious with the responses and when it is just a tease. But this is quite understandable for the actress who spent her formative years in primary and secondary schools in Jos, Kaduna and Ilorin as she loves to have a good laugh.

The societal pressure on Nollywood spinsters keeps mounting by the day and has been attributed as the reason behind the scandals and divorce tales trailing a number of stars. While there may be a tendency for some persons to take her jovial nature for granted, Ikpe-Etim says she does not take lightly issues that pertain to her still being single having come this far in her career and so naturally puts up a defence.

“The thing is I have stated my thoughts on marriage. It is a good thing but it has to be kept holy. Who says I am being delayed? I do not subscribe to divorce because I am so catholic and I was brought up that way. I am not in a relationship because I won’t have time to make other people happy and make ‘him’ happy. I have chosen who I want to make happy, my fans.

"It’s very early in my career and I can’t compromise because I can’t feed him. I don’t do trial and error, every man that has been in my life has been for a reason and season and I am sure they are all fine. It is something that you do not out of societal pressure, not because your parents want you to do it but because you are ready and you have found the one person that you cannot dare to live without,” she explains.

Just like many other thespians who have found solace in Nollywood, Ikpe-Etim, who studied Theatre- Arts at the University of Calabar, says she misses the adrenalin rush that comes with being on stage.

“My background in theatre has helped in a way because you know what you want. More so theatre does not teach you acting for film. Acting for film, is a different thing from being on stage. They are two different ball games. You have to be lucky that the camera loves you and whatever it is, you can elicit any sort of feelings from your viewers. Theatre is exhilarating. It is almost orgasmic.”

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ajanni at 08:53 AM, 19/10/2012 (6 years ago)
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lanudja at 09:01 AM, 19/10/2012 (6 years ago)
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Its ok... bt remember time waits 4 no one...
ajanni at 09:07 AM, 19/10/2012 (6 years ago)
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thats true oooooo
denmal at 09:22 AM, 19/10/2012 (6 years ago)
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na she sabi
rosypn at 09:37 AM, 19/10/2012 (6 years ago)
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Is your life, pls yourself Cool Cool Cool Cool Cool Cool Cool Cool Cool
proly at 09:48 AM, 19/10/2012 (6 years ago)
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visioneer at 09:49 AM, 19/10/2012 (6 years ago)
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my dear i dont think u started acting business in nigeria and u will not end it, look at alot of them that re still married till tomorow and they still act, a man who loves his wife will support her career no matter what happen but u ve to know how to go about it too, so if u not getting married i dont s acting
pls tell us another thing, let  i forget that movie u got acted mr and mrs , that was great
jamesbondchick at 10:01 AM, 19/10/2012 (6 years ago)
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Its ok,we'll talk again when you turn 50!

neloceleb at 10:34 AM, 19/10/2012 (6 years ago)
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Ur biz
Originalsly at 10:45 AM, 19/10/2012 (6 years ago)
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"I am not in a relationship because I won't have time to make other people happy and make 'him' happy"............"it is very early in my (acting) career..."  She should try telling that to Omotola. Too busy?... and a cameo after such a long break? These are the type of women that are looking for Mr Perfect and usually end up as single home wreckers.
udenzeu at 11:18 AM, 19/10/2012 (6 years ago)
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Life is all about choice and style, so is all urs to decide.
dickman2 at 11:46 AM, 19/10/2012 (6 years ago)
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 Huh? Huh? Huh?
exchronicle at 11:52 AM, 19/10/2012 (6 years ago)
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Idbabe at 11:54 AM, 19/10/2012 (6 years ago)
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I dey pass
Neglito at 12:13 PM, 19/10/2012 (6 years ago)
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Continue with your ARABANKO, see you later.
kattie77 at 01:08 PM, 19/10/2012 (6 years ago)
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Siddon there until u turn 50
Neglito at 01:51 PM, 19/10/2012 (6 years ago)
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Quote from: exchronicle on 11:52 AM, 19/10/2012

Is that how u'll start?
jite4real at 01:55 PM, 19/10/2012 (6 years ago)
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she no well.
torrejon_men at 02:44 PM, 19/10/2012 (6 years ago)
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her choice
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