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,"
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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Jergens | 10/19/2012 9:05:06 AM
...is dat why u re luking like a ghost in dis pic???.....mtcheeew,u beta go settle down. Reply this thread
Lalaland | 10/23/2012 2:07:34 AM |
One advice for you from a man to a woman is for you to shurup hope that a man sees you and wanna marry you! Stop chatting rawbish cos you need a hubby to marry and start having children. You are an african woman and I know that you are educated enough to know that you should be married by now!
wrigt | 10/19/2012 9:08:38 AM
thats if u are lucky to get any man to propose. by the way u need to be in a relationship before talking of marriage. go siddon Reply this thread
chizzy | 10/19/2012 9:14:59 AM
9ja ppl n this marriage issue.i weak 4 una sha Reply this thread
ok nah | 10/19/2012 4:02:14 PM |
i tired pass u,nah dem dey force dem go marry after dem go dey divorce again bcos dem no wait for approprite time.
ABUJA | 10/19/2012 9:31:05 AM
KNOCK KNOCK WHOS THERE? ITS 40YRS NO HUBBY NO PIKIN MY GOD THIS GRANNY IS IN DREAMLAND GET MERRRID OO LOOK AT THERE MIRRROR U LOOK OLD VERY OLD , RNT U TIRED OF BENGING DFRNT MAN EVERDAYMTCHEEEEW. Reply this thread
Trikish Tre (TT) | 10/19/2012 9:48:48 AM |
remember marriage is a choice if she doesn't want to get married that is her decision
ogebaby | 12/23/2012 8:02:54 AM |
Nsedear,I pray God gives u a good husband soon
Raymond | 10/19/2012 9:57:49 AM
I find some commentators on this forum very children,but i wanna make a contribution today.I know some may insult me as it is in their character,but i still will pass my point across?
Does Marriage a measurement of success??
How can we measure success? To me it is being Happy?? and believe you me,happiness comes to different people in different forms.Some people are very very happy being single and they function better as single persons.Marriage is not meant for everybody.Please stop pressurising people to get married becos it has no basis.Some people may date and have children for many years,but they decide that they will not get married.Thats life for you.Ninety percent of successful women in the world are not married,yet they have made a name for themselves,and those names will stay on until the end of time.
Its high time Nigerians,most especially,see marriage as a yardstick of success or settling down..hahaha...since when did marriage becomes a matter of settling down.Its high time we embrassed how other people decide to live their lives and make this world a better place.We cannot make others to live in other people's shadow.
Marriage is good,But its not meant for everyone.Paul himself said in the bible,that marriage is not meant for everyone-thats why he remained single.He said he function better as a single man.Since all of us in this forum points to the bible in almost every topic,why havent we criticised Paul for being single?
Please we should tolerate people in the lifes they have chosen to live.
Peace to you all. Reply this thread
DUPSYDUCK | 10/26/2012 8:46:20 AM |
Uchechi | 12/21/2012 6:05:03 AM |
When u talk about apostle Paul being single, he stayed single in order to do work of God appropriately dats is in his own side n dat does nt mean dat u cant b married n stil carry out d gospel! While paul was single, he was strong enough to control himself from sexual immorality. Now tell me aw many of us dat can decide to remain single for life without sex?
ABUJA | 10/19/2012 10:07:42 AM
KNOCK KNOCK WHOS THER?40YRS, NO HUBBY NO PIKIN MTSHEEEEWWW U LOOK OLD AND DESPERATE TO BE TIYED DOWN , RNT U TIRED OF BENGING DFRNT MAN EVERDAY NONSENCE !!! Reply this thread
Didi | 10/19/2012 11:06:37 AM
Look,dere's goin 2 b a tym wen u'l get old and ur fans wuldnt care abt u anymore...go get married and start having kids rather than jump from one old minister to anoda Reply this thread
Missy | 10/19/2012 1:10:59 PM
What is it with Africans and marriage? na by force? haba!!! Reply this thread
kay | 10/19/2012 5:14:41 PM
Some girls speak of marriage as if its a do or die stuff. Pls pray for ur own husbands and mine ur bussiness. Wit success u will see a man who is ready to love u d way u r. So my dear nse get married wen u r ready joor. Dnt mind some pple dat can't boost of anytin in life. Reply this thread
Mr Naira - Miami Beach USA | 10/19/2012 11:35:03 PM
Nse-Baby is my missing rib.
I can't wait to meet my soul mate in person and go down on bended knee, or at least get an autograph. :-)
Great actress, I love all her work. Reply this thread
johnne | 10/21/2012 3:10:57 AM
nse edima mmi.aya ama idi ndo?mbuk me yem usong nanga mkpe ukit.mbo nnam die?mbok ndoko...if u no grab ask dat akwa ibom g beside ya.luv u nse Reply this thread
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SARATA | 10/26/2012 5:20:49 PM
THIS GIRL IS A VERY TALENTED GIRL THATS WHAT MATTERS. KEEP ON ACTING YOUR ROLE Reply this thread
Florence | 11/8/2012 2:57:23 AM
I strongly believe you knw wat u re doing,i like ur guts nd d fact dat u choose achieving ur goals before thinking of settling down,life is nt all abt marriage i must say i envy you! Reply this thread
BeBe | 11/9/2012 11:22:04 AM
Nseeeeh...if men no gree come mary U,U go mary them now Reply this thread
KingzbarbiE | 11/15/2012 3:49:48 AM
Nse pls go n marry . U r old o....Rita Dominic too Reply this thread
Mimee | 11/15/2012 9:45:18 PM
Marraige means alot to different people. I'm a woman and i dare say marraige is good if you plan well. The way you lay your bed so shall you lie on it. Somme pretend they don't need a man but will go about hugging Teddy bears on their nbeds at night wats does dat imply??? its good to have a career but know dat a womans life is programmed. i stand to tell u she said this out of frustration because as a woman ages she needs companion someone she can always come home to, someone to lay her head on his shoulders a cry, share her problems with. She's jus try to make a face deep down she"s soooo lonely. ur career can never take the place of a man/family. Reply this thread
Ifunanya | 12/1/2012 1:34:10 AM
Mirriage is a mata of choice, so leave ha 2 decide weda or nt 2 marry Reply this thread
Lisa | 12/9/2012 6:27:44 PM
I am amazed at so many narrow-minded people. If Nse chooses not to marry, that is her prerogative. Many of these women talk about marriage and yet those married bar a very few of them would attest to infidelity in their marriages. Let her be, it is her life not yours!! Reply this thread
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