Popular Nollywood actress, Nse Ikpe-Etim at an event in Lekki Lagos State tagged ‘Conversation with Nse’, said she removed her womb to live a normal life after she was diagnosed with Adenomyosi, a condition whereby the inner lining of the uterus breaks through the muscle wall of the uterus.
She added that she had to remove her uterus three years ago in order to live a normal life.
“I was told I couldn’t have kids, so, I had to have a hysterectomy (removal of the uterus) to make me have a life again and to stop going through what I was going through.
“I’m literarily telling women and men, it really doesn’t matter if you can’t bear children. What really matters is what you would do for the world, for the universe.”
“The day I was informed I had to remove my Uterus tears dropped and then my husband squeezed my hand. It was reassuring there was someone there and it was telling me that this is reality, my reality.”
“I didn’t think there was any point anymore because my society taught me that I have to be a mother to be appreciated and every time I went online, I would have one troll or two say ‘you never born?’
“But I’m thankful that that didn’t break me.”
“I’m thankful for Nollywood. I push my pain through every single character.”
“Prior to the hysterectomy, I badly wanted to have children.
“I wanted a set of twins. I wanted children. I wanted so badly I was brooding forever. I did IVF. I did everything our society wants every woman to do so that we can be accepted as women,” she added.
On 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, she relocated to the UK to be with her husband.
She was nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role at the 5th and 8th Africa Movie Academy Awards for her role in Reloaded and Mr. and Mrs. respectively