Actress, Nse Ikpe-Etim discloses why she had to remove her womb
Award-winning Nollywood actress, Nse Ikpe-Etim, has opened up on why she may not be able to bare a child. According to the screen goddess she has had to remove her womb to live a normal life.
Nse shared her struggle with fans at a recent evening tagged Conversation With Nse.
The actress explained that she was diagnosed with a condition called Adenomyosis whereby the inner lining of the uterus breaks through the muscle wall of the uterus. As a result, she had to remove her womb.
She said: “I was told I couldn’t have kids. And 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. And I’m literally 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.”
On what her reaction was when she was first told by the doctor she said:
“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.”
Nse got married to her childhood friend Clifford Sule on February 14, 2013 at a Lagos registry. A traditional wedding ceremony followed in her hometown in Akwa Ibom State and Lagos State respectively, some months after the civil union. She currently resides in London with her husband, a Senior Lecturer at Middlesex University who frequents Nigeria for film engagements.