* Breaks Silence on Her Struggle with Motherhood
Nse Ikpe-Etim is a Nigerian actress who is famous for her role in the 2008 movie Reloaded. She was nominated for Best Actress in leading roles at the 5th and 8th Africa Movie Academy Awards. With audacity, she has opened up on challenges with conception to drum up support for women who fall under the category of not being able to bear children like her and are constantly scrutinized, judged and pressured by the society.
Shortly before the release of ‘Heaven’s Hell’, the latest movie she starred in, Nse engaged her fans with her life where she revealed she won’t be able to have children because she has no womb (uterus)
At an event tagged “Conversation With Nse” in Lekki, the actress told her audience that three years ago she was diagnosed with a medical condition called Adenomyosis. This is a condition whereby the inner lining of the uterus breaks through the muscle wall of the uterus.
“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 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,” she said bodly.
On her reactions when she was first told by the doctor that she would have to remove her uterus to live: “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.”
Naturally, the ordeal made her fall into depression.
“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 didn’t break me. I’m thankful for Nollywood,” she said.
She wants all women who fall under this category not to yield to societal pressure but still celebrate themselves despite the pain it might cause them. Her advice: ignore what people are saying and focus on your own mental health and not see this as a reason to contemplate suicide.