A couple of hours ago, Nigerians woke up to the news of actress Nse Ipe-Etim revealing that she no longer has a womb as she had to have it removed due to an ailment.
According to Etim, three years ago, she was diagnosed with Adenomyosis, a condition whereby the inner lining of the uterus breaks through the muscle wall of the uterus.
In her words;
“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 literately 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.
Nigerians have since taken to social media to show their support.
Read some of the reactions below;
I just read @NseIkpeEtim's Adenomyosis diagnosis and I'm wowed. She went through that pain yet put smiles on our faces with her outstanding performances in various movies. Aunty Nse, May you be Joyful all the days of your life. ♥
— Tèná! (@TenaciousTayour) May 12, 2019
— Taiwo (@misteradeyemi) May 12, 2019
— Dr Cold (@Nifercold) May 12, 2019
@NseIkpeEtim Have huge respect for you, but after watching this.. its up by millions steps. God bless you.
— K2n (@kenemodeye) May 12, 2019
@NseIkpeEtim You are simply amazing.
— Moses Essien (@MosesEssien16) May 12, 2019
I love you @NseIkpeEtim I really do
— Ayomide (@MsMeday) May 12, 2019
@NseIkpeEtim I admire you and your strength! You're an amazing Amazon. Keep impacting the world with your Nature-imbued talents. Stay winning. Stay blessed.
— DealBreaker® (@dealbreaker229) May 12, 2019
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