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I wasn’t born with a silver spoon even though my late father worked at CBN – Nse Ikpe-Etim

Nse Ikpe-Etim has refuted claims of being born with a silver spoon because of her late father's job at the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). The screen diva disclosed that her father's job had them travelling to different parts of Nigeria and also led to loss of friends as she didn't stick around for long. She said:

“It is rather presumptuous to assume that I was born with a silver spoon because my father worked at the Central Bank of Nigeria. Of course not; I was not born with a silver spoon. She told Sunday Scoop. My father was posted to different parts of Nigeria and the advantages were that we got to see the country, learn new cultures, and pick up new languages though I have forgotten loads of phrases. One of the disadvantages was that I made and lost friends along the line, so either way, we just lived. At the end of the day, we turned out okay.” she added.

Remembering her childhood days in the north, Nse Ikpe-Etim condemned the killings being witnessed in the region lately.  She said:  “Thinking of my childhood days in the north, those were part of the best things to ever happen to me. It was lovely and peaceful. It wasn’t unheard of to go to the hills for picnics, the games reserve and wildlife parks. It’s sad that we have slowly lost our humanity because of certain ideals. Whenever I hear of the violence in the north, it is not a pleasant thing to behold as people have lost loved ones, and cherished memories become unclear. It’s so heartbreaking when this happens. We can’t keep killing ourselves,”

Nse Ikpe-Etim (born 1974) is a Nigerian actress. She came into prominence in 2008 for her role in Reloaded. 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. In 2014, she won the Best Actress in a Drama award at the 2014 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards for playing "Nse" in Journey to Self. She is a multiple award winning actress, she is beautiful and elegant. The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) is the Central bank and apex monetary authority of Nigeria established by the CBN Act of 1958 and commenced operations on July 1, 1959.

The major regulatory objectives of the bank as stated in the CBN Act are to:

"maintain the external reserves of the country, promote monetary stability and a sound financial environment, and to act as a banker of last resort and financial adviser to the federal government."

The central bank's role as lender of last resort and adviser to the federal government has sometimes pushed it into murky regulatory waters. After the end of imperial rule the desire of the government to become pro-active in the development of the economy became visible especially after the end of the Nigerian civil war, the bank followed the government's desire and took a determined effort to supplement any short falls in credit allocations to the real sector. The bank soon became involved in lending directly to consumers, contravening its original intention to work through commercial banks in activities involving consumer lending.

However, the policy was an offspring of the indigenisation policy at the time. Nevertheless, the government through the central bank has been actively involved in building the nation's money and equity centers, forming securities regulatory board and introducing treasury instruments into the capital market. We do not know if Nse is actually saying that CBN staffs are not well catered for or not well paid, but I believe she was comfortable with the level her family was then because at least they could foot their bills then. Some rumors must have prompted this confession though, maybe about her lifestyle which has made her come out openly to clear the air.

In any case, Nse Etim is one of Nollywood's finest and we have heard her Reminisce story and we appreciate it.