Filmmaker and Nollywood actress, Nse Ikpe-Etim has revealed that there is so much pressure on celebrities to act perfect, which has led many to the wrong side of life.
“Celebrity or Human? Well, the latter first before anything else. The pressure for perfection is real. It cannot be attained. Everyone needs someone to come through for them.
However, be kind to all for everyone is a star or a celebrity in their world. Like the adage says “The difference between kpekere and plantain chips na packaging”.
I have no regrets because I love the woman I am today. I say that my scars make up the real me. Would I give up my journey just because I think something wasn’t right? What makes it wrong? I live with absolutely no rue but thankful for the journey and looking ahead.”
The actress also stated that sometimes it is fine to add value to the society and delay gratification and also ditch the entitlement spirit.
Meaning that profit shouldn’t be the aim, rather one should think long term when you have to offer or contribute your quota to society.
In her own words,
“It is okay to work for loyalty and not for profit. It is okay to work for the long term, add value and ignore short term benefits.
The society might not believe in this but it is the right thing to do. It is actually ok to just sit a while and ponder these thoughts.
The joy in adding value to any project is priceless. The genuine smile in the eyes of those who truly will appreciate the work rather than the “gain” you hope to take with you.
Sign up for an internship, join a benefit drive, be part of something charitable without having to gain from it.
It shouldn’t just be about money or short-term benefits, we all should be able to add value for free. It’s priceless. We must learn to delay gratification for the greater good.
Ditch the entitlement spirit. This is not to say if one deserves to get paid you throw the value card.
It is wrong to think of how much money is to be made rather than what value will be added. There will come a paradigm shift.
However, we can be the generation that does the shifting,” she added.