Nancy Isime (17 December 1991) is a Nigerian actress, model, host, and media personality from Edo state. She is known for her roles in various Nollywood films and for her TV show called The Nancy Isime Show among other things.
Stunning Nigerian media personality Nancy Isime has been making waves in the entertainment industry since the inception of her professional career. She started her career as an usher, working for several companies before attaining celebrity status following her works as a model, actress, and TV host. Over the years, she has been associated with multiple TV networks. Additionally, the multi-talented OAP has made a name for herself in Nollywood with her charisma and work ethic, which has helped her execute each role she plays with precision.
Consequently, Nancy Isime’s career has been decorated with numerous awards despite her young age. She has attributed her success story to her upbringing, thanking her father for inculcating in her the value of discipline, which has enabled her to go far in life. Now let’s look at Isime’s background details and how she has become a force to reckon with in the entertainment industry.
The Actress Came From the Esan Tribe in Edo State, Nigeria
The Omo Ghetto actress hails from the Esan Tribe of Edo State in the South Southern part of Nigeria. She comes from a family of five, having lost her mother when she was five years old. She has three siblings whose names are yet unknown. Following her mum’s sudden demise on April 28th, 1996, Isime had a traumatic childhood. She battled with depression and also attempted suicide during her childhood.
Thankfully, she made it through the stage and has never looked back on pursuing her dreams. She was raised by a strict father, whose discipline has helped her become the woman she is today. Born on December 17, 1991, the 31-year-old actress was born and raised in the Centre of Excellence (Lagos State).
Nancy completed her primary and junior secondary school education in Lagos. Afterward, she relocated to Benin City, where she completed her basic education and obtained the West African Senior Secondary School Certificate (WASSC). She subsequently proceeded to the University of Port Harcourt (Uniport), and there, she studied a six-month basic course. She later obtained a Diploma in Social Works from the University of Lagos (Unilag).
Nancy Isime Has Been in Showbiz For Over a Decade
At the age of seventeen, while trying to assist herself in school, Nancy Isime began working as an usher for companies. While growing up, she wasn’t certain of what career path to take and was torn in-between becoming a pilot, surgeon, or geologist, even though her father wanted her to pursue a career in law. By chance, she eventually found herself in showbiz, and her initial aim was to make money, move abroad, and start working there. Nancy has grown to love what she does and has moved ahead to build a thriving career in entertainment which has lasted more than 10 years.
She Started Modeling Professionally in 2010
During her days on campus, Nancy Isime received compliments about her hourglass figure with suggestions to ply her trade in modeling. As a result, she started pursuing a career as a model by going for auditions. She eventually picked a spot in the Miss Valentine International Pageant in 2009 and emerged as the winner.
She additionally contested for Miss Telecoms Nigeria and finished second place. Nancy kicked off her professional modeling career in 2010 and carried out gigs for brands such as Modela, Konga Online, Fidelity Bank, Shakara Couture, MTN, and Adebayo Jones. Over the years, the comely damsel has modeled for multiple fashion houses, including House of Marie, Zizi Cardow, Ade Bakare, Lanre Da Silva, and many others.
Nancy Isime also attended runway shows. She has since stated that she no longer works as a model with exemptions of brand endorsement gigs and social media influencing roles. Nonetheless, Nancy Isime has appeared on the cover of multiple magazines in the past years. In April 2021, she was featured on the cover of Media Room Hub magazine. Furthermore, she has been working as an ambassador for brands such as BeautybyTamar and much more.
From The Squeeze To The Nancy Isime Show: A Look at Her TV Hosting Roles
While modeling, Nancy Isime was linked to TV hosting auditions. She landed her first job with Ultima Studios, where she served as the host of a gossip show, The Squeeze. Following her excellent communication skills, the media personality had her roles extended and began hosting the technology show, What’s Hawt, for Ultima Studios. In 2014, she hosted the red carpet session of Project Fame West Africa season 7 – a music talent reality TV show aired on numerous TV networks in the West African subcontinent.
Later in 2016, the 5 feet 11 inches model started serving as the host of Trending, a famous show that airs on Hip TV. The show was previously anchored by famed Nigerian OAP Toke Makinwa before Nancy Isime replaced her. Nancy still serves as the host of Trending to date. Alongside Reminisce, she co-hosted The Headies Award show in 2019. Also, she serves as the host and executive producer of her eponymous YouTube show and, equally, the host of The Voice Nigeria.
Nancy Isime Has Done a Great Job As An Actress
The elegant OAP ventured into acting after meeting a Ghanaian director in a runway show who advised her to try acting because she possesses the qualities of a good actress. The director followed it up by inviting Isime to an acting audition, which wasn’t successful. She didn’t lose hope but continued attending auditions until she landed her first acting role in the TV series, Echoes in 2011. Later in 2015, Nancy Isime scored roles in the TV series Tales of Eve: Thanks for Coming, On the Real, and movies such as Breathless, Road to Yesterday, and Hex.
More so, the actress has featured in many commercially successful movies. In 2018, she was cast in Merry Men: The Real Yoruba Demons alongside AY Makun, Ramsey Noah, Jim Iyke, Damilola Adegbite, and Richard Mofe-Damijo. The action-comedy movie grossed over ₦235 million at the box office. Nancy Isime was also featured in the blockbuster Living in Bondage: Breaking Free alongside Kenneth Okonkwo and Kanayo O. Kanayo. The film premiered on Netflix in May 2020, and at the end of its theatrical run, it earned ₦168.7 million on a budget of ₦10 million.
Following her extraordinary acting talent, Isime has starred in more than 26 films and TV series. Some of her notable works include A Trip to Jamaica (2016), Treachery (2017), A Better Family (2018), The Millions (2019), Merry Men 2 (2019), A Dance to Forget (2020), Kambili: The Whole 30 Yards (2020), and The Razz Guy (2021). Her role models in Nollywood include Genevieve Nnaji, Mercy Johnson, Nse Ikpe-Etim, and Rita Dominic. While in Hollywood, she adores Meryl Streep, Dakota Fanning, and Angela Bassett.
A Look At Nancy Isime’s Career Accomplishments
Having achieved a successful career as a model, actress, and TV host, Nancy Isime has been awarded:
- Nigerian Model and Achievers’ Model of the Year Award in 2016.
- City People Entertainment Award for Best VJ of the Year (2016).
- Sexiest On-Air Personality Award for the female category during the Nigerian Broadcasters Merit Awards show in 2016.
- The Future Award for Best On-Air Personality (Visual), 2017.
- City People Movie Awards for the Most Promising Actress (English) and Best Supporting Actress (English) in 2018.
- Best of Nollywood Awards for Best Kiss in a Movie, 2019.
- Eko Star Film & TV Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Nigerian Film and Television Industry, 2021.