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Nse Ikpe-Etim Actress plays refugee in South African film 'Shussh'

Multiple award-winning Nollywood actress Nse Ikpe-Etim is Madeleine in upcoming South African film, 'Shussh.'

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Multiple award-winning Nollywood actress Nse Ikpe-Etim is currently in Cape Town, South Africa, shooting the film 'Shussh', which is based on the novel 'Whiplash' by Tracey Farren.

Ikpe-Etim plays Madeleine, a refugee who comes to South Africa after suffering horrific war-time in the Congo.

She forms a close bond with Tess, a young sex worker whose life is in turmoil – based by South Africa actress Christia Visser.

Nse Ikpe-Etim as  Madeleine in 'Shushh' play

Nse Ikpe-Etim as  Madeleine in 'Shushh'

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Speaking on the movie, the talented actress said; "Shussh' is such a piercing story and it haunted me for days.”

“A chance to bring Madeleine to life is truly humbling because there is always that one thing which you know has killed your will to die, for death would be far too easy,” said Ikpe-Etim.


The film is directed by Meg Rickards, who co-directed the award-winning documentary '1994: The Bloody Miracle'.

“We are delighted that Nse Ikpe-Etim is going to make her South African debut on Shussh,” said Rickards.

“She is an extraordinary artist, with subtlety and emotional range. I feel privileged to be working with her to tell a story about breaking the silence around the abuse of women and children – endemic in so many parts of our continent.”

Nse Ikpe-Etim as  Madeleine in 'Shushh' play

Nse Ikpe-Etim as  Madeleine in 'Shushh'

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Nse Ikpe-Etim is one of Nollywood’s most sought-after actresses, winning the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Award for Best Actress in a Drama in 2014.

Whiplash, the book on which Shushh is based, was short-listed for the Sunday Times Fiction Prize in 2009, and honored by a White Ribbon Award by Women Demand Dignity.

The film is produced by Paul Egan and Kim Williams at Boondogle Films, with a female-dominated crew.


The team is planning an outreach project to accompany the film’s release in 2016.

Nse Ikpe-Etim’s upcoming projects also include 'A Hotel Called Memory' by Akin Omotoso, where she plays Lola, a recently divorced woman who meets and falls in love with the charismatic Femi while on a business trip.

Jim Iyke and Nse Ikpe Etim on set of Moses Inwang's 'Stalker' play

Jim Iyke and Nse Ikpe Etim on set of Moses Inwang's 'Stalker'

Ikpe-Etim will also soon grace the screens in 'Stalker', a thriller by Moses Inwang in which she plays Kayla, a stylist who will stop at nothing to please her clients.


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