Nancy Isime Biography: Early life, education, acting career and personal life

This is a biography of the gorgeous and talented actress Nancy Isime who is also well known for her modelling stints as well as her career in the media. She is a professional presenter that brings colour and liveliness to shows that she anchors. Nancy Isime first became popular in 2009 at the age of 18 and has since held down an impressive career in the show industry.

In this article that covers the biography of Nancy Isime, we will reveal interesting facts about the Nigerian celebrity. We will also detail her career from start to present as well as other interesting aspects of her life that people are curious to know more about. In the next section, we provide a summary of some of the most important facts about Nancy Isime.

10 facts about Nancy Isime

  1. Nancy Isime was born on 17th December 1991 in Lagos State but she is from Edo State.
  2. Her mother died when she was five years and she grew up with her father who was a disciplinarian.
  3. She studied at the University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) and the University of Lagos (UNILAG).
  4. Isime won the 2009 Miss Valentine International beauty pageant and worked with fashion designers like Lanre Da Silva and Zizi Cardow.
  5. She started her acting officially on the TV series Echoes in 2011.
  6. Nancy Isime appeared in other Nollywood films like A Trip to Jamaica, Merry Men and Living in Bondage: Breaking Free.
  7. She took over hosting the Trending show on HipTV after Toke Makinwa.
  8. Nancy Isime and Reminisce co-hosted The Headies award in 2019.
  9. She won the Best Supporting Actress (English) at the City People Movie Awards (2019) and many other awards.
  10. She also launched her own show The Nancy Isime Show (TNIS) in November 2019.

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Nancy Isime Biography: Early life and education

Nancy Isime was born on 17th December 1991 in Lagos State. However, careful research into her origin confirmed that her father is from Edo State, meaning that Nancy Isime is from Edo State. As of which particular tribe she is from, it could be of the many tribes in the state including Edo, Okpe, Esan, Afemai/Etsako, Ora, Akoko-Edo, Igbanke or Emai ethnic group.

Nancy Isime lost her mother when she was only fives old and grew up with her father whom she described as a disciplinarian in an interview. She also stated that as an adult, she is grateful for his training.

According to an, Isime had her primary school education in Lagos State. She allegedly began her junior secondary school education in Lagos State before her family relocated to Benin City in Edo State. Thus, the actress completed her secondary school education in that State.

After this, she underwent a six-month course at the University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT). Then, as her Wikipedia page mentions, she enrolled for a two-year Diploma in Social Works at the University of Lagos (Unilag).

Nancy Isime Biography: Career


The popular celebrity and media personality actually confessed that she did not know what career path to tow while growing up. She says: “As a child, I didn’t know what career to settle for but my dad wanted me to become a lawyer.”

Yet, she somehow found her way into the entertainment industry through the most unlikely doors. Nancy Isime started working as an usher with many companies. Likely, she got to attend events and meet celebrities and other big names in the entertainment industry.

It was during this period that she went into the modelling industry. Nancy Isime entered for the 2009 Miss Valentine International beauty pageant and won. She says that was her first time of ever entering for a beauty pageant contest.

During the modelling career that followed, Isime worked some with popular designers. One of the designers that she worked with was Lanre Da Silva, an internationally recognised fashion designer based in Lagos. She also worked with Zizi Cardow, another internationally known designer.

She also worked with Adebayo Jones, Ade Bakare, Shakara Couture, Konga Online and more.

In response to why she stopped modelling, Nancy Isimer tells the PUNCH: “I am no longer a model because I don’t feel comfortable combining it with acting and TV presenting.”

Acting Career (Film and TV)

Nancy Isime’s acting career began when she appeared on a TV series Echoes in 2011. According to her own statement, she had not gone looking for acting opportunities, instead, they had found her. A Ghanaian director approached her after she had just completed a runway performance.

The director had seen the way she carried herself and complimented her and told her she had the “gait of an actress.” He invited her to audition for a role but she didn’t get the role. Later, she received another invitation. This time, it was for the above-mention Echoes, and she landed a role in the film.

She revealed that she had not been looking to pursue a career in acting. Instead, she had planned to save money for aviation school. But, as things turned out, she started getting more acting gigs. She appeared in some films like A Trip to Jamaica and in the 2017 comedy film Hire a Man. You may also remember Nancy Isime for her role in Disguise (2018).


Isime was also in the two instalments of Merry Men. She also played the role of Stella in the 2019 award-winning film, Living in Bondage: Breaking Free. Her efforts in the acting industry saw her bag the City People Movie Awards as Best Supporting Actress (English) in 2019.

TV personality and presenter

The first time Nancy Isime tried her hands at presenting was under the Ultima Studios show called The Squeeze. She also ran another technology show for the company called What’s Hawt. Isime also got opportunities to host backstage and red carpet segments of MTN Project Fame West Africa.

Her big break in the TV presenting industry came when HipTV picked her for its Trending show in 2016. It made the news because she was filling the shoes of Toke Makinwa, a popular name in the TV host industry.

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She has also appeared in music videos of big-time artistes like 2face Idibia’s (now known as 2Baba) Iheneme and Hennessy Artistry Featuring MI and Naeto C.

In 2019, Nancy Isime and Nigerian rapper Reminisce co-hosted The Headies Award Show at the Eko Convention Centre in Victoria Island, Lagos.

Nancy Isime launched her own show in October 2019 titled, The Nancy Isime Show (TNIS).

As a presenter, Nancy Isime has won many awards including the City People Entertainment Award VJ of the Year in 2016. For a list of all Nancy Isime awards, check the concluding part of this article.

The Nancy Isime Show (TNIS)

Launched in October 2019, the first episode aired on 5th November 2019 and featured Derenle Edun. Since then she has aired 13 episodes featuring popular Nigerian celebrities. Its first season ended in January 2020 and she has posted a trailer for the second season.


Each of the episodes of the Nancy Isime Show has thousands of views and it seems to be doing well. The YouTube Channel has 4.58K subscribers as of when this article was published.

Nancy Isime Biography: Personal life

Nancy Isime is not married and while there have been speculations of her being in a serious romantic relationship, we could not find any proof to support this claim. However, she has dated on and off, through the years.

She has always acknowledged her good looks and knows that she can date any man if the feeling is mutual. Also, she mentioned that during her stint as a model, she learned to toughen up and handle disappointments better.

Isime also revealed that she adores such Nollywood stars like Genevieve Nnaji, Nse Ikpe-Etim, Mercy Johnson, Rita Dominic and others.

In her words: “[They] have paved the way for the new generation of actors.” Also, she mentions admiring international actresses like Angela Bassett, Meryl Steep, Amanda Seyfried, Dakota Fanning and others.

During an interview with the Punch, Nancy Isime confessed that she is quite adventurous with fashion. She also said she can bare her cleavage and legs and is not sure that there are styles she cannot wear.

Nancy Isime Biography: Net worth

Many have asked what is the net worth of Nancy Isime? There is no verifiable answer at this time. However, we found some online magazines giving speculated figures concerning Nancy Isime’s net worth. For example, Keninfo claimed that Nancy Isime is worth $700,000.

We know that she is not among the richest female celebrities in Nigeria as a top ten list would show popular names like Genevieve Nnaji, Rita Dominic, Patience Ozokwor and others.

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Nancy Isime has other sources of income besides her acting and presenting jobs. She is the face of Bella Hair Collection (Rana Prestige Industry) as well as an ambassador for 234 Bet and Makari Nigeria. These endorsements are sure to be bringing her income to support earnings from her career.

Final thoughts …

Nancy Isime is a beautiful Nigerian celebrity who is on her way to write her name in the entertainment industry forever. She has come a long way in show business, starting as a model after winning a beauty pageant.

She has also made appearances in some of the biggest Nollywood films of this time. Yet, many will know her more for her career as a TV presenter. Isime is showing everyone that they can make it big in the entertainment industry through hard work and talent.

Below, we look at some of the recognitions and awards that Nancy Isime has garnered so far as well as other important information about her.

Additional Nancy Isime information

Nancy Isime list of films and TV shows

  1. Echoes (2011)
  2. Hex (2015)
  3. A Trip to Jamaica (2016)
  4. Hire a Man (2017)
  5. Finding C.H.R.I.S (2017)
  6. The Surrogate (2017)
  7. On the Real (2017)
  8. Merry Men: The Real Yoruba Demons (2017)
  9. A Better Family (2018)
  10. Jonny Just Come (JJC) (2018)
  11. Club (2018)
  12. Disguise (2018)
  13. Levi (2018)
  14. Living in Bondage: Breaking Free (2019)
  15. Don’t get mad get even (2019)
  16. Made in Heaven (2019)
  17. Hire A Woman (2019)
  18. Adaife (2019)
  19. The Millions (2019)
  20. Beauty in the Broken (2019)
  21. Guilty (2019)

Nancy Isime awards

  1. Miss Valentine International (2009)
  2. City People Entertainment Award VJ of the Year (2016)
  3. Model of the year at the Nigerian Model and Achievers Award (2016)
  4. The Future Awards Africa Nigeria Prize for On-Air Personality (TV) (2017)
  5. Best Supporting Actress (English) at the City People Movie Awards (2019)
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About The Author


Obinna is a fiction writer from Lagos, Nigeria, and grew up loving comic book characters and superheroes. He watches lots of action films and writes entertainment and technology articles. He is also interested in science and how things work.

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