Nollywood actress and on-air personality, Nancy Isime has shared her story about how she left her parents’ home to be an independent woman.

Speaking in an interview with Lilian Afegbai, Nancy Isime disclosed that she started working at age 16 and made a decision to live as an independent woman at age 17.

“I’m just at a point in my life where I’m just at peace with my success, accomplishments, and failures. Everything is for a purpose. It can’t always be smooth. Challenges are stepping stones to another level,” she said.

“I’m tough because I’ve been through so much, from childhood till now. I was just trying to work and be independent. At 16, I started working. At 17, I’d moved out of my parents’ house.

“I was completely responsible for myself at 19, even for school fees and basic needs. And I was still sending money back home; taking care of the family. I remember one time my dad spoke to me while I was just sharing some fears.

“He said I should always remember that, at the age of 18, I was already paying my younger sister’s school fees. I didn’t remember that myself. I do things for people and I forget. I don’t do things expecting anything in return.”

Nancy Isime also recounted how she tried committing suicide after she lost her mother at age 5.

“Some people had time to grow through life but I had to mature in time,” she had said at the time.

“Losing your mum at the age of five, you’re exposed to a lot of things you’re not supposed to experience.