Nollywood Etim was born on 21 of October 1974 in Lagos. Etim is the first of six children. She attended Awa Nursery School and Command Primary School in Kaduna State, from where she then furthered her studies at St Louis College, Jos and the Federal Government Colleges in Jos and Ilorin. She said that her family was often transferred to various regions of Nigeria due to her father's career with the Central Bank of Nigeria. Etim got her first degree in Theater Arts from the University of Calabar.
At 18, Etim started acting on stage at the university. Her first television appearance was in the family soap Inheritance. After her graduation from university she temporarily left the film industry to venture in other endeavours before making a comeback with Emem Isong's Reloaded alongside Ramsey Nouah, Rita Dominic and Desmond Elliot.
She got married to her childhood friend Clifford Sule on February 14, 2013 at a Lagos registry. A traditional wedding ceremony followed in her hometown in Akwa Ibom State and Lagos State respectively, some months after the civil union. She currently resides in London with her husband, a Senior Lecturer at Middlesex University who frequents Nigeria for film engagements.
In 2011, during best of Nollywood award, she won the Best Actress in a Lead role for the movie Mrs and Mrs.
She also won the best supporting role in Kiss and Tell.
Best lead Actress in an English Movie phone swap, best in a drama kiss and tell