Ebbe was born in the Bronx but raised cross the Atlantic in the city of Calabar, Nigeria, West Africa. She attended the William Esper Studio and under the tutelage of the estimable Maggie Flanigan honed her craft as a method actor. Ms. Bassey went on to be a co-founding member of the Tupu Kweli Theatre Company through which she explored socially conscious work such as the award nominated Reality, TRAPPED, Guilty But Mentally Ill, One Wish etc. Ebbe has appeared in Nikyatu Jusu’s “African Booty Scratcher.” The film had its premiere at the American Black Film Festival in Los Angeles, California; was accepted at the Pan African Film Festival and has a steady presence on the cable network, HBO. She is the writer, executive producer and lead actress in the short film “Siri Oko Fo (Mending Fences),” which explores the themes of love, family bonds, same sex parenting, female gender mutilation in Nigeria. The film made its debut at the 2008 Cannes International Film Festival in Nice, France and has gone on to screen at other prestigious festivals such as the Hollywood Black Film Festival (Los Angeles, California), Urban World Film Festival (New York, NY), and Boston International Film Festival (Boston, Massachusetts) etc. She is currently working on pre-production for her second short film, “Saving Father” that will explore the rise of HIV/AIDS amongst senior citizens.
Writer and Actress: Siri Oko Fo (Mending Fences)
Best Short Screenplay and Audience choice awards – Nigerian Entertainment International Film Festival
When Essien Henshaw’s sister Eme makes a surprise visit from Nigeria to his home in Harlem, he soon learns that she has brought strong beliefs and customs with her.