Uche Jombo Biography
Uche Jombo is a Nigerian actress, screenwriter, and film producer. She was born on December 28, 1979, in Abiriba, Abia State, Nigeria.
She is a graduate of Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Calabar, and Computer Programming from the Federal University of Technology Minna.
Uche Jombo Age
Uche Jombo was born on December 28, 1979, in Abiriba, Nigeria. She is probably 39 years old (as of 2019).
Uche Jombo Husband: Kenny Rodriguez
She walked down the aisle with her American-Puerto Rican born husband, Kenny Rodriguez on May 16, 2012, in a low-key wedding that took place on the shores of Puerto Rico, in the northeastern Caribbean.
Uche Jombo Baby – Son: Matthew Rogriguez
Uche and her husband Kenny Rodriguezon have a son together who is called Matthew Rodriguez.
Visa to Hell( movie)
Jombo made her film debut as an actress over 13 years ago in ‘Visa to Hell.’ We have watched her evolve into one of the most successful, serious-minded actresses of her generation, redirecting her career with her role in the hit movie Games Men Play, a film in which she doubled as an actress and co-scriptwriter. This reassures her fans that beneath the pristine exterior lurks a woman with many talents: an actor, writer, and producer.
She is in all modesty a true product of hard work and self-belief, having gained recognition as one of the most respected female acts who worked her way to the top. She has won the unflinching admiration of millions of fans worldwide and yet continues to blaze the trail, inspiring upcoming acts around her.
With the dynamics that come with the job, she has evolved and has achieved international recognition as a versatile actress; she’s has over 60 movies to her acting credit, 20 screenplays and 14 movies as an executive producer.
Uche Jombo is the executive producer of movies such as Nollywood Hustlers, Holding Hope, Damage, Broken Silence, My Life My Damage, The Place, A Mother’s Fight, Misplaced, Lies Men Tell, False, After the Proposal, Unconditional, Under Your Skin, Oge’s Sister, Almost Perfect.
She operates an NGO, Uche Jombo and You, helping the Nigerian youth with dreams of becoming writers and actors actualize their dreams.
Uche Jombo Weight Loss
She shed some of the extra pounds she had acquired. Sametime you may find her in the gym trying to lose a few pounds.
Uche Jombo Awards
Uche is one of the best actresses in Nigerian who literally worked hard to achieve the best. Nevertheless, she has received great awards as an outstanding actress. For instance, she has won the Best Actress by AfroNolly Group in 2008 held in London, England. Nonetheless, she has also won the 2013 Africa International Film Festival as Best Actress Leading Role and as well as the 2015 Golden Icon Academy Movie Award as Female Viewers Choice of the year.
Uche Jombo Instagram account
NGO, Uche Jombo and You
She runs NGO, Uche & You. The organization that armed to nurture young Nigerian youth who are well talented and dreaming to become the best actors in the future. Besides that, Uche has a studio( UJ studio) that has created employment for talented art incline skilled and talented youth in Nigeria. Apart from acting, she has been doing an endorsement for major companies in Nigeria and other countries in Africa. In 2013, Uche signed a multimillion naira endorsement deal with telecom giant GLO.
Not only that but also, in 2014, she an endorsement deal with other actresses as an ambassador of the new nation project at the Dukwe headquarters in Port Harcourt.
Uche Jombo Movies
Oge’s Sister (2015) Actor/Writer/Producer
Almost Perfect (2015) Actor/Producer
Under Your Skin (2014) Actor/ Producer
After the Proposal (2014) Actor/ Producer
Unconditional (2014) Actor/Producer/Writer
Lies Men Tell (2013) Actor/Producer/Writer
False (2013) Actor/Producer
Blood or Wine (2013) Actor
Lonely Heart (2013) Actor
Lagos Cougars (2013) Actor
Broken silence(2012) Actor/ Producer
Mrs somebody(2012) Actor
Blood or wine(2012) Actor
The place(2012) Actor
Misplaced(2012) Actor/ Producer\
A mother’s fight(2012) Actor/ Producer
Damage (2011) Actor/ Producer/Writer
Player No 1 (2011) Actor
Holding Hope (2011) Actor/ Producer/ Writer
Kiss and Tell (2011) Actor
Unguarded (2011) Actor
Nollywood Hustlers (2010) Actor/ Producer
Rebrand (2010) Actor
Too Much (2010) Actor
Silent Scandals (2010) Actor
Memories of My Heart (2010) Actor
Brutal Heart (2010) Actor
Mad Sex (2010) Actor
Titanic Sister (2009) Actor
The Celebrity (2009) Actor/Writer
Through the Fire (2009) Actor
Between Two Worlds (2009) Actor
Chase (2009) Actor
The Generals (2008) Actor
The One For Me (2008) Actor
Sweet Pain (2008) Actor
World of Honor (2008) Actor
Strength of Faith (2008) Actor
Sacred Heart (2008) Actor
Smackdown (2008) Actor
Reloaded (2008) Actor
When The Heart Lies (2008) Actor
Feel My Pain (2008), Actor
Beyonce and Rihanna (2008) Actor
Solid Affection (2008) Actor
What Went Wrong (2008), Actor
Winds of Mistake (2008) Actor
Total War (2007) Actor
Behind the Truth (2007) Actor
Blessed Among Women (2007) Actor
Most Wanted Bachelor (2007) Actor
Be My Wife (2007) Actor/Writer
Why Me Father (2007) Actor
Keep My Will (2007), Actor
Boys Cot (2007) Actor
House of Commotion (2007) Actor
Price of Fame (2007) Actor/Writer
Yahoo Millionaire (2007) Actor
Love Wins (2007) Actor
Divided Heart (2007) Actor
Bone in the Neck (2007) Actor
Tower of Beauty (2007) Actor
Hottest Babes (2007) Actor
Girls Cot (2007) Actor
Blood for Tears (2006) Actor
Perfect Planner (2006) Actor
Rush Hour (2006) Actor
Wrong Woman (2006) Actor
Women of Faith (2006) Actor
My Sister My Love (2006) Actor
A Price To Pay (2006) Actor
Greatest Harvest (2006) Actor
Games Men Play (2005) Actor/Writer
Endless Lies (2005) Actor/Writer
Fire Love (2005) Actor
Koko Babes (2005) Actor
Corporate Runs (2005) Actor
Secret Fantasy (2005) Actor
A Time To Love (2005) Actor/Writer
Black Bra (2005) Actor
Girls in the Hood (2004) Actor
Total Crisis (2004) Actor
A Cry for Help 3 (2003) Actor
Darkest Night (2003) Actor
Rumors (2003) Actor
Ordained (2002) Actor
To Love Forever (2002) Actor/Writer
Sleeping with the Enemy (2002) Actor
Shakara (2000) Actor
Girls Hostel (2000) Actor
Visa to Hell (2000) Actor
Adure (2000) Actor
Love Boat (2000) Actor
Ordained (2000) Actor/Writer
Price of Peace
White Gold Sellers
Caught in the Act
Uche Jombo Facebook
Uche Jombo Twitter
Uche Jombo Wedding
Marriage not responsible for my limited movie roles
Updated: March 4, 2018
Actress, Uche Jombo, has refuted claims that her 2012 marriage to a Puerto Rican, Kenney Rodriguez, has affected her acting career.
Last year, it was rumored that the union, which is blessed with a son, was in trouble, but the actress quickly addressed the issue on her Instagram page, pleading with bloggers to stop spreading negative news.
In a chat with Sunday Scoop, the actress said the decision to choose movie roles carefully had nothing to with her marriage. She said, “Marriage didn’t stop me from acting regularly. Even before I tied the knot, I had already started selecting projects I do. I choose my projects now because I am not interested in being in every film again. Also, if people cannot see that I am good for a certain role, I don’t need to convince anyone at my level. I have been acting for 18 years and I have matured in the business. I got into acting at a young age, but I need more time to promote the projects I do and still focus on my marriage.”
Despite featuring as a women leader in a new movie, Dr. Mekam, Jombo says she doesn’t have plans to venture into politics. “My best friend in Nollywood, Desmond Elliot, is already a politician and do I like him since he became a politician? I cannot say. I don’t have plans for politics, but I will still be vocal about Nigerian politics.
Speaking on her role in Dr. Mekam, she explained, “There are many people that look at Nigerian politics from afar and think they can do better. They don’t understand that Nigerian politics is beyond one’s intention or what you think you can bring to the table. It generally has to do with how you can position yourself to arrive at your destination, but Dr. Mekam (a role played by Kalu Ikeagwu) does not know this. He thinks he can just come into politics, tell people his dreams and they would hand over the office to him.”
Uche Jombo Interview
Interviewer: Hi Uche. It’s been a bit of a task getting you to sit down for this interview. You seem to have been very busy lately. What have you been up to?
Uche Jombo: We are trying to clear out. We have some productions from my production company, Uche Jombo Studios so I’m basically doing more of post-production work. My Life My Damage, we are looking at starting the tour in September. And I’m working on another comedy which I was the co-executive producer with Desmond Elliott. It’s like nothing you’ve ever seen before. I’m happy to say that the special effects are coming out as expected.
Interviewer: Tell me about some of the movies we should be expecting to see you featured in soon.
Uche Jombo: Mrs. Somebody, a comic look at the pressure to get married in the everyday Nigerian society by Emem Isong. Holding Hopes, Broken Silence which has Uti Nwachukwu and Tonto Dikeh. Also Ikenna, an epic is coming out soon. I also just finished a film, Misplaced Affections.
Interviewer: I read somewhere that you’re affiliated with a Reality TV Show, Nollywood Search in the UK. What is your role in it?
Uche Jombo: It’s organized by Nollywood Uncut. I got interested in their script. It’s not my show per say but whoever wins will work with us.
Interviewer: Your movie, Damage has been out for over a year now. How has the reception been?
Uche Jombo: It’s been fantastic. We are also online where people can pay to watch it on www.damagemovie.com. We are also going to upload soon on DVD.
Damage is a trilogy. We are on the second one now which is My Life My Damage which is about drugs and HIV. It is more student-friendly so we are thinking of doing a proper tour for Nigerian Universities outside the premiere because it is that kind of movie.
Recalling the Early Years
Interviewer: Now Uche, please take me back to the beginning of your acting career. How did you step into shoes of an actress?
Uche Jombo: I know it sounds like a cliché but it was just about being at the right place at the right time. It was almost like a challenge. I was asked, “Can you act?” I was like “Yes I can” and I was given a script to read even though that was not what I went there for. That is how I got my first role from Fidelis Duker in 1999. Eventually, the movie, Visa To Hell came out in 2000.
Interviewer: How has the journey been so far? What encouragement would you give to people just starting out in their acting careers?
Uche Jombo: I’d like to say it’s been rosy but that is not how it was. It’s been a struggle but by God’s grace, it’s been a success story. I always tell people stating that it’s always about self-belief because in this business you are going to get lots of no’s before you get the yes’. But don’t be discouraged. Work more on your craft and self-confidence.
Interviewer: You started out acting mostly ‘Tom Boy’ roles but have now grown to the leading ‘Diva’ kind of roles. Tell me about your career growth.
Uche Jombo: I’m one of those people who would be right if I say I started from a very humble beginning in my career. I did lots of supporting roles and behind the scenes. I think to be consistent at what you do, at a point you should work on yourself more.
I’m in love with art. It was never about money or fame with me. I can’t count how many movies I did without payment. So when you pursue whatever you do with a passion and the love you have for it, it might not be that lucrative at the beginning but at the end of the day, every other thing follows. That’s how it’s been for me.
Interviewer: Did your ‘Tom Boy’ status in movies then have anything to do with what you were like when growing up?
Uche Jombo: I was not an easy child. I did everything teenagers do but probably more. My mother was so scared that she had to enroll me in a church drama group and quarterly they give the best drama student scholarship so three years out of my secondary school was paid for by the church. She did that because I was always either trying to play ball with boys or climbing trees.
Interviewer: That is funny. What is your educational background like?
Uche Jombo: I read Mathematics and Statistics as my first degree at the University of Calabar and Computer Programming as my Post Graduate Diploma at the Federal University of Technology, Minna.
Interviewer: You have two degrees and decided to put it aside for acting? Why?
Uche Jombo: Acting is a way of life. For me, acting is something you are born with. It’s either you are born with it or you’re not. I have a friend who is a graduate of Theater Arts. She cannot act to save her life so it’s really not about what you have read. It’s looking at how you can be useful to yourself and society.
Fashion & Style
Interviewer: I watched a show once where the camera had a peek into your wardrobe and showed that you have quite a large number of shoes…
Uche Jombo: Shoes was one of my guilty pleasures but now it’s equipment for my work.
Interviewer: Why do you have this love for shoes?
Uche Jombo: Because I am short. I am five feet four inches. And then, someone said to me once, “if you don’t have the height you can just buy it.” I do not own one pair of flats.
Growth & Controversies
Interviewer: A number of Nigerian actors are spreading their wings into the Hollywood scene. Do you have any plans to do something similar to that?
Uche Jombo: I’ve always said I won’t go to Hollywood, Hollywood will come to us. It’s not about up and going to Hollywood to look for roles. Do you know how many actors are jobless in Hollywood? Lots of them. You cannot be more American than the American, you can only be you. What makes us peculiar is that we are African people, telling African stories to Africans. It’s about Hollywood coming to us because there is a void which we are going to fill.
Interviewer: You are one of the few Nollywood actresses to clinch a Glo Ambassador deal. How did you get it?
Uche Jombo: I got it like every other person. They did profiles for some actors and they called. At first, I thought it was a joke.
Interviewer: As a celebrity, you might have been sometimes misinterpreted or wrongly accused by the media. What is the most ridiculous thing you’ve ever read or heard about yourself?
Uche Jombo: The abortion one, the one I am in court for. It was the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard about myself. You don’t say someone lost weight because they aborted a six-month pregnancy. That is actually not intelligent because when people are pregnant, they actually add weight. I lost weight for the movie ‘Holding Hope’ and that’s what started the whole thing.
And also the one I heard now that I did a nose job. Of all the things I could do to my body, is it my nose I would want to fix? Sometimes, you pick up a paper and the only truth you read there about yourself is your name.
Interviewer: That was a long time ago. How long has the case been in court?
Uche Jombo: We’ve been in court for over two years but it’s OK, I have the time.
Interviewer: Is the publication still being circulated?
Uche Jombo: It’s still on but I intend to close it even if it’s the last thing I do.
Interviewer: Tell me something most people don’t know about you?
Uche Jombo: I have Insomnia. I called my producer up one time and she was sounding very sleepy and then I checked the time and it was past two am. I had no idea. When people say they have time changes affecting them, not me. I just write or I am in the studio.
The Wedding of Her Dreams
Interviewer: The news has been buzzing for a while that you got married in Puerto Rico last month, but you’ve been quiet about it. Why?
Uche Jombo: Because I have an exclusive publication already on that and eventually, BN would also have it. I also don’t want it to just be all over the place. The whole point was doing something that is totally unexpected. People were busy writing what they didn’t know. I have a right to say this is the information I want out and this is the information I don’t want out. Also because it has stopped being me and now us, we have to continuously agree to how we want stuff done. I am from a different background and my partner is from a different background. We just wanted to save the moment.