FULL NAME: Uche Jombo Rodriguez
STAGE NAME : Uche Jombo
NET WORTH : N370 Million
DATE OF BIRTH: Born on December 28, 1979 [age 38 years old]
PLACE OF BIRTH : Abiriba, Abia State, Nigeria.
OCCUPATION: Nigerian actress, screenwriter and film producer.
MARITAL STATUS: Married to Kenney Rodriguez
EDUCATION : University of Calabar and Federal University of Technology Minna
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Uche Jombo Rodriguez who is popular known by her stage name Uche Jombo is a Nigerian actress, screenwriter and film producer who ventured into the Nigerian movie industry (Nollywoood) in 1999 in the movie titled “Visa to hell” and since then has over 60 movies to her credit and still counting. Uche Jombo is one of the most decorated and bankable Nigerian actress who has taken Nollywood to another level with her block buster movies.
Early Life And Background
Uche Jombo was born on December 28, 1979 was born in Abiriba, Abia State, Nigeria. She attended University of Calabar where she obtained a degree in Mathematics and statistics , she is also a graduate of Computer Programming from the Federal University of Technology Minna. Her growing up was so tough due to the fact that she was so much of a man , her mother who was a devoted christian enrolled her in a church drama group and quarterly they give the best drama student scholarship so three years out of her secondary school was paid for by the church. All the time she is always behaving a boy , it is either she is playing soccer with boys or she is climbing trees.
Before she gained recognition, she did lots of supporting roles and behind the scenes. Her becoming an actress was never about money or fame for her. When she started newly, she did many movies for free without any payment. It is very simple to understand, when you pursue whatever you do with a passion and the love you have in mind for that particular thing you don’t think about the compensation aspect but at the end of the day, every other thing follows. The Screen diva Uche started her career at a tender age when she used to dress up and tell her stories to family and friends in her hometown of Abiriba in Abia State. Continue reading biography below.
Uche Jombo kick started her journey into the Nigerian movie industry in 1999 in the movie “Visa to hell”. As a screenwriter she has written and co-written several movies some of which include: “The Celebrity”, “Games Men Play”, “Girls in the Hood” & “A Time to Love”. She was given her first movie role as an actress 12 years ago, she has eventually become of the most successful Nigerian actress today. And since then, she has featured in over 60 interesting Nollywood movies. Uche started her career as an actress and script writer but got her big break in the movie industry when she featured in the movies “Ibinabo” and “Girls hostel”, with roles as die-hard-stone-cold. She later featured in the movie titled “Games Men Play”, a film she doubled as an actress and co-script writer, with her role that made her our screen darling.
She officially ventured into script writing after years of working as a Nollywood actress. She has co-wrote movies like “Girls in the hood”, “a time to love”, “games men play” and “the celebrity”. In 2012, she ventured into movie production phase with her business named “Uche Jombo Studio”. As a movie producer, she has produced such as “misplaced” , “Nollywood Hustlers”, “Holding Hope” and her latest work “Damage” which deals with the issue of domestic violence. Uche Jombo opreates an NGO Uche Jombo and You, helping the Nigerian youth with dreams of becoming writers and actors, actualize their dreams. The Nollywood A-list actress was recently appointed a Globacom ambassador .
The Nollywood diva has won several awards which include the Best Actress by AfroNolly Group in 2008 in London, England; The City People Entertainment awards for Best Actress 2010; Life Changers award, (Nollywood Personality of the Year) United Kingdom; Humanitarian Award for Haiti in New York, USA; Abriba Youth Honour of Pride Award 2010, Abriba, Abia State as well as the Abia State Honours Award 2010 .
She has garnered millions of fans worldwide and continues to blaze trails and inspire others around her. She is generally regarded as one of the most spontaneous and a versatile actress in Nollywood. She was pregnant in 2014 but lost the child unfortunately after six months. She took in again in 2015 but refused to break the news to fans , she finally gave birth at last.
Uche Jumbo is legally married, she tied the knot with her hearthrob, Kenney Rodriguez On May 16, 2012 at a private beach wedding on the Island of Puerto Rico and they are blessed with a son named Matthew Rodriguez.
In this latest interview by Bella Naija’s Ademola Adeyemo, she revealed why she kept her wedding secret and many more.
Read interview excerpts below
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?
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 savour the moment.
Awards And Nominations
- Won Best Actress — AfroHollywood Awards -UK
- Won Best Supporting Actress —- 2010 Best of Nollywood Awards
- Won Best Actress — 2010 City People Entertainment Awards
- Won Honor Award — 2010 Abia State Awards
- Won Nollywood Personality of the year —- 2010 Life Changers Awards-UK
- Won Merit award for charity support —- 5 Continents Awards -NewYork 2010
- Won Best Actress Leading role —- ELOY awards
- Won Best Actress Leading Role and Best Film — 2012 Nafca
- Won Best Actress Leading Role —- 2013 Africa International Film Festival
- Won Female Viewers Choice —– 2015 Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards
- Nominated for Best Actress — 2015 Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards
- Nominated for Best Actress Leading Role —- 10th Africa Movie Academy Awards
- Best Movie – Comedy —- 2014 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards
- Best On Screen ( with Patience Ozokwor) and Female Viewers Choice Awards —- 2014 Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards
- Nominated for Best Actress Leading role-English —- 2013 Best of Nollywood Awards
- Nominated for Best Actress Leading Role — 8th Africa Movie Academy Awards
- Nominated for Female Viewers Choice Awards—- 2012 Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards
- Nominated for Best Actress Leading role and Best Kiss with Kalu Ikeagwu and Best Screenplay —- 2011 Best of Nollywood Awards
- Nominated for Best Supporting Actress —- 4th Africa Movie Academy Awards 2008
Selected Filmography ( Movies)
- Visa to hell
- Girls Hostel
- Fire Love
- Endless Lies
- Darkest Night
- Black Bra
- Secret Fantasy
- Price of Fame
- My Sister My Love
- Love Wins
- Co-operate Runs
- World of Commotion
- Rush Hour
- Price of Peace
- Most Wanted Bachelor
- Keep My Will
- House of Doom
- Greatest Harvest
- Final Hour
- Feel My Pain
- Beyonce & Rihanna
- Love Games
- Silent Scandals Muky
- Home in Exile
- Holding Hope
- Kiss and Tell
- Mrs Somebody
- After The Proposal
- Wives on strike
- Banana Island Ghost