You can’t mention big names in Nollywood without mentioning Uche Jumbo’s name.
The actress and producer who gives almost a 100% percent when acting has made a great name for herself in the Nigerian movie industry.
As she turns the big 40, here are some interesting facts about her.
Uche Jombo was born on December 28, 1979, in Abiriba, Abia State.
She was quite stubborn while growing up as she ran away from home at the age of 14.
She was raised by her mother who enrolled her in their church drama group at a young age which made the church pay part of her secondary school tuition.
She also joined the drama group in secondary school and was awarded the best drama student on different occasions.
She proceeded to the University of Calabar where she bagged a degree in Mathematics and Statistics. She also has a second degree in Computer Programming from the Federal University of Technology Minna.
She made her Nollywood debut in 1999 in the movie, Visa to hell. Since then, she has featured in over 200 movies like Girls Hostel, Fire Love, Darkest Night, Secret fantasy, The Celebrity, Games Men Play, Girls in the Hood and A Time to Love, Lies Men Tell, wives on strike, Heaven on my mind.
She has produced 30 movies including Nollywood Hustlers, Holding Hope, and Damage and award-winning movie – Heaven on my mind. She has also directed 6 movies.
She is a recipient of many awards. Some of them include:
Best Actress at the AfroHollywood Awards UK – 2008,
Best Supporting Actress nomination at the 4th Africa Movie Academy Awards – 2008
Best Supporting Actress at the Best of Nollywood Awards – 2010
Best Actress at City People Awards – 2010
Abia State Honor Award – 2010
Nollywood Personality of the year at the Life Changers Awards in the UK – 2010
Merit award for charity support at the 5 Continents Awards in New York – 2010
Best Actress Leading role at the ELOY awards – 2010
Nominated for the Best Actress Leading role at the Best of Nollywood Awards – 2011
Best Actress Leading Role and Best Film by NAFCA – 2012
Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards – 2012
Best Actress in a Leading Role at the Africa International Film Festival – 2012
Female Viewers Choice Awards winner at Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards – 2015
Endorsements and Achievements
She founded Uche Jombo Studios (UJS) in 2008, with the intent of producing movies that would leave a positive impact on society.
She was signed as an ambassador for Globacom in 2013.
She also has an NGO called Uche Jombo & U helping at helping Nigerian youth who want to go into acting.
She married her estranged husband, Kenny Rodriguez secretly in 2012 and they are blessed with a son, Matthew born in 2015.