Actor Profile: Uche Rodriguez
Beautiful and talented actress Uche Rodriguez is no stranger in the movie industry, Popularly known as Uche Jombo, she has over the years garnered a large following in Nollywood due to her relentless work as a thespian, screenwriter and producer. She is among the A-list actors in the industry and one of the pioneers of modern-day cinematic Nollywood. Uche is regarded as one of the influential filmmakers in Nigeria and she has many blockbuster movies to her name.
Born on the 28th of December 1979, a native of Abiriba, Abia State, Uche Rodriguez had always displayed acting tendencies, one of the reasons her mother enrolled her in church drama group. The church group was known for awarding scholarships to the best drama student and this saw Uche clinching the award- so three years of her secondary education was taken care of by the church. She attended the University of Calabar where she bagged a degree in Mathematics and Statistics, Uche went further to obtain another degree in Computer Programming from the Federal University of Technology Minna. Uche was sort of a tomboy while growing up, most of her friends were boys and she also enjoyed playing soccer with them.
Uche Rodriguez started her journey in the Nigerian movie industry in 1999 with the movie Visa to Hell. Being in the industry for more than 10 years, before making it big, she started out playing a lot of supporting roles and some of which she did for next to nothing in terms of pay. Her big break came when she featured in the blockbuster movies Ibinabo and Girls Hostel. These movies shot her to the limelight and endeared her to many who constantly kept cheering her on. Over the years she has grown as an actor who truly understands and knows her craft, her role interpretation is superb and she manages to leave her fans in awe while yearning for more.
Uche has always been a scriptwriter at heart but she put that skill into practice after many years of acting. Some of her scripted works include Games Men Play, The Celebrity, Girls in the Hood and a few others. With the birth of UCHE JOMBO STUDIOS in 2012, the production side of this screen diva was unveiled. Joining the likes of Desmond Elliot, Lancelot Imasuen Oduah and Grace Okon as actors turned producers, she indeed added another feather to her already decorated cap. The production studio has such movies under its belt- Nollywood Hustlers, Misplaced, Damage and Holding Hope.
Youth empowerment and encouragement have always been a passion for the screen goddess. It’s no surprise that she heads an NGO dedicated to helping the youths in Nigeria achieve their dreams through writing and acting.
Uche is a recipient of several awards including Best actress in the AfroHollywood Awards, Best supporting actress Nollywood Awards 2010, Best actress City People Entertainment Awards 2010 and a whole lot more.
Married to Kenney Rodriguez, they have a son named Mathew and they’ve been together for over 5 years.
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