Uche Jombo Rodriguez is a Nigerian actress, screen writer and film producer. For over 20 years, the talented actress has progressively evolved from an upcoming actress to a leading actress; to a screenwriter and to a movie producer.
Early life and background of Uche Jombo
Uche Jombo was born on December 28, 1979 to Mr Nelson Jombo and Mrs Ngozi Jombo in Abiriba, Abia State, Nigeria. She had her primary and secondary education in her birthplace. While in secondary school, she joined the school’s drama group, and always got an award as the best drama student. Jombo was also a member of the drama department in her mother’s church. She has two degrees which she obtained from different universities in Nigeria. She earned her first degree in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Calabar. She then proceeded to obtain a second degree in Computer Programming from the Federal University of Technology, Minna. Growing up, life was pretty tough for Uche as she was raised by a single mother. At a point, the mother’s church had to sponsor her secondary school education. As a child, Uche was a tomboy who played football or climbed trees with her male peers.
Her Acting Career
Uche Jombo made her acting debut in 1999 with Nigerian movie, Visa to Hell. Her commitment to acting plunged her into limelight thus making her one of the sought-after actresses in the movie industry.
Uche Jombo has featured in over 200 movies, produced 30 movies including Nollywood Hustlers, Holding Hope, and Damage. She has also directed 6 movies.
The actress cum director established her production company, Uche Jombo Studios (UJS) in 2008, with the aim of creating movies that would leave a positive impact on society. She has successfully executed the production of over 14 movies. She has also done over 20 screenplays. Amongst them are Lost in Us, How I Saved My Marriage and award-winning true-life drama, Heaven on My Mind.
In 2012, the versatile actress featured in Ebony Life TV reality show, Screen Divas alongside other A-list actresses – Rita Dominic, Funke Akindele, and Kate Henshaw. Together, they starred in short movie, New Horizon. Movies like Damage and New Horizon addressed the ills of domestic violence and the need for social change in the society. Uche Jumbo through her production company has been able to give back to the society by employing talented and skilled people.
The A-list personality signed an endorsement deal alongside other actresses as an ambassador of the New Nation project at the Dukwe headquarters in Port Harcourt in 2014. She also signed a multimillion naira endorsement deal with the telecom giant GLO in 2013. This lasted for three years.
In addition to this, she also run a foundation, Uche Jombo and You organization which focuses on nurturing the young Nigerians and enable them start a career in writing and acting.
Some years ago, there were allegations of cheating in her marriage. It was reported that Uche’s husband, Kenney Rodriguez cheated on her with a 22-year-old American. The rumour started when photos of Kenney in a compromising position was leaked. However, this photo was an old picture of Jombo’s husband and his ex. Kennedy made a public apology to his wife on his instagram page. The scandal has settled since then. This prompted her to take off her personal life from social media. She deleted pictures of her family from her social media accounts.
Uche Jombo’s Relationship and Family Life
The down-to-earth actress once dated footballer, Ikechukwu Uche before getting married to her Puerto Rican husband, Kenney Rodriguez. They had their private beach wedding on the Island of Puerto Rico. They’ve been married for 8 years now and they have a son named Matthew Chinedu Rodriguez.
Awards and Nominations
Her flourishing career has helped her clinched several nominations and awards.
Best Actress at the AfroHollywood Awards UK – 2008
Nominated for the Best Supporting Actress at the 4th Africa Movie Academy Awards – 2008
Best Supporting Actress at the Best of Nollywood Awards – 2010
City People Entertainment Awards honoured her as the Best Actress – 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 – 2011
Nominated for the Best Actress Leading role at the Best of Nollywood Awards – 2011
Best Screenplay nominee at the Best of Nollywood Awards – 2011
Nominated for Best Kiss with Kalu Ikeagwu – 2011
Best Actress Leading Role at NAFCA – 2012
NAFCA honoured Damage as the Best Film – 2012
Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards – 2012
Female Viewers Choice Awards nominee – 2012
8th Africa Movie Academy Awards honoured her for the Best Actress Leading Role – 2012
Best Actress Leading Role at the Africa International Film Festival – 2013
Nominated for the Best Actress Leading Role-English at the Best of Nollywood Awards – 2013
Female Film Producers of the Year nominee at the ELOY Awards – 2014
Nominated for Best On-Screen (with Patience Ozokwor) at the Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards – 2014
Female Viewers Choice Awards nominee – 2014
Nominated for Best Movie – Comedy at the Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards – 2014
Best Actress Leading Role nominee at the 10th Africa Movie Academy Awards – 2015
Nominated as the Best Actress at the Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards – 2014
Female Viewers Choice Awards – 2015
Certificate of Achievement for Best Narrative Feature at the African Women Arts and Film Festival – 2019
Uche Jombo’s Net Worth
Uche Jombo is one of the successful actresses in Nollywood. According to online sources, she is estimated to be worth $2million dollars.