Jan 18, 2015 – Uche Elendu & Husband Move To Lagos From Owerri, Nigerian Actress Returns To Nollywood Years After Wedding
Nollywood actress Uche Elendu got married in 2012 and left Nollywood few months later to raise a family.
The Owerri-based movie star then returned to produce a hit movie, Enemy At The Gate and since then, she has not featured in any movie. She then took some time out to raise her daughter, Delphine Zutty Walter.
On her wedding day
Few days ago, Uche Elendu relocated to Lagos from her base in Owerri Imo state in a bid to get back into limelight.
See excerpts from her recent chat with The Entertainer below:
What would you say is the craziest thing a fan has done to you?
That was on Oxford Street in the UK. I was shopping when a girl walked up to me to say ‘hello’. And as I turned around to see who was talking to me, she gave a very hot kiss on my lips. I was so embarrassed having a girl kiss me. She said she loved me and that I am so beautiful. She said that I was the best and I should keep it up, adding that she’s one of my biggest fans.
How have you been balancing your marriage and acting career?
I was at the peak of my career when I got married. I still believe that marriage is important in a woman’s life. After I got married, I had a three-year break because I had to take care of my daughter and keep my home. And after that, I returned to my job.
Was it that easy to get back to limelight after the break?
It wasn’t easy, but funny enough, the way God made it; I didn’t have to make much effort. The movie that launched me back was Ada Mbano.
You are one of the few actresses without scandals, how do you manage to do it and how do you safeguard your marriage?
I am not in a position to judge anybody. Marriage is a union between two different people with different background and mentality; different thought processes, different ambitions, different characters and behaviours. Consequently, it is a normal thing for couples to have problems but it is your ability to keep your head down and bring things back to the way they used to be that matters. It is not as if I don’t quarrel with my husband. If you stay with a man for 24 hours in the same house, you are bound to have arguments, but it is your ability to be mature about it and the presence of the Holy Spirit in your life that can turn things around for good.
As a married woman, do guys still toast you?
(Laughter) Of course they do, if they don’t then I would have to re-examine myself. Well, I handle them like I’ve always done. I just make them my friends and tell them we can’t do more than that. You just have to handle it maturely because when you are in the public eye and you’re pretty, you have no right to expect people not to admire you.
How come you have not got any endorsement deal despite being in the industry for almost a decade and half?
Actually, I think it is because I took a break as a result of my marriage, and the fact that I have always been in the East. But this year, I am moving high.
Is that why you relocated from Owerri to Lagos this year?
The reason I am moving to Lagos is that I want a change of environment; I want to give entertainment a full shot this year, I mean give it all my time. Meanwhile, if endorsements come, they are very welcome. I have worked hard and I am still working hard to earn them so I will be grateful to God when it finally happens.
Do you watch your movies? Do you sometimes feel that some characters you played could have been better?
Oh, definitely. I am my greatest critic; I criticize myself a lot. When I watch my movies sometimes I feel bad. However, recently I have stopped watching my movies because when I do, I begin to think I should have done this or that better. I criticize myself a lot and that helps me to do better.
What lesson would you teach up-and-coming actresses from what you have learnt so far?
My advice to the up-and-coming actress is to discover herself first; be sure she wants to act. You shouldn’t go into acting because you want to be seen on TV; they are two different things. You discover your ability so as to give it your best shot because you love acting and not because of the money or the fame that comes with it. It is not easy being in the limelight; you have to work hard, you have to do a lot of free jobs at first, and you have to discomfort yourself to be able to get there, and most importantly, put God first in everything.