How I balance family and career- Uche Elendu

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Award winning actress and mother of two, UcheElendu has, no doubt, carved a niche for herself in Nollywood with movies like Lies Men Tell, Mrs. Somebody, Holding Hope, Kiss & Tell and The Altar, among others.

The indigene of Abia State and graduate of International Relations from Imo State University (IMSU) joined the movie industry in 2001 after she starred in her debut movie entitled Fear of the Unknown. Uche got married in January 2012 to Walter OgochukwuIgweanyiba and today the union is blessed with two children. The Oracle Today caught up with her recently and she opened up on on her career and how she balances it with the home front.

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On career, marriage and motherhood

How I balance the home front is a great challenge because those two are very important aspects of my life–family and career. But, I make sure that I attend to both accordingly and I have a great manager that helps me properly handle the career and work out my schedule while I work on my home front.

Acting is quite demanding but it has not affected my career negatively. I got married at the peak of my acting career and though it slowed me down, I had no choice and neither was my husband behind it. I just felt it was my obligation to concentrate on fulfilling the purpose of marriage.

God has been the centre of all my activities, so he has been able to balance things for me. I must confess, having to balance the home as a mom and also create time for movies is a big challenge in itself but I thank God (for everything).

Why is it that career women are not good home makers?

Honestly, I don’t subscribe to that because career women are humans just like everyone else and there are a lot of distractions associated with our career but with focus and the grace of God, one can balance both.

Childhood

I come from a family of four kids. My dad is a retired civil servant; he worked with Nigerian Ports Authority while my mom is a retired headmistress with Loral International Schools and I have three younger brothers.
While growing up, my parents were in active service and made sure we lacked nothing, though my father was a strict disciplinarian and he never spared the rod to save the child.

I was bored most of the time with no sister to play with and a dad that won’t allow me go out to play with other kids except with due permission. He made sure we had the best of education and in everything, we give God the glory.

Nollywood

With over 60 movies to her credit, UcheElendu has come a long way. Could you recall your foray into movies?
Venturing into the movie industry wasn’t by chance. I had a passion and a strong burning desire to use my talent to create a lasting impact in the life of people. So, it was easy to delve into the industry because aside the fact that I could identify with the gift I had, it is also a career that has great influence on people. And I intended to influence the lives of people positively.

What were her fears when she came into acting?

There was the initial scare due to the highly competitive nature of the movie industry. But, I believed in my ability and in my God and this gave me strength to pull through.

Dreams
I will like to reach the highest of heights. I will love to break into Hollywood and make movies that would hold the world spellbound!

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