Uche Elendu Interview

Uche Elendu. Image: Google

Uche Elendu is a popular actress and producer. In this interview with Yetunde Oladeinde, she opens a window into her world and speaks about things that make her tick.

IT is the tail end of 2019, how has the year been for you?

I am having a fantastic year. I am so fulfilled. God has been very faithful this year. This year has been an amazing year. I have achieved a lot of my goals; meeting my expectations. Though the year is not yet over, I have been able to achieve all my goals for 2019.

What’s your best achievement so far?

For me, it would be setting up my personal brand and pushing it to limelight. In addition, I have also been helping a lot of women to achieve confidence with their body which is something I am really passionate about. I feel so fulfilled that my brand is reaching out to a lot of people and they are getting good results. Also working on my personal movie this year. I hope to get it to the cinema this year. The plan to start filming has taken off and I must say that things are falling into place; the right way and I am grateful. One other amazing thing is getting sponsors in my favour. Things are really working in my favour.

Your fans have been asking if you took a break from acting recently?
I didn’t take any break from movies; it is my first love. So, I am still very much in the sector. The only thing that happened is that I only slowed down because the movie sector doesn’t pay like before. Of course, it isn’t as if I am into movies just for the money, but it is my job. So I am supposed to make a living out of it.

Recently, there have been a number of challenges, especially privacy issues. That is why producers no longer invest in movie productions. There was a drop in the production and marketing of movies. That’s the main reason most of us decided to go into other businesses to boost our finance.

Tell us about your favourite movie(s) in 2019?
For me, my favourite movies in 2019 are Lion King and Aladdin.

What are the things that you won’t do in the name of fashion?
I will not be caught dressed scantily in the name of fashion even if it’s the trend. That, I think, is what I would not do when it comes to fashion.

What was your greatest challenge as an actress?

My greatest challenge as an actress was having to choose between my marriage and my career. I just got married at the time and I would refer to this as the peak of my career and I had to face family life. I got pregnant almost immediately, so I had to deal with being absent from the scene and also trying to come back three months after having my baby. I also recollect going to location with my little baby and having my husband frown at it. I must say that it was not easy to reconcile. So, I had to give movies a break. 

When was the turning point for you?

That would be my bounce back in 2012. I had given acting a long break and decided to come back with an A game and that was when I was given a script to film an Igbo movie titled “Ada Mbano”. Unfortunately, I lost the role due to my inability to speak the Igbo dialect required, that almost threw me into depression because that was the kick I needed to bounce back. However, another opportunity came with Seven rivers where I brought in the A game I had nursed and by God’s grace the movie hit the market big time.

Let’s talk about life as an actress. How did it all begin?

Well, it all started over 10 years ago when I was still in the university. At that point, I got introduced by a friend to her father who was a veteran actor at the time. He saw the talent and passion I had in interpreting roles. That was the beginning for me and he decided to give me the opportunity to express myself. That was a great turning point; you can see where I am today.

I must also say that life as an actress has its up and downs. The popularity is a plus and also a minus too. Once you step out of your house, automatically you become other people’s business. I don’t usually have that freedom to do what I used to do freely before, like taking strolls, going to the market and so on. But all the same, I thank God because it is by His grace that I am where I am today.

Asides acting, what else are you into?
I’m into beauty generally. I am a beautiful woman and I know what it takes to keep being beautiful. So, I have extended this to other women who don’t know how to keep their body in good shape after delivery. I am also into skincare, hair, body sculpting, everything that makes a woman beautiful. I actually run a beauty store basically.

What prompted the birth of your product known as Killer Curves?

It is the passion for beauty, passion for looking good, passion for helping women to achieve their beauty goals. It is actually something that I’m passionate about and fortunate to benefit from. Interestingly, it was a product that I was introduced to by a friend of mine in the United States. It was very good for waist training. So, I gave it a shot for like five months and when I came back to Nigeria, everybody was complementing my new look. It was a very exciting experience for me at that time. Then I thought if I could achieve this for such a time, why would people risk going under the knife for same purpose? So, I ordered for a few friends of mine and after using it for a while, they all said to me, ‘Uche, this thing really works. This is really good.’ That’s how I decided to do more research on it with the mind of making a living out of this. After that particular experience, I travelled and checked other products.

I can now proudly say that I have the best effective waist product in Nigeria.

I really wanted to touch lives with my products and Killer Curves gave me that satisfaction. I was able to touch lives and help women achieve their body goals without surgery.

I started in November 2018. That was when I brought my first batch of products.

So far, it has been awesome.

How does Killer Curves work?

Killer Curves has different kinds of products that include what I call the sculpting garment. I gave it that name because of the way it defines the body. It flattens the body, takes inches off the waist, lifts the breast and has a butt lifter. I made sure I have the best quality ever with the sculpting garment. I make very little profits from it, but seeing the customers satisfaction makes me more fulfilled.

I also have waist trainer, slimming product that burn fats and detoxifies the body. They work together with the waist trainer and sculpting garment.

To achieve a curvy shape, can one combine dieting and exercising?

Yes, we have the fitness belt, strictly for exercise. Slim teas; I give diet plans to my client. I advise you do not eat late night foods and take lots of fruits, water, vegetables.

You need to diet and exercise for longevity and good health. So, yes, our products work with diet or without diet and exercise.

With constant usage, you would get amazing results. My products are the best in the market. I did a lot of research before I kicked off mine.

As a business woman, how do you feel reading or listening to great feedbacks from your customers?

I cannot estimate the way I feel about the reviews I get about my product; feedbacks, referrals and I’m like so amazing. When I check my Instagram business pages and see lots of women praying for me, thanking me, I feel touched. I am excited women are getting their desired shapes back. It doesn’t come easy, but with consistency.

I feel it’s an idea God put in me. So, with my product, we put things together to make every woman appreciate and love her body again. It might take time but there must be adherence to instructions and determination; nothing good comes easy. We have products for high, middle and low classes for everyone to partake.

By the grace of God we have gotten a store in Lekki Phase 1, where people can come in and consult, fit their product and size. I’m totally grateful to God for everything.

You picked some Nollywood colleagues as your ambassadors, what did you spot in them?

Actually, I have only one actor as my ambassador, which is Destiny Etiko. I picked her because she’s one person that encouraged me in the business. When I started my business, she bought my products, used them, was supportive and told her social media followers about the product. She’s also a hard working girl, uses herself as an example because she has killer curves. She is the Killer Curves Queen.

So, I don’t regret using her as an ambassador.

You run multiple businesses; you act, produce and a proud mum of two, how do you cope with them all?
Yes, I run multiple businesses. From CEO Killer Curves, CEO Lendy Hair and more, I’m also a mother of two lovely children and I’m an actor extra ordinary.

Actually, I won’t say it’s easy as an entrepreneur that’s still trying to get her brand well recognised because I have to be in the picture at all times. My business is not something I can employ people to run. Killer Curves has like four staff, Lendy Hair has like two staff. I have people handling my social pages, those in charge of logistics and taking orders. But it’s not enough; it’s something that has to do with the body, so I have to be there. It’s not easy. It is very tasking and I have to create a time table for myself. Of course, I have kids that are my world. But I also have siblings that help them with their home works. I also have an amazing mother that comes around whenever I’m out of the country for a shoot to make sure I keep in touch with my kids. So, basically, I try to attend to every responsibility in a very responsible way.

How do you find time to relax?

I actually find time to relax and my relaxation is spending time with my kids. I’m not really an outgoing person. You can’t find me out there except I’m really forced by friends or someone close is celebrating something. Apart from that, my best moment is when I’m home with my kids. I try as much as possible when I can afford it to go on a vacation with my kids. I eat, sleep, read and search online. Basically, that’s what I do as my relaxation moment.

You made a post in Instagram recently on finding and keeping a good woman; would you say you haven’t been lucky with love and relationship?

I was talking about relationship. I was trying to let men know that good women are scarce. So, when you find one, learn to protect her, love and appreciate her efforts. Make her happy. There are lots of women out there but we have very few good women. Most women out there are materialistic, wicked; they are out to frustrate men because they have been hurt. So, when you get a woman that loves you unconditionally with or without money, appreciate her. Not all women are materialistic; some women just want you to show them love, most of them go to church to pray for their husbands to have money, pray for their husbands’ protection and favour. Most spend their last card on their husbands to make sure they are happy but at the end what they get is rejection. Their husbands leave them to follow slay queens that will suck the little one they are able to get. It doesn’t have anything to do with my personal life. It is just painful and obvious that’s it happening in our society today, that’s why marriages are crashing.

Men feel that when they marry a woman or probably she’s given them a child, then she doesn’t have any other place to go. They prefer to go out and look for those slim girls, wearing bum short, that’s why I say women should stop tying wrapper at home. They should buy Killer Curves, shape up their bodies, so that your man will respect you. So, in one way or the other, men appreciate women because of their looks.

Respect your woman, give her a sense of belonging. Show her love, do not drive her into depression. That’s why I advise that if the marriage is violent and you can’t bear it anymore, my dear, run for your life. Being single is better than single in the casket. I’m not in any way encouraging divorce but rather men love your wives. Women should also know their worth, love their husbands and be faithful. But never stay in a toxic relationship. Run for your dear life. What makes a good marriage?

Understanding, tolerance, love God. Fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. When you have a woman that fears God, the marriage is bound to work, but when you have a woman that fears God and a man that doesn’t and you try to make the man fear God and he refuses, be at alert. Because people that fear God are conscious; they do things because they feel He owns their life.

For me, my say is before a woman goes into marriage, make sure it is with a man that fears God, loves, tolerates, share thoughts together and understands you well.

The two parties should love each other, tolerate each other, pray together and share ideas together.

Again, celebrity marriages keep crashing, what’s your take and fear on this scary trend?
Talking about celebrity marriages, I really don’t like to talk about that. Celebrities are human beings and as much as celebrity marriages crash, other marriages around the world also crash. It’s not about being a celebrity, it’s just about the individuals involved in the union.

Marriage is the coming together of two different people with two different opinions, different backgrounds, different understanding of life and marriage, so when that mutual understanding is not there, it’s a big problem. Most men feel insecure and threatened when they marry celebrities as wives. They are jealous because their wives are celebrities and most likely have more fame, more money, meet a lot of people out there and all that.

Most people feel female celebrities always cheat. It is not always that way in most cases. Celebrity women have admirers; they are also admired by their fans, they have male colleagues. But their ability to keep these relationships cordial is the main issue. I don’t like to hear people say female celebrity marriages don’t last.

Do you have any project you’re working on currently?

I am working on my new movie and also my physical store for Killer Curves. Most times when you do online store, people would also want to see you. I will still do a formal opening very soon, but for now, people can walk into the shop and get their desired products; Killer Curves, slimming tea, etc.

What is your definition of style?
Comfortability. I want to be comfortable and classy with what I do, how I dress, where I go to; so I don’t get into undue pressure and get unnecessary attention. Style is all about being yourself. It’s as short as that. For me, I do the things I am comfortable doing, wear what fits me, and never settle for less. Just as all human beings are different in some ways, so are our styles. So anyone who tries to be like another person automatically has no style. That’s the way I see it.

What are some of the items that you treasure most in your wardrobe?
I’m not particularly vain or materialistic but I treasure every wardrobe item; the handbags, jewelleries, shoes, the outfit itself, perfumes and so on, because all these make me complete when I go out.

If you had to advise young people, what would you tell them?

Everything can be achieved by hard work and determination. Never back down on your dreams. You can achieve anything you want if only you set your heart towards it and always talk to God about anything because He is the one to make it happen.