Light-skinned and busty actress, Uche Ogbodo, who ranks in the upper reef of the ocean when it comes to acting, has told her story of triumph and pain and how she’s winning the battle as an actress and a single mother.
While speaking in an exclusive interview with Vanguard newspaper, popular Nollywood actress, Uche Ogbodo, opened up on her marriage to a footballer husband which was fraught with controversies and crashed just after a couple of months.
Crushed and heartbroken, Uche relocated to US and returned some couple of years ago to reclaim her position as one of the leading ladies in Nollywood. Now a single mother without a husband, she continues her battle of life, winning some and losing some.
Here are excerpt from the screen star’s story of triumph and pain and how she’s winning the battle as an actress and a mother.
You’ve been a bit slow at doing movies lately, why is that so?
It hasn’t been slow actually. The industry has gotten bigger. That you haven’t been seeing Genevieve in movies doesn’t mean she hasn’t been doing something. The industry is wider now, with more productions and more people. But I’ve been working.
How is life now as a single mum compared to when you were married?
Life is more fulfilling for me. As a single mother, life is more fulfilling than it would have been as a single girl without a child. Though, I’m still single and unmarried, but I would say if I used to be too emotional, needy or petty, all that is gone, my child fills that vacuum for me. When I want to look into someone’s eyes and feel loved, I have all that in my daughter. She has helped me rebuild myself. 50% of the woman I have become comes from my having a baby. It has turned me around to the very destiny I was born to accomplish.
Does that mean you’re not looking forward to a new relationship?
I’m still hoping to find that wonderful human being that would fill the remaining part of my needs. I’m open to anything. Yes, I’m dating, but I haven’t found the one.
What’s your idea of ‘the one’?
I don’t like to say, because you never know. Back in the days, I used to say this is the kind of man I want and all that but you know, we’re women and when a different kind of man comes and lies to you, you just fall head over heels. In the past, I always painted pictures, but eventually I fell for the wrong person. So, let God give me the kind of man that he knows is best for me. I’m open to that different kind of man that is not in my picture.
What is your relationship with your ex like? Are you on talking terms?
No, we’re not talking. He doesn’t keep in touch, but that’s fine.
Some people are of the view that it’s better to be a baby-mama than to be married, what’s your opinion on this growing trend?
I’m a single mother already. It happened by fate. I never wanted it to happen this way. I wanted to be married. I think it’s an individual thing. I don’t judge people. If you think you don’t want to get married, you just want to be a baby-mama. For heaven’s sake, it’s your life. But if you think that marriage is what works for you, then all well and good. I want to get married. I need a partner in my life, because I don’t think I want to spend the rest of my life alone with my children. Even at this age, my daughter keeps asking me about her father.
She has never seen him. This isn’t what I want and it hurts me sometimes. But what can I do and I am hoping that I can get a good daddy for my daughter. I don’t want a daddy that would hurt me and my child, but one that would love us both. So, I’m not in a hurry. I pray that someday I will be able to say to my daughter ‘This is your daddy’, because every time she asks I never say anything.
Click here to read the full interview on Vanguard.