Ufuoma Ejenobor

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Ufuoma Ejenobor
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Ufuoma Ejenobor at a photo shoot in 2008
Born Ufuoma Stacey Ejenobor
(1981-04-23) 23 April 1981 (age 35)
Benin City, Nigeria.
Occupation Actor, Presenter, Producer, Film Director.
Years active 2004–present
Spouse(s) Steven McDermott (m. 2010) [1]
Children 2

Ufuoma Stacey Ejenobor,[2] pronounced "oof-oh-ma, stay-see, edge-air-no-bore"[3][4] (born 23 April 1981), also known as Ufuoma McDermott [5] [6] is a Nollywood actor and presenter based in Nigeria.[7]

Early life[edit]

Ejenobor was born in Benin City to Nigerian parents who hail from Delta State in Nigeria. She moved a lot - from Benin City to Jos, where she spent the better part of her toddler years, and later to Lagos, where she has lived for the greater part of her life and still resides till date. At the age of seven, her father coined a pet name for her: ISIO (which means "star" in Urhobo). She was so named after the star actress of the TELEFEST programme put together by NTA Benin, The Pot of Life.

Personal life[edit]

Ejenobor got married on 23 April 2010 to Steven McDermott.[8][9][10] She officially changed her name to Ufuoma McDermott on May 23, 2014 at a Lagos high court.[11] Ufuoma and Steven McDermott have two children: son Isio Jared (born 10 October 2012) and daughter Kesiena Alize (born 8 August 2015).


She went through Alama Private School Jos, Plateau state, Tunwase Nursery and primary school Ikeja, Lagos and finally Molly International Nursery and primary Ajao Estate for her nursery and primary education. She then attended Federal Government College Odogbolu Ogun state for her secondary education.

Ufuoma later bagged a degree in French language from the University of Lagos where she partook in a Federal Government scholarship holiday programme. She also has certificates and diplomas from Alliance Française and NIIT. She holds a master's degree in Public and International Affairs, also from the University of Lagos.[12]

In 2011, She attended New York Film Academy in Los Angeles for an acting course and later on a film making course from Dov Simen’s Hollywood Film Institute. In 2013, she obtained a certificate in Human resource management from the London Business School.

In Summer 2015, she was part of the Relativity Education program from Nigeria, owned by Relativity Media in Beverly Hills. [13]


She started a career in entertainment with modelling in 2000 as a photographic model and later moved on to the runway and beauty pageants.

Ufuoma Ejenobor on the runway for Collectibles


By 2002, she had participated in two mini-pageants, won the Miss Ebony beauty pageant and partaken in her first national pageant: Miss Commonwealth(Vanessa Ekeke), where she won the Miss Congeniality prize. Later the same year, she emerged 1st runner up in the queen Afrik beauty pageant (Tamilore Kuboye).

2003 saw her in the Queen of all Nations beauty pageant (Dubra Fufeyin) where she was again the 1st runner up.

In 2004 she contested in the Miss Nigeria beauty pageant where she emerged ...yet, 1st runner up. Not long after she was crowned Miss Earth Nigeria and consequently went to represent the country at the Miss Earth 2004[14]


In February 2004, Ejenobor decided on a movie career. Starting off with Zeb Ejiro’s The President Must Not Die, she has continued to have roles in movies. In May 2005, she played her first lead role in Life and Death, her third movie after The President Must Not Die and Guy on the Line. By December 2005, she played Chibuzor on the Edge of Paradise TV series produced by Royal Roots network.

Ufuoma Ejenobor on the set of My Mum and I as "Lillian Wright"

In 2008 she took on the role of "Lillian Wright" in the TV series My Mum and I[15][16][17] a role that garnered her a nomination for a best actress award at the 2010 Festival de Télévision de Monte-Carlo[18] and one at The Terracotta Nigerian TV and Film Awards.[19] She was nominated as the Actor of the year 2011 at the Future Awards [20]


  • Best Actress in a TV series Nominee - Nigeria Entertainment Awards 2011[21][22][23]
  • Actor of the Year 2011 Nominee- The Future Awards
  • Best Actress nominee - Golden Nymph Awards 2010 (Monte Carlo Television Festival)
  • Best Actress in a Drama series nominee, Terracotta TV and Film Awards
  • Go Red Africa, Best Female Model, 2007
  • African Youth Society, Role Model Award, 2009[24]
  • Represented Nigeria at the Miss Earth 2004 beauty pageant[25]
Year Pageant Status
2004 Miss Earth Nigeria Winner
2004 Miss Nigeria 1st Runner up
2003 Queen of all Nation 1st Runner up
2002 Queen Afrik 1st Runner up
2002 Miss Commonwealth Miss Congeniality
2001 Miss Ebony Winner
Ufuoma Ejenobor at the Golden Nymph Awards
Ufuoma Ejenobor and LL Cool J at the 50th Golden Nymph awards in Monaco
Ufuoma Ejenobor at the 2010 Terracotta Awards
Ufuoma Ejenobor and John McCook

Perhaps Ufuoma's greatest recognition is a Golden Nymph Best Actress nomination at the 2010 Monte Carlo Television Festival alongside Tina Fey, Jane Krakowski and January Jones.


2003 Nigerian French Village Fille Africaine Won
2007 African heart foundation at The African Fashion show Best Model Won
2009 African Youth Society Role Model Award Won
2010 Golden Nymph Award at the Monte Carlo Television Festival Best Actress in a comedy Nominated [26]
2010 Terracotta Television and Film Awards Best Actress in a drama series Nominated [27]
2011 The Future Awards Best Actress Nominated [28][29]
2014 AMVCA Africa Magic Viewers choice awards Best New media-Online video Nominated (JUNGLE JEWEL) [30][31]
2015 Delta Entertainment Awards Most Outstanding Actress Won [32][33]
2016 ELOY Awards Actress (Big screen) Nominated [34][35][36][37]


Year Film Role Notes
2004 The President Must Not Die Detective- Supporting role Film Director Zeb Ejiro starring Ibinabo Fiberesima, Enebeli Elebuwa- Released 2005
2004 Life Partner Film Director Adim Williams also starring Jim Iyke, Lilian Bach
2004 Queen of My Heart Claudia Film Director Neville Ossai starring Rita Dominic, Clem Ohameze
2004 Secrets and Lies TV mini-series
2005 Life and Death *1st Lead Role. Film Director Bond Emeruwa starring Zack Orji, Emeka Ossai
2005 Guy on The Line Film Director Jaja Michael starring Rita Dominic, Jim Iyke, Chidi Mokeme
2005 Missed Love Film Director Adim Williams starring Oge Okoye, Hank Anuku, Jim Iyke
2005 Two Good Friends Floxy Film Directors Famous Otakpowen and Omoefe Kingsley starring John Okafor, Empress Njamah, Grace Amah, Uche Jombo
2005 Desperate Billionaire Film Director Jaja Michael starring Bimbo Akintola, Rita Dominic, Kanayo O. Kanayo, Ini Edo
2005 Unknown Angel Stella Film Director Ernest Obi starring Ernest Obi, Emeka Eniocha, Ebubu Nwagbo, Tony Umez, Mike Ezuruonye
2005 Height Of Indecision Film Director Ernest Obi starring Amaechi Munagor, Chinyere Wilfred
2005 Baby Guards Nonye Film Director Ifeanyi Onyeabo starring Ashley Nwosu, Osita Iheme, Chinedu Ikedieze
2005 My Experience Film Director Oyin starring Emeka Enyioha, Ini Edo, Susuan Patrick, Thelma Okodua
2006 Emotional Blackmail Film Director Ernest Obi starring Zack Orji, Tony Umez, Mike Ezuruonye, Ini Edo
2006 One Chance Film Director Emeka Nwabueze starring Oge Okoye, Emeka Nwafor, Francis Duru, Moses Armstrong
2006 Painful World Vivian Film Director Willie Ajenge starring Chioma Chukwuka, Desmond Elliot, Mercy Johnson, Moses Effret
2006 Honey Desire Vivian Film Director Stanley William starring Florence Onuma, Ngozi Orji, Mike Ezuruonye, Monalisa Chinda
2006 Edge of Paradise Chibuzor (2 Episodes) TV soap. Film Director Greg Odutayo starring Norbert Young, Caroline King, Akeem Rahaman
2006 Dangerous Friends Film Director Ernest Obi starring Steph Nora Okere, Mike Ezuruonye, Yemi Blaq, Onyeka Onwenu
2006 Nebuchadnezzar Cynthia Film Director Stanley William starring Emeka Eniocha, Moses Armstrong, John Okafor
2006 Dream come True Lagbaja's Choice Musical Video for Musician Lagbaja from the Album "Africano"
2007 Saving Sarah Sarah Film Director Lancelot Imasuen starring Jim Iyke, Desmond Elliot
2007 Devil's Workshop Nkechi Film Director Willie Ajenge starring St Obi, Stephanie Okereke
2007 Classical Fraud Cynthia Film Director Ifeanyi starring Dakore Egbuson, Alex Usifo, Florence Onuma, Clem Ohameze
2007 Mortal Man Marian Film Director Gloriana James Robert starring Mike Ezuruonye, Emeka Eniocha
2007 Sounds of Poverty Ene Film Director Suuny Okwori starring Monalisa Chinda, Susan Peters
2007 Super story ( Everything It Takes ) Joke TV series. Film Director Andy Amenechi starring John Njamah, Kalu Ikeagwu, Paul Adams, Gloria Young, Gbenga Richards
2007 Twist of Fate[38] Vivian Film Director Willie Ajenge starring Desmond Elliot, Mercy Johson, Moses Effret
2007 A Night in the Philippines Amarachi Film Director Zeb Ejiro starring Ibinabo Fiberesima, Desmond Elliot Mary Eboka
2007 Buy Me a Rose Rich Film Director Ernest Obi starring Dakore Egbuson, Ramsey Nouah, Bukky Ajayi, Arinze Okonkwo
2007 Titanic Tussle Mrs Owolabi Film Director Andy Amenechi starring Kenneth Okonkwo, Mike Ezuruonye Nkiru Sylvanus
2008 Rose of Africa Rich Film Director Ernest Obi starring Mike Ezuruonye, Dakore Egbuson, Steph Nora Okere, Moses Armstrong, Ramsey Nouah
2008 Italian Deal Lina Film Director Ernest Obi starring Yvonne Jegede, Mike Ezuruonye, Kalu Ikeagwu, Femi Branch
2008 Ice Cold Film Director Nnamdi Odunze starring Mike Okon, Alex Usifo, Femi Brainard, Vitalis Ndubisi
2008 Divine Partner Doctor Film Director Yinka starring Oge Okoye, Tony Umez bendict Johnson
2008 Final Tussle Mrs Owolabi Film Director Andy Amenechi starring Desmond Elliot, Eurcharia Anunobi, Kenneth Oknokwo, Mike Ezuruonye
2009 Empty Coffin[39] Lilian Film Director Emeka Hills starring Zack Orji, Emeka Ike
2009 Be Yourself Film Director Emeka Nwabueze starring Amechi Munagor, Moses Effret
2009 My Mum And I Lilian Wright TV series. Film Director Greg Odutayo starring Gbenga Windapo, Taiwo Atigogo. *5 Golden Nymph Nominations at the 2010 Monte Carlo Television Festival. *10 Nominations at The 2010 Terracotta TV and Film Awads
2010 Hot Island Lucy Film Director Emeka Jonathan starring Emeka Ike, Monalisa chinda[40]
2010 Wise In-Law Stella Film Director Ikechukwu Onyeka. starring Majid Michel, Charles Inojie, Ngozi Ezeonu, Hafiz Ayetoro
2010 Private Storm Lisa Film Director Lancelot Odua Imasuen starring Ramsey Nouah, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, John Duello
2013 ‘’Vagary’’ Xter Film Director Ejiro Starring: Okey Uzoeshi
2013 ‘’This House Is Not For Sale’’ Esther Film for TV Director Pat Imobio Starring: Saheed Balogun.
2014 ‘’Hear Word’’ Sister Esther Stage Director Ifeoma Fafunwa Starring: Dakore Akande, Joke Silva, Ireti Doyle, Bimbo Akintola, Elvina Ibru, Omonor Shomolu
2014 ‘’Kin’’ - Film Director Pat Imobio Starring Saheed Balogun, Tina Mba
2015 ‘’Okoro: The Prince’’ Queen Idia Film Director Charles Uwagbai Starring: Alex Usifo, Sam Loco Efe, Edosa Imasuen, Henry Legemah.
2015 ‘’Hear Word’’ [41] Sister Esther, Women Rally, VVF Stage Director Ifeoma Fafunwa Starring Kate Henshaw, Kemi Akindoju, Joke Silva, Bimbo Akintola, Elvina Ibru. * The play also went on tour in November for Ake Festival in Ogun state and in Lagos on Christmas day.
2015 ‘’Merciful’’ Mercy Film Director Zeb Ejiro Starring Emmanuel Mensah
2016 ‘’Duplicity’’ Zeinom Cameron-Cole Meinom Cameron-Cole TV Series Director George Kura Starring: Sadiq Daba, Ireti Doyle, Femi Branch, Anthony Monjaro, Uru Eke, Uti Nwanchukwu, Funnybone Chibunna, Buchi Franklin, Aisha Shaba
2016 ‘’Hear Word’’ [42] Sister Esther, VVF, Women Rally Leader Stage Director Ifeoma Fafunwa Starring: Joke Silva, Bimbo Akintola, Elvina Ibru, *Local Show; Abuja. *International Premier and tour; Harvard, Connecticut and Amsterdam. [43] [44] [45][46][47] [48][49]
2016 ‘’Wives on Strike’’ Mama Amina Film Director Omoni Oboli Starring: Omoni Oboli, Uche Jombo, Chioma Chukwuka, Julius Agwu, Kenneth Okkonkwo
2016 ‘’This Thing Called Marriage’’ Ifeyinwa TV Series Director Blessing Effiom Egbe Starring: Femi Jacobs, Tana Adelana, Jennifer John. [50][51][52][53]

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2016 ‘’Okafor’s Law’’ Ify Film Director Omoni Oboli Starring: Omoni Oboli, Richard Mofe Damijo, Blossom Chukwujekwu, Toyin Aimakhu, Halima Abubakar, Mary Lazarus, Yvonne Jegede, Gabriel Afolayan, Ken Erics, Betty Irabo Tina Mba *City to city official selection at the Toronto International Film Festival [56]

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