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Ufuoma Ejenobor at a photo shoot in 2008
Ufuoma Stacey Ejenobor
23 April 1981
|Occupation||Actor, Presenter, Producer, Film Director.|
|Spouse(s)||Steven McDermott (m. 2010) |
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.
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.
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.
She started a career in entertainment with modelling in 2000 as a photographic model and later moved on to the runway and beauty pageants.
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
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.
In 2008 she took on the role of "Lillian Wright" in the TV series My Mum and I a role that garnered her a nomination for a best actress award at the 2010 Festival de Télévision de Monte-Carlo and one at The Terracotta Nigerian TV and Film Awards. She was nominated as the Actor of the year 2011 at the Future Awards 
In January 2018, McDermott reprised her roles as "Mama Baby", "Women Call Leader" and "Sister Esther" in the stage production Hear Word, which returned for the second year in a row to Harvard and was staged at the prestigious American Repertory theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.SA. The production covers various themes, which address issues against women in the society. The play, which made its debut in Lagos, Nigeria in 2014, also features the acting talents of Joke Silva, Taiwo Ajayi-Lycett and Bimbo Akintola.
Hear Word featured at the Edinburgh International Festival in August 2019, and McDermott, Joke Silva, Taiwo Ajayi-Lycett and other cast members performed at the Royal Lyceum, in Edinburgh, Scotland. The Guardian UK, in its review of the show described it as "at once tough and inspirational", giving the play a three-star out of five.
The USM Show with Ufuoma McDermott
In July 2019, McDermott put together a live-theater experience at the Eko Hotel and Towers in Lagos, tagged "The USM Show with Ufuoma McDermott". The event was a potpourri of live music, dance performances and a debut of her stage production "The Magic of a Dream".
The Magic of a Dream was directed by Toritseju Ejoh and featured acting performances from several notable Nigerian thespians including Femi Branch, Chioma Akpotha, Offiong Anthony (Thin Tall Tony), Akah Nnani and Zara Udofia-Ejoh. The USM Show also featured live musical and comedy performances from a range of Nigerian entertainers, including, Teni the entertainer, Seyi Law and MC Abbey.
At the premiere of her movie directorial debut, McDermott revealed that she had begun writing the story for the film Christmas is Coming in 2013. The movie was however released in November 2017 ahead of the Christmas holidays.
In 2018, she earned her sophomore production credit with the release of What Just Happened in cinemas across Nigeria.
- Best Actress in a TV series Nominee - Nigeria Entertainment Awards 2011
- 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
- Represented Nigeria at the Miss Earth 2004 beauty pageant
- McDermott was a speaker at TEDx Rayfield, which held in December 2017
|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|
|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 |
|2010||Terracotta Television and Film Awards||Best Actress in a drama series||Nominated |
|2011||The Future Awards||Best Actress||Nominated |
|2014||AMVCA Africa Magic Viewers choice awards||Best New media-Online video||Nominated (JUNGLE JEWEL) |
|2015||Delta Entertainment Awards||Most Outstanding Actress||Won |
|2016||ELOY Awards||Actress (Big screen)||Nominated |
|2017||City People Awards||Best Actress||Won|
|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||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||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|
|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’’ ||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’’ ||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.|
|2016||‘’Wives on Strike’’||Mama Amina||Film Director Omoni Oboli Starring: Omoni Oboli, Uche Jombo, Chioma Chukwuka, Julius Agwu, Kenneth Okonkwo|
|2016||‘’This Thing Called Marriage’’||Ifeyinwa||TV Series Director Blessing Effiom Egbe Starring: Femi Jacobs, Tana Adelana, Jennifer John.|
|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 |
|2017||The Women||Omoh||Film Director Blessing Effiom Egbe starring Kate Henshaw, Omoni Oboli, Katherine Obiang, Tony Monjaro|
|Christmas is Coming||Henri||Film Director Ufuoma McDermott starring Deyemi Okanlawon, Chioma Chukwuka|
|Wives on Strike: The Revolution||Mama Amina||Film Director Omoni Oboli starring Omoni Oboli, Uche Jombo, Chioma Chukwuka, Julius Agwu, Kenneth Okonkwo|
|2018||Esohe||Eno||Film Director Charles Uwagbai Starring: Jimmy Jean-Louis, Kyle Colton, Desmond Elliot|
|2018||What Just Happened||Professor Oghogho||Film Director Charles Uwagbai Starring: Toyin Abraham, Mike Ezuruonye, Segun Arinze|
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