WCW: Ufuoma McDermott

Ufuoma Ejenobor is a Nollywood actress who came into the entertainment scene when she emerged as the first runner up at the annually held Miss Nigeria beauty pageant.

Early Life & Education
Ejenobor was born on the 23rd April, 1981 in Benin City to Nigerian parents who hail from Delta State in Nigeria. She moved 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.
In Summer 2015, she was part of the Relativity Education program from Nigeria, owned by Relativity Media in Beverly Hills.

Career
In 2000, the actress launched her career in photography modelling before moving to fashion runway and then competing in 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.
In 2004 she contested in the Miss Nigeria beauty pageant, where she emerged first runner up nut this did not deter her from winning the crown at Miss Earth Nigeria and representing the country at the Miss Earth International pageant in the Philippines. She eventually left this career path behind her to focus more on her acting.
She made her acting debut with Zeb Ejiro’s The President Must Not Die in 2004 and by 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.

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

Pageants
In 2001, she won Miss Ebony.
In 2002, she won Miss Commonwealth’s Miss Congeniality.
In 2002, She made 1st Runner up of Queen Afrik.
In 2003, she emerged 1st Runner up of Queen of all Nation.
In 2004, she became Miss Nigeria 1st Runner up.
In 2004, She won Miss Earth Nigeria.

Awards
In 2003, she won Nigerian French Village Fille Africaine.
In 2007, She won African heart foundation at The African Fashion show Best Model
In 2009, she won African Youth Society Role Model Award.
In 2010, she was nominated for the Golden Nymph Award at the Monte Carlo Television Festival Best Actress in a comedy.
In 2010, she was also nominated for Terracotta Television and Film Awards Best Actress in a drama series Nominated.
In 2011, she was nominated for The Future Awards Best Actress Nominated.
In 2014, Ufuoma was nominated for AMVCA Africa Magic Viewers choice awards Best New media-Online video.
In 2015, the former pageant winner won the Delta Entertainment Awards Most Outstanding Actress.
In 2016, the mother of two was nominated for ELOY Awards Actress (Big screen).

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