Allure Inspiring woman: Uche Elendu speaks on how keep your home after marriage
Nollywood actress, Uche Elendu, is a beautiful, curvy mother of two, but she still effortlessly leaves men drooling over her beauty.
In this interview with Rita Okoye, the single mother speaks on how she derives fulfilment in helping women maintain a sexy look, her career, celebrity marriage crash and lots more.
It is the tail end of 2019, how has the year been for you?
I’m having a fantastic year. I’m 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 but I have been able to achieve all my goals for 2019.
What’s your best achievement so far?
Setting up my personal brand and pushing it to limelight. helping a lot of women to achieve confidence with their body which is something I’m 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 to the cinema this year. The plans to start filming is a top gear things are falling the right way. Getting sponsors in my favor. Things are really falling into my favour.
You are somehow scarce, did you take a break from acting?
I didn’t take any break for movies. It is my first love. So, I’m still very much in the sector only slowed down because the movie sector doesn’t pay like before. Not like 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 we have had lots of privacy issues that’s 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 venture into other business to boost our finance.
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 when 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, he decided to give me a shot and look where I am today. 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.
Aside acting, what else are you into?
I’m into beauty generally. I’m a beautiful woman and I know what it takes to keep being beautiful. So, I’m extending it 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; I run a beauty store basically.
What prompted the birth of your product; Killer Curves?
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 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 5 months and when I came back to Nigeria, everybody was complimenting my new look. And that time, 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 they really work oh’. 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. I traveled and checked other products.
I can now proudly boast that I have the best effective waist product in Nigeria.
I really wanted go 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 product.
So, far it has been awesome
How does Killer Curves work?
Killer curves has different kinds of product, we have 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 detoxify 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 longetivity and good health. So yes, our products work with diet or without diet and exercise.
With constant usage, you’d 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, feedback, 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 its 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 adherence to instructions and determination, nothing good comes easy. We have product for high, middle and low class 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 cause she’s one person that encouraged me in the business. When I started my business, she bought my products used them, was supportive, 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 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 recognized because I have to be in the picture at all time. My business is not something I can employ people to run. Killer curves have like 4 Staff, Lendy Hair has like 2 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 so it’s not easy. It is very tasking and have to create a time table for myself. Of course, I have kids they go to school that are my world. It its very tasking. 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 out going person. You can’t find me out there except 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 them a sense of belonging. Show them love, do not drive women into depression, that’s why I advice 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 refuse, be at alert. Because people that fear God has conscious, they do things because they feel he own 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 being and as much as celebrities marriage crash, other marriages around the world also crashes. 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, meets 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 relationship cordial is the main issue. I don’t like to hear people say female celebrities marriages don’t last.
Do you have any project you’re working on presently?
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 dont 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,jewelries,shoes,the outfit itself,perfumes and so on because all these makes 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.