It’s been a while since we saw actress Uche Jombo in a major film project. The last time she majorly in the news for her film work, she flipped the script and ticked off a major Nollywood milestone, directing her first film project. That milestone was however overshadowed by industry drama and a rumoured beef between her and fellow actress and trail blazer Omoni Oboli. Thankfully a public reconciliation has happened and Jombo is back to try her hands at directing again, this time on the small screen. Jombo’s film was a moderate success at the box office and as such other things have kept her away from our screens and from the director’s chair behind them. 2020 is the year where perceptions are shifting for all creators, including Jombo.
Jombo has partnered with premier indigenous streaming service Ibaka TV to premiere her new evening soap opera, Doctor Love. We are not quite sure where the plot will eventually take its characters to, but we do know that Uche is thinking outside of the stereotypical Nollywood conventions and attempting to gain millennial and Gen-Z attention by casting straight actors who have also built major personal brands on social media platforms like Instagram. This in part explans why Steven Chuks, the comedian who has gained a cult following for his portrayals of Igbo family life has a support character on the new show and why she chose Kalu Iheagwu as a leading man.
Uche Jombo is one of the more believable actresss from Nollywood’s glamour age and she continues to create projects and explore her potential through new mediums. We hope that Dr. Love becomes a streaming sensation for both brands.
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