It is so sad to write the biography and death of this beautiful nollywood actress, Uduak Akrah who passed away few days ago.
Uduak Akrah also known as UdyGold was a nollywood actress, singer, songwriter and event planner, who hailed from Akwa-Ibom State, in the South- Southern part of Nigeria. She attended a federal school in Gboko, and lost her mum while she was in secondary school.
She held a Diploma in Theatre Arts from Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos State and a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Arts from the University of Lagos.
Before her death, aside acting, the nollywood damsel was involved in organizing and managing events, a music minister who sings and also train children and teenagers on Creative Arts. At a point, she was also a TV presenter.
Before her death, Uduak was single. According her, she hoped to marry a man with a vision. She had said in an interview that the man may not be rich but should have potentials. Then, she said that she was working on herself and her temper to be a good wife.
The actress during her lifetime admitted that she had dated someone but had quitted because she perceived that he could be a violent person.
Her words: “I had a friend at a time; he was asking me out, and I went to see him once and I came late. Something happened. He was really upset. He shouted at me that I kept him waiting. And because I didn’t like anybody shouting at me, I turned my back and I was about walking out, he pulled me back and said what rubbish, why should I walk out on him. That was a good sign to call it off and I did. But the guy I’m dating now is always patient to wait. I left the other one because that was a good sign that in future such a guy can beat me, so I ran. Some ladies would remain in such a relationship hoping to change.”
Uduak Akrah was doing enormously well in the Nigerian Movie Industry, Nollywood, before her death. She loved watching actors on TV do their thing. That however, was a major motivation for her to delve into the entertainment industry. According to the actress in one of her interviews, she always dreamt of being on TV despite the fact that she was shy and was not sure if she could handle acting.
According to the late actress, what completely defined her acting career and her personality was a stage play by Papi Ben Tomoloju, which she was a part of.
Obviously, her acting dream started materializing when she got the opportunity to be involved in the stage play, which was her first professional acting experience.
It was in that stage play according to the late actress that she realised that she could really express herself.
Uduak Akrah started acting professionally in the Nigerian Movie Industry in 1999 and from then until her death, she featured in many movies, stage plays and TV series.
Some of the movies the late actress featured in include, Emotional Crack and Bafana Bafana, Missing Angel 2, and Too Late, which she produced and starred in.
In 2015, the unique Music Minister and Actress Uduak Akrah, also known as ‘UdyGold’ recently released her debut single titled: ‘SO REAL’. A song to reflect on during Easter celebration, the song emphasized how real what Jesus did on calvary is, the new life and victory He brought.
Her views about Nollywood
According to the late actress, she faced a lot of challenges as an up-and-coming actress in the industry. “But I always believed the fact that challenges are stepping stones to greater heights. I will just mention one that really got to me. Several years ago, it was tough getting jobs because some producers will always want you to sleep with them before they give you a role.
“(Though the industry is better now because most of those bad eggs have been relegated to the background. God no dey sleep!) Well, I had some experiences but one was most painful because a major role was actually snatched from me since I didn’t give in to the producer’s demand. I felt so frustrated because it was to be my first lead role, after several years of playing supporting roles. So, I had to step aside from the industry for a while. Learnt a lot during my break but I’m back now and no challenge can break me anymore,” she had said in one of her interviews.
The nollywood diva, Uduak Akrah wobbled the Nigerian Movie in Industry on Saturday, August 25th, when the news of her death broke the internet.
She died as a result of complications she suffered after slipping in the bathroom. The actress who was based in Abuja before her death was ill from the injuries she sustained from the accident, (bathroom fall) and arrangements were being made to transfer the actress to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), before she gave up the ghost on Saturday, August 25th, 2018.
Below are some of the condolence messages from her fans. Shirleyann Ede wrote: “Uduak Please i know people go into coma or just come back & dont do this to me. What are you doing in the mortuary? Leave that place now and come back to us”
Adeniji Olarewaju wrote: “Uduak, Uduak, Uduak, this is so hard on me to know that you have left this world, am so broken hearted, my heart and eyes filled with tears. I know you loved the Lord, rest on with the Lord dearly dear .”
May her soul rest in the bosom of the lord, Amen!