Uru Eke: Embracing the New Year! The Good, the Bad and the New Pursuits

It’s the season for gifts, re-unions and parties. You’ve called friends and extended family members you haven’t spoken to all year round. The gifts come in trickles – cupcakes, perfumes, and others you really don’t need. You are happy, but the holidays will fast be over and you are going to return back to life; the only significant change is that you have added a few pounds because of all that food and merriment, and it’s a new year!

It’s funny how life just seems to slip by whether we are ready or not. I can clearly remember when I was a teenager riding my bike in the neighbourhood, sneaking off to parties, trying to get a nice jewellery from my mother’s closet to flaunt with a new dress– it all seemed like yesterday! Now I’m all grown up pursuing dreams and weighing my chances by the usual factors – time, opportunity, talent, and relentless hard work.

I would like to say that I have 2013 all figured out, but I don’t. A new year is like a new boyfriend – you hope he has that same charisma like the former but should treat you better and remember to call! But then you go in hoping for the best, expecting the worst but silently praying for many nice surprises. In the end it all comes back to you – how well you played the chances given to you.

2012 came with its own cute little surprises that made me blush. I was on CNN to talk about Nollywood, I featured in some really nice movies and projects with renowned colleagues, I became the style ambassador of House of Dorcas, and graced notable events. I watched as my career took a leap. 2013 I’ll have to do it all over again – sustain the good, amend the not-so-good, and introduce some new pursuits. Now that brings us to that part – what resolutions are you making for the new year?

Apart from the burst of motivation that comes in January, resolutions can sap all your energy as you struggle to meet up with the demands you have placed on a new year. By February you are getting weary, things are not going as planned, and before the end of March you can’t deal with the emotional pressure. To console yourself and your inability to trudge along with a bag of resolution dragging you down, you throw the bag away, dust your slacks and move on. See?

So instead of the bogus pledges, let’s take one bite at a time – spread it out into months, it’s easier to achieve; and please stay away from those notorious ones like: “I vow to lose 10 pounds” “I vow to buy my first car and it must be a Range Rover” “I vow to marry the man of my dreams and have my wedding in Seychelles…”

I’m going to be very realistic with my resolutions. As much as I would like to feature alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in a Hollywood move, errr….it may not be happening next year, no need to beat myself to the wall about that. Life, like a bowl of cereal, requires one spoon at a time. All our dreams will eventually come to true, if we just keep working at it.

Happy Holidays!

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Uru Eke was nominated in 2011 for the ‘Best of Nollywood'(BON) awards for ‘Best upcoming Actress’ thereby ensuring a steady growth in her career in the film making business. Uru is a fiery, ambitious young lady who plans on succeeding at absolutely everything she sets her mind too, she didn’t leave a lucrative career in IT for acting to simply get by. In 5 years she aims to be named among Nigeria’s top actors and Producers.

18 Comments on Uru Eke: Embracing the New Year! The Good, the Bad and the New Pursuits
  • MissBonnie December 31, 2012 at 10:46 am

    well said!! One step at a time .. I’ll take that advice .

  • Hadija December 31, 2012 at 11:09 am

    I totally agree. I think people make all these bogus resolutions that frustrate the new year instead of helping. Let’s just enter the year with positivity – that’s good enough. Thanks for this, Uru.

  • Miss Adesuwa December 31, 2012 at 11:12 am

    great words to end a year and start a new one. Thank you Miss Uru.pls can one get her contact, e-mail or blog.

  • Erica December 31, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Well said Uru! Saw u at Aura the other night and you are absolutely stunning! I watched ur CNN interview and u inspire me. To leave IT contracting in London to slug it out in Nigeria is no joke. I’m right behind you all the way I pray for your success!

  • Nenye December 31, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    Thanks for the clue.all we need is to be focusd,be postive about life and trust God.

  • Paul December 31, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    Great read from a decent actress. About Leonardo? Hmmm, keep working at it baby.

  • nich December 31, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    She left Europe for Nigeria………this is a high level determination

  • i no send December 31, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    a breath of fresh air in nollywood…brains behind the beauty…unlike some others i know..keep it up pls

  • Angela clement December 31, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    Well said my dear, I’m very proud of may you continue to do what make you happy. you are one of the best actress. God bless you.

  • dont mention December 31, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    loved it….cudnt have said it any better…she is really someone to look up to….
    vikkyscreed.blogspot.com

  • Chidinma December 31, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    Nice read. I chuckled at some point.

  • a friend December 31, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    Now that is a girl I will gladly say represets abrand for a product I like.weldon girl.

  • Rhal-trina January 1, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    Awesome write up! I’ll take this advice

  • dazzle January 1, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    thank you. Good advice

  • chiky January 1, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    i beg to disagree to with the line”new year is like a new boyfriend….” why would I want the new year to be like my last? Forward ever, backwards never. If your former boyfriend had suchgreat charisma, then why is he an EX. Furthermore you wish he treats u betterand remembers to call..? Seriously? Every being prays for a better year ahead so likening a bf to a new year to me dsnt mk sense!!!
    Clarify pls.. Btw its a nice write up in all

  • dee one January 2, 2013 at 1:30 am

    u remember idioms…we were taught dat in sec sch, start from dere it will help a lot in ur quest to decipher wat dat statement means. gudluck.

  • Tem’ January 3, 2013 at 1:22 am

    Hmm… Key word – Proud. Could not be more proud of you hun. You are very realistic, and I’m proud of you. You have always had ”a never say die” attitude, and with that kind of attitude, sky is simply the beginning for you. I’m so proud of you URU EKE. May God start to open all closed doors for you. You don’t need luck, you were born to DO IT. MUCH LOVE!!!

  • jenny June 6, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    Seychelles of life. Rrrooooaaaarrrrr!!!! #walks away#

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