Uchenna Agu

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Uchenna Agu

Born

Los Angeles, California

Birth Name

Uchenna

Gender

Male
9.9
out of 10
User Rating
6 votes

Biography

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Uchenna Agu is married to his beloved Joyce and are living in Houston, Texas. Uchenna has been in number of shows but his biggest achievement was winning the seventh edition of The Amazing Race with his wife Joyce. Uchenna was born in Los Angeles and grew up there.…more

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  • Trivia

    • On The Amazing Race: All Stars Uchenna's final Pit Stop was located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

    • In their two seasons on The Amazing Race, Uchenna and Joyce won a total of four legs. In The Amazing Race 7, they won a leg in India, a leg in Turkey and the final leg in Florida. In The Amazing Race: All-Stars, they tied for first place in Poland.

    • On The Amazing Race 11: All Stars Uchenna and Joyce finished last twice; the first time was on the fifth leg (Mozambique) but they were not eliminated as this was the first of four Pre-Determined Non-Elimination legs so they still in the game. Their penalty however, was being 'Marked For Elimination' which mean't that they would have to finish first on the next leg otherwise they would receive a thirty-minute time penalty. The second time they finished last was on the ninth leg but this was an elimination episode, resulting in their elimination.

    • Uchenna and Joyce finished last on a Non-Elimination leg on Season 7 of The Amazing Race 7 and were forced to give up all their money as well as their belongings leaving only the clothes on their back and their passports. On the following leg, they still managed to win the seventh edition of The Amazing Race 7.

    • Uchenna and Joyce were originally scheduled to participate on The Amazing Race 6 but were placed on season seven instead due to applications.

    • Uchenna and his wife Joyce said that they were going to adopt a child after having participated in The Amazing Race 7. Later, they put it off as they were going to be participating in the All-Star edition of the race.

    • These are Uchenna and Joyce's finishing positions on The Amazing Race 11 (All-Stars):

      Leg 1: (Equador) 7th of 11.
      Leg 2: (Chile) 5th of 10.
      Leg 3: (Chile) 2nd of 9.
      Leg 4: (Argentina) 6th of 8.
      Leg 5: (Mozambique) 7th of 7
      Leg 6: (Tanzania) 3rd of 7.
      Leg 7: (Poland) 3rd of 6.
      Leg 8: (Poland) 1st of 6.
      Leg 9: (Malaysia) 5th of 5 - Eliminated.

    • These are Uchenna and Joyce's finishing positions on The Amazing Race 7:

      Leg 1: (Peru) 8th of 11.
      Leg 2: (Chile) 4th of 10.
      Leg 3: (Argentina) 2nd of 9.
      Leg 4: (Argentina) 3rd of 8.
      Leg 5: (South Africa) 6th of 7
      Leg 6: (Botswana) 3rd of 7.
      Leg 7: (Botswana) 3rd of 6.
      Leg 8: (India) 1st of 5.
      Leg 9: (Turkey) 1st of 4.
      Leg 10: (England) 3rd of 4.
      Leg 11: (Jamaica) 3rd of 3
      Leg 12: (USA) 1st of 3 - Winners.

    • Uchenna and Joyce have tried several times to have a baby but one of them could not have children so they both decided to adopt a child instead.

    • Uchenna and Joyce have known each other since 1991 and have been married since 2000.

    • Uchenna described himself as being fair, competitive, kind and charismatic while participating in his two seasons of The Amazing Race.

    • While participating on The Amazing Race 7, Uchenna and Joyce were challenged at a task that required both of them to shave their heads. Uchenna did not have to attempt the task due his head already been shaved. Joyce on the other hand, had to shave off all of her hair. After winning the race, this was one task that they would never forget.

    • Before participating in The Amazing Race Uchenna lost his job and him and his wife Joyce were on the verge of bankrupcy so both of them decided to audition for The Amazing Race 7 and passed. They also won first prize along with one million dollars.

    • After winning The Amazing Race with his wife Joyce, Uchenna decided to use the prize money to pay bills, go on a trip and to start a family in the years to come.

    • Uchenna and Joyce have been classified as one of the most beloved teams in the history of The Amazing Race.

    • Uchenna and his wife Joyce had only won The Amazing Race 7 because the end results came down to flight opportunities. If they had missed the flight from Kingston to Miami then Survivor couple Rob and Amber would have won the race. Uchenna and Joyce winning came down to them only just making the flight. Once in Miami, Uchenna and Joyce outraced Rob and Amber in a taxi race to the finish line.

    • Uchenna and his wife Joyce visited a total of sixteen countries while participating in the The Amazing Race. They visited the following locations: USA, Peru, Equador, Chile, Argentina, South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique, Tanzania, Turkey, Poland, England, Jamaica, India, Turkey and Malaysia.

      On Season 7 they visited the following (in order):

      Peru, Chile, Argentina, Sourth Africa, Botswana, India, Turkey, England, Jamaica and back to the United States.

      On Season 11 (All-Stars) they visited (in order):

      Equador, Chile, Argentina, Mozambique, Tanzania, Poland, Malaysia, China, Guam (USA) and back to the United States.

    • Uchenna enjoys scuba diving, horseriding, children and basketball.

    • Uchenna and his wife Joyce participated in The Amazing Race 7 in early 2005 and won first prize of one million dollars. In early 2007, they returned to compete in The Amazing Race 11 (The All-Star edition) but did not win, placed fifth and were eliminated in Malaysia.

  • Quotes

    • Uchenna: (on leg 9 of The Amazing Race 11: All Stars) on phone to airline employee) We have to get to Kuala Lumpur today. Our life depends on it.

    • Uchenna: (on leg 9 of The Amazing Race 11: All-Stars) We know how hard it is, to win.

    • Uchenna: (on leg 6 of The Amazing Race 11: All Stars in interview segment) No one will lose any sleep if we're gone, so we know that we have to rely on ourselves.

    • Uchenna: (on leg 5 of The Amazing Race 11: All Stars in an interview segment) My father's from Nigeria. Now we are going to Mozambique. We're excited.

    • Uchenna: (on leg 5 of The Amazing Race 11: All Stars in an interview segment) Following our intuition is really really key. If you second guess that, you're saying to God "We don't trust you."

    • Uchenna: (on leg 4 of The Amazing Race 11: All Stars) I felt the tension of competition. After the Charla and Mirna lie, I felt the desire to beat Rob and Amber.

    • Uchenna: (on leg 4 of The Amazing Race 11: All Stars to Charla and Mirna) Way to keep it up, way to never quit. And that's the key to this game.

    • Uchenna: (on leg 4 of The Amazing Race 11: All-Stars) We're taking the boat with Rob and Amber. Our old friends.

    • Uchenna: (on leg 1 of The Amazing Race 11: All Stars regarding him and Joyce) We raced season seven and we won, but we're growing apart.

    • Uchenna: (on the final episode of The Amazing Race 7) We're on fumes here. We're workin' on fumes.

    • Uchenna: (on the final episode of The Amazing Race 7) In vitro, here we come, baby! And if that doesn't work, adoption! Here we come.

    • Uchenna: (on the final episode of The Amazing Race 7) London to Jamaica - can't get much better than that!

    • Uchenna: (on the final episode of The Amazing Race 7 after having all his possessions taken away) The two things that haven't been taken away from us are our hearts and our minds.

    • Uchenna: (on leg 10 of The Amazing Race at the Detour) Meredith and Gretchen are good people. I hate to see them break their backs like this.

    • Uchenna: (on leg 10 of The Amazing Race 7 at the Roadblock, referring to Joyce) She's doing way better when my mouth is shut!

    • Uchenna: (on leg 9 of The Amazing Race 7) Prize or no prize, we're having fun.

    • Uchenna: (on leg 8 of The Amazing Race 7) Look what I have to deal with! Look what I have to deal with!

    • Uchenna: (on leg 8 of The Amazing Race 7) You've got a beautifully shaped head, actually!

    • Uchenna: (on leg 8 of The Amazing Race 7) Lynn and Alex have been very good at sharing and we've shared back.

    • Uchenna: (on leg 8 of The Amazing Race 7; seeing only men in the streets) Women are not playing a big role in the program here.

    • Uchenna: (on leg 8 of The Amazing Race 7) It was just like postcard Africa. I mean Texas has some amazing skies, but you gotta see Botswana!

    • Uchenna: (on The Amazing Race 7) It's so beautiful, just being on the soil where my people were born and raised.

    • Uchenna: (on leg 7 of The Amazing Race) Concentrate on the buckets. Don't worry about the other teams.

    • Uchenna:(on leg 7 of The Amazing Race 7) Houston, we have an elephant!

    • Uchenna: (on leg 4 of The Amazing Race) We started looking for the shipwreck and we found the island.

    • Uchenna: (on leg 1 of The Amazing Race 7) Someone's making a break. We're going to have to definitely watch those two.

    • Uchenna: (interviewing his favorite destinations while participating in two seasons of The Amazing Race) Mine from All-Stars was Zanzibar, actually. And the Dhow boat ride was ten hours to get from Tanzania to Zanzibar and of course, throwing those hammers with the Maasai, it was absolutely breathtaking for me.

    • Uchenna: (interview segment regarding his future) Yeah, we've been persuaded to video the final shot at in vitro and also video tape our process on working on our relationship. So the registration site, uchennaandjoyce.com, and we'll be upgrading everybody as to what's going on with this. Because so many people relate to this, and stops us on the street and asks us those two questions: How is the relationship and what's happening with the baby? And we feel compelled to and we've been persuaded to share it in a very, very real way. It's been difficult shooting it but I think people will...hopefully someone will be helped or moved in some way inspired by what we are going to reveal.

    • Uchenna: (based on his second performance in The Amazing Race) Yeah, I mean, our strategy was to stay low, not to make any enemies, and then strike in leg five, six... or I should say the last three to four legs, and burst out ahead once the other teams fell asleep. We made our moves this time and it just didn't work out.

    • Uchenna: (interviewing about winning The Amazing Race a second time) That would have been really huge. And that's the whole thing; we really do believe that lightning can strike twice in the same place. And how many times do you get a one in eleven chance at one million bucks, twice.

    • Uchenna: (thoughts on participating in The Amazing Race a second time) I think that's where the hesitance came in, so after we said yes, we were like Oh my God, do you remember how painful that was? So we did think about it, but there's no way you pass up a trip around the world free.

    • Uchenna: Joyce and I have made a choice to stay together and try to work every kink out and find that place where we can be together happily for the rest of our lives.

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • This man along with his wife Joyce are by far, one of my favorite teams from The Amazing Race

    9.0
    Uchenna and Joyce participated on both Seasons 7 and 11 of The Amazing Race.



    However, their first season was better as they had won first prize along with $1,000,000. On their second season (All-Stars), both had finished in fifth place. Overall, I must simply say that Joyce and himself are a favorite of mine and will be long missed from viewers. They helped people like Meredith and Gretchen on Season 7, they considered others and much more. They were much slower on their second season due to stronger and faster teams but still did exceptionally well. Terrific team. . .moreless
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