|Uchenna & Joyce|
|Members|| Uchenna Agu|
|Age|| 40, 42 (Uchenna)|
44, 46 (Joyce)
|Occupation|| Energy broker (Uchenna)|
Sales manager (Joyce)
Uchenna & Joyce are a married Team from Houston, Texas, who are going through an extremely challenging period in their lives. Both worked for now-bankrupt companies that experienced highly publicized accounting scandals: Uchenna worked for Enron and Joyce worked for WorldCom. Uchenna and Joyce's primary motivation for participating in the Race is to regain some of the closeness they've lost during these trying times.
Uchenna grew up in Los Angeles and now works as an energy broker in Houston. Uchenna and his wife have been through some challenging financial and emotional times as of late. After several failed attempts to get pregnant, they tried in-vitro fertilization, but it was unsuccessful. Uchenna describes himself as competitive and extroverted, and he enjoys basketball, scuba diving and horseback riding.
Joyce was born in Mississippi and raised in San Diego, California. Following her own layoff from WorldCom, Joyce now works in sales in Houston. Joyce and Uchenna desperately want children, and their numerous failed attempts has caused tension within their relationship.
Both are adventurous and ready to compete. Both have hinted that if they won the Race they would use the prize money for additional in-vitro fertilization procedures.
Uchenna and Joyce are one of the most beloved Teams from any season of Race. The winners of Season 7, Uchenna and Joyce were relentless and stopped at nothing to win the $1 million prize...including shaving their heads.
They have known each other for 16 years and have been married for seven of those. Both have admitted that the continued inability to start a family has caused a strain on their marriage, but are looking to the Race to get their relationship back on track.
This thrill seeking duo will stop at nothing to win the Race as they proved in Season 7, when without hesitation, they shaved their heads for good luck after partaking in the "Fast Forward" task. A decision that moved these tough competitors to the front of the pack and no doubt granted them a stroke of luck for the rest of the Race.
Uchenna describes himself as competitive, fair and charismatic, while Joyce claims to be caring, determined and sensitive. Will their competitive nature and luck be enough to propel them to another victory this time around?
The Amazing Race 7Edit
|Uchenna & Joyce's Race History|
|1||1||United States → Peru||Rope a Llama / Rope a Basket||No Roadblock||8 of 11|
|2||2||Peru → Chile||Shop / Schlep||Joyce||4 of 10|
|3||3||Chile → Argentina||Paddle / Pedal||Uchenna||2 of 9|
|4||4||Argentina||Shipwreck / Island||Joyce||3 of 8|
|5||5||Argentina → South Africa||Tunnels / Tribes||Uchenna||6 of 7|
|6||South Africa → Botswana||Food / Water||Joyce||3 of 7|
|6||7||Botswana||Carry It / Milk It||Uchenna||3 of 6|||
|8||8||Botswana → India||3 of 5|||
|9||Used Fast Forward||1 of 5►|
|10||9||India → Turkey||1 of 4|
|11||10||Turkey → United Kingdom||3 of 4|
|12||11||United Kingdom → Jamaica||3 of 3|
|12||Jamaica → Puerto Rico → United States||1 of 3|
1: Uchenna & Joyce initially arrived 3rd, but they didn't complete the Roadblock correctly and were forced to finish it. This did not affect their placement.
2: Leg 8 was double-length with two Detours and two Roadblocks shown over two episodes. The placements listed in the first column reflect the order teams arrived at the leg's halfway point.
3: The leg's Fast Forward was offered after the halfway point, and thus permitted Uchenna & Joyce to skip only the second set of challenges.
The Amazing Race: All-Stars (2007)Edit
|Uchenna & Joyce's Race History|
|1||1||United States → Ecuador||No Roadblock||7 of 11|
|2||2||Ecuador → Chile||5 of 10|
|3||3||Chile||2 of 9|
|4||4||Chile → Argentina||6 of 8|
|5||5||Argentina → Mozambique||7 of 7|
|6||6||Mozambique → Tanzania||3 of 7|||
|7||7||Tanzania → Poland||3 of 6|||
|8||8||Poland||Used Fast Forward||1 of 6►|
|9||9||Poland → Malaysia||5 of 5|||
4: Uchenna & Joyce initially arrived 3rd, but were issued a 30-minute penalty for being "marked for elimination" and not arriving 1st. This did not affect their placement.
5: Leg 7 had an unaired Roadblock. It is unknown whether Uchenna or Joyce performed the Roadblock.
6: Uchenna & Joyce missed a connecting flight early in Leg 9 and were not shown performing any of the tasks; they were shown proceeding from the Batu Caves Route Marker directly to the Pit Stop for elimination. Joyce confirmed in a post-race interview that she had done the newspaper recycling Roadblock prior to being eliminated.
- The in vitro fertilisation (IVF) they talked about getting after winning Season 7 ultimately failed.
- After their first race, they founded a charitable children's organization in Houston, Texas. They hold, "The Great Raise," a Houston-version of the Amazing Race, where teams compete around the Houston area to win money for the charities.
- In a 2011 interview, Joyce revealed that she and Uchenna were divorced. However, they still remain good friends.
- Harry Smith on Early Show (05/10/2005): "Uchenna & Joyce Win Race"
- Early Show (05/11/2005): "Uchenna and Joyce Beg No More"
- Ethan Alter at TV Guide (05/13/2005): "Amazing Champs Beg To Differ"
All-Stars (Season 11)Edit
- Julie Chen on Early Show (04/09/2007): "Uchenna & Joyce Lose Race"
- Christopher Rocchio at Reality TV World (04/09/2007): "Uchenna and Joyce Agu discuss their 'All-Stars' experience"
- Oscar Dahl at BuddyTV (04/09/2007): "Exclusive Interview: Uchenna and Joyce Agu, 7th Team Elminated From The Amazing All-Stars"
- Eric Goldman at IGN (04/10/2007): "All-Stars Interview: "Uchenna & Joyce"
- Rob Cesternino & Jessica Liese at RHAP (10/28/2013): "LIVE Amazing Race Recap with Uchenna"
- Dalene Rovenstine at EW (11/07/2014): "Amazing Race: Where Are They Now?"
- Highest finish by a male/female team, 1st Place (tied with Flo & Zach, Chip & Kim, Freddy & Kendra, Linz Family, Eric & Danielle, TK & Rachel, Nick & Starr, Tammy & Victor, Meghan & Cheyne, Tamara & Matías, and Charlie & Rachel).
- Highest finish by a team with an age average of over 40, 1st place (tied with Chip & Kim).
All-Stars (Season 11)Edit
- The only winners to return for a future season.
- The only former winning team to be eliminated in their second race.
- The only former winning team to win two Fast Forwards in a career.
- Most legs traveled by a former winning team in a career, 21 legs.
- Most legs traveled by a male/female team in a career, 21 legs.
Social Media ProfilesEdit
- Uchenna's Facebook: /uchenna.agu.98
- Uchenna's Twitter: @Uchenna_Agu
- Joyce's Facebook: /jragu
|The Amazing Race 7 Teams|
|The Amazing Race: All-Stars (2007) Teams|