Name: Omotola Jalade Ekeinde

Born: 7 February 1978

Relationship: Married

Children: 4

Occupation: Nigerian actress, singer, philanthropist and former model

Years active: 1995 – Present

Nigeria’s Top Actress

A woman of many talents, Omotola grew up in a family of five, with her parents and her two younger brothers. She initially pursued a career in business management and while she was waiting for her university results, she began modeling as a way to earn a living. Her lucky break came in 1995, when a friend escorted her to a Nollywood film audition in which she won the leading role in the film Venom of Justice. The rest as they say is history. To date Omotola, dubbed ‘Omo the Sexy’ has starred in over 300 Nollywood films, which have sold millions of video copies, to become the most loved and watched actress in Africa.

She has a loyal and constantly expanding fan base and has won numerous high-profile awards, while the press has lauded her ‘The African Magic’. She is the first African celebrity to attract over a million likes on her Facebook page and has become the most watched actress in Africa.

Omotola 3Not Just An Actress

Besides her show business accomplishments, Omotola is also admired for her dedication to philanthropic causes, empowering youth and the dispossessed. In 2013, Time magazine honoured this beautiful former model in its list of 100 Most Influential People in the world, alongside the likes of Michelle Obama, Beyonce and Kate Middleton. In 2014 she was honoured by the Nigerian government when she was awarded a MFR, ( a Member of the Order of the Federal Republic), for her outstanding contributions to Nigerian acting industry.

Omotola’s Accomplishments

​MTV Africa Music Awards, 2014

Personality of the Year, 2013

Music Video and Screen Awards (MVISA), 2013

Ebony Vanguard Award, 2012

Eloy Awards, Actress of the year, 2012

Screen Nation Awards, 2012

Pan African Best Actress, 2012

Black Entertainment Film Fashion Television and Arts Awards (BEFFTA), 2012

Film Actress Icon, 2006

Youths Benefactor’s Award Most friendly Actress, 2005

Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA)

Best Actress in a Supporting Role, 2004

City People awards for Excellence, Best Actress, 2004

Global Excellence Recognition Awards, Best Actress & Grand Achiever, 2004

Civil Enlightenment Organization of Nigeria (CEON), 2004

Best Individual & Symbol of Creativity

The Movie Awards (THEMA), Best English/Best Actress, 1997

By Hlulani Masingi

 

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