Omotola Jalade Ekeinde
Omotola at the World Economic Forum in 2015
7 February 1978
|Other names||"Omo Sexy" |
Omotola Jolade Ekeinde
Omotola Jalade Ekeinde // OH-mə-TOH-lə; born Omotola Jalade, 7 February 1978) is a Nigerian actress, singer, philanthropist and former model. Since her Nollywood film debut in 1995, Omotola has appeared in over 300 films, selling millions of video copies. After receiving numerous high-profile awards, launching a music career, and amassing an enviable fan base, the press has dubbed her as the real Africa Magic. She is the first African celebrity to receive over 1 million likes on her Facebook page. She currently has a total of 3 million followers on Facebook.(
Beyond her show business accomplishments, she is also applauded for her remarkable humanitarian efforts. Omotola is one of the pioneers of the video film era of Nigerian cinema, becoming one of the most watched actresses in Africa. In the year 2013, she was honoured in Time magazine's list of the 100 most influential people in the world alongside Michelle Obama, Beyoncé and Kate Middleton.
Early life and education
Omotola, who is of Ondo descent, was born in Lagos State. She grew up in a family of five: her parents and two younger brothers; Tayo and Bolaji Jalade. Her mother, Oluwatoyin Jalade née Amori Oguntade, worked at J.T Chanrai Nigeria, and her father, Oluwashola Jalade, worked at the YMCA and the Lagos Country Club. Omotola's original ambition was to work in business management, while awaiting her results from university, she began modelling to earn a living. Omotola attended Chrisland School, Opebi (1981–1987), Oxford Children School (1987), Santos Layout, and Command Secondary Schoo,l Kaduna (1988–1993). She had a brief stint at Obafemi Awolowo University and completed her studies at Yaba College of Technology (1996–2004), where she studied Estate Management.
Omotola was introduced to acting by accompanying a friend to an audition. Her first acting role was in the 1995 movie Venom of Justice, directed by Reginald Ebere. Reginald has been cited as launching Omotola's career. She was given the lead role in the movie, which set the stage for a flourishing career in the Nollywood film industry. Omotola got her first big role in the critically acclaimed film Mortal Inheritance (1995). In the movie, she played a sickle-cell patient who fought for her life despite the odds of survival. Omotola's character overcame the disease and she had a baby. The film is regarded as one of the Nigeria's best movies ever made. Since then, she has starred in several blockbuster movies, including Games Women Play, Blood Sisters, All My Life, Last Wedding, My Story, The Woman in Me and a host of others.
After a career defining role in Mortal Inheritance, Omotola's portrayal won her "Best Actress in an English Speaking Movie" and "Best Actress Overall" at the (1997) Movie Awards. She was the youngest Actress in Nigeria at that time to achieve this feat.
In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the increasingly known actress starred in several sequel films, including Lost Kingdom II, Kosorogun II, and Blood Sister II, leading to a grand achiever award on behalf of the Global Excellence Recognition Awards in the year (2004). By the mid year (2000), Omotola had catapulted into " A" list status. She was awarded best Actress in a supporting role during the African Movie Academy Awards in (2005).
After shooting roughly three hundred (300) video movies, Omotola received her first cinematic movie role in the year( 2010) film "Ije". This film was shot at locations in Jos and the United States."Ije" was the highest grossing Nollywood film at the time – A feat later broken by Phone Swap (2012). In, (2012), she starred in the Nollywood blockbuster thriller,: Last Flight to Abuja which beat Hollywood blockbusters like :Spiderman, Think like a Man, Ice Age, The Avengers, and Madagascar to become the 2nd highest-grossing movie in West African cinemas in( 2012). Omotola has gone on to win over forty (40) domestic and international awards. She is considered Africa's biggest box office actress.
In (2015), Omotola celebrated her 20th anniversary in the entertainment industry. She has appeared in about two hundred (200) movies. In June (2018), Omotola alongside Femi Odugbemi, received invitations to join the Oscars in the year (2018) voting members.
OmoSexy, launched a "long-awaited" music career in 2005 with the release of her debut album titled "gba". The album produced the singles "Naija Lowa" and "The Things You Do To Me." Her unreleased second album – Me, Myself, and Eyes, brought in production from Paul Play and Del B. It was supported by the songs "Feel Alright", featuring Harrysong, and "Through the Fire", featuring Uche. The album's launch party was scheduled to hold in Nigeria and tables were expected to sell for N1 million.
In late 2012, Omotola began working on her third album and enlisted the help of The Bridge Entertainment. She went to Atlanta to work with a few prominent producers and songwriters who could help create a sound that would resonate with American audiences. She had studio sessions with Kendrick Dean, Drumma Boy and Verse Simmonds and recorded with a song with singer Bobby V.
In (2012), Omotola launched her own reality show, Omotola: The Real Me, on Africa Magic Entertainment, a M-Net subsidiary broadcast on DStv. This made Omotola the first Nigerian celebrity to star in her own reality show.
Omotola became a United Nations World Food Programme Ambassador in (2005), going to missions in Sierra- Leone and Liberia. Omotola also supports organisations such as Charles Odii's SME100 Africa to empower youth and young women in the society. She has been active in the Walk the World project and participated in the Walk the World campaign in Liberia with President Ellen Sir Leaf-Johnson.
Omotola, is known as a fierce human rights campaigner and her philanthropy efforts are centred on her NGO project, called the Omotola Youth Empowerment Programme (OYEP). The undertaking brought hundreds of youths together for the Empowerment Walk and Convention. She lent her voice in (2010) to the Rewrite The Future Campaign of Save The Children UK.
She became an Amnesty International campaigner in (2011) and has participated in campaigns in Sierra-Leone (Maternal Mortality) and her recent campaign of The Niger Delta in Nigeria, where she shot a video asking Shell and the government to own up, clean up, pay up and take responsibility of the Oil spills in the Niger-Delta.
In June 2020, she visited an orphanage home in Tanzania run by Tanzania Mitindo House which focuses on HIV infected children. She was welcome at the Julius Nyerere airport by a Tanzanian celebrity Wema Sapetu amidst dancing and singing. She then had lunch together with the orphanage children at the home of Wema Sapetu.
Her inimitable viewpoint earned her a famous column in OK! Nigeria Magazine. The column is titled "Omotola's Diary" and featuring writings directly from Omotola about her life and experiences. On 5 November (2013), Omotola was honoured with the Ebony Vanguard Award at the Music Video and Screen Awards (MVISA) held in Birmingham. On 9 November (2013), Oba Victor Kiladejo, the Royal king of Ondo Kingdom conferred Omotola with a chieftaincy title in her hometown of Ondo State.
In ( 2012), CNN Travel noted Omotola's famous tongue (accent) on their list of the world's twelve (12) sexiest accents. The Nigerian accent ranked 5th on the list. The following year, Omotola was named one of the most influential people in the world by TIME magazine for their annual TIME 100 list. She appeared in the icons category.
In (2015),she was listed among the highest-grossing movie stars one has ever heard of; the listing included: Shah Rukh Khan, Frank Welker, Bob Bergen, Jack Angel, Mickie McGowan, Michael Papajohn, Martin Klebba, Clint Howard and Chris Ellis. This listing was compiled and researched by Yahoo!
Omotola, married Captain Matthew Ekeinde in (1996). The couple later held a white ceremony on board a Dash 7 aircraft while flying from Lagos to Benin in (2001), with close family and friends present. She gave birth to her first daughter on 30 March 1997. Together, they have four children, Princess, M.J, Meraiah and Michael. She lost her father in 1991.
|Venom of Justice||1995|
|Scores to Settle||1998|
|When Love Dies||2003||Mary|
|Blood Sisters||with Genevieve Nnaji|
|Die Another Day||Queen|
|A Kiss from Rose|
|Games Women Play||2005|
|Sand in My Shoes|
|Temple of Justice|
|My Last Ambition||2009||Amanda|
|Ije: The Journey||2010||Anya Opara Michino||With Genevieve Nnaji, Odalys Garcia, Ulrich Que|
|A Private Storm||2010||Gina||With Ramsey Nouah, Ufuoma Ejenobor, John Dumelo|
|Ties That Bind||2011||With Ama K. Abebrese, Kimberly Elise|
|Last Flight to Abuja||2012||Suzie||With Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Jim Iyke, Jide Kosoko|
|Hit The Floor||2013||Omotola|
|Blood on the Lagoon||2014|
|My Only Inheritance|
|Alter Ego||2017||Ada Igwe||With Wale Ojo and Kunle Remi|
|The Island||Mrs Tokunbo Bowe Cole||TV Series|
|Up Creek a Paddle||TBA||Post production|
- GBA (2005)
- Me, Myself, and Eyes (unreleased)
|2014||"Barren Land"||Me, Myself, and Eyes|
|2015||"Strong Girl (Remix)" As featured artiste||N/A|
Awards and Nominations
|1997||The Movie Awards (THEMA)||Best Actress English||Mortal Inheritance||Won|
|Best Actress Overall||Won|
|2004||City People awards for Excellence||Best Actress||Herself||Won|
|Global Excellence Recognition Awards||Best Actress & Grand Achiever||Won|
|Civil Enlightenment Organization of Nigeria (CEON)||Best Individual & Symbol of Creativity||Won|
|NUSEC Awards||Best Actress||Won|
|2005||1st Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA)||Best Actress in a Supporting Role||Won|
|2006||Youths Benefactor's Award||Most friendly Actress||Won|
|2009||2009 Best of Nollywood Awards||Best Actress Leading Role (Yoruba)||Nominated|
|2009 Nigeria Entertainment Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|2010||2010 Nigeria Entertainment Awards||Best Actress Film/Short Story||Deepest of Dreams||Nominated|
|2010 Ghana Movie Awards||Best Actress-Africa Collaboration||A Private Storm||Nominated|
|2011||8th Africa Movie Academy Awards||Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role||Ties That Bind||Nominated|
|2011 Ghana Movie Awards||Best Actress-Africa Collaboration||Won|
|2011 Best of Nollywood Awards||Best Actress Leading Role (English)||A Private Storm||Nominated|
|2011 Nigeria Entertainment Awards||Best Actress Film/Short Story||Ijé||Nominated|
|2012||Eloy Awards||Actress of the Year||Ties That Bind||Won|
|Screen Nation Awards||Pan African Best Actress||Herself||Won|
|Black Entertainment Film Fashion Television and Arts Awards (BEFFTA)||Film Actress Icon||Won|
|2012 Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards||GIAMA Humanitarian Award||Omotola Youth Empowerment Foundation||Won|
|Viewers Choice -Female||Herself||Nominated|
|2012 Nigeria Entertainment Awards||Best Actress in A Film||Ties That Bind||Nominated|
|2012 Nollywood Movies Awards||Best Actress in a Leading Role||A Private Storm||Nominated|
|2013||2013 Nollywood Movies Awards||Popular Online Choice||Herself||Won|
|Music Video and Screen Awards (MVISA)||Ebony Vanguard Award||Won|
|2013 Nigeria Entertainment Awards||Best Lead Actress in a Film||Last Flight to Abuja||Nominated|
|2014||MTV Africa Music Awards 2014||Personality of the Year||Herself||Nominated|
|2016||City People Social Media Awards||Female Entertainment Personality||Herself||Won|
|2017||Nollywood Travel Film Festival||Best Actress||Alter Ego||Won|
|Toronto International Nollywood Film Festival||Won|
|2017 Best of Nollywood Awards||Best Actress Leading Role (English)||Nominated|
|City People Movie Awards||Nominated|
|2018||Africa Magic Viewer's Choice Awards (AMVCA)||Best Actress in a Movie/TV Series||Alter Ego||Won|
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