With over 300 film appearances, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde is a household name in Nigeria. But the film industry is not her only platform. This former model, actress, philanthropist, and singer also has been on VH1 starring in her first debut television series back in 2013, ‘Hit the Floor’. Not only has she had success in the film industry, but she was also named one of the world’s most influential women by Time Magazine in 2013.
Early on, Omotola didn’t have her eyes set on stardom and her original plan was to become a leader in business management. During her application process for University, she began modeling part time to help supplement her finances, and quickly began earning enough money to support herself. Omotola didn’t give up on her education, though, and she completed her degree program at Yaba College of Technology focusing on estate management. This early ambition in business has helped Omotola become the well rounded philanthropist that she is today, heading up a youth program called Otomola Youth Empowerment Programme.
Omotola Youth Empowerment Programme
Oyep, has helped thousands of young adults learn the importance of their personal rights and how to take a stand in what they believe in. As one of the most influential people in the world, Omotola aims to help every young individual become successful through her program.
Recent Celebrity Buzz
In early April, Omotola joined the judge panel on Mo Abudu’s First Stars show continuing her support for those looking to break into the film industry. Sitting in as a guest judge, many of the contestants were both terrified and overjoyed to have the opportunity to visit with and get professional feedback from such an influential icon.
Like most stars, Omotola is not without controversy; she recently hit a whirlwind of criticism when making a statement in an interview saying that because of her celebrity status, she sends her husband to the grocery store and other daily errands. Of course many took this opportunity to jump on the chance to judge the influential leader as petty and vain, but others quickly backed her up with support on the comment and citing, “There is absolutely nothing wrong with a man going to the market to help his wife out.”
Awards and Career
Omotola began her career in Nollywood back in 1995. Since then she has appeared in over 300 films, launched a music career, modeled her way through college, and became one of Africa’s biggest stars. With such an impressive resume, she has tons of awards ranging from “Best Actress Overall” for her role in 1996’s Mortal Inheritance, to “Best Supporting Actress” at the African Academy Awards. Since then she has gone on to win over 40 international and domestic awards for her work making her one of Africa’s biggest box office superstar.
Omotola Jalade Ekeinde is married to a pilot, Captain Mathew Ekeinde. Growing up in a large family herself, she has continued the family tradition with four children of her own. When she’s not helping the youth of Nigeria, Omotola, or playfully named, “Omosexy” by her husband, spends her time sitting in as a guest judge on local talent shows, posing for photo shoots, and posting pictures of cute family photo sessions for her fans to keep up with her current status. With over 1 million likes on her Facebook page in 2013, combined with her twitter account, Omotola has reached millions of people making her truly one of the most influential people in the world.