Omotola Jalade Ekeinde is one of the most beautiful, richest and most talented actress in Nigeria. She has been in the Nigerian movie industry popularly known as Nollywood for over 2 decades. Since her 1995 film debut, the actress has appeared in some 300 movies, selling millions of videos and establishing herself as a Nollywood icon.
A prolific film siren, Jalade-Ekeinde has also carved out a successful career as a singer and reality TV star. But there’s more to Nigeria’s beloved celebrity than her glittering entertainment career. Here are 10 things to know about Jalade-Ekeinde.
Omotola Jalde Ekeinde is a Nollywood actress, singer, model, entrepreneur, television personality and philanthropist. She has been regarded as one of the highest-paid actress in Nigeria. She is also known for playing romantic, sorrowful and action-thriller movies.
She was born on 7th February 1978 in Lagos State. Her Parent’ names are Oluwatoyin Jalade and Oluwashola Jalade. She is originally from Ondo State in the Southwestern part of Nigeria but grew up in Lagos State in the Southern part of Nigeria. She started acting at a tender age. She can fit in any character given to her to play.
She completed her nursery and Primary School Education at Oxford Children School and Chrisland Primary school both in Lagos State and obtained her First School Leaving Certificate. After completing her Nursery and Primary School education, Omotola Proceeded to Command Secondary School in Kaduna State in the northern part of Nigeria and obtained her West African Senior School Certificate. While in secondary school she was active in drama and stage play.
After completing her secondary school education, Omotola Jalade proceeded to Yaba College of Technology in Lagos and obtained a National Diploma in Estate Management. after her diploma, she went to Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Estate Management. While in school she began auditioning for acting jobs in Nollywood movies.
She joined the Nigerian movie industry in 1995 and where she made her first acting debut in the movie titled” Venom of Justice” a movie directed by Reinald Ebere. Her role in this movie earned her an award for Most Promising Actress in Nigeria at the Africa Movie Academy Awards.
She is one of the pioneers of the video film era of Nigerian cinema, becoming the most-watched actress in Africa. In early 2013, Omotola made her US television debut in VH1’s scripted series, Hit the Floor and has spoken at numerous global platforms including the World Economic Forum and the WISE Summit, in Doha, Qatar.
She is an activist: Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde uses her stardom to speak out about social issues affecting various African countries. An ambassador for the United Nations and an activist with Amnesty International, Jalade-Ekeinde has been on missions to Sierra Leone and Liberia.
She’s a family woman: Jalade-Ekeinde is married to an airline pilot and is a mother of four children.
The story behind “Omosexy:” Her popular nickname, “Omosexy,” was given to her by her husband — and it has caught on. “That’s my husband’s pet name for me,” she says, “and the fans love it and now people call me Omosexy almost more than Omotola.”
She can sing too: Jalade-Ekeinde always loved music but decided to launch her singing career after she became an activist and started working with the U.N. World Food Programme. “I started going on all these missions and I came back and I saw so much I wanted to sing about it,” she explains. “I’ve always wanted to sing all my life anyway, but that was the motivation I needed.”
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