REAL NAME: Omoni Oboli
NET WORTH : N205 Million
DATE OF BIRTH/AGE : Born 22 April 1978 [39 years old]
STATE OF ORIGIN : Delta State
OCCUPATION: Nigerian actress, scriptwriter, director, producer
MARITAL STATUS: Married
CHILDREN : Three boys
EDUCATION : She studied Foreign Languages at the University of Benin
Omoni Oboli is a prominent Nigerian actress, scriptwriter, director, producer . The top entertainment personality is a trained digital filmmaker at the New York Film Academy. Omoni is also labelled as one of the top Nigerian writer, with a number of screenplays to her credit, including “Fatal Imagination”, “Being Mrs Elliott”, “The First Lady”, and “Wives on Strike”.
She has won couple of awards including the award for “Best Actress Narrative Feature at the Los Angeles Movie Awards in 2010”, award for “Best Actress at the Harlem International Film Festival”, won “Big Screen Actress of the Year award, at the 2014 ELOY Awards”, for her movie Being Mrs Elliott in 2014, she was awarded the “Sun Nollywood “Personality of the Year” in 2015″. She was nominated for “Best Actress in a Leading Role award at the 2011 Africa Movie Academy Awards”.
Early Life, Background And Education
Omoni Oboli, was born on April 22, 1978 in Benin City, Edo state, Nigeria but she originally an indigene of Mosagar in Delta state. The Nollywood diva had her secondary school education at Delta Steel Company Technical High School (DSC THS) Between 1989 and 1994 . She studied at University of Benin where she obtained a Bachelors degree in Foreign Languages (majoring in French, Language).
According to Omoni Oboli on how growing up was like for her ;
It was fun and carefree, because there was a lot of love in the home I grew up in with my mum and sister. I lived in the then Delta Steel Company (DSC) complex, which was a haven where I got a great education and lived a pleasant lifestyle even though we weren’t rich. The memories of growing up were mostly pleasant for me. DSC is not the same as it was then anymore.
Why do you choose to become an actress because you studied French Language?
Many people who knew me back then are still wondering why I chose French, because what I was known for was acting and directing and writing plays in the church in school plays and in the French club where I was the head of all those clubs back then in my secondary school. Acting started even before my primary school at the age of 3. I have always known acting and wanted to do it as long as I can remember so the prompting was really to study French which I felt didn’t just come naturally with me because you had to study it to know it well or live in a French country to properly communicate in it. So I studied French with my eye fully on acting.
The top Nollywood actress started her acting career formally in 1996 in a movie titled “Bitter Encounter” , this was her first movie in the hustle and she played a secretary. Her next movie was “Shame”. She then went on to play the lead female character in three major movies; Not My Will, Destined To Die and Another Campus Tale. After her stint in acting , she left the movie industry to complete her university education in 1996. She bagging a degree in the university she married at once and become inactive in the industry for many years. She later returned to acting after some years . She has played number of lead and supporting roles in major movies, she has several screenplays to her credit, including her film “Wives On Strike” as well as “The Rivals”, a movie she co-produced with her friend and which won the prize for Best International Drama at the New York International Independent Film And Video Festival. History has it that , it was the first Nigerian film to be premiered since the festival’s inception in 2003. In addition to the credit, it was given a 3-star rating out of 4 by the festival’s judges.
She is respected as a result of her talent in acting. Omoni has appeared in several blockbuster movies like ‘The Figurine,’ ‘Anchor Baby’, ‘Being Mrs Elliott’, and the soon to be released movies, ‘Feathered Dreams,’ and Mo Abudu’s ‘Fifty’. She has also starred in the movie “Okafor’s law” which premiered on March 24, 2017. Unfortunately, the the movie premiere was cancelled due to an injunction by the court; as she was being accused of copyright infringement by Jude Idada, who claims to have written the story-line behind Okafor’s law.
She has acted along side several big names in Nollywood including the likes of Desmond Elliot, Mercy Johnson, Yemi Blaq, Ramsey Nouah, Kunle Afolayan, Olu Jacobs, Joke Silva, Stella Damasus-Aboderin, Desmond Elliot, Sam Sarpong, Majid Michel, AY , Uru Eke, Mike Ezuruonye, Alexx Ekubo, Yvonne Jegede, Chinedu Ikedieze , Joseph Benjamin, Dakore Akande, Blossom Chukwujekwu, Gabriel Afolayan, Ufuoma McDermott, Adesua Etomi, Banky Wellington, Chiwetalu Agu, Patience Ozokwor amongst others.
Charity Organisation – “The Omoni Oboli Foundation”
The beautiful Nollywood goddess single-handedly founded a charity organization, “The Omoni Oboli Foundation” which is a move to help the less privileged women and children of Nigerian society. According to reports, the aforementioned foundation has been able to embark on several projects which include the following:
- The feeding of street children in Lagos and giving them a fun-filled day with gifts.
- Broadening the mindset of the less privileged children by taking the children of Ecole Divine Nursery Primary and Secondary School to a milk factory to see how it is made and packaged.
- Feeding and giving over two hundred poor and disadvantaged children at Delta Steel Complex, Aladja, a fun day with practical gifts.
The foundation website is www.omoniobolifoundation.com
Personal Life – Husband And Children
Omoni Oboli is happily married to her soul mate, Nnamdi Oboli. They officially tied the knot in year 2000 and the union is blessed with three healthy children , boys namely – Tobe, Gozi and Chizi.
On how she met her husband ?
I met him when I first started acting in Lagos in 1996, but just for about a few minutes. He later found me four years later in my final year and we started dating. He proposed to me two weeks into our relationship and the rest is history. There’s a great love story there somewhere. (Laughs) He must have rocked my world to the point of me saying yes, because I was just 21 years old! Many felt I was too young, but I thank God that their opinion didn’t sway my decision.
When asked how she has kept her marriage intact after so many years, the actress said,
“I don’t know if I keep my home intact; I believe God does that for me. There are many women who do the right things and show up at every time for their husbands and still get the short end of the stick.
So I don’t take credit for it. I have my moments and he does too, but somehow it has never tipped the scale and that’s because God made it possible.
Nevertheless, I believe that when you understand that you’re both different individuals who have become one, then you can try to weather any storm, knowing that if you don’t, both of you will have a dreadful life in that marriage.
- In November 2015, she signed an endorsement deal with Nunu milk as the brand ambassador.
- In March 2016, she was announced as the brand ambassador for Arik Air .
- In 2010 she won the award for Best Actress – Narrative Feature at the Los Angeles Movie
- Awards, and the award for Best Actress at the Harlem International Film Festival.
- In 2014, Omoni won Big Screen Actress of the Year award, at ELOY Awards, for her movie Being Mrs Elliott.
- In 2015, Omoni was awarded the Sun Nollywood personality of the year.
- The Figurine
- Bent Arrows
- Anchor Baby
- Feathered Dreams
- Brother’s Keeper
- Render to Caesar
- Being Mrs Elliot
- Lunch Time Heroes
- Governor’s wife
- The Duplex
- As Crazy as it Gets
- The First Lady
- Wives on strike
- Okafor’s Law
- The Wedding Party 2