REAL NAME: Omotola Jalade Ekeinde
STAGE NAME: Omotola Jalade or Omosexy
DATE OF BIRTH/AGE: Born 7 February 1978
PLACE OF BIRTH: Lagos State, Nigeria
NET WORTH: Her net worth is estimated at N550 Million
STATE OF ORIGIN: Ondo
OCCUPATION: Nigerian actress, singer, philanthropist and former model.
HUSBAND: Captain Matthew Ekeinde
CHILDREN: Princess, M.J, Meraiah and Michael
EDUCATION: Obafemi Awolowo University and Yaba College of Technology
PARENTS: Oluwatoyin Jalade (mother) ,Oluwashola Jalade (father)
RESIDENCE: Lagos, Lagos State, Nigeria
Omotola Jalade Ekeinde is a veteran Nollywood actress, singer, philanthropist and former model. The wife to a pilot was born 7 February 1978 in Lagos State but she is of Ondo descent. She started her Nollywood career in 1995 when she made her movie debut in a movie titled “Venom of Justice”, directed by Reginald Ebere. Omotola had since featured in over 300 films, selling millions of video copies in Nigerian and out the country.
She has won several coveted awards in her movie career before launching a music career, the press has revered the Screen Nation “Best Actress” as the “African Magic”. She is the first African celebrity to receive over 1 million likes on her Facebook page. She has gathered a huge fan base especially on social media Omoesexy currently boast of over 3 million followers on Facebook. Aside her career success and business achievements/ accomplishments, she is well respected for her efforts towards humanitarian pursuit. She is one of the pioneers of the video film era of Nigerian cinema, becoming the most watched actress in Africa.
Omotola was among the the 100 most influential people in the world honoured in Time magazine alongside Michelle Obama, Beyoncé and Kate Middleton, the listing was released in 2013 . Omotola made her US television debut in VH1’s scripted series, Hit the Floor in early 2013. She was privileged as one of the speaker at 2013 edition of the WISE Summit, held in Doha, Qatar on the 2rd of November 2013. Omotola was honoured by the Nigerian government as a Member of the Order of the Federal Republic, MFR for her contributions to Nigerian cinema the following years
Early Life, Background, Childhood And Education
Omotola Jalade Ekeinde is her real/full name and she is an indigene of Ondo State of Nigeria. The veteran Nollywood goddess was born on 7th of February 1978 to Mr. & Mrs. Shola Jalade (both Late). Omotola was raised in a family of five her parents and two younger brothers, Tayo and Bolaji Jalade. Her lovely mother named Oluwatoyin Jalade née Amori Oguntade, worked at J.T Chanrai Nig, and her father, Oluwashola Jalade, worked with the YMCA and the Lagos Country Club. Her childhood ambition was to work in business management where she can achieve her dreams. After she completed her University educatoin and waiting for certificate to come out, she sojourn into modelling to earn a living.
Omotola Jalade Ekeinde attended Chrisland School Opebi from 1981 to 1987 and Oxford Children School in 1987 , Santos Layout, and completed her basic education at Command Secondary School Kaduna from 1988 to 1993. She attended Obafemi Awolowo University briefly and completed at Yaba College of Technology from 1996 to 2004, where she bagged a degree in estate management.
Omotola never wanted to venture into entertainment, her longing career was to become a business manager but fate had a different path programmed ahead of her. She become officially known as Omosexy after she started her acting career and it is now very ovious that when we talk about the A-list actresses in Nollywood, it wouldn’t make plenty of sense without mentioning this exceptional Nigerian actress.
Acting Career And Rise To Fame
Omotola was initially introduced to acting after she accompanied a friend to an audition. She was given her debut role in 1995 and the movie is titled “Venom of Justice”, directed by Reginald Ebere. The beginning of Omotola’s acting career can be traced down to the name Reginald as he was the first person that gave her a try when she was aspiring to become an actress. She started getting more roles after starring in that move, her first big role in the critically acclaimed film Mortal Inheritance (1995). In the movie, she played a sickle-cell patient who fights for her life despite the odds of survival. She was able to overcome her condition and finally had a baby of her own after people thought she couldn’t produce a baby. The movie was rated one of the best movie ever made in Nigeria as of that time. Omotola has starred in several blockbuster movies since then including My Story, Games Women Play,The Woman in Me , Blood Sisters, All My Life, Last Wedding and several others.
She won “Best Actress in an English Speaking Movie” and “Best Actress Overall” at the 1997 THEMA (The Movie Awards). Omotola was the youngest actress in Nigeria at this time to achieve this feat. She went on to star in several big firms, including Lost Kingdom 2, Kosorogun 2, and Blood Sister 2 which earned her Grand Achiever Award on behalf of the Global Excellence Recognition Awards in 2004. She also won “Best Actress in a Supporting Role” during the African Movie Academy Awards in 2005. She have appeared roughly on over 300 straight movies and she was rewarded by cinematic movie role in the 2010 film, “Ije”. The highly rated firm was shot on locations in Jos, California, and Los Angeles. She also starred in the Nollywood blockbuster thriller “Last Flight to Abuja” in 2012, the movie 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.
She have pocketed over 40 domestic and international awards and highly considered Africa’s biggest box office actress according to calculations. Omotola celebrated her 20th anniversary in the entertainment industry in the year 2015 after appearing in about 200 Nigerian Nollywood firms.
Omotola: Music Career
Omotola or simply OmoSexy launched into Music Career in the year 2005 with the release of her debut album titled GBA. The highly anticipated album was supported by singles like “Naija Lowa” and “The Things You Do To Me.” She featured ace producers like Paul Play and Del B in her unreleased sophomore album, Me, Myself, and Eyes. This album also spawn singles like “Feel Alright” (featuring Harry Song) and “Through the Fire” (featuring Uche).
She started recording her third album in late 2012 in collaboration with The Bridge Entertainment. OmoSexy headed to the musical mecca of Atlanta GA to work with some reputable producers and songwriters who could catapult her career to appeal the American audiences. She worked with producer like Kendrick Dean, Drumma Boy, Verse Simmonds in studio sessions and also recorded with Bobby Valentino.
In 2012, Omotola dived into reality show as she launched Omotola: The Real Me, on Africa Magic Entertainment, a M-Net subsidiary broadcast on DStv. She was the first Nigerian celebrity to star in her own reality show. She became a United Nations WFP (World Food Programme) Ambassador in 2005. She went on a mission to Sierra- Leone and Liberia. She actively took part in the Walk the World project and Walk the World campaign in Liberia with President Ellen Sir Leaf-Johnson.
In 2011, The Nollywood diva, formal musician and model became an Amnesty International campaigner and has participated in campaigns in Sierra- Leone (Maternal Mortality) . 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. Her viewpoint was beyond imitation and it earned her a famous column in OK! Nigeria Magazine. The column is titled “Omotola’s Diary” and features writings directly from Omotola about her life and experiences. She was also honoured with the “Ebony Vanguard Award” at the Music Video and Screen Awards (MVISA) held in Birmingham on 5 November 2013. On 9 November 2013, Omotola was conferred Omotola with a chieftaincy title in her hometown of Ondo State by “Oba Victor Kiladejo”, the royal king of Ondo Kingdom.
In 2012, CNN Travel noted Omotola’s famous tongue (accent) on their list of the world’s 12 séxiest accents. She secured the 5th spot on the list. She was also named one of the most influential people in the world by TIME magazine for their annual TIME 100 list in the following year .
In 2015, Omotola was listed among the highest-grossing movie stars one has never heard of; alongside other prominent names like Michael Papajohn, Bob Bergen, Martin Klebba, Shah Rukh Khan, Frank Welker, Jack Angel, Mickie McGowan, Clint Howard and Chris Ellis. This listing was put together by the giant email service and search engine provider Yahoo!
Omotola Jalade Ekeinde: Personal Life
The Nollywood diva is happily married to a famous Nigerian pilot Captain Matthew Ekeinde, they tied the knot in 1996. They had their white wedding on board a Dash 7 aircraft while flying from Lagos to Benin in 2001 with friends and family in attendance. Their union is healthily blessed with four children, Princess, M.J, Meraiah and Michael.
Awards And Nominations
- The Movie Awards (THEMA) >> she won Best Actress English and Best Actress Overall
- She won best actress at City People awards for Excellence 2004
- She won Best Actress & Grand Achiever Global Excellence Recognition Awards 2004
- She won Best Individual & Symbol of Creativity at 2004 Civil Enlightenment Organization of Nigeria (CEON)
- She won Best Actress in a Supporting Role at 2005 1st Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA)
- She won Most friendly Actress at 2006 Youths Benefactor’s Award
- She also won Best Actress-Africa Collaboration at 2011 Ghana Movie Awards
- She won Actress of the Year at Eloy Awards, Pan African Best Actress at Screen Nation Awards, Film Actress Icon at Black Entertainment Film Fashion Television and Arts Awards (BEFFTA)
- She won Popular Online Choice at 2013 Nollywood Movies Awards, Ebony Vanguard Award at 2013 Music Video and Screen Awards (MVISA)
- She won Female Entertainment Personality at City People Social Media Awards, Best Actress at 2017 Nollywood Travel Film Festival and 2017 Toronto International Nollywood Film Festival
She have also been nominated for numerous awards.
Some Selected Movies
- Venom of Justice
- Mortal Inheritance
- Scores to Settle
- Lost Kingdom
- Hit The Floor
- Blood on the Lagoon
- Alter Ego 2017
- When Love Dies
- Royal Family
- Die Another Day
- A Kiss from Rose
- Under Fire
- The Outsider
- Blood Sisters
- Games Women Play
- Brave Heart
- The Revelation
- Sand in My Shoes
- My Last Ambition
- Ije: The Journey
- A Private Storm
- Careless Soul
- Yankee Girls
- Temple of Justice
- Ties That Bind
- Last Flight to Abuja