Omotola Jalade Ekeinde is a Nigerian actress, singer, philanthropist and a one time model. Omotola Jalade Ekeinde was born on February 7th, 1978. She was Born into the family of now late Mr and Mrs Shola Jalade. She is the only female in the family of five.
She had her Nursery School Education at Christland Nursery School established in Opebi, Lagos state Nigeria and her primary school Education at Oxford Children School Santos Layout. She also attended Command Secondary School in Kaduna. She had a brief stint at Obafemi Awolowo University and finally completed her studies at Yaba College of Technology (1996–2004), where she studied Estate Management.
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Omotola Jalade is successfully married to Captain Matthew Ekeinde, a pilot by occupation. The blissful union is also blessed with 4 children: Princess Ekeinde (1997), M.J Ekeinde (1998), Meraiah Ekeinde (2000) and Michael Ekeinde (2002).
Omosexy embraces Acting and between her debuts till date, she has acted and featured in over 300 movies Nationwide and a few World classed movies featuring super stars Among which are; Venom of Justice, Mortal Inheritance, Scores to Settle, Lost Kingdom, Kosorogun, When Love Dies, Mary Under Fire, The Outsider Rescue, Blood Sisters, Royal Family, Die Another Day Queen, A Kiss from Rose, Games Women Play, Brave Heart. The Revelation, Sand in My Shoes, Careless Soul, Yankee Girls, Temple of Justice, Amanda, Ije, Oyato, and Last flight to Abuja.
She shot to stardom in the 1990’s when she made her mark in the movie “Moral Inheritance” in which she portrayed an ill woman combating sickle-cell disease. She also did Venom of Justice’ as directed by Reginald Ebere.
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She runs a Non-Governmental Organization that aims at bettering and helping youths nationwide. Her Organization which is known as “Omotola Youth Empowerment Project” has assisted Widows, Youths and gives out Charity on yearly bases to the Homeless and Motherless.
She has received and nominated for various Awards, she has received awards like Black Entertainment Film Fashion Television and Arts Award and featured in the TIME Magazine for her spectacular contribution to the society at large.
Global Excellence Recognition Awards Best Actress & Grand Achiever. Civil Enlightenment Organization of Nigeria (CEON) Best Individual & Symbol of Creativity.
NUSEC Awards Best Actress 2005.
In 1997, Omotola won “The Best Actress in an English Speaking Movie” and the “Best Actress Overall” at the THEMA (The Movie Awards) for her role in ‘Mortal Inheritance’. CNN Travel noted Omotola’s famous tongue (accent) on their list of the world’s 12 sexiest accents in 2012. The Nigerian accent ranked 5th on the list. She was honoured in Time Magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2013 alongside Michelle Obama, Beyonce and Kate Middleton. 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.
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In 2005, she was awarded “Best Actress in a Supporting Role” during Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA). Omotola has gone on to win over 40 domestic and international awards. She is considered Africa’s biggest box office actress. City People awards for Excellence Best Actress
In 2012, Omotola launched her own reality show Omotola: The Real Me on Africa Magic Entertainment, becoming the first Nigerian celebrity to star in their own reality show.
Itching to connect with her huge fan base on a more personal level, OmoSexy, as her fans would call her, launched a long-awaited music career in 2005 with the release of her debut album, titled, GBA. The album featured the singles, “Naija Lowa” and “The Things You Do To Me.” Her sophomore album, “Me, Myself, and Eyes” brought in production from Paul Play and Del B, featuring the songs, “Feel Alright” ft. Harry Song and “Through the Fire” ft. Uche.
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After receiving numerous high-profile awards, launching a music career, and amassing an enviable fan base, the press has revered the Screen Nation ‘Best Actress’ as Africa’s biggest star. Today, she is not only noted for her incomparable showbiz accomplishments, but is also applauded for her remarkable humanitarian efforts. Over the years, Omotola has been a pioneer in the Nollywood film industry, successfully becoming the most watched actress in Africa.
Aside from being a wife, mother, and on-screen performer, Omotola has always had a passion for writing; so much so, she was offered her own column in OK! Nigeria. The now famous column, labeled Omotola’s Diary, features writing’s directly from Omotola about her life, experiences, and her inimitable viewpoint. Her other works, include personal poems and co-written scripts for many of the films in which she has starred.
Omotola the philanthropist, powers her NGO project, the Omotola Youth Empowerment Project (OYEP). The undertaking brings hundreds of youths together for the Empowerment Walk and Convention. One of the program’s very famous projects includes the 20 Widows Makeover. The program received a nomination for Best Charity/Cause Related Event at the Nigerian Event Awards in 2012 and continues to operate in remembrance of Omotola’s late mother.
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Her activism and philanthropy continues with Save The Children UK, Enough is Enough, and Amnesty International; working for causes like the Maternal Mortality struggle in Sierra-Leone and the Own Up, Pay Up and Clean Up campaign for Niger Delta. She has remained a UN ambassador for the WFP (World Food Programme) since 2005.
During the early 2010s, Omotola starred in several high-grossing films, which saw record-breaking success. The first being “Ije,” (2010) becoming the highest grossing film ever in the African cinemas. This was followed by “Last Flight To Abuja,” earning Omotola another box office record for becoming the highest grossing film in opening week. These accomplishments earned Omotola a new nickname, Cinema Box Office Queen
In 2011, Omotola was invited to attend the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, CA in recognition of her work with Amnesty International and her song “Barren Land,” which was featured in a public service announcement, addressing the Shell Oil spill in the Niger Delta.
2012 marked another career high for Omotola. On October 27, she was awarded The Black Entertainment Film Fashion Television and Arts BEFFTA Icon Award, an exclusive honorary award for her outstanding contributions to the global film industry.
Omotola acknowledged the recognition as an extremely special moment for her, stating, “this is the best award I have received on a global level.” Since late 2012, Omotola has been starring in her very own reality TV-show airing on Africa’s most popular network, Africa magic TV. The show, called “Omotola: The Real me,” has become the most viewed television series in Africa as well as making Omotola the first Nigerian to ever have a reality television show.
In early 2013, Omotola made her US television debut in VH1’s scripted series, Hit the Floor. On 2 November 2013, she spoke at the 2013 edition of the WISE Summit, held in Doha, Qatar.
In 2014, she was honoured by the Nigerian government as a Member of the Order of the Federal Republic, MFR for her contributions to Nigerian cinema.