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Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde – Biography, Life And Other Fact You Need To Know

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Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde – Biography, Life And Other Fact You Need To Know

Born on February 7, 1978, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde also known as Omosexy is an actress, singer, and philanthropist from Lagos, Nigeria.

Family Background

Omotola who hails from Ondo State was born in Lagos State to Mr. Oluwashola Jalade and Mrs. Oluwatoyin Jalade.

The actress grew up in a family of five: her parents and two younger brothers; Tayo and Bolaji Jalade.

Her father worked at the YMCA and the Lagos Country Club while her mother worked at J.T Chanrai Nigeria.

Education

Omotola Jalade attended Chrisland School, Opebi, Lagos between 1981-1987 and finished in Oxford Children School in 1987.

For her secondary school education, the actress attended Santos Layout, and Command Secondary School, Kaduna.

Omosexy then studied briefly at the Obafemi Awolowo University and finally, Yaba College of Technology Yaba (1996-2004) where she studied Estate Management.

Sadly, she lost her father in 1991.

Early Acting Career

As a young girl, Omotola’s original ambition was to work in business management.

While awaiting her results from university, she began modeling to earn a living. The actress was introduced to acting by accompanying a friend to an audition.

She made a debut as an actress in 1995 with the movie “Venom of Justice”. She was given the lead role in the movie which brought her to the limelight.

Omotola later acted in the movie, “Mortal Inheritance”. In the movie, she played a sickle-cell patient who fought for her life despite the odds of survival. Omotola’s character overcame the disease and she had a baby.

The actress has since then, starred in several blockbuster movies, including Games Women Play, Blood Sisters, All My Life, Last Wedding, My Story, The Woman in Me and a host of others.

In early 2013, Omosexy took her career to another level by debuting in a US television series; VH1’s scripted series, Hit the Floor.

In 2014, she was honored by the Nigerian government as a member of the Order of the Federal Republic MFR for her contribution to Nigeria through entertainment and humanitarian services.

After three years of break, she returned to the scene by playing a lead role in a 2017 movie, “Alter Ego” alongside Wole Ojo and Jide Kosoko.

In the year, 2015, Omotola celebrated her 20th anniversary in the entertainment industry. She has appeared in about two hundred (200) movies.

Other Business

Music

In 2004, Omotola ventured into music and debut as a singer with the release of her first album, “GBA” in 2005.

Her first album consists of 10 songs including “Naija Lowa” and “The Things You Do To Me”.

In 2010, she released her second album, “Me, Myself and Eyes”. One of the songs in the album, “Feel Alright” featured Harrysong.

One of the songs in the album, “Barren Land” was adopted by Amnesty International, a London-based non-government organization for human rights.

Also, Omosexy alongside Femi Odugbemi, received invitations to join the Oscars in the year (2018) voting members.

Reality Show

Omotola Jalade Ekeinde launched her reality show, Omotola: The Real Me in 2012.

The reality show was aired on Africa Magic Entertainment, a M-net subsidiary on DStv. It offered her fans a close look at her personal life.

This made her the first Nigerian celebrity to star in her own reality show.

Philanthropy

Omotola was not only an actress and singer, but she was also a philanthropist.

In 2005, the actress became a United Nations World Food Programme ambassador and went on missions to Sierra-Leone and Liberia.

She was also an Amnesty International campaigner in 2011 and has participated in campaigns in Sierra-Leone and Niger-Delta of Nigeria.

Omosexy also joined ONE Campaign’s Poverty is Sexist Campaign, an initiative aimed at promoting the need for women empowerment across the continent.

Later on, she launched her NGO project, Omotola Youth Empowerment Program (OYEP).

Her NGO project, which continues to operate in remembrance of Omotola’s late mother brings hundreds of youths together for empowerment walks and conventions.

One of their popular projects includes the 20 widows’ makeover.

Personal life

Omotola Jalade married her sweetheart, Captain Matthew Ekeinde in 1996.

Later in 2001, the couple held a white ceremony on board a Dash 7 aircraft while flying from Lagos to Benin., The wedding was attended by close family and friends.

On 30 March 1997, the couple welcomed their first daughter. Together, they have four children, Princess, M.J, Meraiah, and Michael.

Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde – Biography, Life And Other Fact You Need To Know

Awards And Achievements

The Best Actress English at The Movie Awards [1997]

The Best Actress Overall at The Movie Awards [1997]

Best Actress at the City People Awards for Excellence [2004]

Best Actress & Grand Achiever at Global Excellence Recognition Awards [2004]

Best Individual & Symbol of Creativity at CEON [2004]

Most Friendly Actress at Youth Benefactor’s Awards [2006]

Best Actress-Africa Collaboration at Ghana Movie Awards [2011]

Actress of the Year at Eloy Awards [2012]

Pan African Best Actress at Screen Nation Awards [2012]

GIAMA Humanitarian Award at Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards [2012]

Popular Online Choice at Nollywood Movies Awards [2013]

Ebony Vanguard Award at Music Video and Screen Awards [2013]

100 Most Influential People in the World by the TIMES Magazine [2013]

Member of the Order of the Federal Republic [2014]

Female Entertainment Personality at City People Social Media Awards [2016]

Best Actress at Toronto International Nollywood Film Festival [2017]

Best Actress at Nollywood Travel Film Festival [2017]

Most Influential 100 People of African Descent at the United Nations by MIPAD [2018]

Movie Icon of the Year at City People Movie Awards [2018]

Best Actress in Movies/TV Series at Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards [2018]

Some of Omotola’s Blockbusters

Lost Kingdom (1999)

Koosorogun (2002)

When Love Dies (2003)

Brave Heart (2005)

Careless Soul (2007)

Yankee Girls (2008)

My Last Ambition (2009)

Ije: The Journey (2010)

Ties That Bind (2011)

Amina (2012)

Hit the Floor (2013)

Blood on the Lagoon (2014)

Alter Ego (2017)

The Island (2017)

The Tribunal (2017)

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