Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, also known as Omotola Jalade, is a Nigerian actress, singer, philanthropist, and former model. She was born on February 7, 1978. Omotola has acted in over 300 films since her Nollywood début in 1995, selling millions of video copies. The press has called her the real Africa Magic after she received multiple high-profile honors, launched a singing career, and amassed an incredible fan base. Omotola is the first African star to have a Facebook profile with over a million likes. On Facebook, she has a total of 3 million fans.
Omotola Jalade is recognized for her humanitarian works in addition to her show business achievements. Omotola Jalade is a pioneer of Nigerian cinema’s video film revolution, and one of the continent’s most popular actresses. Along with Michelle Obama, Beyoncé, and Kate Middleton, she was named to Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2013.
Profile Summary of Omotola Jalade Ekeinde
7 February 1978
Lagos State, Nigeria
|Other names||“Omo Sexy”
Omotola Jolade Ekeinde
Omotola Jalade Early life and education
Omotola Jalade was born in Lagos State and is of Ondo origin. Omotola was raised in a family of five, with two younger brothers, Tayo and Bolaji Jalade, and her parents. Oluwatoyin Jalade, née Amori Oguntade, worked at J.T Chanrai Nigeria, and Oluwashola Jalade worked at the YMCA and the Lagos Country Club. Omotola’s original objective was to work in business management, but as she awaited her university results, she began modeling to complement her income. Omotola Jalade went to Chrisland School in Opebi from 1981 to 1987, Oxford Children School in Santos Layout from 1987 to 1988, and Command Secondary School in Kaduna from 1988 to 1993. She attended Obafemi Awolowo University for a semester before completing her education at Yaba College of Technology, where she studied Estate Management from 1996 to 2004.
Omotola Jalade Ekeinde Personal life
In the year 2000, Omotola Jalade married Captain Matthew Ekeinde (1996). With intimate family and friends present, the couple then performed a white ceremony on board a Dash 7 aircraft while flying from Lagos to Benin in (2001). On March 30, 1997, she gave birth to her first daughter. Princess, M.J., Meraiah, and Michael are their four children. In 1991, she lost her father.
Omotola Jalade made a cameo appearance in VH1’s scripted series Hit the Floor in 2013. She spoke at the WISE- Summit 2013, which was held in Doha, Qatar, on November 2, 2013. Omotola Jalade was named a Member of the Order of the Federal Republic, MFR, by the Nigerian government in 2014 for her contributions to Nigerian cinema.
Omotola Jalade Career as an Actress
Omotola Jalade made her debut in acting by accompanying a friend to an audition. Her debut film role was in Reginald Ebere’s Venom of Justice, which was released in 1995. Reginald is credited with actually developing Omotola’s career. She was cast in the lead role in the film, which launched her into a successful career in the Nigerian film business. In the highly acclaimed film Mortal Inheritance, Omotola Jalade landed her first major role (1995). She portrayed a sickle-cell patient who battled for her life against the odds against her. Omotola’s character beat the disease and gave birth to a child. The film is widely regarded as one of Nigeria’s best films. She has since starred in a number of major motion pictures, including Games Women Play, Blood Sisters, All My Life, Last Wedding, My Story, The Woman in Me, and a number of others.
Omotola’s work in Mortal Inheritance earned her “Best Actress in an English Speaking Movie” and “Best Actress Overall” at the (1997) Movie Awards after a career-defining role. She was the youngest actress in Nigeria at the time who had accomplished this.
The increasingly well-known actress acted in multiple sequel films in the late 1990s and early 2000s, including Lost Kingdom II, Kosorogun II, and Blood Sister II, earning her a grand achiever award from the Global Excellence Recognition Awards in the year (2004). By the middle of the year (2000), Omotola had risen to the top of the ” A” list. In 2007, she won the African Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role (2005).
Omotola Jalade got her first cinematic movie role in the year (2010) film “Ije,” after shooting roughly 300 video movies. Locations in Jos and the United States were used to film this film. At the time, “Ije” was the highest-grossing Nollywood film, a record that was eventually surpassed by Phone Swap (2012). In 2012, she starred in the Nollywood blockbuster thriller Last Flight to Abuja, which surpassed Hollywood blockbusters such as Spiderman, Think Like a Man, Ice Age, The Avengers, and Madagascar to become West Africa’s second highest-grossing film ( 2012). Omotola Jalade has gone on to win over forty (40) accolades both at home and abroad. She is regarded as Africa’s most successful film actress.
Omotola Jalade completed her 20th year in the entertainment profession in 2015. Omotola has appeared in around 200 films. Omotola Jalade and Femi Odugbemi were invited to join the Oscars voting members for the year (2018) in June 2018. In June 2018, Omotola Jalade and Femi Odugbemi were invited to join the Oscars voting committee for the year 2018.
Omotola Jalade Career as a Musician
OmoSexy debuted her “long-awaited” musical career in 2005 with the release of “gba,” her debut album. The singles “Naija Lowa” and “The Things You Do To Me” were released from the album. Paul Play and Del B collaborated on her unannounced second album, Me, Myself, and Eyes. “Feel Alright,” with Harrysong, and “Through the Fire,” featuring Uche, were among the tracks that accompanied it. The album’s release party was set to take place in Nigeria, with tables estimated to sell for N1 million.
Omotola Jalade recruited the aid of The Bridge Entertainment to start production on her third album in late 2012. Omotola traveled to Atlanta to collaborate with a few well-known producers and songwriters in order to develop a sound that would appeal to American audiences. She recorded a song with singer Bobby V and had studio sessions with Kendrick Dean, Drumma Boy, and Verse Simmonds.
Omotola Jalade on a Reality Television show
Omotola Jalade started her own reality show, Omotola: The Real Me, on Africa Magic Entertainment, an M-Net subsidiary that airs on DStv, in 2012. Omotola became the first Nigerian celebrity to have her own reality program as a result of this.
Omotola Jalade Ekeinde Net Worth
Omotola Jalade Net worth is estimated to be around $2 million making her one of the richest actresses in Nigeria.
Omotola as a Philanthropy
In 2005, Omotola Jalade was appointed as a UN World Food Programme Ambassador, traveling to missions in Sierra Leone and Liberia. Omotola also supports organizations that promote youth and young women in society, such as Charles Odii’s SME100 Africa. She has been involved in the Walk the World project and joined President Ellen Sir Leaf-Johnson in Liberia for the Walk the World campaign.
Omotola Jalade is a well-known human rights activist, and her philanthropic activities are focused on her non-governmental organization, the Omotola Youth Empowerment Programme (OYEP). Hundreds of young people came together for the Empowerment Walk and Convention. She contributed her voice to Save The Children UK’s Rewrite The Future Campaign in 2010. She contributed her voice to Save The Children UK’s Rewrite The Future Campaign in 2010.
She became an Amnesty International campaigner in 2011 and has taken part in campaigns in Sierra Leone (Maternal Mortality) and Nigeria’s Niger Delta, where she filmed a video urging Shell and the government to own up to the oil spills in the Niger Delta and clean up, pay up, and accept responsibility.
In June 2020, she paid a visit to Tanzania Mitindo House, an orphanage that specializes in HIV-positive children. Wema Sapetu, a Tanzanian superstar, greeted her at the Julius Nyerere airport with dancing and singing. She then went to Wema Sapetu’s house for lunch with the orphanage children.
To mark the 2021 World No Tobacco Day and the #SmokeFreeNollywood campaign, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde and a number of Nollywood stars (including Dakore Egbuson-Akande, Daniel Effiong, Meg Otanwa, Michelle Dede, and Osas Ighodaro) pledged to stop smoking in their films because it had a negative impact on young children who looked up to them. Tobacco-Free Kids, a US non-profit organization, and Gate field, a sub-Saharan public planning consultancy, funded the initiative.
Omotola Jalade Ekeinde Accolades
Her unique point of view won her a regular column in OK! Nigeria Magazine. “Omotola’s Diary” is the name of the column, which features articles by Omotola on her life and experiences. Omotola received the Ebony Vanguard Award at the Music Video and Screen Awards (MVISA) in Birmingham on November 5, 2013. Oba Victor Kiladejo, the Royal King of Ondo Kingdom, bestowed a chieftaincy title on Omotola in her hometown of Ondo State on November 9, 2013.
Omotola’s famous tongue (accent) was listed on CNN Travel’s list of the world’s twelve (12) sexiest accents in 2012. The Nigerian accent came in fifth place. TIME magazine selected Omotola Jalade one of the most influential persons in the world for their annual TIME 100 list the following year. She was included in the icons section.
In 2013, a New African magazine named Omotola Jalade one of the Top 100 most influential Africans. In 2015, she was named among Shah Rukh Khan, Frank Welker, Bob Bergen, Jack Angel, Mickie McGowan, Michael Papajohn, Martin Klebba, Clint Howard, and Chris Ellis as the highest-grossing movie stars ever. Yahoo! compiled and analyzed this list.
Omotola Jolade Movies
- Venom of Justice
- Mortal Inheritance
- Scores to Settle
- Lost Kingdom
- When Love Dies
- Under Fire
- The Outsider
- Rescue Blood
- 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
- My Last Ambition
- My Only Inheritance
- Alter Ego
- Ada Igwe