SHINE THE SPOTLIGHT- OMONI OBOLI

 

Omoni Oboli is the definition of strength, dignity, determination and commitment. She is a woman worth celebrating and today at PayPorte we shine the spotlight on her.

Omoni is a talented actress, film maker, Director and script writer.  She is a trained digital filmmaker at the New York Film Academy. She is a gifted Writer, with several intriguing screenplays to her credit: including ‘Fatal Imagination’, ‘Being Mrs Elliott’, ‘The First Lady’ and ‘Wives on Strike’.

CHILDHOOD

Omoni was born on the 22nd of April 1978, she hails from Mosogor in Delta state. She had her secondary school education at Delta Steel Company Technical High School (DSC THS) between 1989 and 1994 and went on to study at University of Benin where she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Foreign Languages (majoring in French Language).

In 1996, while in University she produced her First movie. She is an award winning Actress, Movie producer and script writer. Omoli Oboli got married to her Husband Nnamdi Oboli on October 28, 2000.

ROAD TO STARDOM

Omoni began her formal movie career with her first movie role in ‘Bitter Encounter’, 1996, where she played a secretary. Her next 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 enjoying a brief but interesting and fulfilling career in 1996, she left the movie industry to complete her university education. She got married immediately after school and didn’t return to the industry till a decade later.

Since her return to the industry, Omoni has fast risen to the top, playing a number of lead and supporting roles in major movies. She brings intellect, delivery, skills, poise, class, smooth delivery, and extreme professionalism to the various roles she’s played. She is a gifted screenwriter, with several intriguing screenplays to her credit. In June 2007, The Rivals, a movie she co-produced with her friend, won the coveted prize for Best International Drama at the New York International Independent Film & Video Festival. It was the first Nigerian film to be premiered since the festival’s inception in 2003. The movie was given a 3 star rating out of 4 by the festival’s judges.

Omoni has found her way to the very top of Nollywood because of her professionalism and strong work ethics. Playing lead roles in wave making, blockbuster movies like  ‘Figurine,’ ‘Anchor Baby’, ‘Being Mrs Elliott’, and the soon to be released movies, ‘Feathered Dreams,’ and Mo Abudu’s ‘Fifty’ has set her apart as one who knows how to choose good screenplays. She has also set the bar higher by being the first actress from Nollywood to bag such international awards as Best Actress in two international festivals in the same year (2010) that are not organized by Nigerians or Africans. This she did at the Harlem international film festival and the Los Angeles Movie Awards for her lead role in the movie, ‘Anchor Baby’.

Her movie wives on strikes 2 which was released last year December was such an amazing movie that I can’t get enough of it, her skills are just top notch.

FAMILY

One amazing thing we love about this woman is her approach to family, she balances her career and family so well and with that she deserves some accolades.

The mother of three handsome boys is doing so well with her kids no wonder her husband is always proud to show her off.

Last month she hit 40 and she celebrated it with the release of a new book titled ‘stars are ageless’ she also celebrated her 40th  with the children of Makoko by launching the feeding outreach which, according to reports, successfully fed over 1200 kids.

Omoni’s outreach to feed the less privileged kids to celebrate her birthday.

 

The outreach does not stop there though, she is partnering with Knorr to introduce ‘Sister Lizzy’s Kitchen’, an initiative in memory of her late mum which aims at feeding 500 children weekly. The kids are the less privileged ones in the society, she has assured that the foundation will continue to suffice.

she has gotten several endorsement deals from companies such as Nunu Milk, Landwey Investmenst etc.

Omoni Oboli is such a big inspiration to us and we celebrate who she is and what she is doing to make life easier and even fun for the general public. we love this wonder woman!

image source: @omonioboli

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