It’s a beautiful Wednesday and our Wednesdays are for strong women, women are making impacts in their various sectors and today we are shining the spotlight on a phenomenal woman who has able to conquer all odds and today she is standing so strong and making impacts all over the world.
Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde popular known as omo-sexy Is the definition of an ambitious and a courageous woman, the beautiful mother of four who recently turned forty has been making impacts for more than 20 years. The popular actress, singer and philanthropist has achieved great heights and broken different records.
Omotola Jalade- Ekeinde was born on the 7th of February 1978, she is an actress, a singer, philanthropist and a former model, and she hails from Ondo state but was born in Lagos. Her initial ambition was to work in a business management but she began modelling just to earn a living. She attended Chrisland School Opebi, Oxford Children School (1987), Santos Layout, and Command Secondary School Kaduna (1988–1993), she had a brief stay at Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife and she finally completed her degree at Yaba College of Technology in 2004 where she studied Estate Management. She lost her dad in 1991 which made life so difficult but against all odds she triumphed.
Omotola was introduced to acting by accompanying a friend to an audition. Her first acting role was in the 1995 movie Venom of Justice, directed by Reginald Ebere. Reginald has been cited as launching Omotola’s career. She was given the lead role in the movie, which set the stage for a flourishing career in the Nollywood film industry. Omotola got 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. Omotola’s character overcame the disease and had a baby. The film is regarded as one of Nigeria’s best movies ever made. Since then, she has 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.
After shooting roughly 300 straight to video movies, Omotola received her first cinematic movie role in the 2010 film, Ije. The film was shot on locations in Jos, California, and Los Angeles. Ije was the highest grossing Nollywood film at the time – A feat later broken by Phone Swap (2012). Last Flight to Abuja (2012) in which Omotola also starred currently holds the record. In 2012, she starred in the Nollywood blockbuster thriller Last Flight to Abuja which 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 is considered Africa’s biggest box office actress
After the ban that was laid on some Nigerian actors and actress which Omotola was one, she got an extra year which made hers two years, she decided to go into her first love which was music and that became a turnaround for her.
OmoSexy launched a long-awaited music career in 2005 with the release of her debut album titled GBA. The album produced the singles “Naija Lowa” and “The Things You Do To Me.” Her unreleased sophomore album, Me, Myself, and Eyes, brought in production from Paul Play and Del B. It was supported by the songs “Feel Alright” (featuring Harry Song) and “Through the Fire” (featuring Uche). The album’s launch party was scheduled to hold in Nigeria, and tables were expected to sell for N1 million.
In late 2012, Omotola began working on her third album and enlisted the help of The Bridge Entertainment. She headed to the musical mecca of Atlanta GA to work with some prominent producers and songwriters who could help create a sound that would resonate to American audiences. Studio sessions included Grammy winning producer Kendrick Dean, Drumma Boy, Verse Simmonds She also recorded with Grammy recording artist Bobby V.
In 2012, Omotola launched her own reality show, Omotola: The Real Me, on Africa Magic Entertainment, a M-Net subsidiary broadcast on DStv. This made Omotola the first Nigerian celebrity to star in her own reality show
Omotola became a United Nations WFP (World Food Programme) Ambassador in 2005, going to missions in Sierra- Leone and Liberia. She has been active in the Walk the World project and participated in the Walk the World campaign in Liberia with President Ellen Sir Leaf-Johnson.
Omotola is known as a fierce human rights campaigner and her philanthropy efforts are centred on her NGO project, called the Omotola Youth Empowerment Programme (OYEP). The undertaking brings hundreds of youths together for the Empowerment Walk and Convention.
Omotola lent her voice in 2010 to the Rewrite The Future Campaign of Save The Children UK.
Omotola became an Amnesty International campaigner in 2011 and has participated in campaigns in Sierra- Leone (Maternal Mortality) and 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.
AWARDS AND ACCOLADES
On November 5, 2013, Omotola was honoured with the Ebony Vanguard Award at the Music Video and Screen Awards (MVISA) held in Birmingham.On November 9, 2013, Oba Victor Kiladejo, the royal king of Ondo Kingdom conferred Omotola with a chieftaincy title in her hometown of Ondo State.
In 2012, CNN Travel noted Omotola’s famous tongue (accent) on their list of the world’s 12 sexiest accents The Nigerian accent ranked 5th on the list. The following year, Omotola was named one of the most influential people in the world by TIME magazine for their annual TIME 100 list alongside Michelle Obama, Beyonce and Kate Middleton. She appeared in the icons category.
In 2015, Omotola was listed among the highest-grossing movie stars one has never heard of; the listing included Shah Rukh Khan, Frank Welker, Bob Bergen, Jack Angel, Mickie McGowan, Michael Papajohn, Martin Klebba, Clint Howard and Chris Ellis. This listing was compiled and researched by Yahoo.
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.
On the 25th of June 2018 she was invited to become a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science popularly known as the Oscars.it was reported that Omosexy is listed among the record-breaking 928 members to be admitted this year.
She has over 40 domestic and international awards to her credit and the actress celebrated her 20th year in the entertainment industry in 2015.
Omotola married pilot Captain Matthew Ekeinde in 1996. The couple later held a white ceremony on board a Dash 7 aircraft while flying from Lagos to Benin in 2001, with close family and friends present. Omotola gave birth to her first daughter on 30 March 1997.
The marriage is blessed with four children: Princess, MJ, Meriah and Michael. Her first son MJ is a music producer and her second daughter earned N2.4m from her Knorr endorsement while her first daughter Princess aspires to be a chef and her last son Michael wants to be a film producer which gladdens her heart.
We shine the spotlight on this amazing woman who is taking giant strides and making impacts in this generation, she moved from a struggling lady to a phenomenal woman. We hope her story encourages you!
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