Omotola’s original career ambition was to work in Business Management and while awaiting her results from University, she began modelling to earn a living. Omotola attended Chrisland School Opebi (1981–1987), Oxford Children School (1987), Santos Layout, Command Secondary School Kaduna,(1988–1993), Omotola Jalade Ekeinde 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 married pilot, Captain Matthew Ekeinde, her husband of nineteen years, 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. Together, they have four children, Princess, M.J, Merairah and Michael. Omotola lost her father in 199.
In 2015, according to Yahoo, Omotola was crowned a “Nollywood Cornerstone”. Omotola was being likened to the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Kim Kardashian etc. Omotola recently celebrated her 20th Anniversary in the entertainment industry, and in her movie records, she has about 200 movies she has acted in. She 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 upon by Yahoo!
10 things to know about ‘Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde‘
Omotola Jalade Ekeinde is known as the Queen of Nollywood, Nigeria’s booming movie industry. Since her 1995 film debut, the actress has appeared in some 300 movies, selling millions of videos and establishing herself as a Nollywood icon.
A prolific film siren, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde has also carved out a successful career as a singer and reality TV star. But there’s more to Nigeria’s beloved celebrity than her glittering entertainment career. Here are 10 things to know about Omotola Jalade Ekeinde.
Omotola Jalade Ekeinde is an icon: Last year, she was named as one of the top 100 influential people in the world by Time Magazine, in the Icons category. “I think that’s what gives me more satisfaction,” she says. “The fact that I wasn’t just recognized as an artist but as an icon — I’m very grateful for it.”
Omotola Jalade Ekeinde is an activist: Jalade Ekeinde uses her stardom to speak out about social issues affecting various African countries. An ambassador for the United Nations and an activist with Amnesty International, Jalade-Ekeinde has been on missions to Sierra Leone and Liberia.
Omotola Jalade Ekeinde a family woman: Jalade-Ekeinde is married to an airline pilot and is a mother of four children.
The story behind “Omosexy:” Her popular nickname, “Omosexy,” was given to her by her husband — and it has caught on. “That’s my husband’s pet name for me,” she says, “and the fans love it and now people call me Omosexy almost more than Omotola.”
Omotola Jalade Ekeinde fans love her: Omotola Jalade Ekeinde has amassed a large following — in 2013, her Facebook page has surpassed 1 million likes. Today, it’s 2 million, and counting …
Her road to stardom was paved with childhood tragedy: Omotola Jalade Ekeinde lost her beloved father in her early teens. She started working at 15 to help support her family, her first job being a model.
Her mother didn’t like the idea of her young daughter acting and initially forbade Omotola Jalade Ekeinde from doing so. Finally, she gave in after a film director, joined by the entire movie crew, went to her house to beg her to allow Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde to appear in the “Venom of Justice” movie.
Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde is part of “New Nollywood:” Keen to improve the quality of Nollywood movies, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde is now building a film studio — what she calls a “Village.” “I’ve come to a place where I realize I have to leave something,” she says. “I have to have a legacy.
“We need infrastructure; that’s what we need now in Nollywood. We have the fans, we have the figures, we have people chanting and calling your name but we don’t have infrastructure … We need studios, we need film villages we need schools and that’s exactly what I’m doing right now.”
Cameras follow Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde around: Besides gracing the covers of several lifestyle magazines, the leading actress is also the first Nigerian with her own reality TV show, “Omotola: The Real Me.”
Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde can sing too: She always loved music but decided to launch her singing career after she became an activist and started working with the U.N. World Food Programme. “I started going on all these missions and I came back and I saw so much I wanted to sing about it,” she explains. “I’ve always wanted to sing all my life anyway, but that was the motivation I needed.”
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