Omotola Jalade Ekeinde is one of the icons in the Nigerian Nollywood industry. Omotola has not only contributed immensely to the Nigerian entertainment industry, but she is also known for her humanitarian efforts and is one of the finest Nollywood actors in the business.
She was born on February 7th, 1978 to the family of Mr. Oluwashola Jalade and Mrs. Oluwatoyin Jalade. She was born in Lagos state, Nigeria, but originally hails from Ondo state.
She attended Chrisland School Opebi(1981–1987), Oxford Children School (1987), and Command Secondary School Kaduna (1988–1993). Omotola studied at the University of Lagos for a while before she finally graduated from Yaba College of Technology with a degree in Estate Management. Her mother, Oluwatoyin Jalade née Amori Oguntade, worked at J.T Chanrai Nig, and her father, Oluwashola Jalade, worked with the YMCA and the Lagos Country Club.
Omosexy as fondly called got married to a pilot, Captain Mattew Ekeinde in 1996. They had their white wedding on board a Dash 7 aircraft flying from Lagos to Benin with friends and family in attendance. The couple is blessed with four children; Princess, M.J, Meraiah, and Michael with their first daughter born in March 1997.
As a girl, Omotola’s dream was to study business management and work professionally in a business establishment. Unknowingly, fate has something greater in store for her. While awaiting admission into the university, she began modeling to give the flying minutes something to keep in store and to also earn a living. It was during one of those days, that she accompanied a friend to a movie audition and fortunately got herself a role.
Her first screen appearance was in Venom of Justice, a movie directed by Reginald Ebere. Even though she had no acting experience, she was given the lead role in the movie and was paid 43,000 naira. Her performance was so good that it landed her more invitations to star in other movies, and thus launched her acting career. She went on to star in other blockbuster movies like Games Women Play, Blood Sisters, All My Life, Last Wedding, My Story, The Woman in Me among others.
Omotola became the first Nigerian celebrity to star in a reality show when she launched her own reality show Omotola: The Real Me. The show was hosted on Africa Magic Entertainment, an M-Net subsidiary.
Omotola ventured into music in 2004 and début 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 produced by Paul Play and Del B featuring the songs “Feel Alright” ft Harrysong and “Through the fire” by Uche. One of the songs in the album, Barren Land was adopted by Amnesty International, a London-based non-government organization for human rights.
Her net worth is approximately 1.5 million U.S. dollars making her one of the richest actors in Nollwood.
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