22 May 2015

Biography of Omotola Jalade Ekeinde. Updated March 18, 2016

Omotola Jalade

Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, an indigene of Ondo State of Nigeria, was born on 7th of February 1978 to Mr. & Mrs. Shola Jalade (both Late). She is a Nigerian Actress, Singer and Philanthropist. Omotola the mother of four, two girls and two boys is from a family of five. 

She attended Chrisland Nursery School, Opebi, Lagos and Oxford Children School Santos Layout. For her Secondary School Education, she moved to Kaduna where she attended Command Secondary School. She currently has an HND in Estate Management from Yaba College of Technology, Yaba, Lagos.

Omotola grew up in her family of five, made up of her herself, her parents and two younger brothers, Tayo and Bolaji Jalade. Her mother, Oluwatoyin Jalade (née Amori Oguntade), was a staff of J.T Chanrai Nigeria, while her father, Oluwashola Jalade, worked with the YMCA and the Lagos Country Club. 

Omotola originally entertained the vision and ambition of working as a business manager. She however, started modelling while she awaits her results from the university, a career she entered into, just to earn a living.

Omotola started her film acting career when she accompanied a friend to an audition. She was however, assigned her first acting role in the year 1995 for a movie called Venom of Justice, which was directed by Reginald Ebere. Reginald has been credited with launching Omotola's career. In that movie, Omotola was given a lead role, which set the stage for a career that later flourished in the Nollywood film industry. 

Omotola Jalade Ekeinde got her first major role in the film, Mortal Inheritance, produced in the year 1995. In that movie, she acted as a sickle-cell patient who fought for her life despite the odds of survival. Omotola's character later overcame the disease and had a baby. The film, till today, is regarded as one of Nigeria's best movies ever made. Since after her participation in that movie, Omotola has kept starring in several blockbuster movies, that includes Blood Sisters, Games Women Play, All My Life, Last Wedding,The Woman in Me, My story and numerous others.

After she played a role in Mortal Inheritance, Omotola won "The Best Actress in an English Speaking Movie" and the "Best Actress Overall" at the year 1997 THEMA (The Movie Awards). At that time, she was the youngest actress in Nigeria to ever win the award.

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Omotola, who have become very popular have starred in several films, including Blood Sister 2, Kosorogun 2 and Lost Kingdom 2. Consequently, she bagged a Grand Achiever Award on behalf of the Global Excellence Recognition Awards in the year 2004. By the mid-2000s, she had already became an A-list Nigerian Actress. At the African Movie Academy Awards, held in the year 2005, she was awarded 'Best Actress in a Supporting Role'.

In the year 2010, Omotola received her first cinematic movie role in the 2010 film, Ije . And at this time, she had shot roughly 300 straight movies. The film, which was shot at different notable locations, including Jos, California, and Los Angeles, became the Highest grossing Nollywood film at the time – A feat that was only later broken by Phone Swap (2012). Thereafter, Motola also starred in several other record breaking movies, including Last Flight to Abuja (2012). This movie broke the record of beating 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 the year 2012.

Omotola Jalade Ekeinde is now a very successful Nigerian Actress, singer and Philanthropist. The former model hit the limelight after her role in a film titled “Mortal Inheritance.” 

Omotola Jalade Ekeinde is also fondly called Omo-Sexy because of her good figure and shape. Omotola Jalade Ekeinde has featured in about 300 films.

In the year 2005, Omotola launched into Music Career and released her debut album, which she titled GBA. The album produced the very popular singles "Naija Lowa" and "The Things You Do To Me." She also has the not-yet-released sophomore album, Me, Myself, and Eyes, which 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 started working on her third album and enlisted the help of The Bridge Entertainment. She traveled all the way to Atlanta GA to work with some prominent producers and songwriters who could help her create a sound that would resonate up to the American audiences. Her Studio sessions included Grammy Award winning producer Kendrick Dean, Drumma Boy, Verse Simmonds. She also recorded with Grammy recording artist Bobby V.

Omotola has won over 40 domestic and international awards. Alongside Genevieve Nnaji, She is considered Africa's biggest box office actress who has received many awards. In 2013, she was listed in Time Magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world alongside Michelle Obama, Beyounce and Kate Middleton. In 2014, she was also honored by the Nigerian Government as a member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR) for her contributions to the Nigerian Cinema.    

In the year 2015, Omotola celebrated her 20th Anniversary in the entertainment industry.

Omotola was appointed United Nations' (UN) World Food Program (WFP) Ambassador in the year 2005 going to missions in Sierra- Leone and Liberia. She is very active in the Walk the World project and participated in the Walk the World campaign in Liberia, which she did in company of President Ellen Sir Leaf-Johnson.

Omotola is a human rights advocate and she focuses on her Non Governmental Organisation's project, called the Omotola Youth Empowerment Programme (OYEP). In the program, she brings hundreds of youths together for the Empowerment Walk and Convention.

Omotola is one of the celebrities that supported the 2010 'Rewrite The Future Campaign' of Save The Children UK.

Omotola also became an Amnesty International campaigner in the year 2011, and has participated in campaigns held 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.
Omotola Jalade Ekeinde and Family

Omotola is married to Pilot Captain Matthew Ekeinde, a marriage that took place at the Ikeja registry on the 23rd, March 1996. The couple later held a white marriage ceremony, in company of family and friends on board a Dash 7 aircraft while flying from Lagos to Benin in in the year 2001. Omotola gave birth to her first daughter on March 30, 1997. Today, the marriage have produced four children, Princess, M.J, Merairah and Michael.

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