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Akin Omotoso Biography: Education, Career, Parents, Awards, and Net Worth

Akin Omotoso is a talented actor, film director, and actor from Nigeria. He is very popular in the Nollywood film industry. He had written and directed many Nollywood films that later became hits in the industry. Akin’s father, Kole Omotoso, and his sister, Yewande Omotoso are also writers.

Early Life & Education

Akin Omotosho was born on June 27, 1974, in Ile Ife, Osun State, which is located in Nigeria’s southwest. He spent the majority of his childhood in Osun State. Kole Omotoso, his father, was appointed to the University of Western Cape in South Africa in 1992. He moved to South Africa with his family and later attended higher education institutions at the same University of Western Cape where his father lectures. He earned a certificate in speech and drama.


During his time at Akin Omotosho University, he developed an interest in acting and began participating in entertainment activities. He officially began his acting career when he appeared in Sunjata, a film written by Professor Mark Fleishman, one of his lecturers at the time. Many of his lecturers were impressed by his acting abilities, and he was named the Most Promising Student at the Fleur du Cap Award in 1995.

Akin Omotoso worked harder to advance his career. He used the money he earned from acting in the film to create and direct many short films, including The Caretaker, The Nightwalkers, and The Kiss of Milk. Akin went on to release his first long film, God is African, in 1999, although it was not published until 2003. In 2003, he formed a partnership with Robbie Thorpe and Kgomotso Matsunyane to form T.O.M. Pictures.

Between 2007 and 2013, Omotoso directed series for Africa Magic, M-Net, and the SABC. In 2010, he began work on the film Tell Me Sweet Something. At the 2016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards in Lagos State, he won best director for the film.

Filmography & TV Series

  • 2022 Rise
  • 2019 The Ghost and the House of Truth
  • 2017 Catching Feelings
  • 2016 Wonder Boy for President
  • 2016 Vaya
  • 2016 Queen of Katwe
  • 2016 Naked Reality
  • 2015 Tell Me Sweet Something
  • 2014 Hector and the Search for Happiness
  • 2013 End Game
  • 2011 Man on Ground
  • 2009 Wole Soyinka: Child of the Forest
  • 2008 Jesus and the Giant
  • 2007 The Three Investigators and the Secret of Skeleton Island Gamba
  • 2007 Soul Buddyz
  • 2007 Shake Hands with the Devil
  • 2006 Gathering the Scattered Cousins
  • 2006 Blood Diamond
  • 2006 A Place Called Home
  • 2005 Lord of War
  • 2004 Lettre d’amour zoulou
  • 2004 Gums & Noses
  • 2003 God is African
  • 2000 Operation Delta Force 5: Random Fire
  • 1999 A Reasonable Man
  • 1994 Soul City

Awards & Nomination

2018South African Film and Television AwardsBest Achievement in DirectingWon
2017Africa Movie Academy AwardBest DirectorWon
2016African Magic Viewers’ Choice AwardBest DirectorWon
2016African Magic Viewers’ Choice AwardBest Movie Southern AfricaNominated
2013Dubai International Film FestivalBest Achievement in DirectingNominated
2011Dubai International Film FestivalBest Film – FeatureNominated
2010Dubai International Film FestivalBest Achievement in Directing in a TV DramaWon

Net Worth

According to analysis from different sources online, Akin Omotosho has an estimated net worth of $2.5 million. His sources of income are attached to his long-time experience in the acting profession, both locally and internationally.

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