Lilian Esoro is a Nigerian Nollywood actress, businesswoman, and television personality. She began her acting career in 2005, when she appeared in the soap opera Extended Family, which was cast by her friend Bovi, and also in the TV series Clinic Matters, where she played Nurse Abigail. Lilian was named best actress in the comedy category at the 2013 Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards.
Early Life and Education
Lilian Esoro was born in Lagos State on February 13, 1982. She is, however, a native of Imo State in Nigeria’s south-east. Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Esoro, raised her as the youngest of seven children. Uche Esoro, her brother, is the CEO of Duchis Dredging & Construction Limited.
For her Ordinary National Diploma, she studied Integrated Science at Bida Polytechnic in Niger State. She also holds a degree in Political Science from the University of Abuja.
Lilian Esoro made her acting debut in 2005. She was a member of Bovi’s soap opera’s “Extended Family” cast. She did an excellent job in her role and was quickly cast as Nurse Abigail in the hit TV show “Clinic Matters.”
Lilian Esoro has appeared in a number of popular television shows and films. “Taste of Love,” “The Alter Date,” “The Next Door Neighbour,” “Tinsel,” “Fool’s Paradise,” “Trapped in Between,” and “Love Battle” are among them. She also appeared in the hit film produced by Toyin Abraham.
Esoro was named one of the top ten best new actresses in the film industry in a list compiled by Vanguard in 2013.
Lilian is knowledgeable about skincare regimens, procedures, and products. She is the owner and manager of Lioca Skincare, which she uses to help others improve the health and beauty of their skin. She is also the owner of Goldie Locks Hair Salon in Abuja.
In November 2015, Lilian Esoro married Ubi Franklin, a Nigerian politician and the CEO of Made Men Music (MMM). He is also a Special Adviser on Tourism to Cross River State Governor Benedict Ayade. Ubi Franklin and Lilian Esoro decided to divorce in January 2020, only a year into their marriage. The couple split up a few months after their son, Jayden Neatochukwu, was born. Their divorce was legally finalized in February 2021.
According to Lilian Esoro, one of the reasons for his divorce was his emotional detachment. Infidelity and physical abuse, according to some accounts, were also factors in the marriage’s demise.
Lilian Esoro and Odion Ighalo Romance
There have been reports that Lilian Esoro and Nigerian footballer Odion Jude Ighalo are dating. When Lilian shared a photo with the message, “Candid moments are the best!”, The boo gets me always” in June 2021. It seemed as though the two of them were together, which intensified the rumours.
- Extended Family (as Freida)
- Clinic Matters (as Nurse Abigail)
- Taste of Love
- The Potter
- The Next Door Neighbour
- Secret Room (2013)
- Fool’s Paradise
- The Real Deal (2014)
- Couple of Days (2016)
- Meet the In-Laws (2016)
- Alakada Reloaded (2017)
- A Lot Like Love (2018)
- Jumbled (2019)
- Wife Duties (2020)
- The Itch (2020)
- Colours of Deceit (2020)
- Celebrity Husband (2020)
- Sweet Lies (2021)
Awards and Nominations
- Best Actress in a Comedy (Nominee) — African Movie Viewers Choice Awards (2013).
- Best Rising Star (Female) at the Nollywood Movie Awards (2014).
- Actress of The Year—Late Ambassador Segun Olusola Awards (2014), (2016).
- Most Promising Actress of the Year—City People Award (2016).
- Best African Actress Of The Year (English) — African Film Awards (2018).
Lilian Esoro, over the years, has built a promising career and business for herself as an entrepreneur. She is an ambassador of Dunes, a shopping mall in Abuja. She is also an ambassador of House of Lunettes, a sunglasses expert store situated in Abuja. Her net worth is estimated at $650,000.