Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, also known as Omotola Jalade, is a former model turned actress, singer, and philanthropist from Nigeria. Since making her Nollywood debut in 1995, Omotola has starred in more than 300 movies, which have generated millions of video sales.
The media has referred to her as the genuine Africa Magic after she won multiple prestigious accolades, began a music career, and gathered a devoted following. She is the first African celebrity to have her Facebook profile earn over a million likes. Currently, she has 3 million Facebook fans overall.
Early life and education
Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, who is of Ondo descent, was born 7 February 1978 in Lagos State. She grew up with her parents and two younger brothers, Tayo and Bolaji Jalade. Her mother, Oluwatoyin Jalade née Amori Oguntade, worked at J.T Chanrai Nigeria, and her father, Oluwashola Jalade, worked at the YMCA and the Lagos Country Club. She attended Chrisland School, Opebi (1981–1987), Oxford Children School (1987), Santos Layout, and Command Secondary School, Kaduna (1988–1993). She had a brief stint at Obafemi Awolowo University and completed her studies at Yaba College of Technology (1996–2004), where she studied Estate Management. She originally wanted a career in business management. However, while awaiting her results from university, she began modelling to earn a living.
Omotola Jalade Ekeinde’s net worth
The stunning actress Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, who has been dubbed one of the highest-earning and most influential African actresses, is thought to have a net worth of US$7.2 million.
Sources of income
In 2012, legendary actress Omotola Jalade debuted her reality television program, Omotola: The Real Me. Despite the slight departure from the typical Nigerian films, the stunning actress is simply doing what she does best. She became one of the first well-known people from Nigeria to start a reality television program that was shown on DStv by Africa Magic Entertainment, a division of M-Net. Her followers could get a closer look at her personal life only on the reality series.
Omotola Jalade Ekeinde signed numerous tempting contracts that contributed to her wealth. The top actress in Nigeria has landed numerous contracts with prestigious national and international businesses. Here is a list of the companies she supports.
Acura QX SUV
The Nollywood actress purchased an Acura QX SUV with a personalized license plate number bearing her name in capital letters. According to reports, the car cost her ten million Naira at the time of purchase. Unknown as to when she purchased it, this is one of the vintage vehicles that she drives only seldom.
Rolls Royce Phantom
Omotola Jalade bought a gold-colored Rolls Royce Phantom in 2018 to mark her 40th birthday in style. The car was valued at about N171 million. On the occasion of her birthday, the media went crazy over this custom purchase. The vehicle has a personalized license plate that reads Omotola @40.
The talented actress is frequently spotted riding around town in a limousine and attending media and social gatherings. It’s unclear, though, if she owns the car or rents it. It is difficult to determine the cost of this opulent limousine because it considerably relies on the customisation chosen by the owner.
The well-known philanthropist Omotola Jalade has scaled back her support for a number of charitable initiatives and causes. Additionally, she runs her own nonprofit organization called Omotola Youth Empowerment Programme (OYEP).
She was appointed an ambassador for the United Nations World Food Programme in 2005, and she has since completed missions in Sierra Leone and Liberia. She has also sponsored initiatives like Charles Odii’s SME100 Africa program for youth and young women empowerment.
She participated in Save The Children UK’s 2010 Rewrite The Future Campaign. Omotola also works as a campaigner for Amnesty International in Nigeria’s Niger Delta.
Jalade married Captain Matthew Ekeinde in 1996. Together, they have four children.
Awards and recognition
Ekeinde has a regular column in OK! Nigeria Magazine titled “Omotola’s Diary”, which features writings about her life and experiences. On 5 November 2013, she received the Ebony Vanguard Award at the Music Video and Screen Awards (MVISA) held in Birmingham, England. On 9 November 2013, Oba Victor Kiladejo, the Royal king of Ondo Kingdom conferred on Omotola a chieftaincy title in her hometown of Ondo State.
In 2012, CNN Travel included Ekeinde’s accent on their list of the “world’s twelve sexiest accents|. The Nigerian accent ranked fifth on the list. In 2013, she was included in Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world.
Jalade was included in the list of Top 100 most influential Africans by New African magazine in 2013.
In 2015, she was listed among the highest-grossing movie actors. Others on the list 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 by Yahoo!.