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Tope Tedela Biography: Inside The Life Of The Nigerian Producer And Actor

Temitope Christopher Tedela is a Nigerian producer and actor. Tope Tedela is his nickname. For his efforts, he has received various awards, including the Nigeria Entertainment Award and the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Award. Tedela’s work has been shown at international film festivals such as the Cannes Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival, and the BFI London Film Festival.

Early Life and Education

Tedela was his parents’ first child, and he was born on June 5, 1984, in Lagos. He is of Ekiti State descent. He attended the Lagos State Model College in Meiran, Lagos, for his secondary education before graduating from the University of Lagos with a degree in mass communication.

Career

While still a student at the University of Lagos, Tedela made his acting debut as Julian in the family television series Edge of Paradise. He took a break from performing for a while to concentrate on his studies. Tedela worked as an on-air personality at UNILAG FM while a student and briefly after graduation. He returned as Lala in A Mile from Home, playing the lead role for the first time. Tedela used to be an NTA news anchor. He appeared in a number of notable theatrical productions.

In 2013, he rose to prominence after appearing in the award-winning action drama film A Mile From Home. In 2015, Tope Tedela participated in the films Out of Luck and A Soldier’s Story. Tedela received rave reviews for his portrayal of the metrosexual Kyle Stevens-Adedoyin in the 2016 comedy Suru L’ere.

In 2017, Tedela appeared in three critically acclaimed films: the historical drama Slow Country, the action-drama King Invincible, and the comedy-crime/heist film Ojukokoro. His producing debut was with the drama-thriller film What Lies Within. In 2018, Tope Tedela appeared in the crime film Knock Out Blessing. He also appeared as the researcher Dr Dauda in the 2019 film The Lost Okoroshi, which had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and received mostly positive reviews.

He also began work on his one-man drama, Whumanizer. Tedela also appeared in the suspenseful drama film The Ghost and the House of Truth. Tedela was cast in the first Netflix original series from Nigeria, which will be created by acclaimed filmmaker Akin Omotoso in 2020.

In 2022, he played Dr Adeboye/The Good Doctor in the Netflix original series Blood Sisters.

Personal Life

Tope’s marital status is unknown. His rising fame and wealth in the movie sector made celebrity minders think he was in a relationship.

After a marriage photo of him was posted online, rumours began that the actor was married to Rosaline Meurer, an actress. However, it seemed to have come from a movie project in which they had taken part. In an interview he granted, he said he is not married and marriage is the last thing on his mind, but he wouldn’t mind marrying an actress.

Impact and Influence

Tedela was appointed an ambassador by Global Rights, a global human rights group, in 2016 to launch a nationwide campaign to prevent sexual assault.

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Filmography

Movies

Year Title Role Notes
2007 Twisted Sola
2013 Awakening
2013 Torn Young Olumide
2013 A Mile from Home Lala/Jude Odaro
2013 Cyanide Emeka Short Film
2014 Another Day to Die Young Comrade TV Film
2014 Birthday Bash Scoda
2014 Leeway Chuks Short Film
2015 Lunch Time Heroes Deji with Omoni Oboli & Dakore Akande
2015 Apostates Osas
2015 A Soldier’s Story Major Egan
2015 Out of Luck Dayo
2016 Suru L’ere Kyle Stevens Adedoyin with Rita Dominic
2016 Ojukokoro (Greed) Sunday
2017 King Invincible Taari with Gabriel Afolayan
2017 Slow Country Osas with Majid Michel
2017 What Lies Within Gboyega Also Producer
2018 Knock Out Blessing Yomi
2019 The Lost Okoroshi Dr Dauda
2019 The Ghost and the House of Truth Barrister Tokunbo
2021 The Therapist with Rita Dominic and Toyin Abraham

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2006 Edge of Paradise Julian
2008 My Mum & I June
2008 Super Story (Omojuwa) Tesiro
2012 Burning Point
2012 Tweeters Kunle
2013 Super Story (The Secret) Tai
2014 Oasis Oreva
2015 The Team (TV series) Efe
2016 Jamestown Lucky
2017 Jemeji Obi Chief
2019 Powder Dry Arthur
2019 Underbelly Nonso
2022 Blood Sisters Dr Adeboye/The Good Doctor A Netflix Original

Theatre

Year Title Role
2011 Man Talk, Woman Talk Emeka
2014 Diagnosis Emeka
2014 The Agency Fawaz
2019 The Mistress of Wholesome Nengak Josiah
2019 The Wives Lawyer
2019 Whumanizer Tunde Bridges

Awards and Nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
2014 10th Africa Movie Academy Awards Most Promising Actor A Mile from Home Nominated
2014 2014 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards Best Actor In A Drama A Mile from Home Won
2014 2014 Best of Nollywood Awards Best Actor in a Leading Role (English) A Mile from Home Won
2014 2014 Best of Nollywood Awards Revelation of the Year (Male) A Mile from Home Nominated
2014 2014 Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards Most Promising Actor A Mile from Home Won
2014 2014 Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards Best On-Screen Duo A Mile from Home Nominated
2014 2014 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best Actor in a Lead Role A Mile from Home Won
2014 2014 Nollywood Movies Awards Best Actor in a Leading Role (English) A Mile from Home Nominated
2014 2014 Nollywood Movies Awards Best Rising Star (Male) A Mile from Home Won
2014 2014 Express Star Awards Rising Star Himself Won
2016 City People Entertainment Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role Suru L’ere Nominated
2016 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best Actor in Supporting Role Suru L’ere Nominated
2017 Best of Nollywood Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role Slow Country Nominated
2020 Best of Nollywood Awards Best Supporting Actor –English Country Hard Nominated
2022 Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards Best Supporting Actor Country Hard Pending

Net Worth

With a net worth of over $700,000, Tope Tedela is regarded as one of the actors with the fastest rising wealth and most prominent in the Nollywood industry.

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