Omotola Jolade Ekeinde is a Nigerian actress and singer who has won numerous awards. In the Nigerian film business, she has appeared in over 200 films. In 2013, she was named one of Time magazine’s top 100 global influencers. She was named a Member of the Order of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 2014 for her acting abilities and contributions to the Nigerian film industry by the Nigerian government.
Early Life & Education
Omotola Jolade was born on February 7, 1978, in Lagos State, to Mr. Oluwashola Jalade and Mrs. Oluwatoyin Jolade. She grew up in Lagos with her parents and younger siblings, Toyo and Bolaji Jolade. She is from the state of Ondo. From 1981 until 1987, Omotola Jalade attended Chrisland School in Opebi. From 1987 to 1993, she attended Oxford Children’s School and Command Secondary School in Kaduna. She went on to study Estate Management at Yaba College of Technology, where she graduated in 2004.
Jolade began her modeling career shortly after graduating from high school. She made her acting debut in 1995 with the film Venom of Justice. Her interest in performing was sparked by a buddy she took to an audition. That same year, she began playing major roles in films, most notably Mortal Inheritance, in which she played a sickle-cell patient fighting for her life against all odds. At the 1997 Movie Awards, she won Best Actress in an English-Speaking Film and Best Actress Overall for this role.
Omotola Jelade has appeared in almost 200 films with notable Nollywood performers such as Genevieve Nnaji, Stella Damasus, Pete Edochie, and others. She has garnered numerous honors and nominations for her acting abilities. Among the films in which she has appeared are Lost Kingdom 2, Korsorogun 2, Rescue, Blood Sisters, and others.
Omotola Jalade debuted Omotola: The Real Me on Africa Magic Entertainment, an M-Net affiliate that airs on DStv, in 2012. As a result, she became the first famous Nigerian celebrity to appear on her reality show.
Omotola Jolade debuted in the music industry in 2005 with her debut album, Gba. Her second album, Me, Myself, and Eyes, was released a year later. In 2012, Jalade began working on her third album with the help of The Bridge Entertainment. She traveled to Atlanta, Georgia in the United States to work with producers and composers who could help her create a sound that would appeal to American music listeners. She collaborated on a song with artist Bobby V and took part in sessions with Kendrick Dean, Drumma Boy, and Verse Simmonds.
Captain Matthew Ekeinde married Omotola Jolade Ekeinde in 1996. Omotola Jolade Ekeinde gave birth to her first daughter on March 30, 1997. Their four children are Princess Ekeinde, Captain E, Meraiah Ekeinde, and Michael Ekeinde. Shola Jalade, her father, died in 1991.
Omotola recently said no lady who is financially unstable should consider marriage.
The actress said this in a recent interview with BBC Yoruba revealing that she got married at 18 because she was a millionaire.
According to her, any woman who is considering marriage without being financially stable is automatically preparing herself to be imprisoned in the union.
The actress said: “One should not marry a man when one is not financially stable. If one does that, one would be going into slavery or better still, prison.
“One must apply wisdom or common sense in everything one does. People cannot say that because I married at 18, therefore they can also do the same. The question is, ‘are you ready for marriage’? When I was 18, I was ready.
“I had been working since I was 15-year-old and I became a millionaire at the age of 18. That is a fact that a lot of people do not know.
“I had my own money. I was not dependent on any man. Moreover, I lost my father at an early age, so I was already responsible for my younger siblings. I was like their mother at that time, so I was very mature and financially prepared.”
Omosexy may have permanently left Nigeria’s shores. The actress is currently abroad and enjoying her stay, with no plans to return anytime soon. The mother of four moved to Los Angeles, California, in 2021 and has been there for nearly a year without looking back. It was learned that she has been attempting to break into Hollywood with the assistance of a talent hunt manager.
Omotola made her Hollywood debut in 2013 in the VH1 drama series Hit the Floor. The actress appeared in the drama series’ fifth episode during its first season. She was cast in the series as Senegalese-American singer Akon’s date. Before moving to the United States, the actress earned her stripes in the Nigerian entertainment industry, putting in over 25 years of hard work and dedication to her craft.
Influence and Impact
Omotola Jalade is an accomplished philanthropist. She has had an impact on the lives of countless people all around the world. She founded the Omotola Youth Empowerment Project (OYEP). For the convention and empowerment walk, this project brings together hundreds of young people. The 20 Widows Makeover is one of the most well-known projects on the show. The program, named after Omotola’s late mother, is still in operation and was nominated for Best Charity/Cause Related Event at the Nigerian Event Awards in 2012.
She continues to work with Save The Children UK, Enough is Enough, and Amnesty International on issues such as maternal mortality in Sierra Leone and the Own Up, Pay Up, and Clean Up campaign for the Niger Delta. She has been the UN envoy for the World Food Programme since 2005.
Awards & Nominations
- Actress of the Year at Eloy Awards 2012
- Best Actress & Grand Achiever at Global Excellence Recognition Awards in 2004.
- Best Actress at Nollywood Travel Film Festival 2017
- Best Actress at Toronto International Nollywood Film Festival 2017
- Best Actress from the City People Awards for Excellence 2004.
- Best Actress-Africa Collaboration at Ghana Movie Awards 2011
- Ebony Vanguard Award at Music Video and Screen Awards 2013
- Female Entertainment Personality at City People Social Media Awards 2016
- GIAMA Humanitarian Award at Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards 2012.
- In 2012, Omotola Jalade was honored with a Black Entertainment Film Fashion TV and Arts (BEFFTA) Icon Award on October 27, 2012, for her outstanding contributions to the film industry worldwide.
- In 2014, the actress was honored with a Member of the Federal Republic (MFR) award by former President Goodluck Jonathan.
- In 2018, she won Best Actress in a Drama/TV Series at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice awards.
- Most Friendly Actress by Youth Benefactor’s Awards, in 2006.
- Most Influential 100 People of African Descent at the United Nations by MIPAD 2018
- Movie Icon of the Year at City People Movie Awards 2018
- Omotola Jalade Ekeinde acknowledged the recognition as an extraordinary moment for her, stating that the award is the best award she has received globally.
- Pan African Best Actress at Screen Nation Awards 2012
- She was also named Best Actress Overall for the same award show the same year for her excellent acting in Mortal Inheritance.
- Omotola Jalade was awarded Best Actress in a Supporting Role during the African Movie Awards in 2005.
- She won one of TIME Magazine’s Most influential people in the World in The 2013 TIME 100 list. Her name was listed under the Icons list alongside Michelle Obama, Beyoncé, Kate Middleton, and others.
- She won the Best Actress in an English Speaking Film at the 1996/97 Thema Awards for her portrayal of Kemi‘s character in Mortal Inheritance.
- 2017 Alter Ego
- 2015 Blood in the Lagoon
- 2012 Last Flight to Abuja
- 2012 Amina
- 2011 Ties That Bind
- 2011 Last Celebrity
- 2010 Mind Game
- 2010 Ijé: The Journey
- 2010 A Private Storm
- 2009 My Last Ambition
- 2009 Kings Battle
- 2008 Yankee Girls
- 2008 Worst Enemy
- 2008 Tomorrow Must Wait
- 2008 Temple of Justice
- 2008 Sister’s Love
- 2008 One on One
- 2008 Blindfold
- 2008 Beyonce & Rihanna
- 2007 Total War 1&2
- 2007 Titanic Battle 1&2
- 2007 The Revelation 1&2
- 2007 The Prince of My Heart
- 2007 Sister’s Heart
- 2007 Sand in My Shoes
- 2007 Power of Justice
- 2007 Final War
- 2007 Desperate Sister
- 2007 Careless Soul
- 2006 Taste of Sin 1&2
- 2006 Sandra Jealousy
- 2005 Queen of Hasso Rock
- 2005 Games Women Play
- 2005 Brave Heart 1&2
- 2004 Worst Marriage1&2
- 2004 The Woman in Me 1&2
- 2004 Sandra Snr. Last Wedding 2
- 2004 Royal Family 1&2
- 2004 Pretty Woman
- 2004 Olivia Last Wedding
- 2004 No One But You
- 2004 My Blood 1&2
- 2004 Moment of Joy
- 2004 Masterstroke
- 2004 In Totality
- 2004 Fateful Love
- 2004 Die Another Day
- 2004 All My Life
- 2004 A Kiss from Rose
- 2003 Working for Love
- 2003 Will Die for You
- 2003 When Love Dies
- 2003 What I Want
- 2003 Under Fire
- 2003 True Love
- 2003 Touching Love
- 2003 The Silent Book
- 2003 The Outsider
- 2003 Soul Provider
- 2003 Society Lady
- 2003 Shackles and the Rugged Cross
- 2003 Rescue
- 2003 Oyato
- 2003 Nkiru Blood Sister
- 2003 My Best Friend
- 2003 Have a Dream
- 2003 Augusta Beyond Belief
- 2002 Kosorogun
- 1999 Lost Kingdom
- 1998 Scores to Settle
- 1996 Mortal Inheritance
- Me, Myself, and Eyes
- 2015″Strong Girl (Remix)” as a featured artist
- 2014 “Barren Land”.
- Hit the Floor- End Game
Omotola Jalade is one of the richest and most influential African actresses. According to different sources online, she has an estimated net worth of $8 million.