Omotola Jalade Ekeinde born Omotola Jalade on 7 February
1978, is a Nigerian actress, singer, philanthropist and former model.
is of Ondo descent, was born in Lagos State. She grew up in a family of
five, her parents and two younger brothers, Tayo and Bolaji Jalade. Her
mother, Oluwatoyin Jalade née Amori Oguntade, worked at J.T Chanrai
Nig, and her father, Oluwashola Jalade, worked with the YMCA and the
Lagos Country Club. Omotola’s original ambition was to work in business
management. While awaiting her results from university, she began
modelling to earn a living.
Omotola Jalade Education
Omotola Jalade 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.
Omotola Jalade Ekeinde Career
Omotola Jalade was introduced to acting by accompanying a friend to an
audition. Her first acting role was in the 1995 movie Venom of Justice,
directed by Reginald Ebere. Reginald has been cited as launching
Omotola’s career. She was given the lead role in the movie, which set
the stage for a flourishing career in the Nollywood film industry.
Omotola got her first big role in the critically acclaimed film Mortal
Inheritance (1995). In the movie, she played a sickle-cell patient who
fights for her life despite the odds of survival. Omotola’s character
overcame the disease and had a baby. The film is regarded as one of
Nigeria’s best movies ever made. Since then, she has starred in several
blockbuster movies, including Games Women Play, Blood Sisters, All My
Life, Last Wedding, My Story, The Woman in Me and a host of others.
After a career defining role in Mortal Inheritance, Omotola’s portrayal
won her “Best Actress in an English Speaking Movie” and “Best Actress
Overall” at the 1997 THEMA (The Movie Awards). She was the youngest
actress in Nigeria at this time to achieve this feat.
In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the increasingly known actress
starred in several sequel films, including Lost Kingdom 2, Kosorogun 2,
and Blood Sister 2, leading to a Grand Achiever Award on behalf of the
Global Excellence Recognition Awards in 2004. By the mid-2000s, Omotola
had catapulted into A-list status. She was awarded “Best Actress in a
Supporting Role” during the African Movie Academy Awards in 2005.
After shooting roughly 300 straight to video movies, Omotola received
her first cinematic movie role in the 2010 film, Ije. The film was shot
on locations in Jos, California, and Los Angeles. Ije was the Highest
grossing Nollywood film at the time – A feat later broken by Phone Swap
(2012). Last Flight to Abuja (2012) in which Omotola also starred
currently holds the record. In 2012, she starred in the Nollywood
blockbuster thriller Last Flight to Abuja which beat Hollywood
blockbusters like Spiderman, Think like a Man, Ice Age, The Avengers,
and Madagascar to become the 2nd highest-grossing movie in West African
cinemas in 2012. Omotola has gone on to win over 40 domestic and
international awards. She is considered Africa’s biggest box office
In 2015, Omotola Jalade celebrated her 20th anniversary in the entertainment industry. She has appeared in about 200 movies.
Omotola married pilot Captain Matthew Ekeinde in 1996. The couple later
held a white ceremony on board a Dash 7 aircraft while flying from Lagos
to Benin in 2001, with close family and friends present. Omotola gave
birth to her first daughter on 30 March 1997. Together, they have four
children, Princess, M.J, Meraiah and Michael. Omotola lost her father in