Celebrity early years episode by Naiprom has brought you Omotola Jalade Ekeinde who has been an exceptional Nigerian celebrity, she is popularly known as Omosexy. Omotola Jalade was born on the 7th, February, 1978. She is an actress, singer, and philanthropist from Lagos, Nigeria.
Her parents are; Mr Oluwashola and Mrs Oluwatoyin Jalade, both from Ondo State, Nigeria. She started her elementary education at Chrisland School, Opebi, Lagos and continued in Oxford Children School.
Omotola Jalade spent the early years of her life growing up with a family of five, including her parents and two brothers.She also attended Santos Layout and Command Secondary School, Kaduna for her Secondary Education. For her tertiary education, she attended Yaba College of Technology where she studied Estate Management.
Naiprom will like to use Omotola Jalade Ekeinde’s story to encourage anyone who has a similar story with her to learn from her and to never give up, especially on God.
Naiprom discovered that Omotola Jalade’s life took a dramatic turn from good to bad when her father and sole provider for the family, Mr Shola Jolade, died in 1991, when she was just 13.
From that moment onwards, Omotola Jalade’s family had to rely on the benevolence of friends to survive. At a point she had faced a choice between becoming a prostitute and getting married.
Naiprom got a report that the hardship was so much on the family that led her to make a decision of having to marry early to Captain Matthew Ekeinde in 1996 when she was 18.
Omotola Jalade Ekeinde gave birth to her first daughter on 30 March 1997. Together, they have four children, Princess, M.J, Merairah and Michael.
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 Jalade Ekeinde is such a versatile actress that she is quite popular and successful in the English and Yoruba sectors of the Nigerian Film Industry, Nollywood.
Naiprom discovered that as a young girl, Omotola Jalade had hoped to study business management and establish herself professionally in the business world. But alas! Fate had something greater in store for her.
While waiting to gain admission into the university, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde decided to try her hands on modeling to beat idleness and also to earn a living. It was during this period that acting found her.
We at Naiprom, we advise that you look for something doing no matter how small, God said I will bless the work of your hands. So without trying to do something, Omotala might be somewhere, where no one could have had about her today.
Omotola Jalade Ekeinde accompanied one of her friends to a movie audition, and she decided to audition for the movie. The director, Reginald Ebere, was quite impressed with her performance that he had no problems giving her the lead role in the movie, Mortal Inheritance.
Naiprom research about her first ever movie ‘’Mortal Inheritance’’, it was a huge success in which she portrayed an ill woman combating sickle-cell disease, and was tagged as one of the greatest Nigerian movies of all time. From her 1995 debut in Mortal Inheritance until now.
Omotola Jalade Ekeinde has acted in over 450 movies and has received several awards in the course of her work as a Nollywood actress, including being named among one of Time Magazine’s Most Influential People In the World on the 2013 TIME 100.
Omotola Jalade Ekeinde has earned several awards and recognitions nationally and internationally. For her exceptional performance in her first movie, she won The 1997 THEMA Awards for Best Overall Actress and Best Actress in an English Speaking Movie respectively.
Some of her other awards include 2004 City People Awards for Excellence (Best Actress), 2004 Global Excellence Recognition Awards (Best Actress and Grand Achiever Awards), 2004 Civil Enlightenment Organization of Nigeria(CEON), 2005 Africa Movie Academy Awards(AMAA) (Best Actress in a Supporting Role), 2006 Youth Benefactor’s Award (Most Friendly Actress).
In 2011, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde was invited to attend the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, CA in recognition of her work with Amnesty International and her song “Barren Land,” which was featured in a public service announcement, addressing the Shell Oil spill in the Niger Delta.
In 2012 Eloy Awards (Actress of the year), 2012 Black Entertainment Film Fashion Television and Arts Awards (BEFTA) (Film Actress Icon), an exclusive honorary award for her outstanding contributions to the global film industry.
Naiprom was the first Nigerian blog to publish this award ceremony where Omotola Jalade Ekeinde acknowledged the recognition as an extremely special moment for her, stating, “This is the best award I have received on a global level,” she has also been honored on several national and international platforms.
Late 2012, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde starred in her very own reality TV-show airing on Africa’s most popular network, Africa magic TV. The show, called “Omotola: The Real me,” has become the most viewed television series in Africa as well as making Omotola the first Nigerian to ever have a reality television show.
In 2013, she was honored at the Movie and Screen Awards (MVISA) in Birmingham. Aside from being a wife, mother, and on-screen performer, Omotola has always had a passion for writing; so much so, she was honored with a column in OK! Nigeria Magazine and a chieftaincy title in her hometown of Ondo State by the King, Oba Victor Kiladejo.
Naiprom gathered that the now famous column, labeled Omotola’s Diary, features writing’s directly from Omotola about her life, experiences, and her inimitable viewpoint.
Her other works, include personal poems and co-written scripts for many of the films in which she has starred.
In February 2013, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde’s popularity was still rising when it was announced that she had passed the one million likes mark on Facebook, the world’s most visited social network site.
Then comes the 2014 MTV Africa Music Awards (Personality of the year nominee). It was an amazing year for her, Naiprom said.
Omotola Jalade Ekeinde is not only a good actress but an excellent songstress as well. She has two albums, Gba and Me, myself and Eyes to her name as well as several features with other Nigerian musicians.
The Gba album featured the singles, “Naija Lowa” and “The Things You Do To Me.” Her sophomore album, “Me, Myself, and Eyes” brought in production from Paul Play and Del B, featuring the songs, “Feel Alright” ft. Harry Song and “Through the Fire” ft. Uche.
She has also recorded songs with famous international starts like Grammy Award winning producer, Kendrick Dean, Verse Simmonds, Bobby Valentino and Drumma Boy.
Omotola Jalade Ekeinde is Brand Ambassador for various popular Nigerian brands, as her own reality show, The Real Me, airing on Africa Magic Entertainment and is deeply involved in several Philanthropic and Human Rights Activities.
Over the years, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde has been a pioneer in the Nollywood film industry, successfully becoming the most watched actress in Africa.
After receiving numerous high-profile awards, launching a music career, and amassing an enviable fan base, the press has revered the Screen Nation ‘Best Actress’ as Africa’s biggest star.
Today, she is not only noted for her incomparable showbiz accomplishments, but is also applauded for her remarkable humanitarian efforts, Naiprom gathered.
Omotola Jalade Ekeinde powers her NGO project, the Omotola Youth Empowerment Project (OYEP). The undertaking brings hundreds of youths together for the Empowerment Walk and Convention.
One of the program’s very famous projects includes the 20 Widows Makeover. The program received a nomination for Best Charity/Cause Related Event at the Nigerian Event Awards in 2012 and continues to operate in remembrance of Omotola’s late mother.
Her activism and philanthropy continues with Save The Children UK, Enough is Enough, and Amnesty International; working for causes like the Maternal Mortality struggle in Sierra-Leone and the Own Up, Pay Up and Clean Up campaign for Niger Delta.
She’s remained a UN ambassador for the WFP (World Food Programme) since 2005. During the early 2010s, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde starred in several high-grossing films, which saw record-breaking success.
But first here are the must watch movies she has also have her very best to and has since then taken her from glory to glory, said Naiprom.
In the late nineties and early two thousands, the increasingly known actress starred in several sequel films including, Lost Kingdom 2, Korsorogun 2, All of My Life, Games Women Play, and The Woman in Me, and Blood Sister 2, leading to a Grand Achiever Award on behalf of the Global Excellence Recognition Awards in 2004.
Then comes “Ije,” (2010) becoming the highest grossing film ever in the African cinemas. This was followed by “Last Flight to Abuja,” earning Omotola Jalade Ekeinde another box office record for becoming the highest grossing film in opening week.
These accomplishments earned Omotola a new nickname, Cinema Box Office Queen