BY ‘SEGUN ODEJIMI
One of Nollywood‘s biggest and most beautiful exports, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde is 38 years old today Sunday, February 7, 2016.
I am absolutely ignoring your flaws and shortcomings and I am drenching you in praise today because you deserve it. What you’ve built for yourself, with your work, from that very young beauty who wowed every living being with her performance in Mortal Inheritance up until now when you are serially invited to speak at international gatherings the world over, is what many women (and men) can only dream of.
You took the industry by the neck and held on to it through decades, fighting off competition with your charm, brilliance and hard work. Sometimes, it is hard to agree that you’re still not 40. You have been around for so long but you’ve succeeded to stay at the top – a difficult achievement and something many of today’s “stars” and social media big mouths will soon learn a lesson or two about.
How you’ve managed to avoid big scandals in a world that thrives on such is something scientists may not be able to find out in this lifetime. You should run an evening school for all these feem girls who chase the celebrity life rather than doing the kind of work that will make their names abide long after they are gone. If they think it is child’s play, let them go and get named in the TIME 100 list. There could be several arguments about whether your reality TV show Omotola:The Real Me was a massive success, but the fact is that you were the first Nollywood figure to attempt such. These ones merely do their own reality shows on social media, throwing shades at their counterparts as if they are throwing pillows at their playmates.
19 years of marriage no be beans for dis industry. Captain Matthew Ekeinde should be proud of you. Princess, M.J, Meraiah and Michael should be proud of you.
Just one AMAA award for you is a bit surprising. But, combining that with a City People Excellence award, a Global Excellence Recognition Award, a BEFFTA, an Eloy Award, an Ebony Vanguard Award, an Ondo state chieftaincy title, a Yahoo recognition and many more just goes to show how much your works have attracted attention over the years.
We still remember some of your films: Blood Sisters, Games Women Play, Sand in My Shoes, A Kiss from Rose, Ije: The Journey, Ties That Bind and Last Flight to Abuja.
Here’s to many more years for you in good health, sound mind and even bigger recognition. Please don’t think of retiring just yet.
Happy birthday omo to sexy!