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Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde: A Look Into The Life Of “Africa’s Marilyn Monroe” At 40

BY EVELYN OLUBUKOLA


Nollywood star Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde is a year older today.

In celebration, the actress has lined up a 5-Day event tagged “Omotola4Point0” which kicks off today, February 7 and ends February 11, 2018.

Over time Omotola has continually served us career and life goals, and in honour of her special day, we compiled 40 interesting facts about this amiable icon most people might not know.

  1. Omosexy, a name she was given by her husband, Capt. Matthew Ekeinde, is tattooed on his upper arm. 
  2. She was born in Lagos, Nigeria. 
  3. She lost her father at the age of 12.
  4. Her favorite food is plantain and fish. 
  5. Initially, her mother did not welcome the idea of her daughter becoming an actress but she had to give in when the director and entire crew of 1995 movie, Venom of Justice went to her house and begged her mother to allow her feature in the movie. 
  6. Omotola met her husband when she was 16 and he was 26. They tied the knot two years later when when she was 18.
  7. She speaks Yoruba, Ondo and a bit of Igbo.
  8. Omotola was paid N43,000 on her first movie. 
  9. She was from a Muslim background but she converted into Christianity when she was still teenager. 
  10. When Omotola launched her reality show Omotola: The Real Me on Africa Magic in 2012, it became the most viewed TV show in Africa. 
  11. She had her primary school education at Chrisland Schools, Opebi, Ikeja, Lagos. 
  12. Growing up, Omotola was a tomboy and originally did not want to get married. 
  13. She loves eating vegetables and fruits.
  14. Sound Sultan, Falz and Kiss Daniel are her favourite Nigerian artistes.
  15. She hates watching football. 
  16. International TV mogul, Oprah Winfrey, once called her African Marilyn Monroe. 
  17. Omotola is one of the pioneers of the video film era of the Nigerian cinema. 
  18. In 2012, she was awarded BLACK ENTERTAINMENT FILM FASHION TV AND ARTS BEFFTA ICON AWARD, an exclusive honorary award for her notable contributions to the Film Industry. 
  19. She is a well known philanthropist, spokeswoman and spokesinger for Save The Children UK, The World Food Program. 
  20. On November 9, 2013, Omotola was conferred with a traditional Chieftaincy title in her hometown by Oba Victor Kiladejo, the Royal King of Ondo Kingdom. 
  21. In 2013, she was honoured in Time Magazine list of the 100 Most Influential People In The World alongside Michelle Obama, Beyonce and Kate Middleton. 
  22. Omotola had her Secondary school education at Command Secondary School, Kaduna. 
  23. In 2014, she was conferred by the Nigerian government with Member of the Order of the Federal Republic MRF, in recognition of her exceptional contributions to Nollywood. 
  24. She loves red.
  25. Omotola became a campaigner for Amnesty International in 2011 and she created awareness of the increasing rate of maternal mortality. 
  26. She had a brief stint at the Obafemi Awolowo University. 
  27. For her husband, it was love at first sight when he saw her in church. The next day, he went to her house to visit but funnily enough, Omotola had not had her bath when he showed up at her door. 
  28. She is a columnist with OK! Nigerian Magazine. Her column is titled Omotola’s Diary, she writes about her experiences and viewpoints. 
  29. Rukky Sanda is her best friend. 
  30. She speaks Yoruba to her children at home. 
  31. Her favourite sports are wrestling and swimming. 
  32. She loves classical music. 
  33. In 2001, when they had their glamorous wedding which was held on an aircraft, Omotola’s husband was the pilot flying the aircraft before he handed over to his co-pilot when it was time to exchange the marital vows. 
  34. She is the most followed Nigerian celebrity on Facebook.
  35. In 2005, she became a United Nations Ambassador and went on missions in Sierra Leone and Liberia. 
  36. She completed her studies at Yaba College of Technology where she studied Estate Management. 
  37. She is a staunch Christian and prayer addict who always observes the daily morning devotion with the members of her family. 
  38. She owns an NGO called Omotola Youth Empowerment Programme OYEP. 
  39. Though she doesn’t like partying, she likes dancing. 
  40. Often times, she is always seen relaxing on the couch in her house. 

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Written by Segun Odejimi

Apostle of Sarcasm. Writer. Editor of TNSnigeria. Producer, Segun & the Gang.

Trained as a media/theatre artist and has worked in advertising, TV and radio.