Early Life And Education
Omotola, who is actually from Ondo State, was born and bred up in Lagos State. She grew up in a family of five. Her father, Oluwashola Jalade, we learnt worked then with the YMCA and the Lagos Country Club Her mother, Oluwatoyin Jalade nick named Amori Oguntade, worked at J.T Chanrai Nig.
Omotola had her education in Chrisland School Opebi (1981–1987), Oxford Children School (1987), Santos Layout all in Lagos State, and Command Secondary School Kaduna (1988–1993). Perhaps her educational background revolved round the above mentioned schools owing to father’s nature of job which had to take them round the country.
She later went to Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife and completed her studies at Yaba College of Technology (1996–2004), where she studied Estate Management.
Omotola’s original ambition, we learnt was to become successful in business management, but later had a change in career by settling for estate management.
Since 1995 when her career in acting began, Omotola has featured in over 200 Nollywood films selling millions of video copies as well as received numerous of high profile awards in and across Nigeria.
She is ranked the first African celebrity to receive over 1 million admirers on her Facebook page. She is reputed to have a total of over 3 million followers on Facebook and one of the richest and influential Nollywood actresses in Nigeria.
Omotola, whose other names are “Omo Sexy, has other accomplishments. She is also known for her remarkable humanitarian efforts. She is one of the foremost of the video movie era of Nigerian thereby becoming the most loved, watched and admired actress in Nigeria and Africa at large. No wonder her numerous awards cut across Africa.
In 2013, Omotola made the list of 100 most influential people in the world including the wife of former President of United States of America Michelle Obama and was subsequently honoured by Time magazine.
In 2014, she was honoured by the Nigerian government as a Member of the Order of the Federal Republic, (MFR) for her wonderful contributions to Nigerian Nollywood movie industry.
Omotola success story today in movie industry is traced to a friend of hers she followed to an audition. Her first acting role was in the 1995 in a movie titled: Venom of Justice, directed by Reginald Ebere. This was the beginning of her fame in the industry as the stage was set for her.
In her film, Mortal Inheritance, Omotola played the role of a sickle-cell patient who struggled to overcome all perplexing odds of life as she overcame the disease and eventually 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 others too numerous to mention here.
This young but talented actress has received many awards and nominations both within and outside Nigeria.
- Omotola’s portrayal won her “Best Actress in an English Speaking Movie”
- “Best Actress Overall” at the 1997 THEMA (The Movie Awards). She was the youngest actress in Nigeria at this time to achieve this award.
- Grand Achiever Award on behalf of the Global Excellence Recognition Awards in 2004
- “Best Actress in a Supporting Role” during the African Movie Academy Awards in 2005.
- 2017 Best Actress Toronto International Nollywood Film Festival
- Vanguard Award at the Music Video and Screen Awards (MVISA) held in Birmingham and many others.
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 rated the highest grossing Nollywood film at the time
In 2012, her role in the Nollywood blockbuster thriller Last Flight to Abuja was so fascinating that the film was placed second highest in movie ranking after beating Hollywood blockbusters like Spiderman, Think like a Man, Ice Age, The Avengers, and Madagascar in West African cinemas.
In 2015, Omotola happily marked her 20th anniversary in the entertainment industry. We can therefore rightly say that the history and development of Nollywood in Nigeria cannot be complete without the mention of this Star Omotola.
Omo Sexy launched a long-awaited music career in 2005 with the release of her debut album titled GBA. The album produced the singles “Naija Lowa” and “The Things You Do To Me
In late 2012, Omotola began working on her third album and enlisted the help of The Bridge Entertainment.
In 2012, Omotola also came up with her own reality show, Omotola: The Real Me, on Africa Magic Entertainment, a M-Net subsidiary broadcast on DStv. This rare development made her the first Nigerian celebrity to star in her own reality show.
In 2005, Omotola was appointed an Ambassador of a United Nations WFP (World Food Programme). This position was designed to make Omotola tour Sierra- Leone and Liberia that have been raved by war to embrace peace and solicit for food from donor countries to help end hunger in these war turn countries. She acted in this capacity with the then President of Liberia, Ellen Sir Leaf Johnson.
Omotola is a human rights campaigner and a philanthropist. This is aptly demonstrated by setting up an NGO project, called the Omotola (Youth Empowerment Programme OYEP). This wonderful project brought hundreds of youths together for the Empowerment Walk and Convention.
In 2011, Omotola was made a campaigner for International Amnesty and has participated in campaigns in Sierra- Leone high rate (Maternal Mortality). She also lent her voice in condemning Shell and the Nigerian government for not doing much to clean up and take up the responsibility of oil spills in Niger Delta region of Nigeria.
Omotola’s now is famous in a Nigeria Magazine column termed OK!. The column is titled “Omotola’s Diary” and features writings directly from Omotola about her life and experiences.
On November 5, 2013, Omotola was honoured with the Ebony magazine.
Also, on November 9, 2013 Oba Victor Kiladejo, the royal king of Ondo Kingdom conferred Omotola with a chieftaincy title in her hometown of Ondo State.
In 2012, CNN Travel noted Omotola’s famous tongue (accent) on their list of the world’s 12 sexiest accents. The Nigerian accent ranked 5th on the list.
The following year, Omotola was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by TIME magazine a yearly ceremony in she featured in the icons category.
In 2015, Omotola was listed among the highest-grossing movie stars in the world, a development that had never been heard of. Included in the list were Shah Rukh Khan, Frank Welker, Bob Bergen, Jack Angel, Mickie and many others. This listing was compiled and researched by Yahoo.
Omotola married a 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 associates. The marriage is blessed with four children.
Her Net Worth
Omotola’s net worth is well over $5 million dollars. Many awards and achievements in the years ahead.