He was born and bred up in Lagos State. Tope is the first child of his parents. He hails from Ekiti State, in south western Nigeria.
Tedela had his primary education and later at the Lagos State Model College, Meiran, both in Lagos State for his first and secondary school certificates respectively.
He went further to have a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication from University of Lagos.
His Acting Career
Tope Tedela began his journey into acting dated back to his University days when he was cast in his screen debut as Julian in the family TV Series, ‘Edge of Paradise’.
He had a break in acting in order to concentrate on his studies and shortly after graduation, Tedela worked as an on-air personality at UNILAG FM.
He made a come back to feature as Lala in his first leading role in the ‘A Mile from Home’, an award-winning action-drama movie in 2013.
Tedela has since starred in several hit movies, some of which are:
• A Soldier’s Story
• Out of Luck
• Another Day to Die Young
• Luch Time Heroes
• Ojukokoro (Greed)
• Slow Country
• King Invincible
• What Lies Within
• The Lost Okoroshi
• The Ghost and the Barrister
• Suru L’ere
• Knock out Blessing among others.
Tedela has also featured in a number of TV series including:
• Edge of Paradise
• Super Story (Omojuwa)
• Burning Point
• My Mum and I
• Powder Dry and many others.
At one time, Tedela was a news anchor at the NTA. He acted in several notable stage performances like Diagnosis, The Agency, Man Talk, Woman Talk, The Mistress of Wholesome etc.
He made his producing debut with the drama thriller film What Lies Within.
In 2016, Tedela was named an ambassador by Global Rights, an International Human Rights Organization to start a campaign to end sexual violence in the country.
In 2019, he starred as researcher Dr. Dauda in The Lost Okoroshi which had its world premiere at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival and received mostly positive reviews. He also began work on his one-man play Whumanizer.
Tedela’s work has also screened at international film festivals including Cannes Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival and BFI London Film Festival.
In 2020, Tedela was cast in Netflix’s first Nigerian original series hosted by award-winning director Akin Omotoso.
Awards and Nominations.
He has received several awards for his work including:
• Best Actor in a drama at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Award, Nigeria Entertainment Awards.
• Best actor of the year at the Nollywood Movies Awards
• 2014 Best actor in a leading role (English) at the Best of Nollywood Awards.
• 2014 Most Promising Actor at the Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards and Best Rising Star at Express Star Awards and several nominations.
His Net Worth
Tope Tedela is a versatile and highly resourceful Nigerian actor, rated one of the richest and most influential with a net worth of about $700,000 dollars.