She was born 10 October, 1989 in London to Nigerian parents, where she was raised with a large extended family, predominantly in Clapham, a District of South West London.
Zainab Balogun is from Egba community in Abeokuta, Ogun State. Owing to the nature of her mother’s work, she was brought up by different relatives.
Zainab had her secondary school education at Sacred Heart RC Secondary School. She studied music and eventually went on to join the school choir and later formed an R&B girl group with two friends called Regné.
She later attended Christ the King Sixth Form College where she completed her A Levels in Law, Psychology, and English Language & Literature.
She went further to attend the University of Kent in Medway, London where she bagged a Bachelor of Law degree (LLB).
Zainab began her career dated back to her days in her secondary school with her regularly taking part in talent shows and school plays.
She began modeling at an early age after being scouted at 16. She has been featured in several international campaigns for different brands.
She co-founded “The J-ist TV”, an online entertainment web-series that highlights African culture and a range of topical issues; the series features interviews involving some of Africa’s top personalities.
Balogun works as a television presenter for EbonyLife TV, an entertainment television station, for which she currently co-hosts and produces The Spot, the channel’s leading talk show, with Lamide Akintobi. Balogun also appears as a presenter and associate producer on Jumia TV, a teleshopping show.
Balogun worked as a model after being scouted by Premier Models Management at the age of 16. After obtaining her law degree, she began to appear in shows such as BBC One’s Material Girl, Bollywood movie Cocktail (2012), and The Charlatans by Ashley Waters.
She has also featured on set with legendary director Christopher Nolan in 2011 for the film, ‘The Dark Knight Rises’, which she describes as an “unforgettable experience”.
Zainab has since starred in several movies, some notably:
• A Soldier’s Story
• The Wedding Party
• Ojukokoro Greed
• The Royal Habiscus Hotel
• Chief Daddy
• God Calling and television series like:
• The Chalatans
• Material Girl
• Knock Knock
• El Now
• The Spot
• Jumia Tv and others.
Balogun is a veteran television presenter and now produces and hosts shows for EbonyLife TV, an entertainment television network. She has also produced shows such as EL Now, a daily entertainment news show for the latest in fashion, music and arts.
She is currently joined by Ebuka Obi-Uchendu and Lamide Akintobi on The Spot, a daily hang-out talk show.
Awards and Nominations
The highly resourceful and versatile young British-Nigerian woman is a recipient of several awards and nominations as:
• 2013 TV presenter of the year at Exquisite Lady of the year Awards.
• 2014 TV presenter of the year at Sisterhood Awards.
• 2014 On-Air Personality of the year at All Youth Tush Awards.
• 2014 Sexiest On-Air Personality at the Nigerian Broadcasters Merit Awards.
• 2018 Price for Acting at the Future Awards Africa and several nominations.
Her Personal life
In May 2018, Zainab married Dikko Nwachukwu, founder and CEO of Jetwest Airways. The pair did their traditional marriage on Sunday 13th May in Lagos, Nigeria. She presently shuttles between London, England, and Lagos, Nigeria.
Her Net Worth
Zainab Balogun is presently waxing stronger in the Nigerian entertainment industry with a net worth of about $500,000 dollars.