Omotola Jalade Ekeinde is a Nigerian actress, singer, philanthropist and former model. Since her Nollywood film debut in 1995, the leading actress has appeared in 300 films, selling millions of video copies.
Omotola, who is of Ondo descent, was born in Lagos State. She grew up in a family of five, her parents and two younger brothers, Tayo and Bolaji Jalade. Her mother, Oluwatoyin Jalade née Amori Oguntade, worked at J.T Chanrai Nig, and her father, Oluwashola Jalade, worked with the YMCA and the Lagos Country Club.
Omotola married 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 present. Omotola gave birth to her first daughter on 30 March 1997. Together, they have four children, Princess, M.J, Meraiah and Michael. Omotola lost her father in 1991.
Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde has been honoured by the United Nations as one of the 100 most influential people of African descent. The AMVCA award-winning actress announced the good news via her Instagram page on Thursday, October 4, 2018.
“Honoured to be one of the Most Influential 100 People of African Descent at the United Nations by @mipad100,” she wrote. Congratulations to Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde for flying high the name of our country.
Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde isn’t the only Nigerian celebrity on the list as we have the likes of Davido, D’banj, Dakore Egbuson, Yemi Alade, Stella Damasus and Falz. The award ceremony which took place between September 23-October 3, 2018 in New York was held following the opening of the 74th United Nations General Assembly.
This is not the first time Omotola will be getting a global recognition in 2018. Recall that earlier in the year, she was among the recipients of the Variety Magazine Awards.
Back in March 2018, the Federal Government of Nigeria congratulated Mo Abudu, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, for winning the Variety Magazine awards. According to the magazine, these women are among the top 50 women doing extraordinary things on the worldwide stage. In a statement released on Sunday, March 11, 2018, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed described the women as iconic women in the creative industry.
“Of more importance is the fact that these women’s achievements have transcended gender, nationality or race, placing them on the profound class of global, timeless achievers,” he said.
He further stated that the great honours bestowed on the women would further focus world attention on the nation’s burgeoning creative industry, thus placing it on the right pedestal to take the world by storm.