Omotola Jalade Ekeinde is a celebrated Nigerian actress, model, reality TV star, and musician with a net worth last estimated at $7.2 million.
Omotola started on the runway as a model before venturing into acting roles. The entertainer is credited with over 300 movie appearances, has three music albums under her belt, and a thriving reality television show.
It goes without saying that the famous Nollywood icon lives a lavish life – as she earns big, Omotola also spends big. She has been spotted in the most exotic of automobiles and in 2017, her family moved into a mansion in the Ajah area of Lagos State. But this is just the tip of the iceberg.
How Old is Omotola Jalade?
Omotola Jalade Ekeinde also goes by the name, Omo Sexy – a moniker given to the actress, former model, singer, and philanthropist by her husband. The screen diva was born on the 7th of February 1978 and according to the records, she was born in Lagos State Nigeria. A Nigerian by nationality and Yoruba by ethnicity, the 44-year-old entertainer spent her formative years in Lagos, though she is a native of Ondo State – a Yoruba speaking state in the West African country of Nigeria.
Her parents have been identified as Oluwatoyin Jalade née Amori Oguntade and Oluwashola Jalade. While Oluwatoyin worked at J.T Chanrai Nigeria, Oluwashola was an employee of the YMCA, and also put in time at the Lagos Country Club
Omotola spent her formative years alongside two younger siblings – Tayo and Bolaji Jalade; all boys. This makes her the only daughter of the Jalades.
Omotola Jalade Ekeinde Achieved Her Academic Qualifications in Nigeria
Omotola Jalade Ekeinde received her early academic qualifications at some of the best schools in Lagos State. Between 1981 and 1987 she attended Chrisland School, Opebi. 1987 saw her as a student of Oxford Children School Santos Layout and from 1988 to 1993, the blossoming movie star joined Command Secondary School, Kaduna for her secondary education. Her days in Kaduna were quite eventful as she largely participated in dramatic performances and stage plays.
When it was time for Omotola’s higher academic qualifications, the actress choose Obafemi Awolowo University where she had a momentary stint before ending up at Yaba College of Technology to study Estate Management. Omo Sexy matriculated in 1996, graduating in 2004 with a diploma.
Omotola did not just sit idle while waiting for her results to come out, the up-and-coming star decided to try her hands at modeling which marked the beginning of her career in the showbiz industry.
Omotola Jalade Ekeinde Went Into Acting By Happenstance
Omotola’s mother never wanted her daughter to become an actress but fate and providence seemed to work in a different direction. It all started after she escorted a friend who was going for a movie audition. When the friend failed to score the role, Reginald Ebere, the movie director asked Omotola to give it a trial, and that marked her debut onscreen role.
The film which was entitled Venom of Justice hit the movie stand in 1995, launching Omotola’s career in the entertainment world. Her mum who didn’t initially want her to join the movie world took some convincing but later came around to her daughter’s way of thinking. Though acting is totally different from Omotola’s course of study, estate management, she has done exceptionally well, even better than many who majored in theater arts.
Her Popularity Grew With More Onscreen Appearances
1995 was not over when Omotola Jalade Ekeinde scored her critically acclaimed role on the set of Mortal Inheritance. Her part was that of a sickle cell patient battling for her life. Fortunately for the blossoming star, that film later became a blockbuster in Nollywood, ushering her into a whole new realm in the moving movie world.
What’s more, Omotola’s Mortal Inheritance role earned her a couple of awards in 1997 – Best Actress in an English-speaking film and Best Actress Overall. This feat made her a target for casting directors as they all wanted to have her in their productions.
Soon, other A-list movies started featuring Omotola on set – we saw her doing what she knows best in Games Women Play, Blood Sisters, All My Life, Lost Kingdom II, Blood Sister II, and several other top-notch projects.
In 2004, her numerous achievements led the movie star to score a grand achiever award, this saw her become an A-lister in the Nigerian movie industry. The year 2005 seemed to be the peak of her acting career as the African Movie Academy Awards gave Omo Sexy the Best Actress in a Supporting Role.
She Also Featured In Cinematic Films
Omo Sexy made over 300 movie appearances but it was in 2010 that the actress scored her debut cinematic film role in the movie entitled Ije (The Journey). The film became Nollywood’s highest-grossing movie within that period.
A couple of years later, she showed up in another Nollywood thriller Last Flight to Abuja. Reportedly, the production beat numerous Hollywood films like The Avengers and Spiderman, clinching the #2 spot on the list of the highest-grossing movie in all West African cinemas for 2012.
Omotola Jalade Ekeinde’s wild spread popularity did not go unnoticed as she swept awards and accolades in their numbers. As of the last count, the actress’ awards, both local and international came to a total of 40. In the entire continent of Africa, Omotola is considered to be the biggest box office actress. She even went as far as joining the Oscars in 2018, Omo Sexy was invited to become one of their voting members.
Below are some of the best of Omotola’s movies:
- Lost Kingdom (1999)
- Brave Heart (2005)
- Blood Sisters (2003)
- When Love Dies (2003)
- A Kiss from Rose (2004)
- Die Another Day (2004)
- Careless Soul (2007)
- Koosorogun (2002)
- Yankee Girls (2008)
- Ties That Bind (2011)
- Ije: The Journey (2010)
- Games Women Play (2005)
- My Last Ambition (2009)
- Hit the Floor (2013)
- Alter Ego (2017)
- Blood on the Lagoon (2014)
- The Tribunal (2017)
- The Island (2017)
Did Omotola Leave Acting?
Omotola Jalade Ekeinde clocked 20 years in the Nigerian entertainment industry in 2015 which was well celebrated by the actress. However, as time rolls by, her presence on the screen seems to be receding; a development that kept many wondering if the Blood Sister star was taking a final bow from the movie world.
When quizzed about her sparse onscreen appearances, Omo Sexy explained that the reason she is rarely seen on set these days is that the movie directors are unable to pay her price. According to the screen goddess, many movie makers cannot afford her. It is a brand new terrain she said and everything is going to balance out very soon. This titbit was sieved from the actress’ Insta stories as she fielded her fans in an interesting question and answer session.
Her Music Career Started in 2005
From modeling to acting, Omotola had her hands full, but what fans didn’t know was that the Nigerian movie star was also nursing a career in the music industry. The curvaceous Nollywood icon took the world by surprise by venturing into music in 2005.
2005 was when she dropped her first album Gba with singles such as Naija Lowa and The Things You Do To Me. Her second album, Me, Myself, and Eyes was unreleased but according to reports, it brought in some productions from the likes of Del B and Paul Play. The supporting songs include Through the Fire, feat. Uche and Feel Alright, feat. Harrysong.
Towards the end of 2012, Omotola commenced work on her third album with the backing of The Bridge Entertainment. She traveled to Atlanta, Georgia where she engaged songwriters and producers to be able to create that sound that would resonate and boom with American audiences. Kendrick Dean, Verse Simmonds, and Drumma Boy are some of the music greats she had productive studio sessions with. Omo Sexy also recorded one track with singer Bobby Valentino.
When quizzed about her reasons for venturing into the music industry, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde said she has always harbored an interest in music but got the right motivation to launch her singing carrier through her work with UN World Food Program.
Following the release of her album number three, the actress cum musician decided to take a long break from singing. Her reason Omotola said was that she was greatly discouraged from dropping more songs. However, the Ije Star had a change of mind in 2021 and announced her comeback to the music industry. This time, the Nollywood icon would not entertain discouragement in any form and is resolved to put all efforts into making it work.
Omotola is Into Reality TV Shows
The multi-faceted career of Omotola Jalade Ekeinde extends to include her stint in reality television. The Ije actress started trying her hands at Reality TV in 2012 with the launch of her show called Omotola: The Real Me. Africa Magic Entertainment aired it on DStv, making Omo Sexy the first Nigerian celeb to create her own reality show.
Omo Sexy is a Columnist
In fact, there seems to be no end to what Omotola can do. The Nigerian movie star has also displayed her competence as a columnist. She put in time with OK! Nigerian Magazine where a column was created for her entitled, Omotola’s Diary. There, the movie icon shares tidbits about her viewpoints and life experiences.
The Actress has Attracted Some Mouthwatering Endorsement Deals
As her popularity grew, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde started attracting the attention of top brands that sought to leverage her fame in marketing their products. This birthed multiple mouthwatering deals and as the actress signed on dotted lines, huge sums of money hit her bank balance. Get the comprehensive list of brands that have endorsed Omotola below;
- Scanfrost Appliance
- Knorr Cube
- Pampers Baby Diapers
- B016 hair range
Awards and Accolades For Omotola Jalade Ekeinde
Omotola Jalade Ekeinde’s career life was marked with honors in the form of local and international awards from some of the prestigious entertainment bodies around the globe. Her awards did not only come from the entertainment industry, but other fields like the media and even her hometown in Ondo State honored the mother of four with a chieftaincy title: this was bestowed on the actress by King Victor Kiladejo in 2013.
Below is a comprehensive list of Omo Sexy’s awards and accolades, including the ones she was nominated for.
Awards Won By Omotola Jalade Ekeinde’s
- 1997- The Best Actress English at The Movie Awards
- 1997- The Best Actress Overall at The Movie Awards
- 2003- Best Actress at the City People Awards for Excellence
- 2004- Best Actress & Grand Achiever at Global Excellence Recognition Awards
- 2004- Best Individual & Symbol of Creativity at CEON
- 2006- Most Friendly Actress at Youth Benefactor’s Awards
- 2010- Best Actress-Africa Collaboration at Ghana Movie Awards
- 2011- Actress of the Year at Eloy Awards
- 2011- Pan African Best Actress at Screen Nation Awards
- 2012- GIAMA Humanitarian Award at Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards
- 2012- Popular Online Choice at Nollywood Movies Awards
- 2013- Ebony Vanguard Award at Music Video and Screen Awards
- 2013- 100 Most Influential People in the World by the TIMES Magazine
- 2014- Member of the Order of the Federal Republic
- 2016- Female Entertainment Personality at City People Social Media Awards
- 2016- Best Actress at Toronto International Nollywood Film Festival
- 2017- Best Actress at Nollywood Travel Film Festival
- 2017- Most Influential 100 People of African Descent at the United Nations by MIPAD
- 2018- Movie Icon of the Year at City People Movie Awards
- 2018- Best Actress in Movies/TV Series at Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards
Apart from the awards worn by the Nigerian movie star, she has been nominated for quite a handful;
- 2009 – Best Actress Leading Role (Yoruba) at Best of Nollywood Awards
- 2009 – Best Actress at Nigeria Entertainment Awards
- 2010 – Best Actress Film/Short Story at Nigeria Entertainment Awards
- 2010 – Best Actress-Africa Collaboration at Ghana Movie Awards
- Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role at the 8th
- 2011 – Best Actress Leading Role (English) at the Best of Nollywood Awards
- 2011 – Best Actress Film/Short Story at the Nigeria Entertainment Awards
- 2012 – Viewers Choice –Female at the Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards
- 2012 – Best Actress in A Film at the Nigeria Entertainment Awards
- 2012 – Best Actress in a Leading Role at the Nollywood Movies Awards
- 2013 – Best Lead Actress in a Film – at the Nigeria Entertainment Awards
- 2014 – Personality of the Year at the MTV Africa Music Awards 2014
- 2017 – Best Kiss in a Movie at Best of Nollywood Awards
- 2017 – Best Actress Leading Role (English) at the City People Movie Awards
Omotola Jalade’s Net Worth
With a net worth of $7.2 million, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde is considered to be one of Africa’s richest actresses. This net worth projection was taken as far back as 2021 and there is no doubt that it has increased with the passage of time.
The number one contributor to the curvy actress’ massive bottom line is her acting career. For one, Mortal Inheritance which takes the credit for launching her into stardom is considered to be one of Nigeria’s best movies. Omotola has been named the biggest box office actress in the black continent of Africa. Last Flight to Abuja, the blockbuster thriller became Africa’s highest-grossing movie in 2012, making immense contributions to her fortune.
With that said, we cannot neglect to factor in Ije, the 2010 movie starring the ageless queen of the screen, Genevieve Nnaji. Ije held sway as Nollywood’s highest-grossing movie in 2010 until Phone Swap came to overtake it. Omo Sexy is one of the most prolific actresses in Nigeria, the number of movies under her belt came to 300 at the last count and we may still see more from the mother of four.
Another huge contributor to Omotola’s wealth is her music career which was rather short-lived. The actress generated some revenue from her reality television show and we must not forget to mention her numerous endorsement deals that have kept the funds rolling in.
Comparing Omotola’s Net Worth With Other A-List Actresses in Nollywood
Omotola Jalade may be on the list of the richest actresses in Nollywood, but the queen of the screen Genevieve Nnaji is the one who sits comfortably at the top of that ladder. With her bottom line in excess of $12 million, the multi-award-winning superstar is the wealthiest and most successful actress in the country as of 2022.
Genevieve is a long-established actress in Nollywood who first graced the screen in 1987 at the age of eight. Apart from acting roles, Nnaji created other viable sources of income like St. Genevieve (her clothing line), Genevieve Supermarket, and Salon, and she has had some stints on behind-the-camera roles. What’s more, Genevieve endorses some multi-national brands including Amstel Malta, Range Rover, Lux, and Etisalat in Nigeria. Nnaji is richer than Omo Sexy by $4.8 million.
Coming closely behind Nnaji is Ibinabo Fiberisima with a net worth of $8 million, making her $800k richer than Omotola. The only other actress that rates above the Mortal Inheritance alum is Funke Akindele with $7.6 million as her bottom line; she is only $400k ahead of Omotola. Actresses like Kate Henshaw are not in the same league as the mother of four: Henshaw comes way below with $1 million as her net worth.
How Does Omotola Spend Her Money?
It goes without saying that an actress of Omotola’s ilk with a whopping $7.2 million net worth would be living her dream. This has been evidenced in the award-winning movie star’s lifestyle which encompasses her choice of automobiles and abode.
Omotola Jalade Ekeinde Rides in Only the Best of Automobiles
With a massive fortune, it is not surprising that Omotola Jalade Ekeinde cruises around town in some of the best automobiles. She has been severally spotted behind the wheels of exotic vehicles, the type that most people could only dream about.
Omotola’s Acura QX SUV came complete with a customized number plate; the actress’ name is boldly inscribed on it. When the mother of four acquired this vehicle, the worth was around ₦10 million. When she added the car to her fleet is not known but reports say it is part of her old fleet which she rarely uses.
Omotola hit the fourth floor in 2018 and while she was celebrating her 40th birthday, the Nigerian actress decided to pamper herself with a luxurious gift. Her bespoke acquisition which turned out to be a beautiful gold-colored Rolls Royce Phantom sent all the media outlets into a reporting frenzy.
Reports later surfaced, claiming that the Rolls Royce Phantom’s worth at that time was ₦171 million. What’s more, the customized plate number of this car has Omotola @40 emblazoned on it. The exotic automobile is packaged with unique features, including;
- 664 lb-ft of torque
- A twin-turbocharged 6.7 Liter V12 engine producing 563 horsepower
- Within 5 seconds it can go from 0 to 60 mph and can attain a top speed of 155 mph
Omotola Jalade Ekeinde has attended so many events, functions, and occasions in a Limousine, however, the media is yet to ascertain if she is the owner or it is a rented vehicle.
Omo Sexy has also gifted people with cars. In celebration of her daughter’s 22nd birthday, the Nollywood icon presented the young lady with a BMW Coupe. The worth of this vehicle is estimated to be around ₦8 million.
She Lives in a Mansion
Until 2017, Omotola and her family have been putting up in a bungalow in the Iyana Iba part of Lagos. According to media sources, she lived in the modest house for 22 years and had her four kids there. With the advent of 2017, the famous actress announced that she was relocating into a brand new house with her family.
The new abode turned out to be an ultra-modern mansion in the Ajah part of Lagos State, precisely at Oniru Estate. Details were not forthcoming about her new home, we only got to hear that it is a custom-built edifice with top-of-the-range amenities. However, the cost of the building is not known.
Omotola Jalade Ekeinde Spends on Philanthropy
Just like other actresses of similar ilk, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde is neck-deep into philanthropy. In 2005, the Mortal Inheritance alum became an ambassador for a United Nations World Food Programme going to African countries like Liberia and Sierra Leone on missions. Walk the World project is another charitable cause where she has been very active, she also joined Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia in their Walk the World campaign.
She launched an NGO project, Omotola Youth Empowerment Program (OYEP) which takes the responsibility of coordinating all her human rights campaign activities. The undertaking was what brought youths from all walks of life to converge for the Empowerment Walk plus Convention.
When Save The Children UK was doing its Rewrite The Future” campaign in 2010, Omo Sexy lent her voice to the course. 2011 was when she was made a campaigner for Amnesty International. The actress has taken an active part in Sierra-Leone’s Maternal Mortality campaign and in 2012, she joined her voice with the Niger Delta part of Nigeria; the entertainer shot a video where she was seen requesting that the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Shell plc should not only own up but also pay up, clean up, and take responsibility for all the oil spills in that part of the country.
Omotola Jalade Ekeinde joined forces with Tanzanian-born actress, Wema Sepetu in June 2020 to visit a Tanzanian orphanage home under the watch of Tanzania Mitindo House. The home caters to the needs of HIV-positive children.
In a bid to promote the World No Tobacco Day in 2021, including the #SmokeFreeNollywood campaign, Omo Sexy and other entertainers like Dakore Egbuson-Akande, Osas Ighodaro, Daniel Effiong, Michelle Dede, and Meg Otanwa pledged to put an end to smoking onset. The smoking scenes were reportedly influencing the younger generation who looked up to them negatively. A sub-Saharan public strategy firm known as Gatefield and US non-profit organization, Tobacco-Free Kids backed the campaign.
How Tall is Omotola Jalade?
Omotola Jalade Ekeinde is a woman of average height, standing at 5 feet 6 inches or 168 cm. Weighing 73kg in body mass, Omo Sexy measures 36-25-36 for the bust, waist, and hips. She wears a bra size of 36B. The Nollywood actress has black hair with eyes of the same color. However, she recently cut her hair and tinted it.