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. After receiving numerous high-profile awards, launching a music career, and amassing an enviable fan base, the press has revered the Screen Nation “Best Actress” as the “African Magic”. She is the first African celebrity to receive over 1 million likes on her Facebook page. She currently has a total of 3 million followers on Facebook. Jalade-Ekeinde is an inspirational woman who manages to juggle a career with her philantrophy work alongside a busy family life.
Named amongst the top 100 Influential People in 2013 by Time Magazine, and listed amongst the top 10 Highest-Grossing Movie Stars by Yahoo, amongst several other recognitions and awards she is an icon in the industry. On Yahoo listing, Omotola is the lone African, which also includes voice actors like Frank Welker (the voice of the villainous Megatron in the Transformers movies), and one of just two women — the other is voiceover actress Mickie McGowan, a veteran of Pixar animated classics like Toy Story and Up.
She has granted several interviews talking about various things from family and relationships to her life in the movie industry…
Talking with New African Woman in 2016, she shared her views on several topics:
“Women should empower themselves while still remaining true to their marriage and husbands. If a marriage is stressful, emotionally destructive, I think we should be strong enough to walk away from such damaging unions.”
“I love the African spirit and this is why I do what I do because I see how much potential there is in Africa and its people.”
“Africa is the new market, the new destination. If you don’t know it, now you do.”
“You have to always remember that there is nothing special about you, it’s just grace. What you think you have, somebody has probably even double. There are younger, new, hotter, more aggressive people around now. I just try to be myself, work hard, and I rely on what can take me far.”
“When you achieve some kind of success, you become really confused as to who really loves you for who you are. It’s not really easy, it is very hard finding those people who really love you.”
‘We need to get to a situation where we understand what we stand for and how much power we have. We are not fully conscious of how we form people’s mindsets or change people’s minds.”
In a recent chat with Potpourri, the actress emphatically stated that all she has in the industry are colleagues and never close friends. She explained further that she’s not in the habit of having new friends, at every opportunity, saying, all her close friends are those she has known from her childhood. “Most of my friends are friends I have had forever. I am a very loyal person. I try to keep a very small group of friends. It is not that I don’t make new friends, but I call them acquaintances. When you say friends, they are people I have known for a long time,since I was a child,” she said, poker faced: “Everybody is my colleague. I don’t have very close friends in the industry,” she added. When asked why, she explained: “We don’t live around each other to start with. I live very far away from so many people. Secondly,I am not too much of a party person. We probably won’t see often. I am also not very good at visiting people, so, we probably won’t have that kind of bond.”