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Feature Post on Nollywood Actor: Omoni Oboli

Omoni Oboli is a leading Nollywood actress, Writer, Philanthropist and Filmmaker. She is one of the few women who seem to have balanced work, play and all the milestones of womanhood while strutting it, in heels for that matter.

Born in Benin City, Edo state on the 22nd of April 1978, Omoni gained her Bachelor’s degree in Foreign Language with a major in French from University of Benin, in the same city. Shortly after, she got married and now has three beautiful young men as sons. Before all these though, she had tried her luck in the acting industry already.

In 1996, Omoni starred in her first movie, Bitter Encounter and afterwards Not My Will, Shame, Destined To Die and Another Campus Tale. This phase of her career was short-lived because she went to finish her university degree. After Ten years of figuring her life out, she returned to the industry.

Since then, Omoni has made her name as producer, director and scriptwriter through her works namely Moms at War (2018), Okafor’s Law (2016), My Wife & I (2017), Wives on Strike (2016), Being Mrs Elliot (2014), The First Lady (2015) among others. Some other movies she has starred in are: Fifty (2015), The Figurine (2009), Of Bad Faith, Feathered Dreams (2015) and Anchor Baby (2010). Safe to say that she has starred in many movies.

As a philanthropist, she has worked on charity projects such as Feeding the less privileged and bringing important knowledge to them through her NGO, The Omoni Oboli Foundation.

Omoni received the award for Best Actress Narrative Feature during the Los Angeles Movie Awards and the Harlem International Film Festival award for Best Actress in 2010. Then in 2011, she received a nomination for the Africa Movie Academy Awards ‘Best Actress in a leading role’ category. Also, her movie, Being Mrs Elliott landed her the 2014 ELOY Awards Big Screen Actress of the Year award. In 2015, Omoni was awarded the Sun Nollywood “Personality of the Year”.

In 2018 she released her first-ever book that talks about her journeys through life as a wife, mother and the film industry; the book is called The Stars Are Ageless.

She seems to enjoy living a healthy life with her never-failing effort to pass across the advocacy through her movies. It is quite obvious from her looks that she practices what she preaches.

BY:

TUNROLA TOLUWASE

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