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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Omotola's Stella Magazine full interview

Omotola's Sunday Telegraph's Stella Magazine feature is now online - written by Ben Arogundade. Find the full interview below...
Omosexy': The biggest film star you’ve never heard of

Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, aka 'Omosexy’, is the queen of Nollywood. She’s appeared in more than 300 films, pulls in 150 million viewers for her reality-television show and has been named one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

She scores a zero on the Hollywood Richter scale. She has never starred in a major motion picture. Her most recent film, Last Flight to Abuja, means nothing to devotees of Netflix and LoveFilm.
When she sat next to Steven Spielberg at a Time magazine dinner earlier this year he didn’t know her name. Yet Omotola Jalade Ekeinde was attending that dinner because, like him, she had been honoured in Time’s 2013 list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.

Alongside Kate Middleton, Michelle Obama and Beyoncé.The star of more than 300 films, Omotola – or “Omosexy”, as she is known to her legions of fans – is bigger across the African diaspora than Halle Berry.
Her reality-television show, Omotola: The Real Me, pulls in more viewers than Oprah’s and Tyra’s at their peak, combined, and she is the first African celebrity ever to amass more than one million Facebook “likes”.
When I meet her for the interview in a photographic studio in south-east London she is still recovering from getting mobbed by her Afro-Caribbean fan base in a nearby Tesco. “They practically had to shut down the store when people recognised me,” she says. “I actually got scared.”

Omotola is one of the biggest stars in Nollywood, the low-budget, high-output Nigerian film industry that churns out more English-language films than Hollywood or Bollywood (1,000-2,000 a year). Some have cinematic releases, but most are for the straight-to-video market.

When I watch her Stella photo-shoot from the sidelines it is immediately apparent that everything about her is BIG. Big body, big hair, big personality, big laugh: she comes across like Oprah’s sister.
She is here with her own film crew, who are recording for a future episode of her television show. Which means there is also a big, superstar delay – three hours – before our interview can start.
Many of her fans think her real name is “Omosexy”, she tells me, laughing, when we finally get to speak, but it was a nickname given to her by her husband, an airline pilot.

“He bought me a car back in 2009, and that was the plate number,” she recalls, speaking with kinetic, girlish excitement, rattling off sentences in fast, extended flurries.

"All my cars have special plate numbers, like Omotola 1.” When I ask how many cars she has, she laughs again, with embarrassment. “A few.” When she first saw her personalised licence plate she was horrified. “I thought, 'Oh no!’ It sounded cocky.

As if I was telling everybody, 'I’m sexy!’ Y’know-wha-I-mean?” She punctuates her sentences with this phrase, which she reels off as a single word.

The 35-year-old star has been acting since she was 16. Most recently she starred as Suzie, a passenger freshly spurned by her adulterous lover, in an aeroplane disaster movie, Last Flight to Abuja, which was the highest grossing film at the African box office last year.

Her breakthrough role came in 1995, in the Nollywood classic Mortal Inheritance, in which she played a sickle-cell patient fighting for her life. Since then she has established a staggering average of 16 films a year.

I put it to her that she must be the most prolific actress in the world. She laughs and shakes her head. “I am sure there are people who have beaten that record in Nigeria. Trust me.

It is easy to turn around with straight-to-video movies. It is the fashion to shoot until you drop, night and day. You have to remember that we are on very low budgets, so there is no time to wait.”
Nollywood began fewer than 20 years ago on the bustling streets of Lagos. Its pioneers were traders and bootleggers who started out selling copies of Hollywood films before graduating into producing their own titles as an inexpensive way to procure more content for a burgeoning market.

The traders finance the films (the average budget is £15,000-£30,000), then sell copies in bulk to local operators, who distribute them in markets, shops and street-corners for as little as £2 each.


The financial equation is problematic, with endemic piracy, issues over copyright and a lack of legally binding contracts.
Even so, what started as a ramshackle business is today worth an estimated £320 million a year, and rising. All this in a country that still lacks a reliable electricity supply.
What is the secret of Omotola’s appeal? “I don’t know,” she says, shrugging. “I wish someone would tell me! People can relate to me, I suppose. They feel as if they know me. A lot of my audience has grown up with me.”
At the same time, in a country that is heavily defined by religion and tradition, it helps that she is seen as a stable role model – a God-fearing woman who has been married to the same man for 17 years, and balances her work-life with bringing up four children.
Omotola Jalade Ekeinde was born into a middle-class family of strict Methodists in Lagos. Her father was the manager of the Lagos Country Club, while her mother worked for a local supermarket chain.
She has two younger brothers and was a tomboy, fiercely independent. “I used to scare boys from a very young age. They found me too much, because I knew what I wanted and I’d boss them around. In those days my mother would joke that I would never find a husband.”
As a child she was closest to her father. “He was a different kind of African man,” she recalls.
“He was very enlightened. He always asked me what I wanted, and encouraged me to speak up. He treated me like a boy.” He died in a car accident when Omotola was 12, while she was away at boarding-school.
“I didn’t grieve,” she says. “When I got home people were telling me that my mother had been crying for days, and that, as the eldest, I had to be strong for her and my brothers. I didn’t know what to do, so I just bottled everything up.
It affected me for many years afterwards. I was always very angry.”
Omotola would later play out her repressed grief on camera, using it as an emotional trigger to make herself cry whenever scripts called for it. But this soon created other problems.


Omotola and family 

 
“The director would shout, 'Cut!’ and I’d still be crying,” she recalls. “I could bring the tears, but I could not control them. In the end I had to stop using that technique.”
At the age of 16 Omotola met her future husband, Matthew Ekeinde, then 26, in church. He was so keen on her that the day after their first meeting he showed up at her house unannounced.
“He soon became a friend of the family. He was almost like a father figure,” she says. “He’d drop my brothers at school and stuff.”
Ekeinde proposed when Omotola was 18. Initially, Omotola’s mother thought her daughter too young to marry, and asked Matthew to wait, but he refused. “She was really shocked,” says Omotola.
“She said, 'If you want something badly enough you wait for it,’ but he said, 'If I want something I take it.’ He was very, very bold. It was one of the things I found fascinating about him.”
They had two wedding ceremonies, the second of which took place on a flight from Lagos to Benin. “He’s amazing. If I weren't married to him I couldn’t see myself with anybody else. I’m a handful.”
Ekeinde has become a reluctant poster boy for a new kind of African man.
“A lot of men come up to him and say, 'You’re a real man – I can’t believe how you deal with it all.’ He also gets a lot of invitations from various bodies to speak about how he copes as a modern Nigerian man in a relationship with a powerful working woman.”
Omotola’s ascent to the Nollywood elite began the same year she met Ekeinde. She was modelling at the time. One afternoon she tagged along with a model friend who was attending a film audition.
“She didn’t get the part, and she came out and was very sad,” says Omotola. “Then she said, 'Why don’t you go in and have a go?’
I said 'OK,’ and went in and got the part. My friend wasn’t happy. That was the end of our friendship.”
Omotola has somehow also found the time to release three albums. And then there is her charitable work. “First and foremost I actually consider myself a humanitarian,” she says proudly.

At the Time 100 Gala with Steven Spielberg and Daniel Day-Lewis 
 
She started in 2005, working with the United Nations as a World Food Programme ambassador. She now has her own foundation, the Omotola Youth Empowerment Programme.
“I have a lot of young people writing to me, feeling disillusioned. There’s so much injustice in Africa, and people’s lives being trampled on. The foundation was designed to give voice to these people.”
Her own voice has been greatly enhanced by the success of her reality-television show. It is the first show of its kind in Africa, watched by 150 million people across the continent. “
A lot of women say to me that I am their role model and example. They say, 'If Omotola can do it, I can do it.’ I also get a lot of fan letters from men that say, 'You are the reason I allow my wife to work, or pursue a career,’ because they see that I am married and that I am doing both.”
Omotola is now one of the most powerful people in what’s being called the “new Nollywood”, a fresh chapter for the industry, characterised by better scripts, improved production values and cinema rather than DVD-only releases.

But there are obstacles for the new Nollywood, not least the fact that Nigeria only has seven major cinemas, and that ticket prices are way beyond the reach of most citizens.
Nollywood’s biggest problem by far, however, is that its films – including Omotola’s – are still not very good. Theirs is a fuzzy, low-budget aesthetic in which histrionic acting combines with often ludicrous plot lines.
The films drown in melodrama, and many scenes are unintentionally comic. Production values and the rigours of plot and character development are dispensed with in the mad rush to complete and distribute.
It’s akin to half-cooking food to feed impatient mouths, and the results feel like first drafts. Nevertheless, African audiences don’t seem to care, as long as the films are cheap enough for a downtrodden public desperate for escapism, and they feature their own home-grown stars on screen.
So, what does the future hold for Omotola?
She recently made her American debut, in a television drama, Hit the Floor, opposite the R&B star Akon. Does she see her future as Nollywood or Hollywood?
“I’ll just go with the flow. We [in Nollywood] want to collaborate, we don’t want to leave. We are hoping to be the first film industry that will pull Hollywood in, instead of them pulling us out.”
This may not be such a crazy idea, as Hollywood sees the amounts invested in Nollywood, plus a potential audience of over one billion Africans (155 million in Nigeria alone).
Would she like to work with Spielberg? “Oh, please, let it be!” she says, clasping her hands together hopefully.
“Please! Everything happens for a reason.” I ask her if she took Spielberg’s number at that Time dinner. “Hello? I wouldn’t be African if I didn’t, now would I?”

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ATEBODI AISONI said...

First to comment auty Linda go sleep bcos I want to sleep

BONARIO NNAGS said...

It can only get better.

~BONARIO~says so via NOKIA3310

Eze Chukwumereze said...

The biggest star you have never met lol, but she is not far from starring from a major motion picture.Just watch this space.

Anonymous said...

Wow. Linda u wan kill person. Choi this is too much to read
Dre

Mich said...

Now she has Spielberg's number yeah?coolies...
But 300movies?wow!
She would have been a billionaire by now if it were Hollywood considering back profits,cinema ticket and DVD sales.
Undoubtedly Africa's finest actress.

★★PRINCE CHARMING™★★ said...

Her family pic is priceless! Beautiful family! And she is looking so fabulous not like a mom but like a sibling to her daughters. Keep going higher my dear.

Anonymous said...

So watt

Anonymous said...

2 long so I culdnt read it,Plz wat is omotura sayin???

ATEBODI AISONI said...

OmotoLa the Great

mimi said...

i really do love omotola!!!

judith hanrankis said...

ℓ̊ L♥√ع her S̶̲̥̅Ơ̴̴̴̴̴̴͡ much,she's α̲̅ true woman

judith hanrankis said...

ℓ̊ L♥√ع her,she's α̲̅ G̶̲̥̅Ơ̴̴̴̴͡.̮Ơ̴̴̴͡D̶̲̥̅ role model

Uwem David said...

Wonderful....I'Ll say

oyechristy said...

Am so loving this write up...great writer..awesome interview..now am loving omosexy more....

YENIH'S WORLD said...

Someone needs to take this interviewer to a dark corner and leave him/her with a black eye(Just thinking aloud). I don't like the way this article has been written. It does nothing to sell Omotola on the international stage. If anything, it takes away her well-deserved credits. The writer needs to put his/her 'superiority complex' in check.

Willow( The Real) said...

Phenomenal woman.

Ify Ejim said...

A very intelligent nd interesting woman, powerful in her capacity.

Miss Diva said...

Good for her...I luv my fav. actress Omosecy to pieces.

Psychotic bitch said...

Stories that touch the heart. Lol

Anonymous said...

Hahahahaha 1st to commend

***flip my Indian hair and walks away!

Anonymous said...

Congrats to omotola. She responded well to the questions. But some of arogundade's statement were kind of rude eg for a down trodden public.... all in all thumbs up to omotola

Anonymous said...

why does this entire interview feel like an insult to me?

Anonymous said...

Beautiful role model.. It comes to show you can be in the movie industry and yet have a beautiful life and family and still make a difference.... Decency sure pays....

Onyi Orah said...

A big thumbs up for Her.

judith hanrankis said...

ℓ̊ L♥√ع her,she's truly α̲̅ real role model,ℓ̊ can't see any word abt drugs or weed here,keep it up,sky is ur starting point dear

Anonymous said...

Is it me, or does it seem lyk dis interviewer is yabbin omosexe nd 9ja 4dat mata...#linda plzz post ma comment naaww...haba

Anonymous said...

A role model indeed#Big Ups!!!proud of u omotola

@good_girl_prima said...

Omotola is just too elegant and beautiful...about photos though*lip sealed*but atlst they explained the big clothes

Anonymous said...

Omotola is getting old o. Big ups omosexy




Mide

Anonymous said...

you the best girl...am proud of your up bringing..it matters alot...God bless you

Anonymous said...

100 most influential people in Yoruba land. No bi Yoruba face she carry dey make like say she fine? Abeg, make she go show-off for people wey no know say nay Yoruba face she carry.

rilwan aderogba said...

Wow love this, you are really doing great linda,I guess first to comment you can also check olaeldo.blogspot.com i believe you will love it

Anonymous said...

Lol sharp girl #Rep

Anonymous said...

Interesting article...but she is at risk of being over-exposed. She needs to disappear for a bit!

Anonymous said...

She comes across as being very likeable in this interview.nice!!!

Terrific Caliph said...

Keep soaring OMOTOLA, may your light never go dim. Wonderful family...

bonita bislam said...

Omosexy is jst sexy in evryway.Ride on jare!

lily said...

wow too long a story but I enjoyed it. its fascinating how she combines career with marriage I do hope to be like her but not her!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful

Anonymous said...

Yea there is need to always talk about your journey. There's no secret about success. Did you ever know a successful man/woman who didn't tell you about it?

Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.

Omotola is one woman that believes in her self. Willpower is the key to success. Successful people strive no matter what they feel by applying their will to overcome apathy, doubt or fear. I like the fact that she always want to try new things.

Twitter @MLKJRB

Femiluv said...

150 million viewers of her reality tv show? LMAO. Omotola needs to take several seats.

Anonymous said...

She's highly BLESSED...!!!

Anonymous said...

Omo T, nice one. Linda u never sleep? Winchy winchy pls post my comment

Anonymous said...

this interviewer is exaggerating some things..

Anonymous said...

See hw she rubish us,no light,low budget film,poverty,she dey hype dat fake reality show like say na BBA.

michael said...

Wow,she's the greatest,bigger u sis

Rough Diamond said...

Omo T, u r blessed! Family, carrier, beauty, financially etc.... What else can one ask for if not LIFE n HAPPINESS. All d best!
But dis ur cover pix no do justice to
Ur beauty!

Anonymous said...

Go grllll,lindah post nw abeg

Marshal said...

In all Totality , she is Amazing,Married, good wife and Mother,totally down to earth. I guess that's why she is doing so well now. But in raw acting, make we leave am, some naija actresses pass am.. But she still better pass our Aunty Genny wen still dey find Mr right. **lol** Thumbs up Omo sexy. Keep the Naija flag flying.

Phemy said...

Omo sexy a real woman

Idahosa Osayemwen said...

*yawns* long story. I'm prouda her!!!


@Bobo_Edo

Bosun said...

I jes Love dis WOman wit aLl ma heart*love struckd* choi! May God continue 2 bless her..Amen

Anonymous said...

Muah muah muah. I just love dis woman.pple say I look like u,we cld pass as twins.

Chiisunshine said...

Na wo o. What abt our genny? Anyway, conhrat!

Naija celebrity gossip said...

Now that's what they call a real feature. No hypes just straight to the point and interesting.

Anonymous said...

Old age has caught up to her

Anonymous said...

I am a huge fan of her and I applaud her for a lot things that she has done

Anonymous said...

1st to comment. Wow! Omotola is fantastic and she gets better by the day. Go girl!

Anonymous said...

Nice one but them finish Nollywood o! Choi!!!

olajumoke said...

She's every woman. I love u sooooo omo sexy :)

Vivian T said...

See. Why we should never court western media, they are dissing in her in every sentence of this write up, this shit is not flattering to her.

Anonymous said...

Whoever wrote this article needs to go back to high school. First of all, the flow of the article was zig zag with no definite direction. Secondly wrong grammar. I couldn't even read it again. So is this what Stella magazine entails? I'm sorry but this article is worthless.

Vivian T said...

You see why you should sit your bum bum on one place, see how they indirectly insulted you all through, western media can never like us believe me, please tel your PR people not to ever go UK again, those mofos are bunch of idiot racist, looks towards American, at least Gen no get this kind shit from them

Anonymous said...

Omosexy!!!! Always on point. Love you loads.....

Bola Olagunju said...

My love for u just grew a bit more...may the Lord keep giving u success...have a wonderful life hun

Willow( The Real) said...

....and thumbs up to Capt Mathew Ekeinde, you are EXCEPTIONAL.

Felicity Akonbudu said...

Interesting!!

Anonymous said...

Love u Omo T. Ur husband is such a mature fellow. Nothing like understanding in marriage. Bless u!

#Danjay#

Anonymous said...

Don well 4 herself, all za best Omosexy!!!

Anonymous said...

Congrats Omosexy jare, ofcos u wouldn't b African if u didn't tek his nomba.. 9ja no dey carry last.

bose daniel said...

This interview is more unflattering than the cover photo.I don't get this oyibo ppl sef.anyway sebi na carry her Kim K'ed sef go there.see has them use style diss my nollywood. Nse where u de?

Anonymous said...

D person wey write ds tin get bad mouth shah.

Anonymous said...

iv got to say..i love omotola's husband. he allowed her achieve her goals in life...now i know my bf loves me but i really wanna do some professional exams before i start working..i already have a bsc and an msc in d making...but my bf keeps insisting that i shld forget about prof exams and just come back to start work, so we can get married.. i know naija is all bou work experience, but d fact is if i do this prof exam i will have a really good competitive edge, and my bf is just not agreeing with this, sometimes i feel that he doesnt want me to have more qualifications than him..so i dont get a better job...

Sir Emmy said...

I love the journalist, too good... ours should kindly learn. I dislike pointless interviews.
Btw, i love you dear.

Anonymous said...

Wha a real woman,...- so much lik her, always smiling.

Anonymous said...

Eyah. Your husband and kids must be very proud of you. Congrats.

Anonymous said...

Boring,yawnsssss

Duke Emeka said...

Can't believe I read everything, I think this is omotolas best interview. I love that line I wouldn't be african if I didn't.

Anonymous said...

The guy threw some dirty shades in this article i wasn't feeling at all. Nonsense. I guess you win some and loose some.

roseynwonye.com said...

No matter what any jealous idiot may or will say about dis lovely role model of a woman, madam me, myself and I is saying, I LOVE U and u are my quintessential role model. Kudos to ur manful ideals. *a long kiss on ur cheeks*

missundahstood said...

i really couldnt care less.......and wats with all the fake accolades..................i cnt fit to shouting

Anonymous said...

Highly overated write up,no be only halle berry,abeg make I hear word,now I belive omot is overrate,since I was in doubt now I conclude,bcos I still keep on wondering who and what she has influenced,keep paying dem to write fake history abt u,no go look for roles for nollywood movies,

Anonymous said...

I love this woman. What kind of phenomenal woman is this. What is she doing that other nollywoood actresses are not doing. Ngwanu. Or is she worshipping a different God. Its only a matter of time before she stars in a hollywood block busterbecause she is a go-getter. Some people say she is trying to hard. If she doesn't, she won't be in time magazine most influential. In trying so hard she would actually get a role from speilberg. Sit down there and say she is everywhere while ur husbands and bfs admire the woman and wish their wives can be half a woman as omotola.

lindsay bello said...

No doubt Omosexy is one of the best but for having abt 150million viewers for her reality show, dat I say its a big LIE nd over hype. Haba!!!

Anonymous said...

Its ur turn to shine, but all dis magazine interview don too much nah! Too much of evytin is bad oooo.

News Bunk said...

omosexy carry go

Anonymous said...

But nawa o,dis lady just dey waist her time and money trying to be relevant internationally,one naira she no dey see for all dese overating not a single endorsement sef,my advice for her is to contact dose eastern directors let dem be featuring her in their movies is beta dan payin uk people to make her relevant atleast we go dey see her for movies,I can't even remember wen I saw her last in a good movie

Anonymous said...

nice one omosexy but i hate d pics is not fine abeg

Anonymous said...

I luv d interview, d jornalist is rili gud... Nd I like d fact dt omotola made it abt africa nd nt jst herself.. Very matured.

Anonymous said...

This lady is gong places. She's my queen anytime anyday

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Anonymous said...

A Nigerian did this interview for her

Bunmi Suru said...

A real African woman.am so delighted about her life plus its so relateable.Rock on,

Anonymous said...

I LOVE DZ WOMAN.

satingo said...

Off Topic plzzzzzz
Linda abeg wot is d problem wit all of una (celebrity) wen Yerima talk abt child marriage Wey b Say na 1 set of young ppl e affect una no let us hear word even wen senate denies discussing Dat issue, nw University don dey strike 4 d past 2 months nw non of una fit talk our youths Dem dey hse doin nttin nd no body fit hlp us talk even u Linda Wey everybody respect ur blog na ofofo u dey do. Hummmmm God dey see una ooooooo. If u lyk no post my comment.

Anonymous said...

U're a real star,Omosexy.Always love u anytime,any day!

Anonymous said...

Fair interview. Never seen her movies but she comes across as likeable

chydywizzler said...

Hehehehe nice article...the ever sexy Omotola..

Anonymous said...

omotola got it going....God go make u bigger!

Chybykeunderscore Chichi said...

gud to knw omo t u r lucky

The truth said...

150 million viewers for which reality show? Story!

Anonymous said...

Angel

Anonymous said...

E too long ooooo haba

Anonymous said...

You are truly a diva my omosexy, love you plenty. God will be ur guide.continue to be the Role Model that you are. Lovely family. Linda post my comment now abeg

Anonymous said...

Good profile....u'r lucky u hv d right man who understands and supports

Bloxxy said...

She deserve everything she has earned cos she has really worked hard 4 it. Kip up d gud work. God bless u!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful lady! But see, as that interviewer 'yab' naijans and Nollywood. Ain't he a naijan himself?

Cindy

Anonymous said...

Of everything I luv u esp for being able to kip ur marriage n career. Its only a strong woman dat can do both.

Agu David said...

hmmmm....... I comment my reserve. *goesback2bed#

Anonymous said...

This guy Arogundade is an amazing writer,more power to Ur elbow Omosexy,lots of love.linda post my comment oo

TOLUWALASHE'S BOO said...

150million viewers.
That writer must be a bastard.
Her publicist must be an idiot too

Anonymous said...

Omosexy exudes confidence,she speaks with satire and poise,and that's d strength of a modern african woman. She is indeed a great figure in Trinidad and Tobago and also well known in Jamaica

She has come to give hope to those Africans girls who watch her films as symbol of what an african woman entails: successful marriage and career.

With loads of love from TnT!.

kingsley enaifoghe said...

Woooow.... Wonderful lady. Up up you go

Bolah said...

I love Omotola mehn,after four big children,shez still as firm as this...she has competitions in the industry. However,she is still my Favorite Nollywood actress...Hope to kiss u in a movie soon.. That's me dreaming, B I G!

Anonymous said...

Yet with all of d hype, she pays her PA 25k, very pathetic,,,, all dat glitters r nt gold...

Anonymous said...

Wooow mehn she's got ATTITUDE, the type u can only c in the 100 most influential people!ah lyk dis woman!soo natural and charismatic..!Linda dear don't worry, sumday u gon' make dat list!ah guarantee dat!#doctorbobby

Anonymous said...

I actually don't understand the beginning of this write up, are you putting her down?��and I really don't understand the makeup!! The contouring is too harsh, abeg!!

Mischievous said...

Swagalicious family! Very refreshing interview, Omosexy, I love you to bits, keep on moving straight AHEAD, dont look BACK.
If something is GOOD, wish it upon yourself, if you hate on it, it will NEVER come your way.

bbm pin 23491053 said...

Omo T and Tonto always make Linda's headline almost everytime. Linda please we are tired of this peeps get new peeps on your headline gossip page. Cheers. Engr Emy.

Warri Boy said...

Omotola- woman of substance!

Anonymous said...

I luv dis woman!!!!janeokudo

Anonymous said...

This magazine photos did not so her any justice. She looks like a scary drag queen.

Anonymous said...

am sssoooooooooooo tired of this woman. DESPERADO. NOTICE ME BY FORCE


*yawns*

ifyUgo said...

I dnt usually comment...buh I swear I love dis ma'am.......she inspires mi,her grt body(I like and want 'em)....big Up omo sexy

Anonymous said...

Oh blimey blimey blimey!I am soooooooo embarrassed on your behalf Omotola! You put yourself out there now you are getting the full hit . Hide and you will be sought out . He that is down need fear no fall . From your interview , I have deducted that you are superficial and such an air head . Beauty without brains. I'm embarrassed!

Anonymous said...

This was a lovely interview. I like the fact that as a true African woman Omotola is making the most of every opportunity she is given and I love the fact that she hasn't become a skinny chic like Yvonne Nelson or Jennifer Hudson just because of the industry. You go girl!

Anonymous said...

Omosexy!!!

Rich Kole said...

Its good to celebrate great people

Carla Grace said...

Am so so happy for her and her beautiful family pray to have mine sooner than later. Excelsior babe.

Carla Grace said...

Am so so happy for her and her beautiful family pray to have mine sooner than later. Excelsior babe.

Anonymous said...

Hope Tonto Dikeh reads this and sees that she's nowhere close to Omotola.rubbish! I saw Omotola in Mortal Inheritance and I saw a well brought up girl.As for u Tonto, u're a child in dire need of more upbringing. Hey,Lindiway,keep up ur hardwork dearie.

Anonymous said...

God be with u omotola

Jbankz said...

She try bt am nt interestd in d gist

Princy said...

Wow,congrats to het,she has rily come a long way

nekkyville said...

Hehehehehehe...dats my omesexy..I love u to bits.u being able to manage ur carrier n marriage makes m love u d more whiich Is one of d greatest edge u av ova genebaby..love her very much though.Omo-T d sky is jst ur starting point..

sotunde olasubomi said...

Nice interview.Bt the man is kinda silly o degrading our films like that.@least 15% of our films in Nigeria are quite OK.

maq said...

Omotee nice one!

Anonymous said...

I love this woman like mofedaku!!!btwn Linda I want to sincerely thank u for u have neva for once failed to post my comment.I really appreciate

Anonymous said...

making the fame

9jahub.com said...

she really making the fame now

Anonymous said...

How can someone openly lie that Omotola's show attracts more viewers than Oprah and Tyra combined? Tufiakwa to such a lie!

Anonymous said...

STORIES THAT TOUCH!SO THIS EPISTLE IS SUPPOSED TO JUSTIFY WHY SHE IS THE QUEEN OF NOLLY WOOD.LONG HISSSSSS!STOP TRYING TOO HARD!!!!!

Anonymous said...

The story n history I̶̲̥̅̊s̶̲̥̅̊ 2 much. Anyway congrat.

Tixie said...

Omosexy toh bad, kip up d gud work babes..

Anonymous said...

yes o! u go gurl!

Anonymous said...

Lies ooooo

Anonymous said...

This is d lady I admire so much, upon all her glamour, achievements & status she still kept her home intact. Dear Omotola, this letter is from my heart. Pls organise a deliverance for all your colleques in Nollywood & cast out all d demons of divorce, flirting with politicians. U should start with Geny- Eucharia-Chika-Funke & all d razzy yoruba actress that's snactching other ladies hubby's. Yours Sincerely........

Anonymous said...

Thats very good. Omosexy you are perfect. at least ur marriage has lasted for more than a decade.

Anonymous said...

Omotola has gone beyond acting and singing alone
She is now a role model to millions of Nigerian young men and ladies . Do you know how many
PARENTS that have named their daughters
Omotola in this country if every woman in Nigeria nooilnollywood is like her parents will force their daughters to join them
Omotola you are a God gift to us
It is only a fool that will compare you
With any actress in nooliwood

Evie Daniels said...

Hmm white people know how to insult stylishly and it can be annoying.. But I love this woman, she makes Nigerians proud!

Anonymous said...

How d hell is she the queen of nollywood?? Huh??

Anonymous said...

Omosexy to bad!!! I love this lady die!

Anonymous said...

Great seeing Nigerians do BIG things.. COngrats to My OmoSExy...

Cap. Tee

Heart of Love said...

It is now 1.1million likes on her Facebook page. If you havent joined the Omosexy Train, please do, we are on the move oh! No hating! Lol!!!

prettysilvia said...

Abi! She really wouldn't be african if she didn't.so proud of her.she doing good for herself and definitely someone to look up to.

Bolarinwa said...

I have never commented on this blog before..but could someone tell Omotola and her PR folks that this is becoming sickening..its a clear example of too much publicity equals bad publicity. I mean she is alrite, nothing massive abt her. Maybe its just me though, the rebellious spirit who dislikes everything 'celebrity'

Pwettyuche said...

Wow! Cudnt help a teardrop while reading thism Omotola is truly a definition of beauty,hardwork,industriousness and a role model.I'm determined 2 succeed. If she can do it,so can I.

kelvin said...

Congrats lady. We so proud of ur great personality

Anonymous said...

INI EDO is the Quenn of Nollywodd! You all will deal

Anonymous said...

Lol, u bad gan ni....hehehehehe

Anonymous said...

God bless u! Yoruba actresses too Razzzzz jor.

Anonymous said...

Omotola this man use style fall your hand o....d guy no well.

Nnenna Onuoha said...

Omotola is an example of Gods favour. She hasn't gotten to this position today cos she's better than others, but becos d favor of God is upon her. She's a lucky woman also, rather than envy her, I'll rather learn from her, n ask God 4 his favor.

Anonymous said...

Ok na take panadol for anoda man headache na. Abi na u b d PA?

Anonymous said...

Well done OmoT! More grease to your elbow. However, with all these achievements, what have you given back to the society? Please take a look at Mercy Johnson, when did she start and already thinking about giving back? All this fame is for nothing if you're not known to be a philanthropist...No be say ur husband no get money, so your family isn't solely reliant on you. Help the needy, the poor, the jobless, the homeless, the orphans, JUST DO SOMETHING OMOTOLA !

55 'CENT said...

I dont read long story,btw omotola is the best no doubt about that....

Anonymous said...

Oh wow, didn't know anything about her personal life. Married young and they still together, impressed! Beautiful woman, lovely family. More grease to her elbow #JayBeyBlu

Anonymous said...

According to this article, she's a fat diva making low quality films. Too much from a no name rag.

Anonymous said...

I love this lady

Anonymous said...

Sorry but this shows that most ppl don't bother to read ooo*lips sealed* this interview is loaded with sarcasms oooo E.g the biggest star we have never heard of, she scores zero in the hollywood ritcher, her film means nothing, she is big on all sides etc this man yabbed her and nigeria oooo

Anonymous said...

Your comment is rather offensive! Uncouth! #JayBeyBlu

Anonymous said...

I detect a condescending tone from this guy, abeg what we have is what we will celebrate.

Anonymous said...

Am happy for ur success,I hope to be more successful in life too. Congratulations

Anonymous said...

I'm sure u could have gotten your message across without sounding like an angry, frustrated.... or maybe u r. Please act like a lady #JayBeyBlu

Anonymous said...

Congratulations.am happy for you

Anonymous said...

Linda post my comment nw, u don dey do partial ni? All dis one na media hype, dis same omotola pay her PA N25k per month,,, what a pathetic lady... Highly greedy and selfish lady. Abegi.

Anonymous said...

I felt d same way too.I wasn't comfortable wit some of the things they wrote there.

Anonymous said...

omotola should be careful. Her desire for quick fame will put her in trouble. When illuminatti asks her to sacrifice a family member in exchange for fame or her life, that is when her eyes will open. The people she is dying to act with are serving the devil. she is already rich. What will she do if yawa gases? God will ask her what she was looking for in hollywood

Anonymous said...

Na small.I think say na only me notice am.

TOLUWALASHE'S BOO said...

I'm sorry but i just noticed that some peeps don't read before commenting.
I mean you guys should read this whole thing from A-Z.
It is filled with both indirect and direct insults to Omotola and Nigeria as a whole.
Omotola and her PR team should take it easy on the publicity and the lies.
150million viewers? they gotta be kidding me.

bitchplis said...

U r right...dis write up about omo-t is not flattering @ all.

TOLUWALASHE'S BOO said...

I'm sorry but i just noticed that some peeps don't read before commenting.
I mean you guys should read this whole thing from A-Z.
It is filled with both indirect and direct insults to Omotola and Nigeria as a whole.
Omotola and her PR team should take it easy on the publicity and the lies.
150million viewers? they gotta be kidding me.

Anonymous said...

Omotola,the real definition of a woman.Family,profession in place.I bet her relationship with God is superb.You just can't get it right without God!

LadyF

Anonymous said...

Thankyou Bolarinwa and Toluwalashe! most people here didnt read this at all!! its either they are in denial or just plain dumb! The girl was dished correct insults and left to hand dry! Asides i dont know how she is a role model?

Anonymous said...

Toluwashe's boo.....
I'm not a fan of ur comments. Ur I'm with you on this one.people don't read.this is the most demeaning and insultive interview iv read! Damn
Like something her enemies paid for!
Is she so dumb and willing for any publicity as no to recognize the sarcasm and superior undergoes.dayummmmmm.jeeeezzz

Anonymous said...

THANK YOU. Me too

Anonymous said...

And ur generations are bastard PS OUTCAST

Anonymous said...

dis one na" see finish " mehn! Look @ all d insult lashed out on Nollywood.

Anonymous said...

@ Toluwalashe, Ў☺ΰ are so right. Ά̲̣̥п̲̣̣̥∂
The person who said tears dropped from her eyes because she was so touched needs her head examined. There's nothing nice about that write-up. I'm sure most pple dint read it.

Anonymous said...

dis one na" see finish " mehn! Look @ all d insult lashed out on Nollywood.

iamseun said...

IncredibleNaija!
What I find most interesting about our people, I mean Nigerians, is our capacity to laugh at ourselves and make humour out of every challenge we face. That is also what gives me the confidence that no matter the odds stacked against us, Nigeria is one country nobody can write off. I am sure almost all of us are aware of the way Nigerians tear one another to shreds on the internet. That was the subject of a joke last week by a creative Nigerian who contrasted an imaginary Facebook post and the following thread between an American and Nigerian. Although I have taken the liberty to slightly edit the “postings”, the message remains intact.
The American: Hello, my name is Sandra Stone, I am from Florida, I love my husband so much and I can do anything to please him… But I have recently been falling in love with his cousin, what should I do?
COMMENTS THREAD:
• James Stone (Alabama): I think you need to talk to your husband because marriage is all about communication.
• Sarah Mountain (Boston): Oh my dear, sorry about that.. I have been in your shoes before, I had to wake up and face the fact that I am married.
• Michael Paper (New York): Well, just remove your mind from him and make your husband do the things you like in his cousin..
The Nigerian: My name is Mulika, I stay in Abuja, married with a kid. I have a good husband but I think I am gradually falling in love with his cousin. I am confused…
COMMENTS THREAD:
• Emmanuel Onaodowan (Sapele): This Waka Waka woman don kolo big time! Just confess that you need deliverance and I will take you to my Pastor who will cast the demon from you. Meanwhile, my number be 020999999 in case you tire for your cousin too!
• Mayowa Ibikunle (Akure): Oloriburuku, omo alashewo… I pity the man who is keeping a public dog like you as wife. O ma she o!
• Idris Audu (Kano): Allah ya tsine miki anya ke musilma che kuwa? Stupid idiot!!
• Amaka Acholonu (Enugu): Tufia kwa! You are a big disgrace to womanhood!

ENDNOTE: I am sure many of us will laugh but what the foregoing says about us is that most Nigerians are ever so judgmental when it comes to the ‘other’ person and there is hardly any compassion or restraints in the intervention we most often provide. Either in the private or public sector, we no longer deal fairly with one another and it is telling in what our nation has become today.

Anonymous said...

I lov her family pic ...its so lovely I had to save it. Buh how come non of girls took after her in looks ?

Anonymous said...

OmoT is blessed to hav such an understanding nd supportive husband as Ekhinde dats one of d reasons she is where she is now....nd I'm sure he must be very proud of her.

Anonymous said...

Seems like an empty fuss about nothing. What so spectacular has she done...or is it just a mere hype? Can't lay my hands on her outstanding profile to back all these media charades. Can only commend her for 1 thing...she puts Nigeria & Africa on a 'good' map with her many magazines features; tho these could b her scheme to stay professionally relevant. #Jenny#

Anonymous said...

Big idiot! How do u know she dosent face challenges in her marriage too? U must really think she's perfect hun?Go organise deliverance for them. You this Stark illetrate.

Anonymous said...

The writer of this article must be a racist. Reading through all that he has said simply shows that he doesn't have respect for African actors and movies

Anonymous said...

Well Linda this message is for you after going through the article on Omotola and LIB response I have come to the conclusion that most LI bloggers are shallow minded pls no disrespect intended...

The writer of this article didn't do any justice to Omotola neither did she do her self a favour... 150 million viewers in her dreams! Comparing her to Oprah, H Berry and Tyra Banks so write up
Feel free to long lash I have given my opinion

Anonymous said...

@ Toluwashe,Na small insult.I thought as much.

Anonymous said...

Cnt biliv pple read it all...♍ε̲̣̣̣̥ I ŊO̶̷̩̥̊͡ fit coz e too long....cute family tho

SO_SURE said...

Hey people, this interview wasn't in any way insulting. We read the truth in the lines. Come on people, Hollywood has major issues. we cant grow if we don't identify and tackle them. The 150million viewership might be questionable , but is that all u read in the interview? There are lota facts than half truths here. Let us celebrate Omotola. She has achieved alot . Comon people , just come on. Haba!

Anonymous said...

was it not omotola that said on the juice she didn't have his number? now she says she does? nawa for lie lie for this woman o.

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