This Nigerian actress and producer is one many have come to deeply love over the years.
Omoni since hitting our screens many years ago has continued to entertain us with her educative and entertaining movies.
The actress in a speech once revealed how her mum ‘s strength prepared her for life.
According to her;
“I felt the snippet of my new movie will set the tone for my speech. We are talking about women, so we have to talk about girls because they grow up to be women. Every girl has the right to be educated. We can sit in our fancy home/offices and act oblivious to the knowledge of child marriage. Last year we went to Kano to shoot a documentary about Child brides.
How many of us here know my movie ‘Wife on strike’? Yes! It was about a group of women who went on a sex strike against the marriage of an underage girl. The movie was successful enough to start a conversation about underage marriage. But I felt we are not really talking about it in the right way, we do not know the child bride, and who is she? What are her dreams? What are her aspirations? Does she want to be anything other than someone’s wife? What does she go through? What are her experiences? So I felt maybe we need to show her to the world, “the child bride”. So my team and I did shot a documentary of real-life child brides and it was absolutely mind-blowing, a light bulb moment for us. We interviewed girls who had been married and divorced at the age of thirteen. It was so heartbreaking, the interviews we had with these child brides. We cannot run away from the fact that all over Africa that there are so many girls that get married off at a very young age who do not have an opportunity to get an education. Without exception, every single girl that we interviewed said I want to or I wanted to go to school. So it is not because they do not want it but they are actually forced into these marriages. I wanted the world to see that for every time the husband has sex with her, he was raping her. So I just thought we should talk a little bit about the child bride and the fact that she is not allowed to get an education, because guess what if you ladies sitting here did not get an education we will not be sitting here today, in this lovely building which I think is the most beautiful building in Lagos.
Sometimes I shudder at the thought that if I was not given the opportunity at education I will not be where I am today. That brings me to the topic of strong women; may we know them, may we be them.
My mother was a strong woman who had to take care of two young girls herself because she was divorced. She was just a school teacher with a minimal salary, who sacrificed a lot just to give us basic amenities. I took this experience I had growing up and became my own woman, who would sacrifice a fancy holiday for my children’s education and growth,” she said.
Here are 10 things you probably did not know about the actress.
1. She was born on 22 April 1978 in Benin City, Nigeria.
2. Omoni is a descent of Mosogar in Delta State.
3. The talented actress studied Foreign Languages at the University of Benin, she majored in French language.
4. Omoni married Nnamdi Oboli in 2000 and the couple have three beautiful children. She once stated in a social media post that being a mom is everything.
I have EVERYTHING
Being a mom is without a doubt the best thing that ever happened to me #Love #Family #Sons #Blessed
Things might be tough, I know…
You are afraid of what tomorrow holds…
You have been sad and crying yourself to sleep…
Listen…weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning. You will be alright Always remember that I love you.
5. Omoni went MIA for 10-years before returning to the movie world in 2009 with a role in the Nigerian film titled “Entanglement”.
6.She snagged a role in the award-winning movie ‘The Figurine,’ which went on to win the Best Picture award at the 2010 Africa Movie Academy Awards.
7. Omoni has worked with top acts to include Ramsey Nouah, Desmond Elliot, Olu Jacobs and Silva Joke to mention a few.
8. She won the award for Best Actress – Narrative Feature at the Los Angeles Movie Awards, and the award for Best Actress at the Harlem International Film Festival in 2009.
9. Omoni since joining the movie world has been nominated for several awards to include Best Actress in a Leading Role award at the 2011 Africa Movie Academy Awards.
10. She snagged the award for Big Screen Actress of the Year award, at the 2014 ELOY Awards, for her movie ‘Being Mrs Elliot.’
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