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Adesua Etomi (born 22 February 1986 or 1988)[a] is a Nigerian actress.[4] In 2014, she starred in her first feature film Knocking On Heaven's Door.[5] She won the Best Actress in A Drama award at the 2016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards for her role in the 2015 romantic drama film Falling.[6][7]

Adesua Etomi
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Adesua Etomi
Tolulope Adesuwa Etomi

(1986-02-22)22 February 1986 or 1988 (age 31 or 33)
Owerri, Imo, Nigeria
Alma mater
OccupationActress, producer
Years active2012–present
Banky Wellington (m. 2017)


Early life and educationEdit

Tolulope Adesua Etomi was born in Owerri, Imo State, on 22 February.[8][9] Several major editorials on Etomi state her birth year as 1988.[10][1][11] However, in an interview published in January 2016, Etomi told Pulse Nigeria that she was 29 years old.[2] Furthermore, Answers Africa published an article in March 2016, stating that she was 30 years old.[12] Her father is a soldier of Esan descent, and her mother is an engineer of Yoruba descent.[13] She is the youngest of three siblings.[14] Etomi attended Corona School in Victoria Island, Lagos, where she joined the drama club at the age of seven. Thereafter, she attended Queen's College, Lagos before moving to the United Kingdom at the age of 13 years old, and later obtained a diploma in "physical theatre, musical theatre and performing arts" from City College Coventry in 2004.[15] After completing these courses in 2006 with triple distinctions, she studied drama and performance at the University of Wolverhampton, graduating with first-class honours.[8]


Etomi's film credits include The Arbitration,[16] The Wedding Party,[17] and Falling.[18] Her performance in Falling earned her the 2016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Award for Best Actress In A Drama.[19][20] Other notable films she has appeared in include A Soldier's Story (2015), Out of Luck (2015),[21] and Couple of Days (2016).[22] Etomi played Shiela in the fourth and fifth seasons of Shuga, a television soap opera about HIV/AIDS prevention.[23][24] Etomi began starring as Amaka Obiora, an undercover police officer, in Yemisi Wada's crime series LasGidi Cops, which debuted in June 2016 on television.[25]. She was also featured on Vogue's list of 14 global superstars [26].

Personal lifeEdit

She got engaged to Banky W in February 2017.[27][28] They both got traditionally married on 19 November, Court Wedding on 20 November and on 25 November (2017) they had the White Wedding in Cape Town, South Africa.[29]



Year Title Role Notes
2013 The Call Tara Short Film
2014 Brave[30] Layo Short Film
2014 Knocking On Heaven's Door[31] Debbie Feature Film – Theatrical release: 18 April 2014
2015 Falling[32] Muna Feature Film – Theatrical release: 18 September 2015
2015 A Soldier's Story[33] Lebari Feature Film – Theatrical release: 23 October 2015
2015 Out Of Luck[34] Bisola Feature Film – Theatrical release: 4 December 2015
2016 Couple Of Days Nina Feature Film – Theatrical release: 5 February 2016[35]
2016 And The Spirit Slowly Dies[36] Tima Odera-Blake Feature Film – In development
2016 The Arbitration[37] Dara Olujobi Feature Film – Theatrical Release: 12 August 2016
2016 Something Wicked[38] TBC Feature Film – Theatrical Release: First Quarter, 2017
2016 The Wedding Party[39] Dunni Coker Feature Film – World Premiere – 8 September 2016[40]
2016 Ayamma: Music In The Desert[41] Ayamma/Iko/Ihuoma Feature Film – Theatrical release: 23 December 2016
2017 10 Days In Sun City[42] Bianca Feature Film – Theatrical Release: 23 June 2017
2017 The Wedding Party 2 Dunni Onwuka Feature Film – World Premiere – 11 December 2017
2018 Date Night
2018 King of Boys
2018 Memoirs of 4[43]
2018 Up North
2019 Muna [44]. Muna
2019 Malika: Warrior Queen [45] Malika


Year Title Role Notes
2012 Smooth Promotions Reporter/Presenter TV Station
2014 Gidi Up (season 2)[46] Sharon Series
2015 Las Gidi Cops[47] Amaka Obiora Series
2015 Shuga (season 4)[48] Sheila Series
2017 Shuga: Down South[49][50] Sheila Series


Year Title Role Company
2004 The Crucible John Proctor City College Production
2005 Miss Saigon John Thomas City College Production
2006 Jesus Christ Superstar Judas City College Production
2008 Fractal The Oppressed Arena Theatre
2009 The Grimm Tales Dwarf/Witch Arena Theatre
2009 Not My Cup Of Tea Immigrant Arena Theatre
2012 The Miller's Tale Alice Saga Tiata - Edinburge Fringe Festival
2013 Anatomy Of A Woman Bolatito Lagos Theater Festival
2013 Shattered Loveth Paw Studios
2013 Crystal Slippers Sewa Thespian Family Theater
2013 London Life Lagos Living Sue Paw Studios
2013 Saro[51] Rume Bap Productions
2013 Secret Life Of Baba Segi's Wives Segi Joos and Joms Productions
2014 Band Aid[52]
2014 Make We Waka Chantelle Look Left Look Right
2014 Saro[53] Rume Bap Productions

Voice overEdit

Year Role Company
2013 Taste Bud Fanta
2014 Fan Solo Phones

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2009 Foresight Theater Awards Best Performance in a devised Piece of work Herself Won
2014 2014 Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards Most Promising Actress Knocking on Heaven's Door Nominated
2014 Nollywood Reinvented Awards Best New Actress Herself Won
2015 Golden Movie Awards Golden Actress in a Lead Role Falling Nominated
2015 Golden Movie Awards [54] Discovery of the Year Herself Won
2015 City People Entertainment Awards [55] Best New Actress Herself Nominated
2015 2015 Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards Best Actress Falling Nominated
2015 2015 Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards Best On-screen duo Nominated
2015 2015 Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards Female Viewer's Choice Herself Nominated
2015 ELOY Awards Actress of the Year - Big screen[56] Falling Won
2015 ELOY Awards Actress of the Year - Television Gidi Up Nominated
2016 2016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards [57] Best Actress in a Drama (Movie/TV series) Falling Won
2016 12th Africa Movie Academy Awards Best Actress in Leading role Falling Nominated
2016 Golden Movie Awards Golden Actress Falling Nominated
2016 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best Actress in Leading Role Falling Nominated
2016 ELOY awards Actress of the year - Big Screen The Arbitration Nominated
2017 2017 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards Best Actress Drama/TV Series The Arbitration Nominated
2017 2017 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best Lead Actress In A Film Ayamma Nominated


  1. ^ Many sources give Etomi's year of birth as 1988.[1] However, she claimed to be 29 years old in a Pulse Interview in January 2016.[2][3]


  1. ^ a b "10 wonderful things to know about Adesua Etomi". 3 May 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Full Interview: Nollywood Actress Adesua Etomi Chats With Pulse TV". Pulse Nigeria.
  3. ^ Chinwendu Mmuojeke. "Adesua Etomi Husband (Banky W), Age Parents, Siblings, Biography". Buzz Nigeria. Retrieved 24 February 2019.
  4. ^ Badmus, Kayode (22 February 2016). "Adesua Etomi: Life of a 'first class' graduate turned screen diva as she celebrates another year". Nigerian Entertainment Today. Archived from the original on 24 February 2016. Retrieved 24 February 2019.
  5. ^ Izuzu, Chidumga. "Adesua Etomi: 5 movies featuring Africa's best actress of the year".
  6. ^ "#AMVCA2016 … and the Winners are Genevieve Nnaji, Stephanie Linus, Folarin 'Falz' Falana, Funke Akindele & More - See Full List".
  7. ^ "Adesua Etomi: Life Of A 'first Class' Graduate Turned Screen Diva As She Celebrates Another Year - Nigerian Entertainment Today - Nigeria's Number 1 Entertainment Daily". 22 February 2016.
  8. ^ a b "Biography/Profile/History Of Nollywood Actress Adesua Etomi".
  9. ^ "The Amazing Life of Adesua Etomi".
  10. ^ "Biography/Profile/History Of Nollywood Actress Adesua Etomi". Daily Media.
  11. ^ "Adesua Etomi Biography". Naij.
  12. ^ "Africa's Best Actress of the Year; Adesua Etomi".
  13. ^ "Birthday Turnup! Nollywood Actress Adesua Etomi Celebrates with Gideon Okeke, Gbenro Ajibade, Osas Ighodaro, Linda Ejiofor & More".
  14. ^ "Nollywood Actress Adesua Etoni: I'm from Esan Tribe from Edo State, My Mother is Yoruba". Naija Gists. 2 April 2016. Retrieved 5 July 2016.
  15. ^ Yemisi Suleiman (5 June 2016). "AMAA Nominees 2016". Allure Magazine (Vanguard): 13. Retrieved 8 October 2016.
  16. ^ "NET Films: Watch O.C Ukeje and Adesua Etomi in new movie The Arbitration - Nigerian Entertainment Today - Nigeria's Top Website for News, Gossip, Comedy, Videos, Blogs, Events, Weddings, Nollywood, Celebs, Scoop and Games". 28 July 2016.
  17. ^ "'The Wedding Party' of Banky W and Adesua Etomi - Premium Times Nigeria". 11 November 2016.
  18. ^ "Nollywood Movie 'Falling' Which Stars Desmond Elliot And Adesua Etomi To Hit Cinemas In September - Nigerian Entertainment Today - Nigeria's Number 1 Entertainment Daily". 13 August 2015.
  19. ^ "'Falling' to Premiere Tomorrow with Adesua Etomi, Blossom Chukwujekwu & Kunle Remi - Watch the Trailer".
  20. ^ "Adesua Etomi Best Actress 2016 AMVCA ▷ All News ▷". Archived from the original on 16 August 2016. Retrieved 27 March 2016.
  21. ^ "This Movie Trailer is a Must Watch! Linda Ejiofor, Femi Branch, Jide Kosoko, Tope Tedela & More in 'Out of Luck'". BellaNaija.
  22. ^ Izuzu, Chidumga. ""Couple of Days": Watch Adesua Etomi, Falz, Enyinna Nwigwe, Kiki Omeili in behind the scenes".
  23. ^ "MTV Shuga Behind the Scnenes - Adesua Etomi talks about her character Sheila in MTV Shuga 4".
  24. ^ "MTV Shuga character profile - Sheila".
  25. ^ "Are You Ready for 'Lasgidi Cops: Special Crimes Unit'? Watch the Trailer of the Crime Series starring Joke Silva, Bimbo Akintola & More!". BellaNaija. 3 June 2016. Retrieved 12 May 2017.
  26. ^ Published. "Actress, Adesua Etomi covers Vogue with 13 other 'global superstars'". Punch Newspapers. Retrieved 26 July 2019.
  27. ^ Jayne Augoye (3 May 2017). "It's no movie, BankyW and actress Adesua Etomi announce engagement". Premium Times. Retrieved 3 May 2017.
  28. ^ "See photos of Banky W and Adesua Etomi at their introduction ceremony". Nigerian Entertainment Today. 6 May 2017. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  29. ^ "#BAAD2017: Presents Banky W and Adesua Etomi's White Wedding". The Informant Spy. Retrieved 26 November 2017.
  30. ^ Mistah Cole. "Trailer For Short Nigerian Film BRAVE Starring Wole Ojo and Adesua Etomi".
  31. ^ Efeturi. "Movie Review: Knocking On Heaven's Door -".
  32. ^ "'Falling' to Premiere Tomorrow with Adesua Etomi, Blossom Chukwujekwu & Kunle Remi - Watch the Trailer". BellaNaija.
  33. ^ "A Soldier's Story – Featuring Linda Ejiofor, Tope Tedela, Adesua Etomi, Daniel K Daniel". Pride Magazine Nigeria.
  34. ^ Izuzu, Chidumga. "'Out of Luck': Watch Femi Branch, Tope Tedela, Linda Ejiofor, Niyi Johnson in trailer".
  35. ^ "Lilian Esoro, Adesua Etomi, Falz, Others Star In New Movie 'Couple Of Days'Lilian Esoro, Adesua Etomi, Falz, Others Star In New Movie 'Couple Of Days' - Nigerian Entertainment Today - Nigeria's Number 1 Entertainment Daily". 11 January 2016.
  36. ^ "ADESUA ETOMI to Star in Powerful Drama 'And the Spirit Slowly Dies'". 4 March 2016.
  37. ^ "The Star-Studded Teaser for 'The Arbitration' is Here, Starring O.C Ukeje, Adesua Etomi, Ireti Doyle, Sola Fosudo, Beverly Naya & More". BellaNaija. 2 August 2016.
  38. ^ "Watch the Teaser of "Something Wicked" starring Ireti Doyle, Okey Uzoeshi, Adesua Etomi, Gabriel Afolayan, Beverly Naya & More".
  39. ^ "Banky W, Adesua Etomi, Richard Mofe-Damijo, Ireti Doyle, Sola Sobowale & More to Star in EbonyLife Films' "The Wedding Party" - BellaNaija".
  40. ^ "The Wedding Party". TIFF.
  41. ^ Izuzu, Chidumga. ""Ayanmma : Music in the Forest": Photos of Adesua Etomi, Wale Ojo, Majid Michel, Ime Bishop on set".
  42. ^ "Anticipate AY Makun's Next Movie "10 Days In Sun City" starring Richard Mofe-Damijo, Adesua Etomi, 2Baba & More - See More BTS Photos & a New Teaser - BellaNaija".
  43. ^ Animashaun, Damilola (20 February 2018). "Watch Adesua Etomi, Gbenro Ajibade & More In The Trailer For 'Memoirs Of 4'". Konbini Nigeria. Retrieved 25 February 2019.
  44. ^ "Adesua Etomi-Wellington Shines In Action Film, 'Muna'". Leadership. Retrieved 13 June 2019.
  45. ^ "Malika: Warrior Queen". YouNeek Studios. Retrieved 26 July 2019.
  46. ^ "Meet the Stars of Gidi Up, Season 2". Encomium Magazine.
  47. ^ Edwin I. Madu. "Edwin Ikenna Madu: Reviewing 'Lasgidi Cops – Special Crimes Unit'". BellaNaija.
  48. ^ Vwovwe Egbo (5 September 2015). "Adesua Etomi, Sharon Ezeamaka, Others: TV series stars spend time with fans ahead of season".
  49. ^ Izuzu, Chidumga. "Watch episode 8 of "MTV Shuga: Down South"".
  50. ^ "Cast - MTV Shuga".
  51. ^ "2014: New faces to watch in Nigerian arts".
  52. ^ YManager (17 November 2014). "Majmua Theatre brings Band Aid, the Christmas edition to the Muson [DETAILS] - YNaija".
  53. ^ "THE RETURN OF SARO THE MUSICAL, Articles - THISDAY LIVE". Archived from the original on 8 July 2015. Retrieved 1 December 2015.
  54. ^ Chidumga Izuzu (29 June 2015). "'Golden Movie Award': Nse Ikpe Etim, Adesua Etomi, OC Ukeje win big".
  55. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 19 July 2015. Retrieved 1 December 2015.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  56. ^ "Adesua Etomi Wins Best Actress At Eloy Awards 2015 - Nigerian Entertainment Today - Nigeria's Number 1 Entertainment Daily". 30 November 2015.
  57. ^ Izuzu, Chidumga. "AMVCA 2016: Adesua Etomi beats Genevieve Nnaji to win 'Best Actress'".