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Omoni Oboli (born 22 April 1978) is a Nigerian actress, scriptwriter, film director, producer and a trained digital filmmaker. She is a graduate of New York Film Academy and has written several screenplays such as; Fatal Imagination, Being Mrs Elliott, The First Lady, and Wives on Strike.

Omoni Oboli
Born (1978-04-22) 22 April 1978 (age 40)[1]
Benin City, Edo, Nigeria[1]
Nationality Nigerian
Occupation Actress, scriptwriter, director, producer[2]
Years active 1996; 2009 — present
Spouse(s) Nnamdi Oboli (m. 2000)[3]

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Early life and educationEdit

Oboli was born in Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria. She is a descendant of Mosogar in Delta State.[1] Omoni Oboli studied Foreign Languages (majoring in French) at the University of Benin, and graduated with honours (2nd Class Upper division).[citation needed]

CareerEdit

Omoni began her formal movie career with her first movie role in Bitter Encounter (1996), where she played a secretary. Her next was Shame. She then went on to play the lead female character in three major movies; Not My Will, Destined To Die and Another Campus Tale. After enjoying a brief career in 1996, Omoni left the movie industry to complete her university education. She married immediately after school and did not return to the industry until a decade later.

She has several screenplays to her credit, including her film Wives On Strike as well as The Rivals, a movie she co-produced with her friend and which won the prize for Best International Drama at the New York International Independent Film & Video Festival.[citation needed] It was the first Nigerian film to be premiered since the festival’s inception in 2003.[citation needed] The movie was given a 3-star rating out of 4 by the festival's judges.[citation needed]

Omoni has played lead roles in mainstream films, including: The Figurine (2009), Anchor Baby (2010), Being Mrs Elliot, and Fifty (2015). She is also the first actress from Nollywood to win Best Actress in two international festivals,[citation needed] (that are not organized by Nigerians or Africans), in the same year (2010). This she did at the Harlem International Film Festival and the Los Angeles Movie Awards for her lead role in the movie Anchor Baby.[citation needed]

Awards and NominationsEdit

In 2010, 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.[citation needed] Omoni was nominated for the Best Actress in a leading role award at the 2011 Africa Movie Academy Awards.[4]

In 2014, she won Big Screen Actress of the Year award, at the 2014 ELOY Awards, for her movie Being Mrs Elliott. In 2015, Omoni was awarded the Sun Nollywood "Personality of the Year",[5] She has directed several movies such as Being Mrs Elliott, The First Lady, Wives on Strike, and most recently Okafor's Law.

Legal issueEdit

Omoni Oboli starred in the movie Okafor's Law, which premiered on 24 March 2017. However, the movie could not be screened at the premiere due to an injunction by the court. Oboli is currently being accused of copyright infringement by Jude Idada,[6][7][8] who claimed to have written part of the script for Okafor's Law.[9] The movie was released on 31 March 2017.[10]

CharityEdit

Omoni Oboli set up a charity organization, "The Omoni Oboli Foundation" to use her celebrity status to bring well-needed relief to the plight of the less privileged women and children of Nigerian society. The foundation has been able to embark on several projects which include the following:

  • The feeding of street children in Lagos and giving them a fun-filled day with gifts.[citation needed]
  • Feeding and giving over two hundred poor and disadvantaged children at Delta Steel Complex, Aladja, a fun day with practical gifts.
  • Broadening the mindset of the less privileged children by taking the children of Ecole Divine Nursery Primary and Secondary School to a milk factory to see how it is made and packaged.

FilmographyEdit

Year Film Role Notes
2009 Entanglement with Desmond Elliot, Mercy Johnson & Yemi Blaq
The Figurine Mona with Ramsey Nouah & Kunle Afolayan
2010 Bent Arrows Lola with Olu Jacobs, Joke Silva, Stella Damasus-Aboderin & Desmond Elliot
Anchor Baby Joyce Unanga with Sam Sarpong
2012 Feathered Dreams Sade with Andrew Rozhen, Philippa Peter-Kubor
2014 Brother's Keeper Mena with Majid Michel
Render to Caesar Alero with Gbenga Akinnagbe
Being Mrs Elliot with Majid Michel, AY & Uru Eke
2015 Lunch Time Heroes Governor's wife with Dakore Akande
The Duplex Adaku with Mike Ezuruonye
As Crazy as it Gets Katherine
The First Lady Michelle with Alexx Ekubo, Yvonne Jegede, Chinedu Ikedieze & Joseph Benjamin
Fifty Maria with Ireti Doyle, Nse Ikpe Etim and Dakore Akande
2016 Wives on strike[11] with Chioma Akpotha, Uche Jombo, Kalu Ikeagwu
Okafor's Law Ejiro with Blossom Chukwujekwu, Gabriel Afolayan, Ufuoma McDermott
2017 The Wedding Party 2 with Adesua Etomi, Banky Wellington, Chiwetalu Agu, Patience Ozokwor

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