Omoni Oboli

Omoni Oboli (born 22 April 1978) is a Nigerian actress, scriptwriter, film director, producer and digital filmmaker. She studied at the New York Film Academy and has written several screenplays, including The Figurine (2009), Anchor Baby (2010), Fatal Imagination, Being Mrs Elliott, The First Lady and Wives on Strike (2016). In 2018 she starred and directed the comedy film, Moms at War.

Omoni Oboli
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Oboli at the premiere of Love Is War
Born (1978-04-22) 22 April 1978 (age 42)[1]
Benin City, Edo, Nigeria[1]
EducationBachelor of Art in Foreign Languages
Alma materUniversity of Benin
OccupationActress, scriptwriter, director, producer[2]
Years active1996; 2009 — present
Nnamdi Oboli
(m. 2000)

Early life and educationEdit

Oboli was born in Benin City, Edo State. 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).[4]


Omoni began her 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. An act she said almost made her quit movie. She

got back to the screen in 2009 then she realised the industry has no space for her anymore. Then she decided to start production of her own movies[5]

Omoni 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 won the prize for Best International Drama at the New York International Independent Film & Video Festival.[4] 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,[6] (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.[7]

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.[8] Omoni was nominated for the Best Actress in a leading role award at the 2011 Africa Movie Academy Awards.[9]

In 2014, she won Big Screen Actress of the Year award, at the 2014 ELOY Awards, for her movie Being Mrs Elliott.[10] In 2015, Omoni was awarded the Sun Nollywood "Personality of the Year",[11] She has directed several movies such as Being Mrs Elliott, The First Lady, Wives on Strike, and Okafor's Law.

On 14 August 2017, Omoni Oboli took to her instagram page to share a post announcing her new deal as the Brand ambassador of Olawale Ayilara's LandWey Investment Limited.[12]

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 was accused of copyright infringement by Jude Idada,[13][14][15] who claimed to have written part of the script for Okafor's Law.[16] The movie was released on 31 March 2017.[17]


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.[18]
  • 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.


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[19] with Chioma Chukwuka, 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
Wives on Strike 2 with Chioma Chukwuka, Uche Jombo, Ufuoma McDermott, Toyin Abraham
My Wife and I[20] with Ramsey Nouah
2018 Moms at War and directed. Starred with Funke Akindele
2019 Sugar Rush
Love Is War Hankuri Philips with Richard Mofe-Damijo, Jide Kosoko, Akin Lewis
Òlòturé Alero with Sharon Ooja, Omowumi Dada, Blossom Chukwujekwu,


  1. ^ a b c "Omoni Oboli". Irokotv. Retrieved 14 October 2015.
  2. ^ Medeme, Ovwe (9 September 2009). "Nigeria: Sexual Harassment Not Peculiar to Nollywood -Omoni". AllAfrica Global Media. Retrieved 11 March 2011.
  3. ^ "Omoni Oboli: Actress on how she's still married 17 years later". 18 July 2017. Retrieved 24 December 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Award-winning, multi-talented actress, Omoni Oboli". Retrieved 2018-07-26.
  5. ^ Published. "I almost abandoned film acting – Omoni Oboli". Punch Newspapers. Retrieved 2021-02-27.
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  9. ^ "The 2011 Africa Movie Academy Awards Nominees List | ::GABz Incorporated::". Retrieved 2017-11-29.
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  11. ^ "The Sun Nollywood Personality of the Year 2015 Award is an Honour money cannot buy – Actress, Omoni Oboli -". 2015-12-11. Retrieved 2017-11-29.
  12. ^ "Omoni Oboli becomes Landwey Investment Brand Ambassador". Bella Naija. Retrieved 5 September 2019.
  13. ^ "Omoni Oboli vs. Jude Idada: Nigerians react to 'Okafor's Law' theft saga, premiere cancellation". Nigerian Entertainment Today. 2017-03-25. Retrieved 2017-04-14.
  14. ^ Izuzu, Chidumga. ""Okafor"s Law": Jude Idada says Omoni Oboli stole movie from him". Retrieved 2017-05-08.
  15. ^ "Court Adjourns Case Between Omoni Oboli and Jude Idada | Silverbird Television". Retrieved 2017-05-08.
  16. ^ "TNS Exclusive: (AUDIO) Jude Idada Accuses Omoni Oboli Of 'Stealing' "Okafor's Law"". TNS. 2017-03-27. Retrieved 2017-05-08.
  17. ^ "Video: 'My Story, My Script, My Film!'– Omoni Oboli Insists As 'Okafor’s Law' Premiere Is Cancelled", TNS, 24 March 2017.
  18. ^ Rucky. "Actress, Omoni Oboli Takes Her 40th Birthday To The Streets, Feeds 1,200 Kids In Lagos (Photos) - Naija news Naij news". Retrieved 2018-07-26.
  19. ^ "Watch the Trailer for "Wives On Strike" starring Uche Jombo, Omoni Oboli, Ufuoma McDermott & More". BellaNaija. Retrieved 2016-05-12.
  20. ^ ""My Wife and I" is refreshingly funny and entertaining". 2017-08-15. Retrieved 2019-02-22.

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