Sharon Ooja Egwurube (born 6 April 1991) is a Nigerian actress.[1] She came into the limelight after she played the role of "Shalewa" in the web series Skinny Girl in Transit.[2]

Sharon Ooja
Sharon Ooja on Ndanitv
Sharon Ooja Egwurube

(1991-04-06) 6 April 1991 (age 32)
Kaduna, Nigeria
Known forSkinny Girl in Transit

Biography edit

Sharon Ooja Egwurube is from the Idoma tribe of Benue state. She was born in Kaduna State. She has three sisters. She attended Kings and Queens School, Jos, for her primary education. For her secondary education, she attended two all-girls schools – Regina Pacis Secondary School, Garki II, Abuja, and St. Louis Girls’ College, Jos. Both were boarding schools[3] She started her acting career when she moved to Lagos in 2013.[4] She revealed in an interview with a Nigerian Tabloid, Punch newspaper how she got into acting. According to Sharon, it all began when she was at a photo session for a store and NdaniTV was covering the behind-the-scenes activities of the shoot. The next week, she was invited for an interview for a television show that did not happen. Shortly afterwards, she was called to play in a small role in the television series, Gidi Up. Sharon also featured in Skinny Girl in Transit, where she played the character Shalewa.[3]

Sharon is a graduate of mass communication from Houdegbe North American University Benin. She hosted GT Bank's Fashion week red carpet alongside Timini Egbuson in 2017.[5]

She was listed as a top female celebrity of 2020[6] and a Nollywood actress to look forward to in 2021.[1] Sharon Ooja was among many others selected by Netflix to represent Nigeria in the program organized titled "The Bridgerton Affair" in South Africa [7] She fell ill during the remake of the movie Glamour Girls.[8]

Filmography edit

TV shows edit

Year Show Role Notes Ref
2018-20 The Men's Club Jasmine A show by Red TV (UBA) [9]
2016-20 Skinny Girl in Transit Shalewa A show by Ndani TV [10]
2013-14 Gidi Up Jola [11]

Movies edit

Year Movie Role Notes Ref
2022 Glamour Girls Emma Alongside Nse Ikpe Etim and Toke Makinwa [1]Glamour Girl
2021 Still Falling Bono Kuku Alongside Daniel Etim Effiong [12]
2020 Kambili: The Whole 30 Yards Linda Alongside Nancy Isime and Toyin Abraham [13]
Bad Comments Tasha Alongside Jim Iyke and Chiwetalu Agu [14]
Who's The Boss Liah Co-starring Funke Akindele and Blossom Chukwujekwu [15]
2019 Coming from Insanity Sonia Streaming on Netflix [16]
Òlòtūré Oloture [17][18]
Bling Lagosians Tokunbo Alongside Alex Ekubo [19]
2018 King of Boys Amaka Directed by Kemi Adetiba [20]
Lara and the Beat Ngozi Streaming on Netflix [21]
Moms at War With Funke Akindele and Michelle Dede [22]
From Lagos with Love Kelechi Pedro Alongside Damilola Adegbite and Shafy Bello [23]

Awards and nominations edit

Year Award Category Film Result Ref
2019 Best of Nollywood Awards Revelation of the Year – female Nominated [24]
2020 Best of Nollywood Awards Best Supporting Actress – English Bling Lagosians Nominated [25]
Best Kiss in a Movie Nominated
2021 Net Honours Most Popular Actress Nominated [26]

References edit

  1. ^ a b "Behold 8 Nollywood beauties to watch out for in 2021". Vanguard News. 31 January 2021. Retrieved 9 February 2021.
  2. ^ "Sharon Ooja Egwurube Biography | Profile | FabWoman". 6 April 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Don't take anything I flaunt on social media seriously — Sharon Ooja". Punch Newspapers. 17 February 2019. Retrieved 8 July 2022.
  4. ^ "Who is Sharon Ooja".
  5. ^ "GTbank Fashion Weekend". 2 November 2017.
  6. ^ "Top 10 hottest female celebrities of 2020 [Pulse Picks 2020]". Pulse Nigeria. 26 December 2020. Retrieved 9 February 2021.
  7. ^ "Stars shine at the Netflix Bridgerton Affair".
  8. ^ Lawal, Khadijat (29 June 2022). "Glamour girls: How I struggled to stay sane during filming — Sharon Ooja". Daily Trust. Retrieved 27 July 2022.
  9. ^ "'The Men's Club' third season premieres in Lagos". 23 July 2020. Retrieved 9 February 2021.
  10. ^ (11 February 2020). "The Cast Members of "Skinny Girl in Transit" Are All Ready for Season 6!". BellaNaija. Retrieved 9 February 2021.
  11. ^ (13 June 2014). "Gidi Up Season 2 Cast & Crew shares B-T-S Scoop | Watch + Promo Shots". BellaNaija. Retrieved 9 February 2021.
  12. ^ "Watch the official trailer for 'Still Falling' starring Sharon Ooja, Daniel Etim-Effiong | Pulse Nigeria". 11 February 2021.
  13. ^ Oke-Hortons, Laurence (25 September 2020). "Nancy Isime Is Bringing So Much Fun And Laughter As "Kambili" In FilmOne's Debut Film (Watch The Teaser) 1". Retrieved 9 February 2021.
  14. ^ "Watch the first teaser for 'Bad Comments' starring Jim Iyke, Chiwetelu Agu, Osas Ighodaro, Sharon Ooja". Pulse Nigeria. 20 April 2020. Retrieved 9 February 2021.
  15. ^ "Sharon Ooja's dilemma in 'Who's the Boss'". Punch Newspapers. 31 January 2020. Retrieved 9 February 2021.
  16. ^ nollywoodreinvented (18 September 2020). "Coming From Insanity". Nollywood Reinvented. Retrieved 9 February 2021.
  17. ^ "Òlòtūré: A Journey Into The Underworld of Human Trafficking". The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News. 3 June 2019. Retrieved 18 July 2022.
  18. ^ Okonofua, Odion (16 October 2020). "Sharon Ooja talks weight loss, nursing sprained ankle on the set of Netflix's Oloture [Pulse Interview]". Pulse Nigeria. Retrieved 9 April 2022.
  19. ^ "Nollywood Needs More Stories Like 'Bling Lagosians' – Sharon Ooja". TheInterview Nigeria. 11 August 2019. Retrieved 9 February 2021.
  20. ^ "Check out how these celebrities became gangster royalty for the 'King of Boys' premiere". Pulse Nigeria. 22 October 2018. Retrieved 9 February 2021.
  21. ^ "World premiere celebrates best of Nollywood afrobeat". Pulse. 10 July 2018. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  22. ^ nollywoodreinvented (7 February 2019). "Moms At War". Nollywood Reinvented. Retrieved 9 February 2021.
  23. ^ nollywoodreinvented (21 November 2019). "From Lagos With Love". Nollywood Reinvented. Retrieved 9 February 2021.
  24. ^ Bada, Gbenga (15 December 2019). "BON Awards 2019: 'Gold Statue', Gabriel Afolayan win big at 11th edition". Pulse Nigeria. Retrieved 10 October 2021.
  25. ^ Augoye, Jayne (2 December 2020). "2020 BON: Here are 5 nominees for 'Best Kiss' category". Retrieved 11 October 2021.
  26. ^ "Net Honours - The Class of 2021". Nigerian Entertainment Today. Retrieved 21 July 2021.