Nollywood star Omotola Jalade Ekeinde is making power moves, the sexy 35 year old star has just been named as an icon in this years Time 100 list also know as Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World list for 2013 of influential people in the world. This amazing feat makes her the first Nollywood actor (male or female) to make the exclusive list. #BossIsh
She is in great company too with the likes of music’s most influential couple Jay Z & Beyonce, First Lady of The United States Michelle Obama, Malawian President Joyce Banda, Frank Ocean, Christina Aguilera and many more making the influential list.
Read what Time had to say about Omotola after the break
Actress, singer, philanthropist, 34
By Richard Corliss
The world’s most productive English-language film industry is not Hollywood but Nollywood. The teeming Nigerian cinema grinds out some 2,500 movies a year, mostly direct-to-DVD quickies mixing melodrama, music and an evangelical Christian spin. (Think Bollywood via Tyler Perry.) Employing a million Nigerians, Nollywood enthralls millions more who come for the thrills, the uplift and the artful agitations of Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde — the Queen of Nollywood.
Called OmoSexy by her fans, she has made 300 or so features, from the 1996 Mortal Inheritance to the 2010 superproduction Ijé, shot partly on location in Los Angeles. Married to an airline pilot she wed on a flight from Lagos to Benin, Jalade-Ekeinde brings a juggler’s grace to her roles as actress, singer, reality-show star, mother of four and philanthropist (the Omotola Youth Empowerment Programme).
Success hasn’t spoiled Africa’s most renowned leading lady. Rather than going Hollywood, Omotola wants to stay Nollywood.
Corliss is TIME’s movie critic