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Nollywood News: Nollywood superstar actress Omotola Jalade Ekeinde made the list of 100 most influential icons (people) on TIME's 100 for the year 2013. Omotola is an actress, singer, philanthropist, a loving wife to a pilot husband, and mother of four grown children.
Here's what TIME's Richard Corliss (a movie critic) had to say about the beautiful, yet phenomenal actress with high class:
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 (The Journey), 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.
Other famous icons on the same 100 most influential TIME list as Omotola are: Beyonce, Michelle Obama, Justin Timberlake, among other renowned faces.
Omotola J. Ekeinde is indeed the Queen of Nollywood and she's definitely putting Nollywood on the map!
Nigeria Movie Network congratulate and celebrate with Omotola for gracing TIME's 100 most influential people of the year 2013!
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