Omoni Oboli is a popular Nigerian Actress, Scriptwriter, Producer, Film Director and a trained digital Filmmaker. She was born on the 22nd of April, 1978 in Benin City, Edo state, Nigeria and is from Mosogar, Delta state, Nigeria.
She attended Delta Steel Company Primary School 3, Ovivian Aladja for her primary school education and Delta Steel Company Technical High School (DSC THS) for her secondary school education. She furthered her education at the University of Benin where she studied Foreign Languages- majoring in French. She graduated with a second Class Upper Division.
Start of Acting Career
While Omoni was still in secondary school, she was writing, directing, and acting in plays in church, school, and the French club which she was leading.
She began her acting career when she played the role of a secretary in the movie ‘Bitter Encounter’ in 1996. Then she played the role of a housemaid in ‘Shame’ next.
When asked in an interview, Omoni Oboli revealed that she was so happy to have a role in a movie that she did not care about the types of characters she was given. After these two movies, she went on to play lead roles in ‘Not my Will,’ ‘Destined to Die,’ and ‘Another Campus Tale.’
She later left the movie industry to complete her education during which she got married immediately after school. She left the movie industry for ten years after which she returned.
She revealed that it was challenging for her on her return because she couldn’t get roles, she said “Breaking into Nollywood after a lull of 10 years was my biggest challenge. It was so difficult to get a role. I was fortunate to meet with Emem Isong who auditioned me. I wrote a script, met with Lancelot Oduwa Imaseun. Then came one movie and then another. That was it. I have learned that no problem cannot be solved as long as there is life”.
She has many screenplays to her name including her film, “Wives on Strike.” She co-produced her first movie with her friend Blessing Effiom in July 2007.
The movie was titled ‘The Rivals,” and it won the Best International Drama award at the New York International Independent Film & Video Festival. Their movie was the first to be premiered since the establishment of the New York International Independent Films & Video Festival in 2003.
The movie was given three stars out of 4 by the Festival ’s judges. She has also played a lead role in various mainstream movies such as “The Figurine” in 2009, Anchor Baby in 2010, Being Mrs. Elliot and Fifty in 2015. After her first produced movie, ‘The Rivals,’ she has written and produced several movies such as Wives on Strike, Fatal Imagination, Being Mrs. Elliott and The First Lady.
She is the first Actress to win Best Actress in two international Festivals – Harlem International Film Festival and the Los Angeles Movie Awards – that is not put together by Nigerians or Africans in one year(2010).
She is a well-trained digital filmmaker, and she did her training at the New York Film Academy.
Among other things, Omoni Oboli is also a philanthropist. She has a charity organization set up which she named ‘The Omoni Oboli Foundation’ where she is using her celebrity status to bring needed relief to the condition of the less privileged women and children of Nigeria.
The foundation has fed street children in Lagos, gave the children a fun-filled day also with gifts, the foundation has supplied over 200 poor and disadvantaged children at Delta Steel Complex, Aladja.
It also gave them practical gifts, and they have also helped in the broadening of the minds of the children of Ecole Divine Nursery, Primary and Secondary School by taking them to a milk factory to learn how milk is made and packed.
Awards and Nominations
She was awarded:
- Best Actress Narrative Feature at the Los Angeles Movie Awards in 2010.
- Best Actress at Harlem International Film Festival also in 2010.
- Big Screen Actress of the Year at ELOY awards for her movie ‘Being Elliot in 2014.
- Personality Actress of the Year by Sun Nollywood.
- She was nominated as Best Actress in Leading Role at Africa Movie Academy Awards in 2011.
Personal and Love life
She is married. Omoni Oboli married on the 28th of October 2000 to Nnamdi Oboli and they have three lovely boys – Tobe, Gozi, and Chili.
She met her husband when she started her acting career in Lagos in 1995. They met for only a few minutes but her husband Nnamdi found her after four years.
He proposed to her two weeks into their relationship. When she was asked in an interview how her marriage is still intact unlike some of her colleagues in the movie industry, she said “I don’t know if I keep my home intact; I believe God does that for me”.
Many women do the right things and show up at every time for their husbands and still get the short end of the stick. So I don’t take credit for it. I have my moments, and he does too, but somehow it has never tipped the scale, and that’s because God made it possible.
Nevertheless, I believe that when you understand that you’re both different individuals who have become one, then you can try to weather any storm, knowing that if you don’t, both of you will have a dreadful life in that marriage”.
She signed an endorsement deal with Nunu Milk as their brand Ambassador in November 2015. She was announced as the brand Ambassador for Arik Air in March 2016.
Omoni Oboli Net Worth
Omoni Oboli is currently worth an estimated $ 600,000