Omoni Oboli is a popular Nigerian actress, scriptwriter, director and producer with several intriguing screenplays to her credit.
Early Life & Education
Omoni Oboli, was born on April 22, 1978 in Benin City, Edo state, Nigeria but hails from Mosagar in Delta state. She had her secondary school education at Delta Steel Company Technical High School (DSC THS) Between 1989 and 1994 and went on to study at University of Benin where she holds a Bachelors degree in Foreign Languages (majoring in French, Language).
Omoni began her formal 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 but interesting and fulfilling career in 1996, Omoni left the movie industry to complete her university education. She got married immediately after school and didn’t return to the industry till a decade later.
Since her return to the industry, Omoni has fast risen to the top, playing a number of lead and supporting roles in major movies. In June 2007, The Rivals, a movie she co-produced with her friend, won the coveted prize for Best International Drama at the New York International Independent Film & Video Festival. It was the first Nigerian film to be premiered since the festival’s inception in 2003. The movie was given a 3 star rating out of 4 by the festival’s judges.
Omoni has shot into prominence as the class act of Nollywood because of her professional demeanor and strong work ethics. Playing lead roles in wave making, blockbuster movies like ‘The Figurine,’ ‘Anchor Baby’, ‘Being Mrs Elliott’, and the soon to be released movies, ‘Feathered Dreams,’ and Mo Abudu’s ‘Fifty’ has set her apart as one who knows how to choose good screenplays.
Omoni married her beau, Nnamdi Oboli in 2000 and now have 3 adorable boys – Tobe, Gozi and Chizi.
in 2014, Omoni wore a controversial boobs revealing dress when she took her movie ‘Being Mrs Elliot’ to the Presidential Villa, Abuja, where a private screening held with President Goodluck Jonathan and this caused an uproar on social media.
Omoni’s latest movie Okafor’s law, which was to premiere on March 24, 2017 was cancelled due to an injunction by the court as she was being accused of copyright infringement by Jude Idada, he claims to have written the story line behind Okafor’s law.
In November 2015, she signed an endorsement deal with Nunu milk as the brand ambassador.
She was announced as the brand ambassador for Arik Air . She landed this endorsement deal in March 2016 precisely.
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.
In 2014, Omoni won Big Screen Actress of the Year award, at ELOY Awards, for her movie Being Mrs Elliott.
In 2015, Omoni was awarded the Sun Nollywood personality of the year.