By Amoo Ibereayo
Words alone would fail in expressing the totality of Omoni Oboli’s wonderful Personality. A woman of great Values , she has proven herself to be one of the Finest the Nigerian Movie Industry has ever produced. Her distinction is not just that she is a professional actress , writer and director but that she is also a woman of Dignity , integrity , excellence, creativity and Compassion.
Omoni’s journey into the Movie Industry began 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.’
The multilingual (fluent in English and French), multi-award winning actress& scriptwriter has fast risen to the top. She brings – dignity, poise, class, smooth delivery, and extreme professionalism to the varied roles she’s played. She is a gifted screenwriter, with several intriguing screenplays to her credit. These including the current blockbuster movie, ‘Wives On Strike’. 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’. She has also set the bar higher by being the first actress from Nollywood to bag such international awards as Best Actress in two international festivals in the same year (2010) that are not organized by Nigerians or Africans. This she did at the Harlem international film festival and the Los Angeles Movie Awards for her lead role in the movie, ‘Anchor Baby’. Her new Movie titled Okafor’s Law took the atmosphere and blew everyone away
It featured Veteran Actor Richard Mofe Damijo and other A-List actors like Toyin Aimakhu, Ufuoma McDermott, Blossom Chukwujekwu among others.
As a result of being compassionate, she made a decision of impacting the lives of others around her , Omoni Oboli established a charity organisation, Omoni Oboli Foundation, www.omoniobolifoundation.com, to use her celebrity status to bring well needed relief to the plight of the less privileged women and children in the society. The foundation has been able to embark on several projects. These include:
The feeding of street children in Lagos and giving them a fun filled day with gifts
Feeding and giving over two hundred poor and disadvantaged children at Delta Steel Complex, Aladja, a fun day with practical gifts.
Broadening the mindset of the less privileged children by taking the children of Ecole Divine Schools to a milk factory to see how it is made and packaged.
Her list of awards has been a source of inspiration to many , as it is believed , Hard Work Pays. 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. Omoni was nominated for the Best Actress in a Leading Role award at the 2011 Africa Movie Academy Awards. In 2014, Omoni won Big Screen Actress of the Year award, at the 2014 ELOY Awards, for her movie Being Mrs Elliott. In 2015, Omoni was awarded the Sun Nollywood personality of the year. She has also shown, with her movies, ‘Being Mrs Elliott’, ‘The First Lady’ and ‘Wives on Strike’, her talent behind the camera as the Director
Omoni Oboli is a woman who has been severally noticed for her hardwork, simplicity , Focus and determination to blaze the trail. She exhibits an attitude of values such as diligence, consistency, integrity, creativity and excellence in everything she does.
The Nigerian Woman Diary Celebrates Omoni Oboli for her hardwork , diligence, and her immense contribution not just to the Nigerian Movie Industry but also for the love and compassion she has shown to the needy and the less privileged Nigerians.