By Yetunde Adeyeri
Omoni Oboli is a Nigerian actress, scriptwriter, film director, producer, and a trained digital filmmaker. She was born on the 22nd of April 1978.
She married her beau, Nnamdi Oboli in 2000 and they are blessed with three boys, Gozi, Chiodi and Tobe Oboli.
She was born in Benin City, Edo State. She is a descendant of Mosogar in Delta State. Omoni Oboli studied Foreign Languages (majoring in French) at the University of Benin and graduated with honors (2nd Class Upper division).
After enjoying a brief career in 1996, Omoni left the movie industry to complete her university education. She married immediately after school and did not return to the industry until a decade later.
She studied at the New York Film Academy. She has written several screenplays such as; The figurine (2009), Anchor baby(2010), Fatal Imagination, Being Mrs. Elliott, The First Lady, and Wives on Strike(2016).
Omoni Oboli co-produced The Rivals with her friend and which went on to win the 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.
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, she 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 directed several movies such as Being Mrs. Elliott, The First Lady, Wives on Strike, and Okafor’s Law.
In 2018, Omoni launched a soup kitchen on her birthday in honor of her mom. She set up a charity organization, “The Omoni Oboli Foundation” to use her celebrity status to bring well-needed relief to the plight of the less privileged women and children of Nigerian society. The foundation has been able to embark on several projects which include the following:
The feeding of street children in Lagos. 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 Nursery Primary and Secondary School to a milk factory to see how it is made and packaged.