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Adesua Etomi: One of Nollywood’s Finest

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Tolulope Adesua Etomi well known as ” Adesua Etomi” (born 22 February) in Owerri, Imo state, Nigeria. Adesua is a Nigerian actress and producer, Adesua Etomi is also one of the most beloved stars in the Nollywood industry. She broke onto the scene of Nollywood when she appeared in her first featured film “Knocking on Heaven’s Door” in 2014. The movie became a blockbuster as well as made her very famous. The beautiful, smart, Intelligent and gorgeous actress shortly won the hearts of many Nigerians. Adesua has in no time won so many awards and also been nominated for so many awards due to her effective way of handling any role given to her in any movie. This Nollywood pearl is a multi-talented person. In her leisure times, Adesua enjoys singing, dancing, playing the guitar and swimming.

Early Life and Education

Tolulope Adesuwa Etomi was born in Owerri, Imo State on 22 February. Several major editorials on Etomi state her birth year as 1988. However, in an interview published in January 2016, Etomi told Pulse Nigeria that she was 29 years old. Her father is a soldier of Esan descent from Edo state, and her mother is a Civil Engineer of Yoruba descent. She is the youngest of three siblings. Etomi attended Corona School in Victoria Island, Lagos, where she joined the drama club at the age of seven. Thereafter, she attended Queen’s College, Lagos before moving to the United Kingdom at the age of 13 years old, and later obtained a diploma in “physical theatre, musical theatre and performing arts” from City College Coventry in 2004. After completing these courses in 2006 with triple distinctions, she studied drama and performance at the University of Wolverhampton, graduating with first class honours.

Career

Adesua Etomi’s but has been acting since she was 7 as she joined the drama club in her primary school, but she ventured into her acting career in the theatre while studying in the UK. She featured in different plays such as “The Crucible”, “Miss Saigon”, “Jesus Christ Superstar”, “Fractal”, “The Grimm Tales” and “Not My Cup Of Tea”. After graduating from the university, Adesua ventured away from acting for three years to experience the world. She returned back to acting in 2012, featuring at the Saga Tiata-Edinburg Fringe Festival in a drama titled “The Miller’s Tale”. After moving to Nigeria, Adesua featured in different plays such as “Anatomy Of A Woman”, “Shattered”, “Crystal Slippers”, “London Life Lagos Living”, “Saro”, “Secret Life Of Baba Segi’s Wives”, “Band-Aid”, and “Make We”. but has been acting since she was 7 as she joined the drama club in her primary school. Etomi’s film credits include The Arbitration, The Wedding Party, and Falling Her performance in Falling earned her the 2016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Award for Best Actress In A Drama. Other notable films she has appeared in include A Soilder’s Story (2015), Out of Luck (2015), and Couple of Days (2016). Etomi played Shiela in the fourth and fifth seasons of Shuga, a television soap opera about HIV/AIDS  prevention. Etomi began starring as Amaka Obiora, an undercover police officer, in Yemisi Wada’s crime series LasGidi Cops, which debuted in June 2016 on television.

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Personal Life

She got engaged to Banky W in February 2017. They both had their traditional marriage on 19 November, Court Wedding on 20 November and on 25 November (2017) they had the White Wedding in Cape Town, South Africa. 

Filmography

Tolulope Adesua Etomi has starred in so many movies and she is still doing more. Some of the movies she has starred in are;

2013

The call where she took the role of the person Tara

2014

Brave where she took the role of Layo

Knocking on Heaven’s Door where she took the role of Debbie

2015

Falling where she took the role of Muna

A Soldier’s Story where she took the role of Lebari

Out of Luck where she took the role of Bisola

2016

A Couple Of Days where she took the role of Nina

And The Spirit Slowly Die where she took the role of Tima Odera-Blake

The Arbitration where she took the role of Dara Olujobi

Something Wicked where she took the role of TBC

The Wedding Party where she took the role of Dunni Coker

Ayama: Music in the Desert where she took the role of Ayama/Iko/Ihuoma

2017

10 Days in Sun City where she took the role of Bianca

The Wedding Party 2 where she took the role of Dunni Onwuka

Television Programs

Year        Title                                        Role

2012    Smooth Promotions                    Reporter/Presenter

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2014    A Series – Gidi Up ( season 2 )   Sharon

2015    A Series – Las Gidi Cops             Amaka Obiora

2015    A Series – Shuga ( season 4 )     Sheila

2017    A Series – Shuga: Down South    Sheila

Theatre

Year                 Title                                        Role

2004       The Crucible                                    John Proctor

2005       Miss Saigon                                     John Thomas

2006      Jesus Christ Superstar                     Judas

2008       Fractal                                              The Oppressed

2009      The Grimm Tales                                Dwarf/Witch

2009      Not My Cup Of Tea                             Immigrant

2012     The Miller’s Tale                                    Alice

2013      Anatomy Of A Woman                          Bolatito

2013      Shattered                                              Loveth

2013      Crystal Slippers                                    Sewa

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2013    London Life Lagos Living                       Sue

2013     Saro                                                      Rume

2013    Secrets Life of Baba Segi’s Wives         Segi

2014     Make We Waka                                    Chantelle

2014     Saro                                                      Rume

Voice over

Year            Role              Company

2013        Taste Bud       Fanta

2014         Fan               Solo Phones

Awards and nominations

YearAwardCategoryRecipientResult
2009Foresight Theater AwardsBest Performance in a devised Piece of workHerselfWon
2014Golden Icons Academy Movie AwardsMost Promising ActressKnocking on Heaven’s DoorNominated
2014Nollywood Reinvented AwardsBest New ActressHerselfWon
2015Golden Movie AwardsGolden Actress in a Lead RoleFallingNominated
2015Golden Movie AwardsDiscovery of the YearHerselfWon
2015City People Entertainment AwardsBest New ActressHerselfNominated
2015Golden Icons Academy Movie AwardsBest ActressFallingNominated
2015Golden Icons Academy Movie AwardsBest On-screen duo HerselfNominated
20152015 Golden Icons Academy Movie AwardsFemale Viewer’s ChoiceHerselfNominated
2015ELOY AwardsActress of the Year – Big screen FallingWon
2015ELOY AwardsActress of the Year – TelevisionGidi UpNominated
20162016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice AwardsBest Actress in a Drama (Movie/TV series) FallingWon
201612th Africa Movie Academy AwardsBest Actress in Leading roleFallingNominated
2016Golden Movie AwardsGolden ActressFallingNominated
2016Nigeria Entertainment AwardsBest Actress in Leading RoleFallingNominated
2016ELOY awardsActress of the year – Big ScreenThe ArbitrationNominated
2017Africa Magic Viewers Choice AwardsBest Actress Drama/TV SeriesThe ArbitrationNominated
2017Nigeria Entertainment AwardsBest Lead Actress In A FilmAyammaNominated