After a break from acting, Nigerian movie star Omotola Jalade Ekiende has made her triumphant return to the big screen. During her time off, she was working on building her business, a film village in Badagry, as well as continuing her philanthropic work with the Omotola Youth Empowerment Programme. Speaking to This Day, Ekiende said, “I also used that period to creatively re-organise myself.”
This past summer, Ekiende starred in the film Alter Ego. The film centers around difficult themes such as sexual abuse and PTSD. When deciding to return to acting after her time away, she was careful to choose the right film. “I had to look for something that will really excite me,” she said, “and the truth of the matter is, Alter Ego did it for me and I knew that was a project I had to take.” Ekiende believes the thematic material of the film will be good for Nigerians, as it can be very taboo throughout Africa to discuss subjects like mental health and sexual abuse.
Alter Ego has already led to a few big accolades for Ekiende. She won Best Actress at both the Nollywood Travel Film Festival and the Toronto International Nollywood Film Festival. There may be more awards coming her way for the role as well. Another part of Ekiende’s comeback was The Tribunal, a film about the persecution that albinos face in Nigeria. In Pulse’s review of the movie, they speak of Ekiende’s amazing skill as an actress that lets her convey emotion through facial expression alone.
Fans who had been eager for her return to the big screen will be happy to know that she’s signed on for a new project, Shadow Parties. Directed by Yemi Amodu, the film is a tale of political struggle and love. Ekiende has an enthusiastic fan base and she keeps them happy with an active presence on Facebook and Instagram. She uses her platform on social media to not only share what she’s up to but to speak about causes she believes in.