Omotola Jalade Ekeinde is widely regarded as the queen of Nollywood. The actress who made her acting début in 1995 has hundreds of films to her name and at 36, is still a force to be reckoned with in Nigeria’s bustling film industry.
She’s also ventured into the music industry and enjoyed considerable success following the release of her two albums. Now, Omotola has embarked on yet another venture, this time into the world of reality TV.
The first episode of Omotola: The Real Me aired in December 2012 on DSTV’s Africa Magic. The programme was said to have pulled in the highest number of viewers for a début programme ever and now, Nigerians in London can also enjoy the series courtesy of Vox Africa.
We weren’t sure what to expect of the series given that this was the first Nigerian celebrity to produce a reality show; Kardashian style.
Omotola: The real me is actually surprisingly engaging. She takes on a lot of narration during the show which sort of diminishes the reality aspect of it but it’s obvious the actress genuinely wants her fans to have an idea of what it means to be ‘Omosexy’.
We are given exclusive access to the Ekeinde’s expansive home in Lagos, a sneek peak into how the Ekeinde’s relax on a typical day, and we even get to see the actress without make up during a session of Nintendo Wii with her sister in laws and son, priceless.
Captain Ekeinde (Omotola’s husband) also features prominently which is surprising, as he’s usually taken the back seat, allowing his wife enjoy all the attention.
By the third episode, we get to know not just Omotola, but her four adorable kids (who are all grown now by the way). They share their aspirations with us and don’t seem one bit fazed by what must be a very intrusive series of cameras in their home. In fact, they seem to embrace it.
For a Nigerian reality TV show, Omotola TRM is a breath of fresh air and the actress deserves a thumbs up for taking on a project so daring (Come on, we all know how judgemental Nigerians are and anyone brave enough to allow the whole country into their home must have some courage!).
Omotola: The Real Me is on Vox Africa, every Wednesday at 7.30pm.