#WomanCrushWednesday: Forever young Omoni Oboli
Omoni Oboli is a Nigerian actress, scriptwriter, film director and producer our beautiful Woman Crush Wednesday could be mistaken for a 20-something year old instead of her 40 years.
The ageless Edo queen born on 22 April 1978. She studied Foreign Languages (majoring in French) at the University of Benin before proceeding to receive further training at the New York Film Academy.
Omoni has several screenplays to her credit some of which include; Fatal Imagination, Being Mrs Elliott, The First Lady, and Wives on Strike. Her first movie role was in Bitter Encounter (1996), followed by Shame. She thereafter played the lead female characters in three major movies; Not My Will, Destined To Die and Another Campus Tale. After enjoying a brief career in 1996, Omoni temporarily left the movie industry to complete her university education and did not return until a decade and a wedding ring after.
She won two international awards in 2010 for the Best Actress Narrative Feature at the Los Angeles Movie and Best Actress at the Harlem International Film Festival, two awards that had never been won by a Nigerian prior to that time. Also, Omoni was nominated for the Best Actress in a leading role award at the 2011 Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA), she won Big Screen Actress of the Year at the 2014 ELOY Awards for her movie Being Mrs Elliott and in 2015 she was again awarded the Sun Nollywood “Personality of the Year”.
Apart from being a great artist and wonderful family woman, Omoni Oboli is also a philanthropist. She set up a charity organization, “The Omoni Oboli Foundation” that sets up programs and activities to cater to and bring relief to underprivileged women and children of in Nigeria.