Omowumi Dada: Biography, Age, Career, Family And Movies

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Omowumi Dada: Biography, Age, Career, Family And Movies

Omowumi Dada

Omowumi Dada is a Nigerian actress, best known for her role as Folake in the M-net Television series Jemeji. She was also cast in the 2017 Yoruba language film Somewhere in the Dark, which won the award for Best Indigenous Film at the 2017 AMVCA Awards, and for which she received a nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Yoruba) at the Best of Nollywood Awards in 2017. In 2018, Dada played the voice of the titular character in Nigeria’s first animation full-length feature film, Sade.

Early life

Dada was born in Lagos State, where she attended Ifako International Nursery and Primary School for her primary education, during which time, she became a member of the Yoruba Cultural Troupe; she went on to attend Command Day Secondary School, Oshodi, for her secondary education and studied Creative Arts at the University of Lagos.

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Career

Dada began her acting career, taking small parts in stage plays while at the University. Her first major stage performance was in the play Moremi Ajasoro, which was directed by Femi Oke. In 2013, she began her movie career with a role in the film Oya alongside veteran Nigerian actor Tunji Sotimirin, she then went on to feature in other notable films including the Kunle Afolayan directed Omugwo alongside Patience Ozokwor and Ayo Adesanya.

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Dada has featured in several Television series, including the EbonylifeTv series Married to the Game, Best Friends and Dere an African Adaptation of Disney’s “Cinderella “. She also features in the M-net Television series Jemeji and has had roles in TinselSo Wrong so WrightNeedles Eyes and Bella’s Place amongst others.

In 2017, Dada featured in the critically acclaimed stage production, Isale Eko, a stage play, which was adopted as part of the activities sanctioned by the government of Lagos state to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the creation of Lagos State.

In 2018, Dada was cast in the titular role of Sade, in Nigeria’s first full-feature length Animation movie titled SADE which is set for release in 2019.

Awards and recognition

In December 2017 she was listed as the Best Actress for the Year in Nigeria by award-winning Nigerian filmmaker and critic, Charles Novia. She also won the Best Actress Award 2017 at CRMABest Supporting Actress at City People Movie Awards, and she was nominated for the Best Actress on Big Screen and TV at the Eloy Awards 2017.

Dada is an Ambassador for Daivyan children Cancer Foundation that advocates for the awareness and support for children living with cancer. She is also an Ambassador for Brian Wotari Foundation that is focused on engaging and enriching lives of youths.

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Filmography

Selected feature films

  • The Gods are Still Not To Blame (2012)
  • Ojuju (2014)
  • The Antique (2015)
  • Somewhere in the Dark (2016)
  • Yes I Don’t (2016)
  • Omugwo (2017)
  • Bias (2017)
  • King Invincible (2017)
  • Something Wicked (2017)
  • Chatch-er (2017)
  • The Ghost and the Tout (2018)
  • Just Before I do (2018)
  • Oga Bolaji (2018)
  • Like Dominoes (2018)
  • The Family (2019)
  • Bedroom Points
  • Diamonds in the Sky (TBA)
  • Oloture (TBA)
  • City of Bastards (TBA)

Short films

  • Not Right
  • Mirabel (2018)
  • Losing My Religion (2018)
  • Fourth Side (2019)

Television series

  • Jemeji
  • Tinsel
  • So Wrong So Wright
  • Needles Eyes
  • Tales of Eve
  • Taste of Love
  • Casino

Animation

  • Sade (TBA)

Select stage plays

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  • Isale Eko 2
  • Oya
  • For the Love of Country
  • Nigeria the Beautiful
  • Vision of St Bernadette
  • Death and the Kings Horsemen
  • Trials of Brother Jero
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