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Omotola kicks off 20-city world tour by celebrating with Stella Maris students

Omotola and her team with the MD of Stella Maris Schools, Mr Emeka Anyaene

Nollywood star, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde continued the celebration of her 20th anniversary in the entertainment industry by paying a visit to Stella Maris College in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja over the weekend.

The famous Nollywood star also used the event to flag off her tour of 20 cities in the world as part of the programmes outlined for the celebration. The 20th anniversary commenced with a dinner at the Sandralia Hotel, Abuja on Saturday, January 24, 2015. 

Omotola disclosed that her coming to the school was an opportunity to encourage members of the younger generation to believe in themselves for a better nation while emphasising the need for Nigerians to value themselves even more. She also used the occasion to launch her pet project ‘I gat Value’ and also motivated the young pupils by sharing her experience while growing and achieving stardom. According to her: ‘Starting a career as a young girl of 16, all I wanted was to help my widowed mother provide for our young family.


 I stumbled on the opportunity to model freely, and by fate, I was invited to a movie casting. Who knew as frightened and vulnerable as I was then, that I was starting the journey of my destiny? 20 years later, not only did I provide for my now late widowed  mother, I also helped train two younger ones and earned myself  a career in Nollywood, an industry that I helped start with practically nothing, but which has gone on to become the 2nd largest English producing and 3rd largest movie industry in the world.’ 

Fascinated by her story, the students described Omotola as a living legend and a role model to many of them. 

They celebrated her as a humble wife and great mother who has kept her marriage intact unlike many of her contemporaries. The students urged her to share her secrets of success with them as they want to grow up to be like her. 

Representative of the students, Isigwe Chiamaka, in her opening remarks, celebrated the actress’ achievements and thanked her for choosing their school as a flag-off point for her 20-city world tour.

 Omotola, who is also a United Nations Peace Ambassador, is married to Matthew Ekeinde and they have 4 children. Her affinity with the college started from being introduced to them while on the set of the compelling film, Ije‎ produced by Chineze Anyaene…. 

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