Tolulope Adesua Etomi
22 February 1986 or 1988 (age 31 or 33)
Banky Wellington (m. 2017)
Adesua Etomi-Wellington (born 22 February 1986 or 1988)[a] is a Nigerian actress. In 2014, she starred in her first feature film Knocking On Heaven's Door. She won the Best Actress in A Drama award at the 2016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards for her role in the 2015 romantic drama film Falling.
Early life and education
Tolulope Adesua Etomi was born in Owerri, Imo State, on 22 February. Several major editorials on Etomi state her birth year as 1988. However, in an interview published in January 2016, Etomi told Pulse Nigeria that she was 29 years old. Furthermore, Answers Africa published an article in March 2016, stating that she was 30 years old. Her father is a soldier of Esan descent, and her mother is an engineer of Yoruba descent. She is the youngest of three siblings. Etomi attended Corona School in Victoria Island, Lagos, where she joined the drama club at the age of seven. Thereafter, she attended Queen's College, Lagos before moving to the United Kingdom at the age of 13 years old, and later obtained a diploma in "physical theatre, musical theatre and performing arts" from City College Coventry in 2004. After completing these courses in 2006 with triple distinctions, she studied drama and performance at the University of Wolverhampton, graduating with first-class honours.
Etomi's film credits include The Arbitration, The Wedding Party, and Falling. Her performance in Falling earned her the 2016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Award for Best Actress In A Drama. Other notable films she has appeared in include A Soldier's Story (2015), Out of Luck (2015), and Couple of Days (2016). Etomi played Shiela in the fourth and fifth seasons of Shuga, a television soap opera about HIV/AIDS prevention. Etomi began starring as Amaka Obiora, an undercover police officer, in Yemisi Wada's crime series LasGidi Cops, which debuted in June 2016 on television.
She got engaged to Banky W in February 2017. They both got traditionally married on 19 November, Court Wedding on 20 November and on 25 November (2017) they had the White Wedding in Cape Town, South Africa.
|2013||The Call||Tara||Short Film|
|2014||Knocking On Heaven's Door||Debbie||Feature Film – Theatrical release: 18 April 2014|
|2015||Falling||Muna||Feature Film – Theatrical release: 18 September 2015|
|2015||A Soldier's Story||Lebari||Feature Film – Theatrical release: 23 October 2015|
|2015||Out Of Luck||Bisola||Feature Film – Theatrical release: 4 December 2015|
|2016||Couple Of Days||Nina||Feature Film – Theatrical release: 5 February 2016|
|2016||And The Spirit Slowly Dies||Tima Odera-Blake||Feature Film – In development|
|2016||The Arbitration||Dara Olujobi||Feature Film – Theatrical Release: 12 August 2016|
|2016||Something Wicked||TBC||Feature Film – Theatrical Release: First Quarter, 2017|
|2016||The Wedding Party||Dunni Coker||Feature Film – World Premiere – 8 September 2016|
|2016||Ayamma: Music In The Desert||Ayamma/Iko/Ihuoma||Feature Film – Theatrical release: 23 December 2016|
|2017||10 Days In Sun City||Bianca||Feature Film – Theatrical Release: 23 June 2017|
|2017||The Wedding Party 2||Dunni Onwuka||Feature Film – World Premiere – 11 December 2017|
|2018||King of Boys|
|2018||Memoirs of 4|
|2012||Smooth Promotions||Reporter/Presenter||TV Station|
|2014||Gidi Up (season 2)||Sharon||Series|
|2015||Las Gidi Cops||Amaka Obiora||Series|
|2015||Shuga (season 4)||Sheila||Series|
|2017||Shuga: Down South||Sheila||Series|
|2004||The Crucible||John Proctor||City College Production|
|2005||Miss Saigon||John Thomas||City College Production|
|2006||Jesus Christ Superstar||Judas||City College Production|
|2008||Fractal||The Oppressed||Arena Theatre|
|2009||The Grimm Tales||Dwarf/Witch||Arena Theatre|
|2009||Not My Cup Of Tea||Immigrant||Arena Theatre|
|2012||The Miller's Tale||Alice||Saga Tiata - Edinburge Fringe Festival|
|2013||Anatomy Of A Woman||Bolatito||Lagos Theater Festival|
|2013||Crystal Slippers||Sewa||Thespian Family Theater|
|2013||London Life Lagos Living||Sue||Paw Studios|
|2013||Secret Life Of Baba Segi's Wives||Segi||Joos and Joms Productions|
|2014||Make We Waka||Chantelle||Look Left Look Right|
Awards and nominations
|2009||Foresight Theater Awards||Best Performance in a devised Piece of work||Herself||Won|
|2014||2014 Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards||Most Promising Actress||Knocking on Heaven's Door||Nominated|
|2014||Nollywood Reinvented Awards||Best New Actress||Herself||Won|
|2015||Golden Movie Awards||Golden Actress in a Lead Role||Falling||Nominated|
|2015||Golden Movie Awards ||Discovery of the Year||Herself||Won|
|2015||City People Entertainment Awards ||Best New Actress||Herself||Nominated|
|2015||2015 Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards||Best Actress||Falling||Nominated|
|2015||2015 Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards||Best On-screen duo||Nominated|
|2015||2015 Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards||Female Viewer's Choice||Herself||Nominated|
|2015||ELOY Awards||Actress of the Year - Big screen||Falling||Won|
|2015||ELOY Awards||Actress of the Year - Television||Gidi Up||Nominated|
|2016||2016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards ||Best Actress in a Drama (Movie/TV series)||Falling||Won|
|2016||12th Africa Movie Academy Awards||Best Actress in Leading role||Falling||Nominated|
|2016||Golden Movie Awards||Golden Actress||Falling||Nominated|
|2016||Nigeria Entertainment Awards||Best Actress in Leading Role||Falling||Nominated|
|2016||ELOY awards||Actress of the year - Big Screen||The Arbitration||Nominated|
|2017||2017 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards||Best Actress Drama/TV Series||The Arbitration||Nominated|
|2017||2017 Nigeria Entertainment Awards||Best Lead Actress In A Film||Ayamma||Nominated|
- "10 wonderful things to know about Adesua Etomi". 3 May 2017.
- "Full Interview: Nollywood Actress Adesua Etomi Chats With Pulse TV". Pulse Nigeria.
- Chinwendu Mmuojeke. "Adesua Etomi-Wellington Husband (Banky W), Age Parents, Siblings, Biography". Buzz Nigeria. Retrieved 24 February 2019.
- Badmus, Kayode (22 February 2016). "Adesua Etomi-Wellington: Life of a 'first class' graduate turned screen diva as she celebrates another year". Nigerian Entertainment Today. Archived from the original on 24 February 2016. Retrieved 24 February 2019.
- Izuzu, Chidumga. "Adesua Etomi: 5 movies featuring Africa's best actress of the year".
- "#AMVCA2016 … and the Winners are Genevieve Nnaji, Stephanie Linus, Folarin 'Falz' Falana, Funke Akindele & More - See Full List".
- "Adesua Etomi: Life Of A 'first Class' Graduate Turned Screen Diva As She Celebrates Another Year - Nigerian Entertainment Today - Nigeria's Number 1 Entertainment Daily". 22 February 2016.
- "Biography/Profile/History Of Nollywood Actress Adesua Etomi".
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- "Biography/Profile/History Of Nollywood Actress Adesua Etomi". Daily Media.
- "Adesua Etomi Biography". Naij.
- "Africa's Best Actress of the Year; Adesua Etomi".
- "Birthday Turnup! Nollywood Actress Adesua Etomi Celebrates with Gideon Okeke, Gbenro Ajibade, Osas Ighodaro, Linda Ejiofor & More".
- "Nollywood Actress Adesua Etoni: I'm from Esan Tribe from Edo State, My Mother is Yoruba". Naija Gists. 2 April 2016. Retrieved 5 July 2016.
- Yemisi Suleiman (5 June 2016). "AMAA Nominees 2016". Allure Magazine (Vanguard): 13. Retrieved 8 October 2016.
- "NET Films: Watch O.C Ukeje and Adesua Etomi in new movie The Arbitration - Nigerian Entertainment Today - Nigeria's Top Website for News, Gossip, Comedy, Videos, Blogs, Events, Weddings, Nollywood, Celebs, Scoop and Games". 28 July 2016.
- "'The Wedding Party' of Banky W and Adesua Etomi - Premium Times Nigeria". 11 November 2016.
- "Nollywood Movie 'Falling' Which Stars Desmond Elliot And Adesua Etomi To Hit Cinemas In September - Nigerian Entertainment Today - Nigeria's Number 1 Entertainment Daily". 13 August 2015.
- "'Falling' to Premiere Tomorrow with Adesua Etomi, Blossom Chukwujekwu & Kunle Remi - Watch the Trailer".
- "Adesua Etomi Best Actress 2016 AMVCA ▷ All News ▷ Naij.com".
- "This Movie Trailer is a Must Watch! Linda Ejiofor, Femi Branch, Jide Kosoko, Tope Tedela & More in 'Out of Luck'". BellaNaija.
- Izuzu, Chidumga. ""Couple of Days": Watch Adesua Etomi, Falz, Enyinna Nwigwe, Kiki Omeili in behind the scenes".
- "MTV Shuga Behind the Scnenes - Adesua Etomi talks about her character Sheila in MTV Shuga 4".
- "MTV Shuga character profile - Sheila".
- "Are You Ready for 'Lasgidi Cops: Special Crimes Unit'? Watch the Trailer of the Crime Series starring Joke Silva, Bimbo Akintola & More!". BellaNaija. 3 June 2016. Retrieved 12 May 2017.
- Jayne Augoye (3 May 2017). "It's no movie, BankyW and actress Adesua Etomi announce engagement". Premium Times. Retrieved 3 May 2017.
- "See photos of Banky W and Adesua Etomi at their introduction ceremony". Nigerian Entertainment Today. 2017-05-06. Retrieved 2017-05-25.
- "#BAAD2017: Presents Banky W and Adesua Etomi's White Wedding". The Informant Spy. Retrieved 26 November 2017.
- Mistah Cole. "Trailer For Short Nigerian Film BRAVE Starring Wole Ojo and Adesua Etomi". 360Nobs.com.
- Efeturi. "Movie Review: Knocking On Heaven's Door - 360Nobs.com". 360Nobs.com.
- "'Falling' to Premiere Tomorrow with Adesua Etomi, Blossom Chukwujekwu & Kunle Remi - Watch the Trailer". BellaNaija.
- "A Soldier's Story – Featuring Linda Ejiofor, Tope Tedela, Adesua Etomi, Daniel K Daniel". Pride Magazine Nigeria.
- Izuzu, Chidumga. "'Out of Luck': Watch Femi Branch, Tope Tedela, Linda Ejiofor, Niyi Johnson in trailer".
- "Lilian Esoro, Adesua Etomi, Falz, Others Star In New Movie 'Couple Of Days'Lilian Esoro, Adesua Etomi, Falz, Others Star In New Movie 'Couple Of Days' - Nigerian Entertainment Today - Nigeria's Number 1 Entertainment Daily". 11 January 2016.
- "ADESUA ETOMI to Star in Powerful Drama 'And the Spirit Slowly Dies'". 4 March 2016.
- "The Star-Studded Teaser for 'The Arbitration' is Here, Starring O.C Ukeje, Adesua Etomi, Ireti Doyle, Sola Fosudo, Beverly Naya & More". BellaNaija. 2 August 2016.
- "Watch the Teaser of "Something Wicked" starring Ireti Doyle, Okey Uzoeshi, Adesua Etomi, Gabriel Afolayan, Beverly Naya & More".
- "Banky W, Adesua Etomi, Richard Mofe-Damijo, Ireti Doyle, Sola Sobowale & More to Star in EbonyLife Films' "The Wedding Party" - BellaNaija". www.bellanaija.com.
- "The Wedding Party". TIFF.
- Izuzu, Chidumga. ""Ayanmma : Music in the Forest": Photos of Adesua Etomi, Wale Ojo, Majid Michel, Ime Bishop on set".
- "Anticipate AY Makun's Next Movie "10 Days In Sun City" starring Richard Mofe-Damijo, Adesua Etomi, 2Baba & More - See More BTS Photos & a New Teaser - BellaNaija". www.bellanaija.com.
- Animashaun, Damilola (2018-02-20). "Watch Adesua Etomi, Gbenro Ajibade & More In The Trailer For 'Memoirs Of 4'". Konbini Nigeria. Retrieved 2019-02-25.
- "Meet the Stars of Gidi Up, Season 2". Encomium Magazine.
- Edwin I. Madu. "Edwin Ikenna Madu: Reviewing 'Lasgidi Cops – Special Crimes Unit'". BellaNaija.
- Vwovwe Egbo (5 September 2015). "Adesua Etomi, Sharon Ezeamaka, Others: TV series stars spend time with fans ahead of season". pulse.ng.
- Izuzu, Chidumga. "Watch episode 8 of "MTV Shuga: Down South"".
- "Cast - MTV Shuga".
- "2014: New faces to watch in Nigerian arts".
- YManager (17 November 2014). "Majmua Theatre brings Band Aid, the Christmas edition to the Muson [DETAILS] - YNaija".
- "THE RETURN OF SARO THE MUSICAL, Articles - THISDAY LIVE". thisdaylive.com.
- Chidumga Izuzu (29 June 2015). "'Golden Movie Award': Nse Ikpe Etim, Adesua Etomi, OC Ukeje win big". pulse.ng.
- "Adesua Etomi Wins Best Actress At Eloy Awards 2015 - Nigerian Entertainment Today - Nigeria's Number 1 Entertainment Daily". 30 November 2015.
- Izuzu, Chidumga. "AMVCA 2016: Adesua Etomi beats Genevieve Nnaji to win 'Best Actress'".