Adesua Etomi

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Adesua Etomi
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Adesua Etomi
Born
Tolulope Adesua Etomi

(1986-02-22)22 February 1986 or 1988 (age 33 or 35)
Owerri, Imo, Nigeria
NationalityNigerian
Alma mater
OccupationActress, producer
Years active2012–present
Spouse(s)
(m. after 2017)
Children1

Adesua Etomi-Wellington, also known as Adesua[1]Etomi (born 22 February 1986 or 1988),[a] is a Nigerian actress.[5] In 2014, she starred in her first feature film Knocking On Heaven's Door.[6] 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.[7][8]

Early life and education[edit]

Tolulope Adesua Etomi was born in Owerri, Imo State, on 22 February.[9][10] Several major sources cited her birth year as 1988.[11][2][12] However, in an interview published in January 2016, Etomi told Pulse Nigeria she was 29 years old.[3] Furthermore, Answers Africa published an article in March 2016 stating that she was 30 years old.[13] Her father is a soldier of Esan descent and her mother is an engineer of Yoruba descent.[14] She is the youngest of three siblings.[15] 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. Etomi later obtained a diploma in "physical theatre, musical theatre and performing arts" from City College Coventry in 2004.[16] After completing these courses in 2006 with triple distinctions, she studied drama and performance at the University of Wolverhampton, graduating with first-class honours.[9]

Career[edit]

Etomi's film credits include The Arbitration,[17] The Wedding Party,[18] and Falling.[19] Her performance in Falling earned her the 2016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Award for Best Actress in a Drama.[20][21] Other notable films she has appeared in include A Soldier's Story (2015), Out of Luck (2015),[22] and Couple of Days (2016).[23] Etomi played Shiela in the fourth and fifth seasons of Shuga, a television soap opera about HIV/AIDS prevention.[24][25] 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.[26] She was also featured on Vogue's list of 14 global superstars.[27]

Personal life[edit]

Adesua Etomi and husband Banky W. at AMVCA 2020

Etomi got engaged to Banky W in February 2017.[28][29] The couple held their traditional marriage on 19 November, court wedding on 20 November and white wedding on 25 November 2017; the latter ceremony was held in Cape Town, South Africa.[30] In early 2021, Adesua and Banky W had a son. [31]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2013 The Call Tara Short film
2014 Brave[32] Layo Short film
Knocking On Heaven's Door[33] Debbie
2015 Falling[34] Muna
A Soldier's Story[35] Lebari
Out of Luck[36] Bisola
2016 Couple of Days[37] Nina
The Arbitration[38] Dara Olujobi
Something Wicked[39]
The Wedding Party[40] Dunni Coker
Ayamma: Music In The Desert[41] Ayamma/Iko/Ihuoma
2017 10 Days In Sun City[42] Bianca
The Wedding Party 2 Dunni Onwuka
2018 Date Night
King of Boys Adekemi Salami
Memoirs of 4[43]
Up North Zainab
2019 Muna[44] Muna
Malika: Warrior Queen[45] Malika
Sugar Rush Sola

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2012 Smooth Promotions Reporter/Presenter TV Station
2014 Gidi Up (season 2)[46] Sharon Series
2015 Las Gidi Cops[47] Amaka Obiora Series
Shuga (season 4)[48] Sheila Series
2017 Shuga: Down South[49][50] Sheila Series

Theatre[edit]

Year Title Role Company
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
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
Shattered Loveth Paw Studios
Crystal Slippers Sewa Thespian Family Theater
London Life Lagos Living Sue Paw Studios
Saro[51] Rume Bap Productions
Secret Life Of Baba Segi's Wives Segi Joos and Joms Productions
2014 Band Aid[52]
Make We Waka Chantelle Look Left Look Right
Saro[53] Rume Bap Productions

Voice over[edit]

Year Role Company
2013 Taste Bud Fanta
2014 Fan Solo Phones

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
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
Nollywood Reinvented Awards Best New Actress Herself Won
2015 Golden Movie Awards Golden Actress in a Lead Role Falling Nominated
Golden Movie Awards [54] Discovery of the Year Herself Won
City People Entertainment Awards [55] Best New Actress Herself Nominated
2015 Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards Best Actress Falling Nominated
2015 Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards Best On-screen duo Nominated
2015 Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards Female Viewer's Choice Herself Nominated
ELOY Awards Actress of the Year - Big screen[56] Falling Won
ELOY Awards Actress of the Year - Television Gidi Up Nominated
2016 2016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards [57] Best Actress in a Drama (Movie/TV series) Falling Won
12th Africa Movie Academy Awards Best Actress in Leading role Falling Nominated
Golden Movie Awards Golden Actress Falling Nominated
Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best Actress in Leading Role Falling Nominated
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 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best Lead Actress In A Film Ayamma Nominated

== Adesua cleared up the debate over the spelling of her name, saying “It’s always been Adesua not Adesuwa.” Notes==

  1. ^ Many sources cite Etomi's year of birth as 1988.[2] However, she claimed to be 29 years old in an interview with Pulse Nigeria in January 2016.[3][4]

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