Ini Dima-Okojie

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Ini Dima-Okojie
Ini Dima-Okojie on NdaniTV on 10 August 2018 (cropped).png
Dima-Okojie in 2017
Born (1990-06-24) June 24, 1990 (age 31)
Alma materCovenant University
OccupationActor, Fashion Enthusiast
Years active2014–present

Ini Dima-Okojie (born June 24, 1990) is a Nigerian actress from Edo state, Nigeria to Nigerian parents.[1] She resigned from her job in investment banking to enrol at the New York Film Academy.[2] She started her career with the first television appearance on Taste of Love and she has featured on many films including the multicultural romcom, Namaste Wahala in 2021 and the Netflix Nigerian original thriller, Blood Sisters (2022 series) in 2022.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Dima-Okojie is from Esan North-East LGA, Edo State, Nigeria. Her father is a medical doctor and her mother is a retired banker and entrepreneur. She attended Air Force primary school in Lagos and moved to Air Force comprehensive secondary school, Ibadan. She studied at Covenant University, Nigeria, where she earned a degree in International Relations. She quit her job in investment banking to pursue a pathway into acting. This led her to earn a degree in acting from the New York Film Academy.[4][5]

Career[edit]

2014 – 2017

Dima-Okojie resigned, from her job in the finance industry to pursue a career in entertainment.[6] Her career in Nollywood started as a production assistant on the film Before 30 and she went on to make her acting debut when she played "Feyisayo Pepple" in the television series, Taste of Love.[7] In 2016, she played "Hadiza Ahmed" in the film North East; her character was that of a Muslim lady who began a romantic relationship with a man from a different religious background. For her role in the film, she was nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role at the 2017 Nigeria Entertainment Awards.[8] Dima-Okojie was also nominated for Most Promising Actress at City People Movie Awards around the same time.[9] She was nominated for The Future Awards Africa in 2017.[10]

In 2016, she played the role of Hadiza in a web series by Ndani TV, Skinny Girl in Transit.[11][12] She also featured in 5ive, It's her day, and North East in the same year.

In 2017, she featured in Battleground and The Royal Hibiscus Hotel[13] She was nominated fr The Future Awards prize for acting.[14] She appeared on Pulse Nigeria's list of the 7 Nollywood actresses of 2017.[15]

2018 – 2021

In 2018 she starred in two movies, Sylvia where she played Gbemi Ogunlana in a story based on a fiction of spirit lovers. Later that year, she was cast in Funke[16] where she played the role of Ms. Catherine starring Jide Kosoko, Eniola Badmus, Segun Arinze and directed by Yemi Morafa. The story which was set in 1996 was centred on a young girl's ultimate dream to become a footballer and her struggle to surmount gender roles inherent in her community. In 2018, her outfit to Heineken Lagos fashion week was featured in British and Germany Vogue.[17]

In 2019, she was featured in a role as Laitan Gesinde on the web TV series Oga Pastor directed by renowned movie director and filmmaker Daniel Oriahi. The series was later pulled down by Ndani TV[18]

In 2020, she starred as Tami in the series, Smart Money Woman, an adaptation from a book of the same title by Arese Ugwu.[19] Also in 2020, Who's the boss, featured Dima-Okojie as Jumoke, a best friend to Liah played by Sharon Ooja.

In 2021 She featured in the Netflix original – Namaste Wahala. A multicultural romantic-comedy feature film where she played the role of Didi.[20]

2022

In 2022, she starred in the Netflix Original series, Blood Sisters playing the lead role of Sarah, produced by Ebonylife Studios which is owned by Mo Abudu.[21]

Personal life[edit]

She is the last child of four (4), two sisters and one brother. Her parents are both devoted Catholics, her father a retired Air Commodore in the Nigerian Air force and a military-trained doctor. Her mother is a licensed lawyer who worked in the banking sector. Dima-Okojie is also noted to have a strong fashion sense, with Pulse Nigeria and other media outlets describing her as one of the most stylish celebrities in Nigeria.[22][6][23] Dima-Okojie has cited Majid Michel and Richard Mofe-Damijo as her favourite Nollywood actors.[24][25]

In December 2020, she opened up on her Instagram page about her struggle and journey with Uterine fibroid[26] from 2017[27]

In 2021, she announced her engagement to a fan, Abasi Ene-Obong, the owner of 54Gene.[28]

Filmography[edit]

TV shows[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref
2022 Blood Sisters (2022 series) Sarah Duru A Netflix Original series [3]
2020 The Smart Money Woman Tami Based on a book of the same name by Arese Ugwu [29]
2019 Oga! Pastor Laitan Gesinde [30]
2018 Battleground (The final showdown) Teni Badmus Africa Magic original [31]
2017 Battleground [32]
2016 5ive [33]
2015–2017 Skinny Girl in Transit Hadiza [34]
2015 Desperate Housewives of Africa Aired on Mnet [35]
Vanity's Last Game
2014 Taste of Love Feyisayo Pepple Nigeria's first telenovela [36][37]

Films[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref
2021 Lockdown Angela A Nigerian romantic comedy featuring Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, Sola Sobowale and Tony Umez
The Wait Nkechi A Faith-based film
Namaste Wahala Didi Nollywood/Bollywood cross-cultural romantic comedy [38]
2020 Who's The Boss Jumoke A Nigerian Romantic Comedy Film featuring Sharon Ooja, Funke Akindele, Beverly Osu
DOD The first family adventure film in Nigeria
2019 Kpali Amaka Kalayor Alongside Nkem Owoh [39]
2018 Funke! Ms. Cathrine Set in 1996 – Alongside Segun Arinze and Jide Kosoko [40]
Sylvia Gbemi Ogunlana [41]
2017 The Royal Hibiscus Hotel Joyce [42]
2016 The Following Day [43]
North East Hadiza Ahmed [44]
It's Her Day Nicole Hernandez [45]
A Bone to Pick Alicia Starred alongside IK Ogbonna [46]
2015 Death Toll [47]
The Prenup Starred alongside Alex Ekubo
2014 Bad Hair Day Shot while in NYFA [48]

TV Host

Year Title Cast Name Notes
2014 My Big Nigerian Wedding Presenter Aired on Africa Magic in 2015[49]

Production

Year Title Role
2015 Before 30 Production Assistant

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Result Ref
2020 Golden Movies Awards Best Golden Actress Drama Nominated [50]
2017 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best Actress in a Supporting Role Nominated [8][48]
City People Movie Awards Most Promising Actress Nominated [9][48]
ELOY Awards TV Actress of the Year (Battleground) Nominated [51]
The Future Awards Prize for acting Nominated [52]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

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