Olulope Adesua Etomi-Wellignton is an actress, producer and singer based in Nigeria. She is known as Adesua Etomi as well. She appeared in her first feature film, Knocking on the Gates to Heaven, in 2014.
Adesua Etomi Biography
On 22 February 1988, in the state of Owerri, Tolulope Adesua Etomi was born in Owerri, Imo State. Her father is a soldier of descent from Esan, and her mother is a civil engineer of descent from Yoruba. Among the three siblings, she is the youngest. She attended Corona School at the age of seven on Victoria Island, Lagos, where she entered the drama club. After that, before moving to the UK at the age of 13, she attended Queen’s College, Lagos. Etomi also received a diploma from City College Coventry in 2004 in “physical theatre, musical theatre and performing arts.” Since completing these triple-distinction courses in 2006, At the University of Wolverhampton, she studied drama and performance, graduating with first-class honors.
When Knocking On Heaven’s Door was released in Nigerian cinemas, she made her big screen acting debut on April 14, 2014. As the exploited Debbie, her riveting success marketed Adesua Etomi as one to watch. Adesua Etomi proved to critics that she had the requisite acting chops, first with stellar performances as Layo in Brave and as Sharon in Gidi Up Season 2. She joined the cast of MTV’s HIV/AIDS edutainment series Shuga 4 as Sheila in August 2015, and Adesua Etomi was unveiled as a cast member of a Crime and Investigation drama series debuting in February 2016 named Special Crimes Unit: Las Gidi Cops in October 2015.
She will deliver another emotionally gripping performance on the big screen, this time as Muna in the feature film Falling, which was released theatrically in September 2015. This won her the Best Actress In A Drama Award for the Africa Magic Viewers Choice 2016. In her 2015 cinema run, Inkblot’s Out Of Luck on December 4, 2015, was followed by national releases for A Soldier’s Tale in October 2015. Adesua Etomi will return to Nigerian cinemas in February 2016 with Tolu Tanner’s Couple Of Days. For the most tickets sold in one day, which currently holds the Nigerian box office record (February 14, 2016).
With primary training at the Adesua Etomi theatre, the screen and stage worlds are expertly straddled. In 2004, while studying for Diplomas in Performing Arts, Musical & Physical Theatre at The City College in Coventry, United Kingdom, her foray into theatre began with The Crucible. In 2008 & 2009, while studying for a Bachelors of Drama and Performance at the University of Wolverhampton, she would act in three plays for the Arena Theatre. Adesua Etomi earned a First Class Honors degree and a Foursight Theatre Award for Best Performance in A Devised Piece Of Work upon completion of her studies in 2009.
Adesua Etomi strayed from the world of acting for a little less than three years, until the longing to do what she loved most won over, with the initial aim of working for a year to encourage her to diversify her world experience. In 2012, in The Miller’s Tale at the Saga Tiata-Edinburg Fringe Festival, she returned to the stage. Adesua Etomi made a trip back to Lagos, Nigeria in 2013 to visit family and experienced a lively movie and theater scene she wanted to venture into.
In her first film, Knocking On Heaven’s Door, produced by Emem Isong, Adesua landed the lead role later that year. In a big budget period piece, tentatively titled “Ayamma-Music In The Forest,” which is scheduled for a late 2016 theatrical release, Adesua Etomi will again team up with Emem Isong. Adesua Etomi has steadfastly won over industry watchers and critics with each new success on screen and stage. In November 2015, Shuaib Husseni called her “The New Princess Of The Silver Screen” as the leading journalist, film critic, festival aficionado and film awards jury panelist. ‘The Arbitration’, ‘The Wedding Party’ I & II, ‘Falling’, ‘Date Night’ and ‘Up North’ include other film credits.
Vogue magazine featured her as one of the 14 global stars in April 2019. After starring in a romantic film named ‘Falling’ the same year, she won the AMVCA. Today, Etomi is a renowned actress who passionately interprets her roles.
In February 2017, she was engaged to Banky W. The couple celebrated their traditional marriage on 19 November, their court marriage on 20 November and white marriage on 25 November 2017; the latter ceremony took place in Cape Town, South Africa.
She has starred in a variety of TV shows, including Gidi Up, Las Gidi Cops and Shuga
Similarly, she did voice over in 2013 and 2014 for fanta drink and solo mobile, respectively. Adesua Etomi has been used in many films, some of which are below.
- Brave, 2014
- Knocking on Heaven’s Door, 2014
- Falling, 2015
- A Soldier’s Story, 2015
- Out of Luck, 2015
- Couple of Days, 2016
- And the Spirit Slowly Dies, 2016
- The Arbitration, 2016
- Something Wicked, 2016
- Ayamma: Music in The Desert, 2016
- The Wedding Party 1&2, 2016 &2017
- 10 Days in Sun City, 2017
- Date Night, 2018
- King of Boys, 2018
- Memoirs of 4, 2018
- Up North, 2018
- Muna, 2019
- Malaika: Warrior Queen, 2019
Her hobbies include singing, dancing, playing the guitar and swimming.
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