Nigeria's entertainment queen Iyobo Ojo has won the hearts of many people around the world. The Beyond Disability star has made exemplary appearances in Nollywood and Yoruba films.
A section of her fans loves her because of her philanthropic initiatives. She inspires many by touching the lives of children living with disability in society. This biography will reveal a lot about who she is.
- Full name: Olori Iyabode Omo Iadukeade
- Date of birth: December 21st, 1977
- Zodiac sign: Capricorn
- Place of birth: Lagos, Nigeria
- Nationality: Nigerian
- Gender: Female
- Ethnicity: Black
- Occupation: Actress, television personality, director, producer, philanthropist
- Eye colour: Black
- Hair colour: Black
- Marital status: Divorced
Iyabo Ojo biography
The Nigerian actress was born on December 21st, 1977. Her parents are originally from Abeokuta in Ogun State, but she was born and raised in Lagos State, which is located in the southwest of Nigeria. She is the last born in a family of three. She has two elder brothers.
How old is Iyabo Ojo?
Having been born in 1977, Iyabo Ojo age is 43 years as of 2021. She celebrates her birthday on the 21st day of December each year.
The famous actress embodies beauty and braina. She attended school in Lagos at National College, Gbagbada. After graduating, she joined Lagos State Polytechnic to pursue a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Estate Management.
Her illustrious career
Iyabo Ojo is one of the key figures in Nigeria's film industry. She has acted in various top-selling movies.
She has also produced and directed several Yoruba and Nollywood movies. Below are her career highlights.
As an actress
Iyabo's passion for acting was evident during her time in secondary school. She was a member of the school's drama group, and her active involvement sharpened her acting skills.
She made her acting debut in the Nigerian film industry in 1998. She was part of the cast for Satanic. Her impressive role in this particular movie catapulted her to the limelight and she never looked back.
She has directly or indirectly contributed to various Nollywood and Yoruba movies. Some of these movies include:
- Agogo Ide
- Baba Darinjinwon
- Beyond Disability
- Black Val
- Apo Owo
- Tore Ife (Love)
- Twisted Twin
- Gone to America
- Divorce Not Allowed
Her career as a producer and scriptwriter
The actress is also a successful producer and scriptwriter. She owns a production company dubbed Iyabo Ojo Films Production, and her movies' themes touch on love, marriage, and Christian faith.
She has produced several movies under her production company, most of which receive incredible viewership. Some of Iyabo Ojo films include:
As a philanthropist
The actress is passionate about empowering people through her work. She founded a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) called Pinkies Foundation.
The NGO was launched in 2011, and its objective is to help less privileged children, especially those living with disabilities. In 2015, she was part of the movie titled Beyond Disability - a touching and educative film.
Awards and achievements
The actress' impressive contribution to the success of most Nollywood and Yoruba films has not been in vain. She has received awards and recognition from various accredited bodies.
Some of her notable awards include:
- In 2007, in the United Kingdom, she won the Best Crossover Actress during African Film Awards.
- In 2011, she won the Excellent Performance on Stage during the BOTRA Award.
- In 2011, she was awarded the Best Feature Film at the Abuja International Film Festival.
- In 2011, she won the Award of Excellence and Recognition by the Deluxe Magazine.
- In 2012, she emerged the Best Actress in a Supporting Role at the Best of Nollywood Awards
- In 2013, Iyabo won the Best Actress of the Year during the CAMA Awards.
- In 2015, she was named the Woman of the Year at Africa Mouthpiece.
- In 2015, she was named the Best Actress of the Year (Yoruba) at the City People Movie Award.
Additionally, the mother of two recently received an award for active use of the video-sharing app - TikTok. She was one of the Nigeria celebrities who got people glued to their phones, thanks to her funny content, which received a massive viewership.
Moments after receiving the award, the actress took to Instagram to express her joy for the award. She uploaded a video of herself carrying the award and happily dancing to a tune by Naira Marley.
What is Iyabo Ojo net worth?
The actress has made a fortune out of her career. She is reportedly worth $600,000 according to multiple sources.
This amount of wealth affords the renowned Nollywood actress a luxurious lifestyle. She owns various precious properties and assets such a Range Rover, a mansion in Lekki, Lagos State Nigeria, and much more.
She has a Range Rover P525 HSE, which has a customized plate number with the words "Boss Lady" written boldly on it.
Is Iyabo Ojo married?
The actress is currently not married. However, she was married before, but her marriage was not meant to last a lifetime.
She got married in 1999. Not long after, she gave birth to her first child named Festus. In 2001, she brought another child into the world, and it was a girl. Iyabo Ojo daughter is called her Priscillah.
Not much about Iyabo Ojo husband is known except that he is a Lagos-based movie marketer named Ojo. A while back, it was rumoured that he was the one who helped her to become an instant hit in Nollywood.
The award-winning actress refuted this allegation. She further divulged that the reason why he married her was that she was pregnant. She said,
My husband married me because I was pregnant for him; that was the main reason. Most men get married to ladies in the industry because of the celebrity aura around them, only to realise that there is a lot more to marriage than that.
Even though she is a proud mother of two, the actress was not happy in her marriage. She opted for a divorce.
Highlights about Iyabo Ojo daughter
Of Iyabo Ojo children, Priscilla's fame has rapidly grown compared to that of her brother - Festus. She has an Instagram page (@its.priscy), which boasts of one million followers.
Like her mother, Priscilla is a talented actress. She became famous thanks to her impressive appearance on Beyond Disability, a movie she featured in together with her mother.
The film earned her a nomination for the Best Child Actress at the BON's Awards. She is currently ranked as one of the most famous and influential celebrities in Nigeria.
Priscilla Ojoke was born on March 13th, 2001. She is a graduate of Theatre Arts from Babcock University in Ogun State.
Iyabo Ojo Instagram page and social media presence
The Nigerian actress enjoys an incredible social media presence. Like most celebrities, she can interact with her numerous fans using social media platforms.
- Instagram page: @iyaboojofespris
Iyabo Ojo is undoubtedly one of the most celebrated actresses in Nigeria and Africa at large. Her fantastic talent as an actress has earned her a massive fan base. She is a voice to reckon with among many young and upcoming actors and actresses.
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