The new issue of Hello! Nigeria features Nollywood sweetheart Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, popularly known as ‘Omosexy’.
Omosexy covers the issue with two of her oldest kids Princess(studying to become a world class chef) and M.J Ekeinde aka Captain E. (a budding music producer).
Also on the cover is ex beauty queen Nike Oshinowo, the magazine catches with the now ‘Late Night with Nike Oshinowo’ TV Host and her adorable twins one year after their birth.
This issue features a couple of strong, delicate yet successful women whohave against all odds made things work in their chosen professions. Whetherthey were busy being mothers to new born babies or were bed-ridden due toan illness, the torch for them, could not ever burn out- because for them,there was only one choice…. to succeed!
In the cover interview, Omosexy- a mother of four speaks about her early fears of losing her place in Nollywood as a working actress who got pregnant quite frequently and explains that it tooksheer determination to continue as an actress and even succeed as one. With 20 years of a solid acting career, Omotola has earned a place with the stars as the most watched screen actress in Africa, all of which she achieved through hard work and persistence.
Speaking on her biggest challenge, the actress says:
I guess the biggest challenge is when you are having kids and you are working. My own personal issue is that when I started having my kids I did not have anyone ahead of me in the industry who had gone through the same experience to either sway my nerves or advise me, to let me know everything is going to be okay. I panicked a lot, and I was getting pregnant almost every year so every time I got pregnant, I felt my career was over. Luckily, I did not have what a lot of people say they experience after giving birth like depression. I would initially panic and say ‘oh my God I’m going to have to wait nine more months, give birth to this child and wean this child again. My body would change; my fans would not wait around for this. Then they eventually get to an age where you know you have to let them go- now that’s another batch of emotions to deal with, but I try the best to enjoy every situation that I find myself in. That’s how I was able to cope, by telling myself; ‘it’s ok; it’s happening, make the best of it.
Talking about her supportive husband and the loss of her dad at an early age, she says:
Apart from the fact that I am a woman and most women are multi taskers (a gift that God has given us), I would say I thank God for a very supportive spouse, my husband gives me peace of mind and he supports and understands my career. I think God has given me good health and wisdom. I lost my father when I was quite young; I was 12 or 13-years-old. I’ve constantly had to work and take care of the home because I have younger brothers whose ages are quite far from mine and I had to nurture them, so I became a mother really early. I don’t know any other way. I think it was the training I got and so, transitioning into marriage and being a mother was like an extension of what I was already doing. I think all of that and generally being a firm and focused person helped. I go straight to what I want, I’m not afraid to say ‘no’.”
The issue also featured business mogul, fashionista and socialite Nkiru Anumudu in its fashion section as well as the latest fashion trends. Also in the magazine are exclusive events and travel and lifestyle features.
Grab a copy today from your nearest vendor.
Interview By: Emmanuel Sadi (Instagram: @emmanuelsadii)
Intro By: Adebola Adeyemo (Instagram: @adebola_debs)
Photography By: Kelechi Amadi-Obi (Instagram: @kelechiamadiobi)
Hair By: Ugo Igbokwe of Make Me Salon
Make Up By: Bimpe Onakoya (Instagram: @bimpeonakoya)
Styled By: Moses Ebite (Instagram: @moashystyling)
Location: InterContinental Hotel Lagos
Captain E in Bois and Charles (Instagram: @bosiandcharles)