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Kiki Omeili Nigeria actress

Nkiruka ‘Kiki’ Omeili is a Nigerian Television and film actress, best known for her role as Lovette in the TV series Lekki Wives. She is also known for her role in her first feature film in 2012, Married but Living Single, where she played the role of the antagonistic Titi Haastrup alongside other Nigerian film actors Funke Akindele, Joseph Benjamin and Joke Silva.

EARLY LIFE

Omeili was born in Lagos, and is the second of four children of Charles and Maureen Omeili, she is of Igbo descent and hails from Nimo, in Anambra State. Her Father Charles was a banker with First Bank Nigeria and retired as a general manager, while her mother Maureen was the Controller of Prisons in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria. Omeili began performing in stage plays all through her primary and secondary school years. This continued when she got into the university as she was a member of the drama club and acted in various productions as well as taking part in several drama competitions. In 2006, she obtained a Medical degree from the College of Medicine, University of Lagos.

CAREER

In 2011, Omeili auditioned for and got the role of Debbie in the TV series “Behind the Smile”. In 2012, she teamed up with the director of “Behind the Smile”, Tunde Olaoye, to star in her debut feature film “Married but living single” where she worked with Funke Akindele, Joseph Benjamin, Femi Brainard and Joke Silva. Omeili has had roles in a number of TV series including “The Valley Between”, “NESREA Watch”, “Lekki Wives” and “Gidi Culture”.

Asides from her acting roles, in 2011 Omeili hosted the Dance reality TV show “Dance 234”, a Koga entertainment production. Omeili also hosts the health segment on Smooth FM’s Saturday morning radio show called “Balancing Life” and writes numerous articles in online blogs.

Kiki Omeili also “emcees” various events and has done voice-overs for projects including LG and the MTN world cup countdown programme in 2009.

In August 2013, it was announced that Lekki Wives would be renewed for a second season, and Omeili’s contract was renewed to reprise her role as Lovette.

Early 2016, she starred in the Nigerian Box Office hit; Couple of Days, where her portrayal of the character Joke, got wonderful reviews from critics. In May 2016, Iterum a short film directed by Stanlee Ohikhuare and starring Kiki Omeili and Paul Utomi was premiered at the 69th Annual Cannes Film Festival.

On May 31, 2016, Omeili made her debut as a movie producer, with the release of the Short Film Unprotected. The film is based on true events, which she observed as a medical student in the university. The film features Kiki Omeili, as the lead character, and Eric Didie, Bimbo Ademoye, Blessing Ambrose and Nathan Kingsley in supporting roles.

AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

In October 2012, Omeili received the award for the ‘Best Actress (Supporting Role in an English language film)’ at the 17th African Film Awards (formerly known as the Afro Hollywood Awards) in London.

In May 2014, Omeili was listed among the Top 25 New Faces of Nollywood by Nigerian Entertainment Today (NET) Newspaper, she had also been listed by Nigerian tabloid newspaper ‘The Sun’ as one of Nollywood’s fastest rising stars earlier in 2014.

Omeili was nominated for the ‘TV Actress of the Year’ at the Exquisite Lady of the Year (ELOY) Awards in November 2014. She was nominated for her lead role in the Television series ‘Lekki Wives’.

In October 2015, Omeili won the award for the Best Supporting Actress for her role in the Movie – Sting, at the 2015 Global Icons Academy Movie Awards (GIAMA), which held in the USA.

In July 2016, Omeili won the award for Best Supporting Actress of the Year at the 2016 City People Entertainment Awards in Lagos, Nigeria.

In October 2016, Omeili got her first international nomination, as she was nominated for the Best Lead ACtress in a Short Film at the Berlin 2016 – Film Fest International Awards for the film, Deluded.

Awards

YearEventPrizeRecipientResult
2012African Film AwardsBest Actress – Supporting Role in an English language film (Married but Living Single)Kiki OmeiliWon
2014ELOY AwardsTV Actress of the Year (Lekki Wives)N/ANominated
2015GIAMA 2015 AwardsBest Supporting Actress – Female (Sting – The Movie)Kiki OmeiliWon
In-Short Film FestivalBest Actress – Female (Deluded – Short Film)Kiki OmeiliWon
2016City People Entertainment AwardsSupporting Actress of the YearKiki OmeiliWon
Lagos 30 under 40 AwardsBest Actress – EnglishKiki OmeiliWon
FilmFest International Awards (Berlin 2016)Best Lead Actress in a Short FilmKiki OmeiliNominated

FILMOGRAPHY

YearTitleRoleDirectorNotes
2011Behind the SmileDebbieTunde OlaoyeLead Role/TV Series
2011Nowhere to be FoundDr. GraceNiji AkanniTV Series
2011FootprintsEdnaJerry IsicheiSub-Lead/TV Series
2012Married but Living SingleTiti HaastrupTunde OlaoyeFeature Film
2012NESREA WatchMrs. IraborPaul AdamsTV Drama/Informative
2012Binding DutyNjideIhria EnakimioTV Drama/Informative
2012The Valley BetweenNikkiTunji BamishigbinSub-Lead/TV Series
2012Gidi CultureMariamTunde AnjorinSub-Lead/Series
2012A Mother’s FightUruFlo SmithSub-Lead/Short Film produced by Uche Jombo
2012Lekki WivesLovetteBlessing Effiom EgbeLead Role/Series
2013Kpians: The Feast of SoulsKiki OfiliStanlee OhikhuareHorror Movie also starring Ashionye Ugboh-Raccah
2013Consenting AdultsSeunSoji OgunnaikeFeature Film; starring Nomoreloss
201324/7Barrister EkanemEfetobore AyeteniFeature Film starring IK Osakioduwa, Eku Edewor and Wole Ojo
2013ObliviousLucyStanlee OhikhuareFeature Film
2013Lekki Wives (Season 2)LovetteBlessing Effiom EgbeLead Role/TV Series
2013StingAdaStanlee OhikhuareFeature Film
2013The Glass HouseEseJerry IsicheiFeature Film
2014The AntiqueIsokenDarasen RichardsFeature Film starring Olu Jacobs, Bimbo Akintola and Judith Audu
2014Same DifferenceNonyeEhizojie OjesebholoFeature Film starring Ricardo Agbor and Daniel K Daniel
2014A Dead EndBiolaEhizojie OjesebholoFeature Film starring Barbara Sokky, Seun Akindele and Uche Anyamele
2014Next Door to HappinessTinukeUzodimma OkpechiFeature Film starring Frederick Leonard
2014A Place Called HappyTeniLowladeeFeature Film starring Blossom Chukwujekwu
2014Friends and LoversJennyYemi MorafaFeature Film starring Deyemi Okanlawon
2014+234Sandra LawsonSoji OgunnaikeDrama Series starring Tosyn Bucknor, Tope Tedela and Anthony Monjaro
2015Gbomo Gbomo ExpressBlessingWalter TaylourFeature film – starring Ramsey Nouah
2015Jimi BendelT-boyEhizojie OjesebholoAction Comedy film
2016Fast CashOkey Zubelu OkohFeature film – starring Mary Lazarus, Oma Nnadi, Funnybone
2016IterumIretiStanlee OhikhuareShort film – screened at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival in Paris,France

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