Tolulope Adesua Etomi-Wellignton is a Nigerian actress, producer and singer. She is also known as Adesua Etomi. In 2014, she starred in her first feature film knocking on Heaven’s Door.
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Adesua Etomi Biography
Tolulope Adesua Etomi was born in Owerri, Imo State, on 22nd of February 1988 in Owerri state. Her father is a soldier of Esan descent and her mother is a civil engineer of Yoruba descent. She is the youngest of three siblings. She attended Corona School in Victoria Island, Lagos, where she joined the drama club at the age of seven.
Thereafter, she attended Queen’s College, Lagos before moving to the United Kingdom at the age of 13. Etomi later obtained a diploma in “physical theatre, musical theatre and performing arts” from City College Coventry in 2004. After completing these courses in 2006 with triple distinctions, she studied drama and performance at the University of Wolverhampton, graduating with first-class honors.
She made her big screen acting debut in April 14, 2014 when Knocking On Heaven’s Door was released in Nigerian cinemas. Her riveting performance as the abused Debbie announced Adesua Etomi as one to watch. With stellar performances first as Layo in Brave and as Sharon in Gidi Up Season 2, Adesua Etomi proved to critics that she had the requisite acting chops.
In August 2015, she joined the cast of MTV’s HIV/AIDS edutainment series Shuga 4 as Sheila and in October 2015, Adesua Etomi was unveiled as a cast member of a Crime and Investigative drama series titled Special Crimes Unit: Las Gidi Cops which debuts in February 2016.
On the big screen, she would deliver another emotionally gripping performance, this time as Muna in the feature film; Falling, which was released theatrically in September 2015. This earned her the 2016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Best Actress In A Drama Award.
Her 2015 cinema run was followed by nationwide releases for A Soldier’s Story in October 2015, Inkblot’s Out Of Luck in December 4, 2015. In February 2016 Adesua Etomi would return to Nigerian cinemas with Tolu Tanner’s Couple Of Days. Which currently holds the Nigerian box office record for the most tickets sold in one day (February 14, 2016).
With primary training in theatre Adesua Etomi, straddles the screen and stage worlds expertly. Her foray into theatre began in 2004 with The Crucible, while she studied for Diplomas in Performing Arts, Musical & Physical Theatre at The City College in Coventry, United Kingdom.
In 2008 & 2009 she would star in three plays for the Arena Theatre, while studying for a Bachelors’ in Drama and Performance at The University of Wolverhampton. Upon completion of her studies in 2009, Adesua Etomi bagged a First Class Honors’ degree and a Foursight Theatre Award for the Best Performance in A Devised Piece Of Work.
With the initial goal to work for a year to enable her diversify her world experience; Adesua Etomi strayed from the world of acting for a little under three years, until the yearning to do what she loved most won over. In 2012 she got back on stage in The Miller’s Tale which showed at the Saga Tiata-Edinburg Fringe Festival.
In 2013, Adesua Etomi made a trip back to Lagos, Nigeria to visit family and met a vibrant film and theatre scene which she decided to venture into. This led to several appearances in stage plays all over Nigeria including Shattered, Anatomy of a Woman, Crystal Slipper, London Life Lagos Living, Saro 1 & 2, Les Miserables, Band Aid and The Secret Lives Of Baba Segi’s Wives.
Later that year, Adesua landed the lead role in her first movie – Knocking On Heaven’s Door, produced by Emem Isong. Adesua Etomi would again team up with Emem Isong in a big budget period piece, tentatively titled “Ayamma – Music In The Forest”, which is primed for a late 2016 theatrical release. With each new performance on screen and stage, Adesua Etomi has steadfastly won over industry watchers and critics.
In November 2015 leading Journalist, Film Critic, Festival Aficionado and Film Awards Jury Panelist – Shuaib Husseni dubbed her “The New Princess Of The Silver Screen”. Other film credits include, ‘The Arbitration’, ‘The Wedding Party’ I & II, ‘Falling’, ‘Date Night’ and ‘Up North”.
In April 2019, Vogue’s magazine featured her as one of the 14 global star. That same year, she received the AMVCA after starring in a romantic film titled ‘Falling’. Today, Etomi is a renowned actress who interprets her roles passionately.
She got engaged to Banky W in February 2017.The couple held their traditional marriage on 19th of November, their court wedding on 20th of November and white wedding on 25th of November 2017; the latter ceremony was held in Cape Town, South Africa
She has featured in several television series like Gidi Up, Las Gidi Cops and Shuga
Similarly, she did voice over for fanta drink and solo phones in 2013 and 2014 respectively. Adesua Etomi has featured in several films, below are some of it.
- 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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