Nollywood actress, Kemi Akindoju popularly addressed as Kemi Lala is an awarding winning, ace Nigerian actress who has appeared in over 100 films.
The actress was in the news recently for her glamorous wedding with celebrity Chef, Gbubemi Fregene which held on the 16th of September, 2018 had almost all the Nollywood acts present.
These are interesting facts you should know about the newly wed actress.
Kemi Akindoju hails from Ondo State, Nigeria was born March 8, 1987 in a family 4. She attended The Fountain School, Surulere, Lagos for her primary school education. She attended Queens College, Yaba ,Lagos for her secondary school education.
Kemi proceeded to study Insurance at University of Lagos as well as a Masters’ Degree in Media and Communication from the Pan African University.
Speaking in an interview, Kemi explained that her nickname, “Lala” was drawn from a childhood nickname she was given, “Kemolala”. As the years progressed, the “Kemo” part dropped and only “Lala” stuck.
Kemi started acting professionally in 2005, and her first appearance was in the play, All I Want For Christmas. For the first 5 years of her acting career, she placed her focus solely on stage performances.
She was part of the team that started Theatre @ Terra – a theatre initiative supported by the cultural centre, Terra Kulture, which is located in Lagos. She was on stage every Sunday back to back for 3 years as part of the Theatre @ Terra project.
She has appeared in over 70 stage productions, playing roles such as Amope in Wole Soyinka’s Trials of Brother Jero, Ojuola in Ola Rotimi’s The Gods are not to Blame, Sizwe in Athol Fugard’s Sizwe Bansi is Dead, and Iyaloja in Wole Soyinka’s Death and the King’s Horseman. However, she shot into the limelight fully when she featured in Alan Poza – a Charles Novia film, which was released in 2012.
She also starred in hit MNet TV series, “Tinsel” as the character, “Sheila Monroe”.
Kemi runs The Make It Happen Productions which is a production company targeted at telling African stories through all mediums; especially film, television and stage.
She produced The V-Monologues in May 2013, worked as the casting director and associate producer with Ndani TV for “Gidi Up” and played the lead role in Tunde Kelani’s Dazzling Mirage. She worked with 2Face Idibia, Kunle Afolayan and Dr. Victor Olaiya on the set of the “Baby Jowo Remix” video in which she featured.
Kemi is the convener of Open Mic Theatre, a hub for actors to bond and network and a one-stop shop for fresh talent. She is also passionate about changing the world and has become a global shaper with the World Economic Forum. She has since been selected to attend the summits in Addis-Ababa and Davos and the US.
Other notable recent movies she starred are “Okafors Law, Lara And The Beat, Potato Potahto, The Royal Hibiscus Hotel” and many more award winning movies.
Kemi recently had single played stage drama titled “Naked”. The stage play got a lot of positive feedbacks from fans.
The star actress got married to her sweetheart, Gbubemi Fregene who is a celebrity Chef on the 16th of September, 2018. The surprise wedding ceremony photos flooded the Internet for days.
Kemi’s hubby, Chef Fregz is a famous Nigerian celebrity chef who is also the pioneer and producer of media hosted cookout, Chef Fregz. Over the years, he has overseen many cooking competition across the country.
Kemi Lala is one of most talented actress in the Nigerian movie industry. In 2010, she won the award for “Actor Of The Year” at The Future Awards. The award was given due to the strength of her performance as a stage actor.
Lala was part of the team of actors selected to perform at the Theatre Royale Stratford East as part of the cultural events at the cultural Olympiad during the London 2012 Olympics.
In 2015, She won the “Most Promising Actor” at the Africa Movie Academy Awards
In 2016, she won the “Trailblazer Of The Year” at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCA).
Kemi Lala has accumulated an encouraging wealth for herself as she’s worth a whooping sum of N80 million.