Capt. Matthew Ekeinde is a Nigerian pilot famously known as the husband of Omotala Jelade Ekeinde, a popular Nollywood actress.
His wife has been one of the shining stars in the Nigerian movie industry for over three decades, interpreting her roles perfectly. The two have welcomed four children and have been able to maintain a perfect marriage for over 25 years. Their union has also become a glowing example to other couples out there. Below is all you need to know about the loving husband of the Nollywood actress.
Capt. Matthew Ekeinde is From Edo State, Nigeria
Capt. Matthew Ekeinde was born on March 23, 1968, to an Edo father and a mother of Igbo origin from Abo in Delta state. The 54-year-old captain, who hails from Sabongida Ora in Edo state, is of the Owan ethnic group. Though much information about his father is not known to the public, it was revealed that he was a divisional police officer who worked in the east. Due to his father’s nature of work, he grew up in the east.
Information about his mother’s name and what she did for a living has been kept under wraps. Capt. Matthew Ekeinde has siblings with whom he grew up under the watchful eyes of his parents. Information about his siblings and what they are up to is unknown to the public.
He Graduated From An Aviation School
Capt. Matthew Ekeinde obtained his nursery and primary education in Lagos State. Due to the nature of his father’s job, they were transferred to the east, Owerri, in Imo State. He obtained his secondary education in the east, having spent five years in the region. After obtaining his secondary school certificate, he moved on to an aviation school where he graduated with a license in aviation.
He Has A Wealth Of Experience In Flying Planes
Capt. Matthew Ekeinde dreamt of becoming a pilot at the age of five after his father took him to work when he was still on duty at the Ikeja airport. His father took him into an old fighter airplane where he sat in the cockpit and was determined to fly an airplane someday. He set out in pursuit of his dream and later obtained an aviator’s license after secondary school. He started flying in England before he moved back to Nigeria in 1991.
The captain has acquired a wealth of experience in his career as a pilot. With over 36 years of flying planes, he has been able to gain the title of Captain. Some of the airlines to which he has rendered his services include:
- AIC airline
- Aero Contractors
- Air Nigeria
- Bristow Helicopter (Pan African Airline)
Capt. Matthew Ekeinde Also Thrives Well in the Business Sector
Apart from building a career as a pilot, the captain has also expanded his portfolio into the business sector. In 2009, he established the Aquatic Jungle Entertainment in Badagary, Lagos State, a tourist and entertainment center with many unique facilities, services, and structures.
He has also obtained about 100 acres of land on which he has started off with the project of building a mini airport using one acre. He also plans to develop the remaining land into a five-star hotel, roller coasters, zoos, and aquariums.
Omotola Jalade Ekeinde First Met Her Husband In The Church
Omotola Jalade Ekeinde first met her husband in Solid Rock Church in Iyana Ipaja in 1994 when the captain’s elder sister introduced him to her. As of then, the actress was just 16 years old while her husband was 26 years old. Omotola’s body structure, which made her look much older than her age, left her husband surprised and he decided to keep things on a friendship level. They maintained their friendship for two years, till she turned 18 and Capt. Matthew Ekeinde saw her as a full wife package.
The captain loved what he saw and told her that he would love to marry her. Omotola laughed it off and told him that many guys usually say the same thing. Matthew, who was based in the United States at the time, knew a lot about the actress and met with her family once when he visited Nigeria. He showed how eager he was to make her his wife, and she told him to meet with her parents, which he didn’t waste time doing.
Omotola’s family wanted him to wait until she finished university, as she had just gained admission into the University of Ife. Capt. Matthew Ekeinde didn’t agree with them because he knew that the guys at the university would not ignore his lover’s beauty. He went ahead with the marriage rites.
They Had Their Wedding Ceremony on Board a Dash 7 Aircraft
In 1996, the lovers set out to tie the knot. In 2000, they went on to make their dreams come true by having their wedding again in mid-air. The wedding ceremony took place on board Dash 7, an aircraft. The officiating priest, family members, and a few friends were present at the wedding, which made headlines at the time.
To make the wedding more fun and memorable, Capt. Matthew Ekeinde flew the plane for about 10 minutes. He only left the plane to his co-pilot when it was time to say his vows.
Capt. Matthew Ekeinde And His Wife Are Proud Parents of Four Children
Capt. Matthew Ekeinde and Omotala have welcomed 4 children since they became a couple. Their children, Princess, Matthew Johnson Jnr., Meraiah, and Michael, have also been in the public eye just like their parents.
- Date of birth: March 30, 1997
- Age: 25 years old
- Gender: Female
- Marital Status: Single
- Occupation: Entrepreneur, social media influencer
Princess Ekeinde is the first child and daughter of the couple who is a complete copy of her mother. She is currently 25 years old as she was born on March 30th, 1997. She attended Chrisland College Idimu before proceeding to the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM). She became a certified graduate at the age of 22.
Princess faced challenges as a child as her parents almost lost her to the cold hands of death when she was a year old. She fell into a coma after she was administered drugs by her parents, who were naive as of then because she was running a high fever. As luck may have it, she was resuscitated when she was rushed to the hospital. She also faced sight issues as a child but has overcome the challenge as she is doing well with her sight now.
She has grown into a resourceful woman and is also active as a social media influencer. Princess has kept on going for the best and bagged a Masters’s degree from Dubai University on the 23rd of March 2022. Her graduation was well attended and celebrated by her family as it was also her father’s birthday and their 26th wedding anniversary.
Matthew Johnson Ekeinde Jnr. (Captain E)
- Date of birth: 20 August 1998
- Age: 24 years old
- Gender: Male
- Marital Status: Single
- Occupation: Musician, DJ
Matthew Johnson Ekeinde, also known as Captain E is the second child and first son of the actress and Captain. Now 24 years old, he was born on the 20th of August 1998. As a child, he was determined to follow in his father’s footsteps by becoming a pilot, but he ended up in the entertainment industry. Even though his father was disappointed in his son’s deviation, he still supported him in his new career path.
Currently, he is a musician and has been working hard to gain recognition in the Nigerian music industry. Captain E. developed a passion for music at the age of 6 after he mastered the guitar and released his debut album in 2017 titled Sound Of Winter 2. In 2018, he released his own EP titled 20. He is now a DJ, music producer, sound engineer, recording artist, and video director, and has many other things up his sleeves.
- Date of birth: 7 February 2000
- Age: 23 years old
- Gender: Female
- Marital Status: Single
- Occupation: Design assistant intern
Meraiah Ekeinde is the third child and second daughter of Capt. Matthew Ekeinde and Omotala Jalade Ekeinde. She was born on February 7, 2000. The 23-year-old designer attended Chrisland College in Lagos before moving over to the United States to further her education. She is undeniably a determined individual, having graduated in 2019 with two degrees: an Associate of Art in Merchandise Product Development and a Bachelor of Science in Business Management.
Omotala took to social media handles to share her joy at her daughter’s graduation. She further stated that her husband was meant to attend the graduation but was busy in South Africa. Meraiah has proven to be hardworking and is currently working at Colourist, a firm based in Los Angeles, as a Design Assistant intern. She made headlines in April 2022 after sharing photos of her revealing bikini while on vacation. Her mother took to her Instagram to show that she was displeased with the outfit.
- Date of birth: 19 April 2002
- Age: 20 years old
- Gender: Male
- Marital Status: Single
- Occupation: Cinematographer and film director
Michael Ekeinde is the last child and second son born to the couple on April 19th, 2002. He is seen as his mother’s best companion as he always went with her to her various film locations. This inspired him to pursue the same career as his mother, but he soon changed his mind and decided to become a film director and cinematographer. The 53-year-old Michael believes he is on the right career path as he has his own unique analysis of any movie that he sees.
In pursuit of his career, he attended a 5-day Blackmagic Camera Workshop where he was taught how to work with several Blackmagic cameras, like a 4K production camera, a cinema camera, and a pocket camera, in 2015. In a 2016 interview, he made it known that he was not interested in joining the Nigerian movie industry. He lives a very private life and is always careful about what he uploads on his social media handles.
Capt. Matthew Ekeinde’s Net Worth Compared To Omotola Jalade Ekeinde’s Net Worth
With a flourishing career in the Nigerian movie industry, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde is known as one of the most accomplished actresses. The actress boasts a huge net worth that is estimated to be $7.2 million and ranks as one of the most successful actresses in Nigeria. She also ventured into music, which added to her net worth. The actress earns from her endorsement deals with companies like Konga.com, Knorr Cube, Pampers Baby Diapers, Scanfrost Appliances, B016 Hair Range, and many more.
Omotola, who started acting at the age of 17, has also added to her net worth through other ventures like her reality TV show, Omotola: The Real Me, launched in 2012. Though Capt. Matthew Ekeinde’s net worth has been kept under the radar, with over 36 years as a pilot, he is seen to have amassed a lot. He also has other businesses which have caused a rise in his net worth. With the unknown net worth of the captain, it is not possible to compare the couple’s net worth.
Their Marriage Has Not Been Free From Controversies
Capt. Matthew Ekeinde and Omotola’s marriage has spanned over 25 years and has not been without controversy. Though they try their best to keep their family issues out of the public eye, they have been met with cheating rumors that have spread like wildfire on the internet. In 2021, a Nigerian blogger claimed that the actress was having a romantic affair with the All Progressive Congress chairman and ex-governor of Edo state, Comrade Adams Oshimhole.
The actress denied the claims and asked fans to block the Instagram handle of the blogger, where he shared photos of the actress and the politician. She went on to demand the completion of the story with evidence from the blogger to back up his claims. Capt. Matthew Ekeinde has not been left out of controversies. Many Nigerian blogs alleged that her husband was having an affair with an unidentified lady in the U.K.
To back things up, a chat between the captain and an unknown lady was shared on social media. They have constantly faced cheating allegations from unknown individuals without concrete evidence. Despite these marital challenges, the two have been standing strong behind each other and have been serving the best couple goals after many years of marriage.