Jemima Osunde (born 30th April 1996, Age: 26 years old) is a Nigerian actress model, presenter, and physiotherapist who became famous after she played Leila in the television series Shuga
An epitome of “young and getting it,” 26-year-old Jemima has recorded great achievements in two career paths that may appear to be contrasting. She has managed to strike a balance and emerge as a successful entertainer and a medical practitioner. Her strong will and belief in girl power have served her well in climbing the ladder of success to the top.
Jemima Osunde was Born in Lagos 26 Years Ago
A look into the family background of Jemima will reveal why the young actress is doing so well at acting, managing it alongside her medical career. The Edo state actress was born in Lagos on 30 April 1996 to Mr. and Mrs. Osunde. She is the last child and only female child of four children. Jemima’s father is a retired judge, while her mother worked with the Ministry of Education at Lagos State.
Her three older brothers are also doing well for themselves. The first is a lawyer, the second is an engineer, and the third is a broadcaster. Although she has not revealed their names, the actress holds her family very dear and does not hesitate to flaunt them, especially her parents, on social media. The level of success her other family members have attained explains why the actress can comfortably do so well in two different career spheres. Even though her brothers are doing very well, she is the most popular of them all.
She Had All Her Schooling in Lagos State
The model started her academic journey at Air force Primary School Lagos, from where she moved to Holy Child College Lagos, where she obtained her Senior School Certificate. As a secondary school student, she served as the literary and debating club president and the social prefect. These functions prepared her and gave her the confidence she needed to go into the entertainment industry.
After graduating from secondary school, she went on to study physiotherapy at the University of Lagos. She had all her education in Lagos State. During her first year in the university, she started going for auditions and eventually became an actress. Hence, she was combining school and acting. She excelled and graduated as a physiotherapist in 2019. The young lady currently works as a physiotherapist in Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH).
In June 2021, Jemima started her one-year compulsory National Youth Service. She shared photos of herself during the three weeks orientation camp. For those who asked why she had to go for the service despite being a movie star, she explained that her father insisted she fulfills her every duty and function as a citizen. She added that she completely agrees with her father.
Jemima Osunde got into Nollywood at the Age of 18
Jemima is a young and trendy actress known for her seemingly flawless talent. She got into Nollywood at the age of 18 and dived right into the business as if she was born for it; apparently, she was born for it. She played her role so well that her first movie got a nomination. At age 19, she became even more popular after being featured in an MTV series titled “Shuga.” She acted as Leila, and that became the name most people knew her by because it was the role that brought her to the limelight.
Her journey in the entertainment industry started during her first year at the university. She knew there was more she had to offer than studying to become a physiotherapist. She was further encouraged by her uncle, who was a presenter. The ambitious lady started going for auditions, including that of Tinsel, a popular TV series. Jemima eventually got a role in her first movie, Jungle Jewel, produced by Ufuoma McDermott.
Following her outstanding performance in her debut, Jemima started to get more movie roles, and she continued to deliver them as real and original as possible. Within the few years, she has stayed in the industry, she has been featured in several movies, including the blockbuster Lion’s Heart. She starred alongside veteran actress Genevieve Nnaji. Also, she extends her talent to TV series and has had a couple of nominations due to her work well done.
Some of the movies and series she has acted include:
- Jungle Jewel (2014)
- Silence (2016)
- Stella (2016)
- Esohe (2017)
- Isoken (2017)
- The Delivery Boy (2018)
- My Wife and I (2018)
- New Money (2018)
- Lion’s Heart (2019)
- Quams Money (2020)
- Ojays (2015)
- The Johnsons (2015)
- That is it (2016-2017)
- Rumor has it (2016-2018)
- Inspector K (2018)
- Papa Benji (2020)
- MTV Shuga (2015-2020)
She has a couple of nominations in the industry, including;
- African Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards (AMVCA) for her first movie, Jungle Jewel
- Best Actress in a leading role at the 15th Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) in 2018 for the movie “The Delivery Boy.”
Other Interesting Facts About Jemima Osunde
- Jemima advocates for the girl child
The hardworking young lady is a firm preacher of personal development and women empowerment. She believes in the power of the girl child and preaches that everyone is as limited as they think they are.
- She doesn’t like being called a feminist
Although she believes women are strong, she does not like to be called a feminist because she does not agree with some of the opinions of some feminist groups. She says that she prefers to stand alone and win. The actress is serious-minded but not an extremist.
- She is not in any known relationship yet
Because of her very personal lifestyle, it is difficult to tell whether or not she is in a relationship at the moment.
- Controversy about her comment
She was faced with controversy once when she said that she would choose a man who is good in bed over one who has money. During an interview, the question was thrown to her about whether she would prefer a poor man who was good in bed or a rich man. She later cleared the air, saying that her response was not a representation of her person or belief, but she only answered the question hypothetically. She further added that she had told the interviewer that she normally does not answer such questions but went ahead to indulge after the interviewer insisted.