Foluke Daramola (Born on: February 15, 1978; Age: 44 years old) is a Nigerian actress and producer best known for her role in Olokiki Oru: The Midnight Sensation (2019) and also as the founder of the “Action Against Rape in Africa” initiative.
Foluke is one example of beauty meeting talent. She is one of the many Nigerian female actresses who are highly gifted with acting skills coupled with a unique physique. The actress has spent decades of her life making and featuring in movies with excellent reviews and as a reward, she has received a reasonable measure of fame and jaw-dropping wealth. Here’s are detailed facts about Foluke Daramola-Salako that you may love to know.
Summary of Foluke Daramola’s Bio
- Full name: Foluke Daramola – Salako
- Nickname: Foluke
- Gender: Female
- Date of birth: February 15, 1978
- Foluke Daramola’s Age: 44 years old
- Ethnicity: Black
- Nationality: Nigerian
- Sexual Orientation: Straight
- Religion: Christianity
- Marital Status: Married
- Foluke Daramola’s Husband: Kayode Salako
- Foluke Daramola’s Children: Ibunkunoluwa Ayomikun Owolabi
- Foluke Daramola’s Parents: Reverend Aderonke Daramola (Mother)
- Foluke Daramola’s Net worth: $500,000 (est.)
- Famous for: Olokiki Oru: The Midnight Sensation
- Foluke Daramola’s Instagram: @folukedaramolasalako
- Twitter: @foluke_salako
44-Year-Old Foluke Daramola Hails From Ekiti State
Foluke is the daughter of Reverend Aderonke Daramola who is an indigene of Ekiti State, South-Western Nigeria. She was born on February 15, 1978, and she has no siblings that are known to the public. She is said to have lost her father at the age of three.
Foluke had her basic and secondary education in her home state after which she travelled to the ancient city of Ile-Ife, Osun state, where she gained admission to study for a degree in International Relations at the Obafemi Awolowo University. She also has a Master’s degree in International Law and Diplomacy from the prestigious University of Lagos (Unilag). Foluke has qualifications in executive, leadership, and filmmaking.
Foluke Began Her Acting Career in 1998
Foluke is among the many talented actors who discovered their passion for acting in their early years. Still, unlike Regina Daniels or the Oguike Sisters who joined the industry as child actresses, Foluke started with talk shows instead. As she grew older, her passion for acting grew stronger.
She also mentioned the likes of Tunji Bamishigbin, Ralph Nwadike, and Charles Omiyele as her main source of inspiration as a child. These thespians were popular for their roles in the 1998 film “Most Wanted” which notably launched the careers of Genevieve Nnanji, Regina Askia Williams, and Liz Benson, among others.
Just after graduating from secondary school, Foluke got the chance to meet her mentors during an audition she attended for AIT’s ‘Our Time’. Her film debut was in a 1998 series titled Palace. She also got the chance to appear in other films like Durodola, Above Law, and Official Romance.
After gaining some professional courses in acting, Foluke Daramola then diversified into movie production and in 2013, she released her own movie titled Cobweb. The movie which she also starred in eventually earned her an award nomination for best-supporting actress at the Africa Movie Academy Awards. Though she lost the award to a co-actor, it helped her announce herself in the industry.
The actress revealed that her film, Cobweb, was inspired by her childhood experiences, as her widowed mother was not in support of her choice of pursuing acting as a career while studying because she wanted her to face her studies so she would possibly become someone with ‘much more societal value. As a result of this, it took her time to prove to her mother her strength and ability to combine both.
Though known as an actress, Foluke has also directed some interesting movies as well. They include Obanla and Aiyekan. She is also known for producing the movie titled My Blood, among many others. Her role as Olori in the 2019 movie Olokiki Oru: The Midnight Sensation further led her to the limelight as it has her sharing the screen with the likes of Murphy Afolabi, Toyin Afolayan, Taiwo Hassan and Lateef Adedimeji
Foluke Daramola’s Movies and TV Shows
- Sade Takes Lagos
- Agbede Meji
- Taste of Lve,
- Eko O’ Tobi
- Breaking Point,
- Above Law,
- Official Romance
- A Barber’s Wisdom
- Ona Ife
- My Blood
- Durodola 1&2
- Alaja Agb
- Omo Jaye-Jaye
- Oni Iya Meje
Has Foluke Daramola Retired From Acting?
Foluke is still very much active in the Nigerian film industry. Although she is more active in Yoruba-speaking movies, the beautiful actress also does appear in English-speaking films.
Foluke had earlier revealed that she chose to pursue acting as a career and not a lifestyle. This, according to her, would enable her to combine acting with other profiting endeavours such as management, producing, and directing.
Her reason for digressing was the fact that acting became too monotonous for her. To do something more challenging she first dived into the managerial part of making the play. Foluke is also the founder of “Action Against Rape in Africa”, a non-governmental organization that was established to deal with rape cases in Africa.
While she is at that, the actress also hopes to join politics in the coming years. She said her choice to join politics was so she would ensure positive changes in the entertainment sector.
A Sneakpeak into Foluke’s Marriage of 10 Years
Foluke is currently married to Mr. Kayode Ezekiel Salako a human rights activist of the Yoruba tribe. They got married in 2013 and have been a couple ever since. Though not much has been revealed about Salako’s background, we gathered that he is also a political analyst, educationist, and grassroots political titan of many years in the country.
Salako is also the proprietor of Bosworth International Schools – an international post-primary education school situated in Ewu Town, Ikeja, Lagos. His wife, Folukehas once described him as someone who is dogged and patient.
Speaking of how they met, the thespian revealed that she met her husband at a programme in Lagos state and they started out as friends and saw their relationship metamorphose into a blissful marriage she is proud to talk about now. Foluke says her husband is her soul mate and is happy to have found happiness the second time.
In July 2022, ahead of Nigeria’s 2023 general elections, Mr. Kayode Salako was appointed as the Chairman of the Labour Party, Lagos State chapter. The audaciously brilliant activist was previously a strong member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) until he recently defected to Labour Party.
Salako gained popularity during the 2010/2011 governorship election when in his bid to ensure the then Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babatunde Raji Fashola, secured a second term in office, he single-handedly sponsored a group known as Fasholamania.
Foluke and her husband are not yet blessed with children of their own but share the actress’s two children from her previous marriage. Her first child is Ibukunoluwa Ayomikun Owolabi- a young girl who turned 17 years old on August 30, 2022. She was born in 2005. The actress also has a son whose name has not been revealed, but he is said to have an interest in football.
What Happened to Foluke Daramora’s Previous Marriage?
In 2005, the beautiful thespian got married to a man named Babatunde Sobowale. He is the son of the former Lagos State Education Commissioner. Their union collapsed in 2008 following accusations of domestic violence.
Foluke also blamed the failure of her first marriage on her being raped as a teenager. The actress was reportedly raped by their tenant because she looked much older than her age. she said the trauma caused by her experience made her very rigid on men, including her ex-husband, Tunde. The two separated after the birth of their two kids.
While the actress gave marriage another shot in 2013 by marrying her current husband, Kayode Salako, her ex-husband Tunde also remarried and is currently with a woman named Faridat Ajayi.