Juliana Olayode is a 28 year-old Nigerian actress, author, content creator, MC, motivational speaker, brand ambassador, and sexual purity activist. Born on 7 June 1995, Oloyade is best known as Toyo Baby, a nickname she got from starring as Toyosi in Jenifa’s Diary, the Comedy TV series.
Toyo featured in a few movies before becoming famous with Jenifa’s Diary – a Nigerian TV comedy series created by Funke Akindele. She is also known to speak on controversial issues like sex before marriage and sexual abuse. Olayode is beautiful and talented when it comes to the business of acting.
28 Year Old Juliana Olayode Hails from Ogun State
Toyo Baby is an indigene of Ipokia Local Government in Ogun State but she was born and raised in Lagos State. Julianna grew up in a family of eight of which she is the youngest. Not much is known about her family but she did mention she has a sister who was allegedly involved in a sex scandal with a pastor known as Pastor Timilehin Adigun.
Julianna had her primary and secondary education in Lagos State. After graduating from Babs Fafunwa Millennium Senior Grammar School, Ojodu–Berger, Lagos State, she got admitted to the University of Ibadan but was unable to attend due to a lack of funds to pay for the school fees. Regardless, she got different certifications that helped her improve her skills as an actress and a person.
How Juliana Olayode Began Her Career Journey as an Actress
Julian never imagined herself as an actress while growing up but as the saying goes, time and chance happened and today, she is one of the fastest-growing actors you will find in the Nigerian movie industry popularly known as Nollywood.
Her journey into the movie industry began when on her way to the church when a friend invited her for an audition. like every other novice, her first audition wasn’t good but she was given another chance. Luckily, she got a role even when she least expected it. Through her first acting experience, Juliane had the chance to work with A-list actors like Yemi Solade and Tina Mba.
Before rising to the limelight, Julianne had been featured in about four movies including Couple of Days where she was featured as “Judith.” The 2016 drama had her sharing the screen with Nollywood stars like Adesua Etomi-Wellington, Falz, and Enyinna Nwigwe. Juliana also had a role to play in a TV series titled “Me, Myself and My Diary.”
Juliana’s rise to fame follows her role as Toyosi (Toyo Baby), Jenifa’s best friend in the comedy series “Jenifa’s Diary”. Olayode said she got discouraged during the auction but in the end, her “never give up” anthem gave her the role that took her career on an amazing leap. She also mentioned Funke Akindele’s efforts in ensuring that she gets better on stage. Juliana, however, left the comedy series in 2016 following her misunderstanding with Funke Akindele-Bello
Upon her growing fame through the sitcom, Juliana went on to become a household name in the Nigerian movie industry, appearing in such movies as Moms at War, and Wedding Party.
Juliana Olayode Movies and TV Shows
- Jenifa’s Diary
- Where Does Beauty Go
- Rivers Between
- Couple of Days (2016)
- Life of disaster
- Move on
- The Cokers
- Another Father’s Day
- Rivers Within
- Stepping into Maggie’s shoe
- The Master Planner
- v Patrick’s syndrome
- The wait
- Click Now
- Becoming Abi
- The Bride Price
Toyo Baby is also a Publisher and Content Writer
Besides her fast-rising acting career, Juliana Olayode is also an author and content creator. In 2017, she published her autobiography titled Rebirth: from Grass to Grace. The autobiography gives more details as regards her career struggles, personal life, and sexual abuse.
Julianna has written two additional books – Fragrances of Life and The Light Within, which offer her unique perspective on life, faith, and relationships. She also runs a successful YouTube channel where she shares her thoughts and life experiences with her followers.
With millions of followers on social media platforms, Juliana Olayode is known for her candid and outspoken personality. She is considered a role model for many young people in Nigeria and around the world. This, among other reasons, follows her strong advocacy for sexual purity.
Her Awards and Notable Achievements
From her career success as an actress, Juliana Olayode has earned herself a good number of awards, they include the following:
- 2016 Best Actress of the Year award.
- Kristieope Foundation Award (2017).
- The Corporate Creative Excellence Award (2018).
- The Nigerian Meritorious Award, NMA 2018.
- Next Rated Act (movie) from Tush Award
Is Juliana Olayode Married or Single?
Juliana Olayode is not married yet. She is single and is not known to be engaged with any man. However, there are claims that the actress might be secretly married to her lover.
The rumor about Juliana’s marital status was fuelled by her acting colleague Bimpe Oyebade aka Mo Bimpe, who shared a picture of herself, Lateef Adedimeji, and Juliana with a wedding ring on her finger. Netizens, who were quick to detect the wedding ring, speculated she might be married secretly. The rumor died naturally as Juliana refused to address it.
Meanwhile, Toyo once revealed that she is in a non-sexual relationship. This follows her talks about her sexual purity and her belief in abstinence before marriage. She revealed that even though she was not a virgin, she and her partner does not engage in sex.
“Whenever I tell people that I am in a relationship but we don’t have sex, they are like ” you don’t have sex? what are you even doing there”. Like people think it is impossible to be in a relationship leading to marriage and not have sex,” she said.
Aside from talking about sexual abstinence, Juliana Olayode is also open about her struggles with depression and anxiety and has been vocal about the importance of mental health and seeking help for mental health issues. She often uses her platform to encourage others to prioritize their mental health and to seek help when needed.