Lilian Esoro’s Full Biography and Why She Looks Younger Than Her Real Age

Lilian Esoro is a Nigerian actress, television personality, entrepreneur, and humanitarian. Born in Imo State and bred in Lagos, the actress reeks beauty and class. Her most notable television shows include Clinic Matters and Tinsel, among several others. While the actress has built a huge fan base for herself, many have always admired her youthful look despite being 39 years old.

Profile Summary of Lilian Esoro

  • Full Name: Lilian Esoro
  • Date of Birth: 9th March 1982
  • Age: 39 years old
  • State of Origin: Imo State
  • Marital Status: Divorced (married to Ubi Franklin from November 2015 – 2016)
  • Occupation: Actress

The 39-Year-Old Actress Hails From Imo State

Lilian Esoro is of Igbo ethnicity and precisely from Imo State in South-Eastern Nigeria. She is the last among seven children born to her parents. The only sibling we have identified for now is an elder brother named Uche Esoro, who is a building contractor and the CEO of Duchis Dredging & Construction Limited.

Born on the 9th day of March 1982 and now aged 39, the actress ventured into acting when she was 23 years old. She had her primary and secondary education in Lagos. She studied Integrated Science at Bida Polytechnic and further obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science at the University of Abuja.

Her Skincare Products are the Secret Behind Her Youthful Look

Lilian Esoro is naturally beautiful and fresh-faced. However, in addition to that obvious natural beauty, the actress pays particular attention to her skin. She is quite knowledgeable about skincare products, routines, and treatments. She owns and manages a skincare brand (Lioca Skincare) through which she helps others improve the health and appearance of their skin, and her youthful glow is undeniable proof that she is good at what she does.

She Began Her Acting Career in 2007

Lilian Esoro first appeared on screen when she played the role of Frieda in comedian Bovi’s 2007 television drama Extended Family. In an interview with The Nation, a Nigerian national daily newspaper, the actress recalled that it took a lot of persuasion and encouragement from her friend, Bovi, to agree to take on the role, as she had never considered acting professionally.

Her breakthrough came through her role in the television series Clinic Matters (2009) as the gossipy and troublesome Nurse Abigail. Clinic Matters was produced and directed by Paul Igwe, whom she had met through Bovi while working on the Extended Family project. From this beginning, Lilin has been able to land many other roles.

Some of her major acting credits include:

Movies:

  • Secret Room (2013)
  • The Real Deal (2014)
  • Meet The Inlaws (2016)
  • Fool’s Paradise
  • Couple of Days (2016)
  • 3 Is A Crowd (2017)
  • Alakada Reloaded (2017)
  • The Alter Date (2018)
  • Merry Men: The Real Yoruba Demons (2019)
  • The Reunion (2019)
  • Different Worlds (2020)

Dramas/Television Series:

  • Extended Family
  • Clinic Matters
  • Tinsel
  • A Taste of Love

Lilian Esoro Has Won a Few Awards

In total, Lilian Esoro has been featured in over a hundred Nollywood movies and TV shows since she began her acting career in 2007. From these many acting roles, she has been publicly recognized several times for her contributions to the world of theatre and entertainment.

A look at some of Lilian Esoro’s biggest awards

  • Best Actress in a Comedy (Nominee) — African Movie Viewers Choice Awards (2013).
  • Best Rising Star (Female) — Nollywood Movie Awards (2014).
  • Actress of The Year — Late Ambassador Segun Olusola Awards (2014), (2016).
  • Most Promising Actress of The Year — City People Award (2016).
  • Best African Actress Of The Year (English) —  African Film Awards (2018).

This list is far from comprehensive. Needless to say, the actress has had her fair share of accolades and recognition in the entertainment world.

What Other Things Does Lilian Esoro Do? 

She is the CEO of a Lioca Group

Lilian Esoro is not only a theatre amazon but has also established herself as an industrious and flourishing entrepreneur. She is the Chief Executive Officer of Lioca Group — a multidivisional company specializing in the sale of beauty products. Its subsidiaries include Lioca Spa (a beauty, cosmetic and personal care brand involved in the sale of hair weaves, nails, and cosmetics; Lioca Skincare (a retail store for skin products and treatments) and a retail clothing line called Abaya by Lioca, dealing exclusively on the sale of abayas. 

Lilian owns an NGO

She is also the pioneer and founder of the Lilian Esoro Foundation (LEF), an organization aimed at “changing the negative narratives of all African women” through freewill donations to indigent and less privileged members of society. So far, the Foundation has taken outreaches to several parts of Nigeria, including Lagos and Owerri.

She Represents Several Brands

Lilian has also received several endorsements. For instance, she is a Brand Ambassador for Young Stars Foundation, a Pan-African NGO raising and empowering young people. She is also an ambassador for the House of Lunettes. In 2016, she signed an endorsement deal with the Abuja-based luxury mall, Dunes. In all, Lilian Esoro is a big name and an awesome personality. Her beauty, skill, style, and unfading youth have made her a notable figure in the Nigerian film industry.

Overview of Her Marriage, Divorce, and Relationships

Lilian Esoro got married to an entrepreneur, public speaker, business coach, and founder of Made Men Music Group (Triple MG), Ubi Franklin Ofem on the 1st of November, 2015. However, the couple separated in October of the following year and began proceedings for divorce, but it was not until February 2021 that the marriage was officially dissolved by the High Court.

At first, in 2019, the Federal High Court sitting in Ikeja dismissed their divorce petition, holding that the grounds for the petition were “invalid.” The Judge further advised the parties to “go home and work on their differences.” But on January 28, 2021, the Abuja High Court granted the long-sought decree for dissolution of the marriage, making the divorce official. Lilian has been silent on reasons for the divorce; however, she stated that she has remained good friends with her ex-husband. Ubi, on the other hand, said that the marriage had been “shaky from the start.”

They both have a son named Jayden Ekapong, born in 2016. Although they jointly provide for him, Lilian has custody of the child. Once, there were speculations that the actress was in a relationship with Super Eagles player, Kenneth Omeruo. She, however, cleared the air, describing their relationship as “cordial.”

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