Seyi Edun (born on 4 June) is a Nollywood actress and producer famous for Yoruba films such as Alejo (2022), Dara (2015), Case Closed (2017), and Oso Aje (2022). She is also a brand influencer, business owner, philanthropist, and the wife of Adeniyi Johnson – ex-husband to Toyin Abraham.
Seyi “Shai” continually shows her multi-faceted side through her works. She has founded an entertainment academy, a production company, and other achievements. From her childhood to her education, career, and her husband; here is everything to know about Seyi Edun.
How old is Seyi Edun?
Seyi Edun has not revealed her exact age but celebrates her birthday on June 4 every year. The producer is a native of Ayetoro Egbado, Ogun State but was born and grew up in Lagos State.
She has not revealed the identity of her parents but it is presumed that she was raised in a supportive family. As such, they supported her career in acting despite their wish for her to study law.
In the same manner, not much is known about her siblings. Nonetheless, she made a comment about her sister being Nollywood scriptwriter Omobolanle Edun. She also has an Elder brother, Jaiyeola Edun.
As regards her educational journey, the actress began school at a very young age in Lagos State at Tunyo Nursery and Primary school. Furthermore, she obtained her O’level certificate from Anglican Girls Grammar School both in Lagos state. Seyi Edun, later on, graduated from Olabisi Onabanjo University with a Bachelor’s degree.
Eventually, she also joined the House of Wisdom Caucus, a theatre group, and graduated in 2011.
Seyi Edun Started Her Professional Acting Career in 2009
Her walk of fame began in the industry around 2009 with minor roles. However, it was in 2011 that she for her breakthrough when she featured and produced Eja Nla – a movie inspired by the Nigerian musician, D’banj. According to her, his personality and song artistry coupled with her admiration for him fueled the movie.
Over time, she has since moved up the entertainment ladder to create and feature in many movies. Some of the popular actors she has worked with are; Mercy Aigbe, Mide Martins, Odunlade Adekola, Yinka Quadri, and Wunmi Toriola
She Has Produced Over 10 Movies and Has an Entertainment Academy
In Yoruba movies of the Nigerian movie industry, Seyi Edun has produced numerous movie with Eja Nla in 2011 being her debut.
Other movies she produced; Wonuola, Case Closed, Oko Mi Ota Mi, Ashewo, Four Couples, Game Master, Dara, Irukanna, Visitor, and Idan.
Uncaping another page in Seyi Edun’s achievement book is her movie academy. Due to her versatility, she has been able to bring to life a movie academy called “Shaiworld School of Performing Arts”. Its main aim is to teach and guide interested students in the fields of acting, directing, scriptwriting, and other sections of the filmmaking process.
Seyi’s Notable Achievements
- Golden Movie Awards Africa – Golden Indigenous (2016)
- Best Young Producer of the Year (2017)
- Best Producer for Four Couples (2017)
- Esteemed Nigerian Youth ward( ENYA) Actress of the Year Award (2018)
- City Peoples Movie Awards (2018)
- Oodua Image Award for Most Fast Rising Yoruba Actress 2018
- ENYA Awards as Best Actress of the Year (2019)
- Dimples Cuisine Awards for Most Vibrant Yoruba Actress (2019)
- Miss Made in Nigeria Awards for Artist of the Year (2019)
- Yoruba Movie Gist Awards for Break Out Actress (2020)
- The Esteem Awards for Best Resourceful Actress of the Year (2020)
Seyi Edun is Involved in Several Other Businesses
She is the Founder of Shai World Initiative Foundation
Seyi Edun owns a foundation called the Shaiworld Initiative. This is a foundation that helps to cater to and feed the underprivileged. They have made it a priority to educationally fund people, especially children that otherwise may not afford school fees.
In recent times, they have been able to sponsor at least four people into different levels of education.
Seyi Edun Also Has a Clothing Line
Until recently, Seyi Edun had been running an online and out-of-store clothing shop before her acting career. She birthed the clothing and lingerie store called Shaiworld Luxury in Lagos.
The store deals in both male and female clothing as well as pajamas, ready-to-wear Aso Ebi, and other meaningful accessories to dazzle customers. Consequently, a sub-store called Tiwa ‘N’ Tiwa by Shai was created to handle all Adire wears and creations.
Who is Seyi Edun’s Husband?
Nollywood actor Adeniyi Johnson (Born: 27 February 1978; Age: 44) is Seyi Edun’s husband. He is known for films such as Gold Statue (2019), Voiceless Scream (2019), Something Strange (2018), Just Not Married (2016), Tales of Eve: Thanks for coming (2015), Tinsel, Alakada (2013).
Johnson is indigenous to the Ondo State area of Nigeria but grew up in Lagos state. The actor is a mass communication graduate from the Polytechnic of Ibadan. He also has a bachelor’s degree in History and International Relations from Lagos State University.
As regards their life as a couple, Adeniyi and Seyi’s exact date of marriage remains uncertain but in 2018, it was revealed that they were secretly married.
As much as it is known, the couple does not have any children but in January 2022, Seyi shared a picture of herself and Adeniyi with a little boy whose name is given as Semilore. Despite this and the tag of “baby” that the actress put on the boy, there is no in-depth knowledge of who he is.
Looking closer into the private life of Seyi’s husband, Adeniyi Johnson, he was previously married to Toyin Aimakhu now Toyin Abraham. The former couple was married in July 2013 at the Ikoyi Registry, Lagos. However, the union soon reached an end in 2015 due to irreconcilable differences on the grounds of Infidelity.
Rumour had it that the actor cheated on his then-wife with Seyi Edun while their marriage was still on. However, the couple has repeatedly refuted claims of previous affairs and maintained that they had only been friends and colleagues at the time.