Adesua Etomi (born February 22) is a Nigerian actress. She studied Physical Theatre, Musical Theatre and Performing Arts, in City College, Coventry, United Kingdom, She is a graduate of Drama and Performance at the University of Wolverhampton. She hails from Edo State, Nigeria.
Adesua is clearly someone whose love for the arts runs deep. Her first encounter with acting was at the age of 7, when she joined the drama club at her primary school, Corona, Victoria Island, Lagos. Her talent was untapped, unexplored and dormant until 2004 when she fought her fears and proceeded to study it in college where she graduated with triple distinctions and at the University where she graduated with 1st class honours and ‘The Foursight Theatre Award’ This award was presented to her by the university for best performance in a devised piece of theatre in the whole drama department and got featured in newspaper as one of the students who the city and university were proud of.
Adesua returned to Nigeria in 2012, but she wasn’t planning to move back to Lagos when she did. She quit her job over there because she grew discontent and restless. The idea was to visit for three months but now it is clearly more than that. She stayed because Nollywood welcomed her and her love for acting refused to take a back seat anymore.
She came back and started performeing in several stage plays like : Secret Lives Of Baba Segi’s Wives, Saro, Shattered, The Grimm Tales, Anatomy Of A Woman, Crystal Slipper, The Crucible, Fractal, Not my cup of Tea, The Millers Tale (August 2012, Edinburgh Fringe Festival), Jesus Christ Superstar (Musical), Miss Saigon (Musical), Les Miserables (Musical), to mention but a few…She made her first film debut in 2013 with Royal Arts Academy Production.
Adesua Etomi made her big screen acting debut in April 14, 2014 when Knocking On Heaven’s Door was released in Nigerian cinemas. Her riveting performance as the abused Debbie announced Adesua Etomi as one to watch. With stellar performances first as Layo in Brave and as Sharon in Gidi Up Season 2, Adesua Etomi proved to critics that she had the requisite acting chops. In August 2015, she joined the cast of MTV’s HIV/AIDS edutainment series Shuga 4 as Sheila and in October 2015, Adesua Etomi was unveiled as a cast member of a Crime and Investigative drama series titled Special Crimes Unit: Las Gidi Cops which debuts in February 2016.
On the big screen, Adesua Etomi would deliver another emotionally gripping performance, this time as Muna in the feature film; Falling, which was released theatrically in September 2015. This earned her the 2016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Best Actress In A Drama Award. Her 2015 cinema run was followed by nationwide releases for A Soldier’s Story in October 2015, Inkblot’s Out Of Luck in December 4, 2015. In February 2016 Adesua Etomi would return to Nigerian cinemas with Tolu Tanner’s Couple Of Days. Which currently holds the Nigerian box office record for the most tickets sold in one day (February 14, 2016).
With primary training in theatre Adesua Etomi, straddles the screen and stage worlds expertly. Her foray into theatre began in 2004 with The Crucible, while she studied for Diplomas in Performing Arts, Musical & Physical Theatre at The City College in Coventry, United Kingdom. In 2008 & 2009 she would star in three plays for the Arena Theatre, while studying for a Bachelors’ in Drama and Performance at The University of Wolverhampton. Upon completion of her studies in 2009, Adesua Etomi bagged a First Class Honors’ degree and a Foursight Theatre Award for the Best Performance in A Devised Piece Of Work.
With the initial goal to work for a year to enable her diversify her world experience; Adesua Etomi strayed from the world of acting for a little under three years, until the yearning to do what she loved most won over. In 2012 she got back on stage in The Miller’s Tale which showed at the Saga Tiata-Edinburg Fringe Festival. In 2013, Adesua Etomi made a trip back to Lagos, Nigeria to visit family and met a vibrant film and theatre scene which she decided to venture into. This led to several appearances in stage plays all over Nigeria including Shattered, Anatomy of a Woman, Crystal Slipper, London Life Lagos Living, Saro 1 & 2, Les Miserables, Band Aid and The Secret Lives Of Baba Segi’s Wives.
Later that year, Adesua landed the lead role in her first movie – Knocking On Heaven’s Door, produced by Emem Isong. Adesua Etomi would again team up with Emem Isong in a big budget period piece, tentatively titled “Ayamma – Music In The Forest”, which is primed for a late 2016 theatrical release. With each new performance on screen and stage, Adesua Etomi has steadfastly won over industry watchers and critics. In November 2015 leading Journalist, Film Critic, Festival Aficionado and Film Awards Jury Panelist – Shuaib Husseni dubbed her “The New Princess Of The Silver Screen”.
Adesua Etomi was born in Owerri, South Eastern Nigeria to a Soldier father and Civil Engineer mother. The youngest of three children, she quickly learned to express herself through performance. Her first encounter with acting was at the age of 7, when she joined the drama club at her primary school, Corona School Victoria Island. She moved to the United Kingdom at the age of 13. Her hobbies include singing, dancing, playing the guitar and swimming.