Also known as Toyin Tomato, Sola Sobowale is a Nigerian actress, director, screenwriter, and producer who has been in the industry for decades. She started the film Sura the Tailor. She then starred in Village Headmaster, Mirror in the Sun, and had a big break with Oh Father, Oh Daughter; a series of Super Story dramas.
Since then Sola has starred in film series including some self-produced films. As a result of her trip to England, she had not been consistent for a year but came back in full force in 2016.
Sola Sobowale Biography
Sola Sobowale was born in Ondo State on 26 Dec 1965 by Joseph and Esther Olagookun raised. Her father was a retired principal and her mother, a former headmistress. She enrolled into the University of Ibadan to study Music after her primary and secondary education. Nevertheless, she moved to Theatre Arts because of her love for acting.
She is married to the Sobowale Oludotun. Oludotun was EKO Hospital’s former chief director, before she relocating to England.
Sola Sobowale Career Debut
Sola got into the industry with the help of her brother-in-law, Tunji Oyelana (For the movie Sura the tailor), who also enrolled her into the University. Oyelana doubled as a lecturer, singer and actor. Sola’s parents were against her acting at first but Oyelana was able to convince her parents to see acting as a noble profession and not a wayward lifestyle based on the relationship he has with the family. Luckily for Sola, her parents agreed, and her career as an actress began.
On getting in, she started with Sura the Tailor, and subsequently, featured in Village Headmaster, Mirror in the Sun, Our Husband Have Gone Mad Again e.t.c. Later on, she joined a group led by Adebayo Salami, Awada kerikeri Group. She also featured in Asewo to re Mecca and a celluloid, Eki Okan, e.t.c
Sola Sobowale came to the limelight after she starred in Oh Father Oh Daughter as Toyin Tomato!, A Super Story drama series by Wale Adenuga. Despite of the aura she put into the show, she is still referred to by many people as Toyin Tomato to date.
Sola Sobowale’s Return
Like we mentioned, Sola was not consistent in the industry for some years. According to her, she left with her family to the UK so she could give her children good education. She returned prepared with her A+ game and has continued to grace the screen with her out of the world performance.
First, she took the role of Tinuade Coker in the popular romantic comedy-drama, Wedding Party. She was a co-director in the Wedding Party with Kemi Adetiba and Adesua Etomi. The movie was popularly accepted and featured Banky W, Adesua Etomi, Richard Mofe Damijo, AY Makun, Iretiola Doyle, and other A-list thespians.
Also, in 2018, she starred as Alhaja Eniola Salami in a political thriller film, King of Boys co-produced and directed by Kemi Adetiba. The award-winning movie saw Sobowale as a businesswoman, philanthropist, and aspiring politician. Sola starred alongside Veteran Jide Kosoko, Adesua Etomi, Toni Tones, Akin Lewis, Reminisce, Illbliss, e.t.c
Altogether, she has over 70 films (Yoruba and English) to her credit.
Sobowale as a producer wrote and produced the Yoruba film, Ohun Oko Somida (2010). Her children, Taiwo and Kehinde Sobowale, Adebayo Salami, actress Ace Mercy Aigbe, and Faith Balogun were featured in the film.
Some of the movies she has starred in include;
Asewo to re Mecca, 1992
Diamond Ring, 1998
Omo Inu Oku, 2001
Tim ba’taiye Wa, 2003
The Outsider, 2003
Emotional Tears, 2003
Jawo nbe, 2003
Hope of Glory, 2004
Love From Above, 2004
Dangerous Twins, 2004
Total Disgrace, 2005
11:45… Too late, 2005
Opin Irin Ajo, 2005
The Last Night, 2005
The Price of Love: Life is Beautiful,2005
A Can of Worms 1&2, 2008
Disoriented Generation, 2009
Ohun Oko Somida, 2010
Family on Fire, 2011
The Wedding Party 1&2 2017
Wives on Strikes: The Revolution, 2017
Christmas is Coming, 2017
King of Boys, 2018
Seven And A Half Dates, 2018
Gold Statue, 2019
The Enemy I know, 2019.
Sola is an award-winning actress who knows how to interpret her roles. Some of the awards in her possession include;
Best Actress in Comedy, African Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards, 2017
Actress of the Year, Allure Awards, 2018
Best Actress in a Leading Role ‘King of Boys’, Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA), 2019
Lifetime Achievement Award, New Vision International Film Festival, 2019
Actress of the Year, New Telegraph Award
Hall of Fame, Naija FM Comedy Awards.
Sola Sobowale Net Worth
Sobowale is one of the most-sought after actresses in Nigeria and has several endorsement deals.
Sola Sobowale is an ambassador to Mouka Foams, BSTAN Homes e.t.c. She was also endorsed by Globacom and represents the company with Patience Ozokwor, Boda Shaggi, Jide Kosoko. e.t.c
Information Cradle estimated her worth at $450,000.
Actress Denies Drug Smuggling Reports.
The actress and film producer said she and her children were in the US and were never arrested.
Nigerian actress Shola Shobowale has finally cleared the air in the United Kingdom over her suspected drug smuggling and ordeal.
The Ondo State born actress was reported to have been caught while trying to peddle drugs and jailed afterwards in a British prison. The actress and movie producer however denied those reports saying that she was away in the UK because of her children schooling there.
In a recent interview with Yes International Magazine, the actress addressed all the past reports about her and insisted that none of them were true.
“I came from England sometime for a meeting at the National Theatre and a colleague of mine saw me and marveled. She said, “Shola, but they said you are in Holloway Prison in England and I said yes!” That those people recognized me and gave me a break to come home so that when I’m done here in Nigeria, I will go back to the prison in UK. She said I wasn’t serious, but I asked that when they told you I was in prison, did you believe the story? And she said yes! So, I said fine, because she told me she heard that somebody came to Holloway Prison and saw me there and that the person even spoke to me; that all I could do was just to cry. She said it was that lady who came to Nigeria and told them. If I carried cocaine and got imprisoned in Holloway, there is no way the UK government would have kept me in England till now. I would have been deported. So, I have never carried cocaine and I have never been imprisoned. So, all they have said or written about me is none of my business, because it does not bother me a bit,” she said during the interview.
She also said she will send anyone with evidence that she’s been arrested and jailed for drug smuggling a one million Naira reward.