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Babatunde Omidina: All Ups and Downs of This Nollywood Actor

aisha Published On Sun Jul 19 2020   Modified On Sun Jul 19 2020
Babatunde Omidina: All Ups and Downs of This Nollywood Actor

Babatunde Omidina is an actor, producer, and comedian well-recognized by his roles in movies like Maradona, Kówópé, 36 Kiniun, N150 Million, and Teni N Teni.

Omidina was born on August 22, 1958, in Lagos Island, Nigeria, and has a star sign of Leo. Here are some more interesting facts about Omidina:

Net Worth: $2 million

The 'Arewa okunrin' actor Babatunde Omidina has earned a whopping net worth of $2 million from his career as an actor, producer, and comedian. He has also produced and featured in several Nigerian movies like 'Baba Jaiye Jaiye' with famous actor Funke Akindele and Femi Adebayo.

Education & Alma Mater

Omidina first attended Jamaitul Islamial Primary School in Lagos from where he completed his primary education. Then he joined Adekanbi Commercial High School in Mile 12 and went to Children Boarding School for his secondary education. 

However, he completed his secondary education from Ifeoluwa Grammar School in Osogbo. 

Late Wife: Omoladun Omidina

The 'Nkan elegé' actor got married to late Omoladun Omidina in 1995 and got separated after fourteen years of their marriage on September 1, 2009, in Ikorodu, Nigeria. 

The pair were living their happy married life but the unfortunate death of Omoladun led the separation of the couple. The reason behind her death was High blood pressure (hypertension).

Picture of Babatunde Omidina's late wife Omoladun Omidina.
Picture of Babatunde Omidina's late wife Omoladun Omidina.
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Blessed With Three Children

Babatunde and Omoladun are blessed with three children named Okiki Omidina, Junior Ominida, and Halimat Omidina from their fourteen years of marriage. Omidina's children are not involved in the film industry as they have been pursuing a different career rather than being an actor.

Started His Career Since 1971 

Omidina started his career at the age of 13 in 1971 but wasn't recognized in the film industry then. He then acted in a movie named 'Omolasan' which became his breakthrough role in the industry and came into limelight. 

A picture of Babatunde Omidina.
A picture of Babatunde Omidina who started his career since 1971.
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He was more recognized by getting featured in the movie 'Iru Esin' that was produced by Olaiya Igwe in 1997. Omidina has acted in more than a hundred movies, television series, short movies, and videos like 'Súnmibáre', 'Perosoko', 'O koja bee', 'Oba mewa', 'Maradona', and so on.

Got Into Road Accident

In 2006, The 'Arewa okunrin' actor was into an accident with the other three members of his household. He was on his way to Lagos from his Ikorodu residence for his medical checkup. 

As recalled by Omidina it was about 6 a.m on Friday he remembered he was in the hospital and he was told to pull off his clothes and he had no idea what was happening. 

Picture of Babatunde Omidina who got into road accident.
Babatunde Omidina who got into road accident. 
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Later, he remembered that he got into a road accident that was hit by a tipper lorry. The other three-person were his driver, his child, and one of his siblings who had injuries on their heads and faces. He had some arm and neck pain while thanked God that nobody died.

Was Arrested for Drug Dealing

In October 2011, Omidina was arrested for drug dealing and was stopped at the airport as he was going to board. He was suspected of drug trafficking and was run a body scanner on his whole body as the drug was suspected in his stomach. 

Omidina was kept in jail for more than three weeks and 25 bowel movements while the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) said he failed to excrete any drugs.

Babatunde Omidina when he was arrested for drug trafficking. 
Babatunde Omidina when he was arrested for drug trafficking. 
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His bail was set at $3,300 and after the hearing at court, his fans continuously cheered him as he left the building. After he was bailed from jail, the court ordered the NDLEA to publish an apology on conspicuous pages in two national newspapers.

Went Abroad For Treatment

Recently in 2019, Omidina went to the US in a wheelchair for his further medical treatment after his health deteriorated. He was suddenly ill which scared his family and fans. 

As he was in the hospital for several days, there were rumors of Omidina's death all over the internet after he departed from Nigeria on Sunday, April 21, 2019. 

A picture of Babatunde Omidina who went abroad for treatment.
A picture of Babatunde Omidina who went abroad for treatment.
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However, the actor denied the rumor saying he is in Rhode Island for treatment. Then on March 16, 2019, he was discharged by the doctors and Omidina safely returned to his home.

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