Omotola Ekeinde recently had an interview with BBC journalist Matthew Bannister on BBC Outlook.
Matthew Bannister: I’ve got to ask you this; how did you get this nickname Omosexy. Whose idea was that?
Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde: My husband’s (Laughs). That’s what he calls me. That’s my pet name.
OJE: Yes he did (Laughs). That’s so true.
OJE: No I don’t. Initially I did. I thought it was bit
cocky you know but then everybody caught up on it, and everybody
actually prefers to call me Omosexy than Omotola, which is my real name.
So I said okay, I’ll take it.
MB: Now, you got
married when you were just eighteen (18) to an airline pilot. Who you
met, I think a couple of years earlier when you were 16
OJE: Yes I did
OJE: No he wasn’t flying (They both laugh). But he did. He actually flew for like 10 minutes.
OJE: Yeah, it was a big airline
OJE: Yes. It was a Dash 7, I think a Dash 7. He went to his company, he was working with at that time. And told them about the idea.
I don’t even think you will get clearance for that. But just like
myself, my husband is determined, he’s that, he never takes no for
answer. And so he went to the aviation minster, he sent in the letters
and everything, and it took a while.
they said okay we just want to give you a chance but we think you won’t
do it. But we will just give you an opportunity to pursue it and we
surprised everyone, we did, we got everybody on board.
OJE: They actually had a priest on board. You know they said we should fly, they will coordinate from the tarmac
OJE: Yeah. They said just go we will bless you guys, but he (her husband) said no, you are coming on board
OJE: Yes, it was.
OJE: Great, great. I do a lot of humanitarian work.I
felt that was an endorsement, I felt it was some sort of nod, you know
to say we know what you do, we know your life is very glamorous, we know
you are an artiste but I was under the icon category, not under the
artiste category and that was more gratification for me.
MB: And I saw a photograph on your Twitter site, of you sitting between Steven Spielberg and Daniel Day Lewis
OJE: Yeah (Laughs)
OJE: He said you know, I’ll be in touch (Both Laugh). So I am still waiting
OJE: Yes it was. We were quite friendly and he is a nice gentleman. I also met Daniel Day Lewis. He is British isn’t he?