Eloy Awards presents it’s 2016 Influencers. The ladies have been selected because of their achievements so far in their different fields. They are women who inspire, motivate and empower as best as they can. The influencers were chosen as part of our message that all women are worth celebrating.
Meet the ELOY Awards 2016 Influencers
Tewa Onasanya, Founder of the ELOY Awards
Mimi Onalaja, TV Presenter and Host of the ELOY Award 2016
Dr Vivian Oputa, Dermatologist, Writer and ELOY Awards Influencer
Layole Oyatogun, Media Personality and Actress and host of the ELOY Awards 2016
Monalisa Chinda Coker, Actress, Producer, Global Influencer and ELOY Awards Influencer.
A multi-award winning actress, producer, philanthropist and global influencer, Monalisa Chinda Coker’s career is centered on inspiring change through unconventional productions that recalibrate society’s moral journey.
With an impressive body of work over the decades, Monalisa has been widely described as Nollywood’s top talent for her unique ability to interpret complex roles effortlessly. A graduate of Theatre Arts, Monalisa starred in her first major movie, Pregnant Virgin, in 1996. She has since featured in over 200 movies, which are aired across the globe, till date. Monalisa has participated in different film workshops and festivals including; Georgia Tech Film Festival and workshop in Broadcasting (CNN Tour) 2011, Export of film- Nollywood Roadshow in collaboration with Nigerian Export Promotion Council Kenya 2011, BOBTV Festival (Monalisa presented a thesis on “When Talent is not enough”) 2011, Zuma Film Festival Abuja (Women in the media) 2012, the Sithengi Television and Film Festival, a market for content and ideas, in Cape Town, South Africa.
Her immense contributions to Nigeria’s movie industry have been recognized by renowned brands, attracting her various appointments as brand ambassador of giant telecommunications company Globacom, Vita500, and the United Nations to name a few. She has won several awards including Nollywood@20 E-Golden award for Outstanding Character Actress, NEGA 2012 Germany, Afro-Australian Music and Movie Award for Most Outstanding Actress 2010, African Film Awards UK 2009, and several others. In 2011, she was crowned the Face of Port Harcourt – Carnival Queen, in her hometown, Rivers State, Nigeria and in 2012, she became one of the first of four Nollywood actors to be featured on the cover of Hollywood Weekly Magazine.
She is the producer and host of the You & I with Monalisa TV Talk-show and founder of the Arise Monalisa Foundation (AMF), an Africa-based not-for-profit organization renowned for inspiring hope by empowering young people and creating opportunities for the less privileged across the continent. For more information visit the foundation’s website via www.arisemonalisafoundation.com.
Omowunmi “Mimi” Onalaja graduated with a Bachelors Degree in International Relations from Covenant University in 2010 and has been on a constant journey to find happiness and fulfillment since then. This resulted in a career switch after a short stint in Human Resource Consulting to TV Presenting and Hosting, which she does presently and loves. She also has an Acting Diploma from the New York Film Academy with wild dreams and big plans to leave her mark in the Entertainment Industry, from Nigeria to the World.
Mimi is currently a member of the Ebonylife TV family, presenting the show “VVIP Events” where she works the red carpet at major fashion, lifestyle and corporate events in Nigeria; co-hosting “Play 2 Win”, a seasonal game show as well as “Destinations Africa”, a travel show with an aim to highlight the glory of the Continent. She also writes a weekly personal fashion and lifestyle column on StyleVitae aptly called “For The Life Of Mimi”.
Mimi loves a good laugh and values family, friendship and good ol’ fun! With a recent appreciation for travel, expect her to see as much of the world as she can and document it too!
Dr. Vivian Oputa is a Medical Practitioner and Specialist in Aesthetic Medicine, Surgery and Dermatology.
She is the Medical Director of DermaCare Medical Ltd and a Director of Studio 24 Creative Imaging Solutions.
She is also a Wellness Coach and Anti-Aging Medicine Expert.
She is an avid writer and runs a blog Skin Quest www.skinquestng.com
Layole Oyatogun is a Media Personality and Actress. A graduate of Mass Communications from the University of Lagos, she started her career co-presenting an entertainment show called ‘Star Dust’ with her younger sister, Mofe Oyatogun on MITV.
She moved on to Silverbird Television where she worked for seven years. While at Silverbird TV, she conceptualized, presented and produced the Cadbury Breakfast TV show, Page 3, MBGN Diary, and numerous documentaries, promos and fillers.
As the presenter, producer and scriptwriter of Page 3, a fashion and lifestyle program which has been ranked among the best of its kind, Layole made indelible marks in the industry through her no-holds barred style and feature of celebrities on the show. She also played a key role in the organisation and selection process of Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria pageant.
Layole has featured in the following movies 30 Days by Ego Boyo and Mildred Okwo, Damage, Unconditional by Uche Jombo, Mrs and Mrs Johnson, U- Turn by Grace Oboba, Trapped, The Inn and many more movies Layole is also a seasoned Red-carpet host, with stints at the red carpet of various Fashion weeks both home and abroad, including; Arise Fashion Week Nigeria, Lagos Fashion and Design Week, Africa Movie Academy Awards AMAA, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in Joburg, Pretoria, Malta, and New York. She was the only red carpet host at the inaugural ball of President Goodluck Jonathan and Vice-President Namani Sambo in Aso-rock. She has also hosted events such as Africa International Fashion Week, Nigeria’s Next Super Model, Denizz Fashion Show, City People Awards for Excellence, Africa Fashion Week Nigeria, Luxury Beauty Brunch, Ethan and Harriet Product Launch Weddings and many more
Layole was nominated at the 2012 Nigerian Broadcasters Award in the category Most promising and young presenter of the year and also at the 2013 Eloy awards in the Female Tv presenter of the year category Layole has now established her Production company, Layole Oyatogun Productions which produces Tv shows and movies, she’s set to take over the world with interesting and captivating content.
Tewa Onasanya a Mindset Coach holds a BSc in Pharmacology from the University of Portsmouth, UK and is the Founder / CEO of Exquisite Magazine Services Ltd, the publishers of Exquisite Magazine a Fashion, Beauty and Lifestyle Magazine for women. Exquisite magazine organises the exquisite magazine cancer walk, an event aimed at increasing the awareness for cervical and breast cancer and free screening for people. In 2009, exquisite magazine started an only female awards ceremony called the exquisite lady of the year (ELOY) awards, The ELOY awards is aimed at celebrating women of excellence in different fields, empowering, motivating and inspiring others and it holds every November.
“I love to inspire and motivate people to be the best they can be and best version of themselves. With my wealth of experience over the years, I want to share my knowledge to empower other people”.