Who is Sharon Ooja?
Sharon Ooja is a famous Nollywood actress, model and TV personality. She came into the limelight after playing the role of “Shalewa” in the web series “Skinny Girl In Transit” (SGIT) by Ndani Television.
Sharon Ooja played the main character in the popular Netflix film about sex trafficking titled “Oloture”. She also hosted the red carpet at GT Bank’s Fashion Week alongside Nollywood actor, Timini Egbuson in 2017.
Full data profile of Nollywood actress, Sharon Ooja
|Full name||Sharon Ooja Egwurube|
|Age||29 years old|
|Birthday||April 6, 1991|
|State of Origin||Benue State|
|Career||Actress, model and TV personality|
Sharon Ooja’s childhood
Though originally from Benue State, Sharon Ooja was born in Kaduna State into a family of six. She and her siblings were raised in Plateau State. The actress often talks about how stubborn she was as a child, though she had remarked having a wonderful childhood experience.
Sharon Ooja’s education
Sharon Ooja had her primary education at Kings and Queens School in Jos. For her secondary education, she attended two all-girls boarding schools – Regina Pacis Secondary School in Garki II, Abuja and St. Louis Girls’ College, Jos.
After secondary school, Sharon Ooja proceeded to Houdegbe North American University in Cotonou, Benin Republic, where she earned a degree in Mass Communication.
Sharon Ooja’s acting career
Sharon Ooja has described her entry into acting as a coincidence. According to her, she moved to Lagos in 2013 in search of greener pastures. She had a photo shoot at that time at a store, where Ndani TV covered the “Behind The Scenes” activities of the shoot.
Sharon Ooja said she was later asked to come for an interview the following week after the photoshoot by Ndani TV for a TV show, which unfortunately didn’t happen. She later got to play a small role in the TV series “Gidi Up” by same Ndani TV for a short period before landing the role of “Shalewa” in their next web series, “Skinny Girl in Transit” in 2016.
Playing “Shalewa” in “Skinny Girl in Transit” brought Sharon Ooja into the limelight and gained her more attention in the Nigerian movie industry.
Sharon Ooja has always expressed how supportive her parents are towards her acting career, most especially her mother, who was also in the Nigerian entertainment industry. She said her dad often watches her movies and records some of her scenes on his phone, and would sometimes call her to compliment her.
Sharon Ooja in Oloture movie
Sharon Ooja describes her role in “Oloture” as a major uplift to her career as it gave her the opportunity to play a character that is completely different from what she is normally known for. Following her appearance in “Skinny Girl in Transit”, Ooja was often stereotyped as a one-dimensional actress. With Oloture, she proved she can do more.
Sharon Ooja’s movies and TV shows
- Lara and the Beat (2018)
- King of Boys (2018)
- Moms at War (2018)
- From Lagos with Love (2018)
- Coming from Insanity (2019)
- The Bling Lagosians (2019)
- Oloture (2019)
- Bad Comments (2020)
- Who’s the Boss (2020)
- The Whole 30 Yards (2020)
- Gidi Up (2013 – 2014)
- Skinny Girl in Transit (2016 – 2020)
- The Men’s Club (2018 – 2020)
- Jenifa’s Diary (Season 12)
- My Flatmates
Sharon Ooja’s awards and nominations
- City People Award for Best New Actress of the Year (English) (2018) – Nominated
- City People Award for Most Promising Actress of the Year (English) (2019) – Nominated
- The Future Awards Africa Prize for Acting (2019) – Nominated
Sharon Ooja’s marriage and husband
Sharon Ooja is presently not married or has not disclosed any man as her boyfriend. Though it was rumoured that the actress was in a relationship with co-actor, Timini Egbuson, both parties have denied the rumours.
The actress in an interview with Wazobia Max expressed her disappointment over the kind of guys that have been approaching her. She said most of them rarely see beyond her physique and consider her to be materialistic. She affectionately expressed that the reverse is the case for her as she is way more than their perception and she can only be attracted to an intelligent man who can engage her intellectually.
Sharon Ooja’s net worth
Sharon Ooja’s net worth is currently estimated at $300,000 (around N120 million naira)
Sharon Ooja’s social media
Sharon Ooja Instagram handle is @sharonooja. Her Twitter handle is @sharonooja.
Other interesting facts about Sharon Ooja
Sharon Ooja loves to eat a lot and enjoys reading books.
The actress has named actresses Gabrielle Union, Keira Knightley, Shaffy Bello, Funke Kuti, Ngozi Nwosu, Mo Abudu and Funke Akindele as her major influences in acting. She also stated that her biggest role model is her mother.
Sharon Ooja has revealed she plans to go into business and will be set to launch her fashion and hair line very soon.
Ooja has also revealed she is passionate about the girl child and would like to start a skill acquisition programme, such as a short summer camp for young girls, in the future.