Bolanle Ninalowois popularly known as Nino. He is a Nigerian actor, film producer, accountant and entrepreneur.
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Bolanle Ninalowo Biography
Bolanle Ninalowo was born on May 7, 1980 in Ikorodu, Lagos State, Nigeria. He was born as the second child of eight children, and spent the first 15 years of his life in Nigeria. Thereafter, he relocated to Chicago, USA and spent another 15 years.
In USA, Bolanle attended DeVry University and obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting. Subsequently, he bagged a Master’s in Marketing at the Keller Graduate School Management, USA.
He once worked as an accountant in General Growth Properties, Chicago before he attempt into the Nigerian movie industry. When he relocated back to Nigeria he worked with Guaranty Trust Bank. His first attempt into the Nollywood Nigerian movie industry was as a movie producer. He produced his first movie titled ‘Rebirth’ in 2010 but came to limelight in 2014.
The movie created awareness on HIV and the stigma faced by those living with the disease. Rebirth premiered in several cities in America and got him an award of Nollywood Revelation of the Year.
Following the premiere of Rebirth, Ninalowo decided to venture into other businesses because Rebirth was not a commercial success. However, luck soon shone on him, as he began receiving invitations to take up roles in 2014.
Today, he is a successful Yoruba and English films actor and have starred in What’s Within, Ordinary People, Desperate Baby Mama, Barrister Seliat, and the most popular, Picture Perfect, e.t.c. He has made a name for himself and is often regarded as one of the Nollywood hunks.
He has also worked with some big wigs in the industry such as Sola Sobowale, Emem Isong, Regina Daniels, Jide Kosoko, Desmond Elliot, Muyiwa Ademola e.t.c
He has been married to Bunmi before, then separated but later reconciled with his spouse with whom he has two children with; a male and a female. He is the cousin of Rukky Sanda,a Nigerian movie producer and actress. He converted from Islam to Christianity after he found remedy to his troubles in the Bible which he says has become his life manual.
He has started in a lot of movies, some of his selected movies are:
- What’s Within, 2014
- Ordinary People, 2014
- Desperate Baby Mama, 2015
- Spotlight, 2015
- Road to Yesterday, 2015
- 3 Is Company, 2015
- Dark, 2015
- Husbands of Lagos (TV Series, 2015-present)
- Miscellaneous, 2016
- Shoot to Kill, 2016
- Wife for Rent, 2016
- Picture Perfect, 2016
- The Personal Assistant, 2017
- The Patient, 2017
- Dagger, 2017
- Tiwa’s Baggage, 2017
- The Bunglers, 2017
- American Boy, 2017
- A Fire in the Rain, 2017
- My Wife and I, 2017
- Last Affair, 2017
- Side Chicks, 2017
- 30 Years A Virgin, 2017
- Purple but not Purple, 2017
- Tesho: The Crossover, 2017
- Unveil, 2017
- The Devil and The Red Sea, 2017
- Tangled Web, 2017
- Next Door Nuisance, 2018
- Body of Evidence, 2018
- Binta Kolonko, 2018
- Wounded Heart of a King, 2018
- Ghetto Bread, 2018
- Divorce? Not Allowed, 2018
- Wrong Kind of War, 2018
- The Other Wife, 2018
- Bipolar (Amodi), 2018
- Black Men Rock, 2018
- Night Bus to Lagos, 2019
- Coming From Insanity, 2019
- Ratnik, 2019
- Barrister Seliat, 2019
- The Enemy I Know, 2019
Business and Investments
Ninalowo is an entrepreneur. According to him, he came to Nigeria for business. But, he soon realized that you need to be influential to make it fast in the entrepreneurial journey. So, he ventured into the entertainment industry to clear his path.
Also, he once had a record label, Diesel Music which he shut down to focus on his acting career. Also, he runs a car dealership company, a family business bequeathed to him and his siblings.
Additionally, Bolanle owns a perfume brand. And recently, he partnered with Ninos Global Technology, a UK-based Nigeria-owned technology company. The company produces kid’s tablets, headphones, school apps, and other tech devices for children and youths.
Equally, he is a brand ambassador to a couple of companies like Baileys, Jagaban Distillers, DNJ Properties/ Investment ltd and many more. Primarily, Bolanle regards acting as a business and is constantly working towards being a successful business tycoon in Nigeria.
Awards and Nominations
- Revelation of the Year, Best of Nollywood Award in 2010
- Best Supporting Actor of the Year ‘English’, City People Movie Award in 2017
- The Best Actor in a Leading Role ‘English‘ Picture Perfect’ Best of Nollywood Awards (BON) in 2017
- Best Actor of the Year ‘English’ City People Movie Award in 2018
- Best Actor of the Year ‘English’, City People Movie Award in 2018
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