Zainab Balogun

Zainab Balogun Biography / Profile

Zainab Balogun was born on October 10th, 1989 in in London, England to Nigerian parents from Abeokuta, Ogun state. The exquisite and gorgeous co-founder of J-ist TV and TV presenter at EbonyLife TV, Zainab Balogun is a British-Nigerian model, actress and TV personality


Zainab Balogun Age

Zainab Balogun is 31 years old.


Zainab Balogun Early Life

Zainab grew up in the UK. She was raised in a large extended family and spent many years growing up with relatives as her mother moved around a lot for work. During her school days, she joined the school choir and later formed an R&B girl band called “Regne”. She was scouted by the Premier Models Management at the age of 16. She holds a Bachelor Degree in LLB Law from the University of Kent in Medway.


Zainab Balogun Career

Scouted by Premier Models Management in the UK, Zainab transitioned into acting after a few years, featuring in TV programs like BBC One drama ‘Material Girl’ and Channel 4’s “The Charlatons” before landing a small role in the Bollywood movie “Cocktail”. A chance to be on set with acclaimed director Christopher Nolan and appear in the highly successful film “The Dark Knight Rises” was a pivotal moment in Zainab’s foray into acting.

Zainab then worked in Nigeria, where in a few short years, she has racked up an impressive record with lead roles in acclaimed films, TV series, and web shows, along with production credits on successful shows. She played the lead role in the AMVCA Award winning short film ‘Verdict’ in 2015, featured in the much celebrated movie “Ojukokoro”, which premiered at one of Africa’s most successful film festivals, AFRIFF, and was praised for her performance as the high-strung wedding planner, Wonu, in Nigeria’s highest grossing film (N450,000,000) “The Wedding Party”. She recently reprising her role in the sequel “The Wedding Party 2; Destination Dubai”. The Wedding Party premiered at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival, to much adulation, and continues to garner praise and a worldwide audience as a Netflix offering.

The past year has seen her emergence as a strong leading lady, playing the lead in the upcoming films “The Royal Hibiscus Hotel”, to be released in 2018, “Slyvia” and “The Door”, both of which will be released in late 2017.  Zainab has also been extremely successful on the small screen, with roles in web series like “Knock Knock”, television drama series “Before 30” and “Head Over Heels”. She was also a pioneer producer and presenter of the TV shows ‘EL Now” and “The Spot”, which she co-created on Africa’s first Global Entertainment Network, EbonyLife TV. airing in over 50 African countries including South Africa. 

As a brand influencer, Zainab represents the luxury cognac, Remy Martin, becoming the first female brand ambassador in Africa, and creating specialised content for the brand. She also represented the Loreal; Dark & Lovely brand of hair care products.


Zainab Balogun Personal Life

Zainab Balogun married businessman Dikko Nwachukwu on May 13th, 2018. Dikko who is a father of two, first got married in 2007 and lost his wife, Olufunmilola in 2015. On the other hand, Zainab, who relocated to Nigeria about six years ago from London, where she had spent most part of her life made headlines in January after she disclosed that since she came to Nigeria, she has not found a man that interests her.

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Zainab Balogun Awards

  • Exquisite Lady of the Year Award: TV Presenter of the Year 2013 (Won) 
  • Sisterhood Awards: TV Presenter of the Year 2014 (Won)
  • All Youth Tush Awards: On- Air Personality of the Year 2014 (Won)
  • Nigerian Broadcasters Merit Awards: Sexiest On-Air Personality 2014 (Won)
  • Exquisite Lady of the Year Award (ELOY): TV Presenter of the Year 2014 (Nominated)


Zainab Balogun Net Worth

Zainab Balogun is estimated to have a net worth of about $1,000,000


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