Sharon Ooja Egwurube is an award-winning Nigerian actress, Model, and Host. The popular actress is known for her charisma, radiant smile, and eccentric fashion styles. Sharon has made a name for herself in less than a decade she started her career as an actress, she has made her mark in Nollywood in such a short time. Sharon has also hosted top events in Nigeria; an example of such an event is the annual GT Bank’s Fashion Week she co-hosted with colleague Timini Egbuson. Sharon has also built for herself a strong resume as a model as she has walked the aisles of several fashion shows and also graced our TV screens and Billboards in adverts across the country. Sharon Ooja is presently a Nollywood sweetheart and her fans can’t get enough of her as she is an amazing actress.
Sharon has a strong social media following, with over 7000 followers on Instagram. You can follow her on her verified Instagram handle @sharonooja.
Sharon was born on the 6th of April 1991 in Kaduna state but she grew up in Jos, Plateau State both states in the Northern part of Nigeria, hence why she always described herself as a Northern girl. However, Sharon is from the Idoma tribe of Benue State, in the North Central of Nigeria. Sharon was born in a family of six, she described her childhood as a fantastic one and how she was raised in a loving family. Sharon and her sisters shared a close bond from childhood to adulthood.
Sharon had her primary and secondary education in Jos, Plateau State respectively, for her primary education she attended Kings and Queens school, and for her secondary school, she went to Regina Pacis Secondary School, Garki II, Abuja, and St Louis Girls’ College Jos where she obtained her high school diploma. Sharon went further after the successful completion of her primary and secondary education to study Mass Communication at Houdegbe North American University, Porto-Novo, the Republic of Benin, where she graduated with honors.
How Sharon’s Career Started
Sharon relocated to Lagos from Jos in search of greener pastures in 2013 not long after she arrived in Lagos she landed an acting role by accident. According to her, she went for a photoshoot in a studio close to where Nadani TV shoots the TV’s “behind the scenes”, she was called for an interview and got a small role in the TV show “Gidi Up”. Sharon has evolved into a dynamic actress, she once said the actress she was at the beginning of her career is different from the actress she is now. For Sharon acting was not the career she planned for but it happened and she has loved and embraced the career. She got her major role later in the movie “Skinny Girl in Transit” where she played Shalewa. This movie brought Sharon into the spotlight.
IMPORTANT LIFE EVENTS
From 2013 till now Sharon has made tons of breakthroughs, she has become a household name, ranked among the most influential celebrities in Nigeria, and also one of the top Nigerian women breaking grounds in their careers, Sharon is one to watch out for because she plans to keep evolving until the best version of Sharon has come alive.
Sharon’s Memorable Moments
One of Sharon’s most memorable moments was going to her first red carpet event. It felt surreal to her to finally belong to the circle of celebrities she has been in awe of the entire time.
We have watched Sharon evolve from that upcoming star that isn’t certain about her career to the superstar she is now. She has featured in numerous TV shows and movies, some of which are;
- 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)
- Still Falling (2021)
- Gidi Up (2013 – 2014)
- Skinny Girl in Transit (2016 – 2020)
- The Men’s Club (2018 – 2020)
- Jenifa’s Diary (Season 12)
- My Flatmates
Sharon is also an ambassador to some top brands in the nation, brands like Boz Diamonds, Schweppes, CM Hair, Throne Homes, and VSP Botanicals.
Since 2013 that Sharon has started her acting career, she has earned herself awards and recognitions in the industry, some of the awards she has been nominated in are as follows;
- 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
- Net Honors Awards for Most Popular Actress (2021) – Nominated
- The Eko Star Film and TV Awards she received a Special Recognition Awards March 2021
Sharon Ooja’s net worth is currently estimated to be $300,000. Her career might have happened accidentally but she put in the effort and currently earning fortunes from it.
Other Interesting Facts
Sharon Ooja is single and it is unknown if she is in a romantic relationship with anyone but she has mentioned in an interview in the past that she intends to keep that part of her life away from the media until it is official. Although she has been linked with a colleague in the past, Timini Egbuson, and musician Ice Prince she set right and told the general public she was just friends with both of them.
Sharon is a foodie and loves to read. Some of her mentors were Funke Kuti, Shaffy Bello, Gabrielle Union, Mo Abudu, Funke Akindele Bello among others, she said their acting skills have influenced her acting although she left the position of her biggest role model to her Mother.