by Rachel Ogbu
It’s been an age old question and perhaps we might never get a clean cut answer at least it feels that way since the screen goddesses Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde and Genevieve Nnaji are always pitted against each other career wise.
But who ruled this year?
More than ever before, this year these ladies moved side by side professionally in a “healthy” rivalry kind of way rather than neck to neck. We must confess, we do enjoy putting them up against each other but the evidence below speaks for itself, we couldn’t have made it up.
Their Movie Career
While Genevieve Nnaji took her career to the next level in the much anticipated movie, Half of a Yellow Sun featuring international stars Chiwetel Ejiofor and Thandie Newton which premiered in Toronto Canada and returned to the local screen with Weekend Getaway, Omotola made her US TV debut starring in an American TV drama series shot in LA called Bounce and also returning to the local screen with her reality-television show, Omotola: The Real Me.
In August Elle Magazine named Genevieve as one to watch in their feature titled International Superstars: The Next Big Crossover Acts. She was described as one of the most powerful actresses working in Africa.
On the other hand, Omotola was described by Stella magazine as “The biggest film star you’ve never heard of in Africa” and was honoured in Time’s 2013 list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.
Genevieve has always been described as a secret philanthropist but this year, harsh realities coupled with a new found love for instagram brought her campaigns to the open. On instagram she had shared the photos of children and wrote about her plans to find a better home for the motherless children.
She wrote: “Soon I will need your help to relocate them to a better home. Can I count on you?
She also ran five miles for a breast cancer awareness charity project.
Omotota has also been big with giving back to the society. On Twitter this year, she had been more vocal about injustice and corruption especially with the #ChildNotBride campaign.
She also partook of the EIF Revlon Run/Walk for Women, one of America’s largest fundraising events. Money raised was used for cancer research, treatment, counselling and outreach programs.
Their Fashion and style
The star icons were also leading this year for their style and love for high end brands. They have always been fashion icons but this year it was tough spotting a fashion faux pas as they both impressed critics with their daily choice is clothing from day trips out to red carpet functions.
Genevieve got fashionistas gushing each time she launched an accessory from a 4 million Rolex watch to Hermès Birkin and Prada bags worth thousands in dollars including a gold-plated iPhone.
For Omotola, glam was always her go to inspiration whenever she stepped out. From Iconic Invanity, Kinabuti to Rooi Couture and Ejiro Amos Tafiri.
So back to you, lets know who our leading lady is… at least for now.