Sola Sobowale , popularly known as 'Toyin Tomato' is a Nigerian film actress, screenwriter, director and producer. She had her big break in 2001, in the premiere of Nigeria's popular TV Drama Series Super Story: Oh Father, Oh Daughter.
Sola Sobowale Biography
Sola Sobowale was born on December 26, 1965, in Ondo State. She was born to Joseph and Esther Olagookun. Her father was a retired principal and her mother, a former headmistress. After her primary and secondary education, she enrolled into the University of Ibadan to study Music. However, due to her passion for acting, she switched to Theatre Arts.
She is married to Oludotun Sobowale. Oludotun was the former corporate executive director of EKO Hospital, before relocating to England. Their union is blessed with children.
Sola Sobowale Early Career
Sola got into the industry with the help of her brother-in-law, Tunji Oyelana (For the movie Sura the tailor), who also enrolled her into the University. Oyelana doubled as a lecturer, singer and actor. Sola’s parents were against her acting at first but Oyelana was able to convince her parents to see acting as a noble profession and not a wayward lifestyle based on the relationship he has with the family. Luckily for Sola, her parents agreed, and her career as an actress began.
On getting in, she started with Sura the Tailor, and subsequently, featured in Village Headmaster, Mirror in the Sun, Our Husband Have Gone Mad Again e.t.c. Later on, she joined a group led by Adebayo Salami, Awada kerikeri Group. She also featured in Asewo to re Mecca and a celluloid, Eki Okan, e.t.c
Sobowale came to limelight after starring as Toyin Tomato in Oh Father! Oh Daughter!, a Wale Adenuga’s Super Story drama series. Due to the aura she brought into the series, several people still refer to her as Toyin Tomato till date.
Like we mentioned, Sola was not consistent in the industry for some years. According to her, she left with her family to the UK so she could give her children good education. She returned prepared with her A+ game and has continued to grace the screen with her out of the world performance.
First, she took the role of Tinuade Coker in the popular romantic comedy-drama, Wedding Party. She was a co-director in the Wedding Party with Kemi Adetiba and Adesua Etomi. The movie was popularly accepted and featured Banky W, Adesua Etomi, Richard Mofe Damijo, AY Makun, Iretiola Doyle, and other A-list thespians.
Also, in 2018, she starred as Alhaja Eniola Salami in a political thriller film, King of Boys co-produced and directed by Kemi Adetiba. The award-winning movie saw Sobowale as a businesswoman, philanthropist, and aspiring politician. Sola starred alongside Veteran Jide Kosoko, Adesua Etomi, Toni Tones, Akin Lewis, Reminisce, Illbliss, e.t.c
Altogether, she has over 70 films (Yoruba and English) to her credit.
As a producer, Sobowale wrote and produced the Yoruba movie, Ohun Oko Somida (2010). The movie featured her children, Taiwo and Kehinde Sobowale, Adebayo Salami, Ace actress Mercy Aigbe, and Faith Balogun.
Some of the movies she has starred in include;
Asewo to re Mecca, 1992
Diamond Ring, 1998
Omo Inu Oku, 2001
Tim ba’taiye Wa, 2003
The Outsider, 2003
Emotional Tears, 2003
Jawo nbe, 2003
Hope of Glory, 2004
Love From Above, 2004
Dangerous Twins, 2004
Total Disgrace, 2005
11:45… Too late, 2005
Opin Irin Ajo, 2005
The Last Night, 2005
The Price of Love: Life is Beautiful,2005
A Can of Worms 1&2, 2008
Disoriented Generation, 2009
Ohun Oko Somida, 2010
Family on Fire, 2011
The Wedding Party 1&2 2017
Wives on Strikes: The Revolution, 2017
Christmas is Coming, 2017
King of Boys, 2018
Seven And A Half Dates, 2018
Gold Statue, 2019
The Enemy I know, 2019
Awards And Recognition
Sola is an award-winning actress who knows how to interpret her roles. Some of the awards in her possession include;
Best Actress in Comedy, African Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards, 2017
Actress of the Year, Allure Awards, 2018
Best Actress in a Leading Role ‘King of Boys’, Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA), 2019
Lifetime Achievement Award, New Vision International Film Festival, 2019
Actress of the Year, New Telegraph Award
Hall of Fame, Naija FM Comedy Awards
Sola Sobowale Net Worth
Sobowale is one of the most-sought after actresses in Nigeria and has several endorsement deals.
Sola Sobowale is an ambassador to Mouka Foams, BSTAN Homes e.t.c. She was also endorsed by Globacom and represents the company with Patience Ozokwor, Boda Shaggi, Jide Kosoko. e.t.c
Information Cradle estimated her worth at $450,000.