Zainab Balogun is a famous Nollywood actress, television presenter, model and a television personality. She acts mostly in romantic movies alongside with several Nollywood celebrities. She was born on 10th October 1989 in London, England in the United Kingdom. She is currently 29 years old.
Zainab Balogun currently resides in Lagos and London respectively. She has both Nigerian and British citizenship. Zainab Balogun was born in London, United Kingdom to Nigerian parents, where she was raised with a large extended family, predominantly in Clapham, a district of South West London in United Kingdom.
She is originally from Abeokuta, the capital city of Ogun State in the south western part of Nigeria. Due to the nature of her mother’s work, she moved around a lot and spent most of her formative years growing up with relatives.
Zainab Balogun completed her secondary school education at Sacred Heart RC Secondary School and obtained her Senior School Certificate. Her interest in the arts began with her regularly taking part in talent shows and school plays. She studied music and eventually went on to join the school choir and later formed an R&B girl group with two friends called Regné.
She attended Christ the King Sixth Form College in London, where she completed her A Levels in Law, Psychology, English Language and Literature. After that, she then attended the University of Kent in Medway, London and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Law (LLB).
Zainab Balogun worked as a model after being scouted by Premier Models Management at the age of 16 years old in 2006. After obtaining her law degree, she began to appear in shows such as BBC One’s Material Girl, Bollywood Movie Cocktail in 2012 and The Charlatans by Ashley Waters.
She soon found herself on set with legendary movie director Christopher Nolan in 2011 for the film “The Dark Knight Rises” which she describes as an “unforgettable experience”. Zainab Balogun is now a television presenter, who produces and hosts shows for EbonyLife TV, an entertainment television network based in Lagos, Nigeria.
She has also produced shows such as EL Now, a daily entertainment news show for the latest in fashion, music and arts. She is currently joined by Ebuka Obi-Uchendu and Lamide Akintobi on “The Spot” a daily hang-out talk show.
Zainab Balogun has been featured in several international campaigns for different brands. She co-founded “The J-ist TV”, an online entertainment web-series that highlights African culture and a range of topical issues. The series features interviews involving some of Africa’s top personalities.
Zainab Balogun currently works as a television presenter for EbonyLife TV, an entertainment television station, for which she currently co-hosts and produces The Spot, the channel’s leading talk show, alongside with Lamide Akintobi and Ebuka Obi-Uchendu. She also appears as a presenter and associate producer on Jumia TV, a teleshopping show.
In May 2018, Zainab Balogun got married to Dikko Nwachukwu, the Founder of Jetwest Airways. The lovebirds got traditionally married on Sunday 13th May 2018 in Lagos, Nigeria. She splits her time between London, England and Lagos, Nigeria.
Some of the movies she has acted include The Charlatans, The Spot, Material Girl, Party Guest, The Wedding Party, The Island, A Soldier’s Story, The Royal Hibiscus Hotel, Chief Daddy, God Calling, The Dark, Ojukokoro, Knight Rises, Cocktail, etc.
Zainab Balogun has received several awards and nominations. In 2013, she won TV Presenter of the Year at the Exquisite Lady of the Year Awards. In 2014, she won On-Air Personality of the Year at the All Youth Tush Awards, TV Presenter of the Year at the Sisterhood Awards, Sexist On-Air Personality at the Nigerian Broadcasters Merit Awards and TV Presenter of the Year at the Exquisite Lady of the Year Award. In 2018, she won Prize for Acting at The Future Awards.
Zainab Balogun is currently one of the richest and most influential actress in Nigeria with an estimated net worth of $450,000.