Zainab Balogun is a Nigerian actress, model and television presenter who also appears as a presenter and associate producer on Jumia TV, a teleshopping show.
Early Life And Education
Zainab Balogun was born 10 October 1989 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. She is a descent of Abeokuta, in Ogun State. 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.
Her secondary school education was obtained at Sacred Heart RC Secondary School. 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 (pronounced “reign”). She attended Christ the King Sixth Form College where she completed her A Levels in Law, Psychology, and English Language & Literature. She then attended the University of Kent in Medway where she received a Bachelor of Law degree (LLB).
Balogun worked as a model after being scouted by Premier Models Management at the age of 16. After obtaining her law degree, she began to appear in shows such as BBC One’s Material Girl, Bollywood movie Cocktail (2012), and The Charlatans by Ashley Waters. She soon found herself on set with legendary director Christopher Nolan in 2011 for the film The Dark Knight Rises, which she describes as an “unforgettable experience”.
Balogun is now a television presenter, who produces and hosts shows for EbonyLife TV, an entertainment television network. 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.
As an actress, Zainab has featured in A Soldier’s Story, The Wedding Party , Ojukokoro (Greed), The Wedding Party 2 and The Royal Hibiscus Hotel.
She splits her time between London, England, and Lagos, Nigeria. She recently revealed in an interview that she had not found love since she moved to Nigeria.
Awards And Nominations
In 2013, She won Exquisite Lady of the Year Awards TV Presenter of the Year
In 2014, Zainab won the 2014 Sisterhood Awards TV Presenter of the Year
In 2014, She also won the All Youth Tush Awards On-Air Personality of the Year
In 2014, the actress snagged the 2014 Nigerian Broadcasters Merit Awards Sexist On-Air Personality
In 2014, she was nominated for 2014 Exquisite Lady of the Year Award (ELOY) TV Presenter of the Year.