Toyin Aimakhu (Abraham) is one of the most popular actresses in Nollywood; she came into the Nigerian film industry in 2003 and has since then gone from just being an actress to becoming a director and filmmaker. Her movie talents are not the only reason she is admired by many. Toyin Aimakhu’s biography is full of controversial episodes and scandals; keep reading to learn interesting facts that will impress you.
Early years and family
Toyin Abraham was born on September 5, 1984, in Auchi, Edo state, but her real hometown, where she spent most time of her childhood, is Ibadan. Her original birth name is Olutoyin Aimakhu. The actress is the youngest of five children in her family. Even though they were not rich, she generally describes her childhood as very healthy, funny and busy.
Her parents were into various farming activities, but their main vocation lay in religion. Her mother is a pastor and her father worked for Ibru organization, but retired when Toyin was a child. Now he helps his wife with church related programs.
The actress 2 diplomas in marketing from polytechnic institutions in Osun state and Oyo state. She also acquired a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophical Sciences from Olabisi Onabanjo University.
Before obtaining her higher education, the actress was a pupil in St. Annes school. In those days, she learned to play drums, football and handball. She performed very well in sports that she became a member of the state team.
Toyin Aimakhu movies and awards
Toyin began her acting career in 2003 when another Nigerian film star, Bukky Wright, arrived at Ibadan to shoot a movie. Initially, she played small background roles, but soon rose to becoming a well recognized actress taking on lead roles. She also featured more in Yoruba movies like Ebimi ni and Alani Baba Labake. Below is the list of some popular movies she has starred in:
- Sola Fe Pami
- Ile Oko Mi
- Okafor’s Law
- Eta Oko
- Iya Ibadan and others.
As mentioned earlier, Toyin Abraham is not just a remarkable actress but also a talented director and a filmmaker
She has won several awards including:
- Best supporting actress in a film (“Ebimi ni”) — 2013 Best of Nollywood Awards
- Best Actress in 2014 — Ben TV
- Best Nollywood Actress — MAYA Awards
She has also received celebrity awards from AMAA, NEA and some other popular media organizations. But the list of her successes includes more than just her achievements in the filming arena. The value of her assets is estimated to be N70m. In 2013, she started her own business — TAJ Dresses boutique, which is situated in Lagos. In 2014, she signed a multimillion contract with a huge technological company named Vas2Net.
Toyin Aimakhu husband and family life
The actress got married on July 8, 2013 to Adeniyi Johnson, who is also an actor. They met each in the course of acting and soon became friends. In one of her interviews, Toyin mentioned that it took some time before she and Adeniyi got closer. On December 31, 2012, Adeniyi asked her to marry him, and they had their wedding the following year.
Toyin and Adeniyi’s marriage did not last long; 2 years after their wedding, the public got hit with shocking news reports that the celebrity couple were separated. According to the published information, this was due to infidelity on her husband’s part.
A couple of weeks after the news of their separation was made public, the couple got reunited and decided to work things out, but their marriage was already doomed. According to stories making rounds at the time, her husband got caught cheating again, and they went their separate ways in 2015. Even though the marriage has not been officially dissolved, Adeniyi Johnson has practically no chances of regaining her love.
Another interesting story from Toyin Abraham’s biography is connected with her surname. Several years ago, the actress’s PR manager published a post on social media, where he stated that Toyin is changing her surname from Aimakhu to Abraham. At first, most Nigerians came to the conclusion that the actress had gotten remarried to a new mysterious husband who insisted she changes her surname. She however provided a clear explanation later.
She said that the need for this “rebranding” lies in old family disagreements. Aimakhu is her dad’s surname and Abraham is her grandfather’s surname; her family made a decision to switch to their forefathers’ name.
Controversial roles and bad habits
If you ask Toyin what she feels about some of her previous roles, you will most likely sense regrets in her answer. When she was younger, she had a reputation of an actress who prefers to play very raunchy roles. After her marriage, she broke this habit but her name kept coming up on news portals. Her relationship with Adeniyi Johnson was closely followed by every Nigerian media company, and we don’t have to mention that a better part of these materials were based on dirty rumors and unnecessary speculations.
But not all of the stories about her were fake because some of them were gotten from personal interviews with the actress. In one of such interviews, Toyin made a very surprising revelation — she talked about her bad experience with recreational substances.
Toyin also revealed that her parents never supported her desire to be an actress and admitted that she could never tell her mother or father about some of her roles in movies.
Despite all that controversies that surround her, Toyin still remains one of the most popular, charming and funny actresses in the Nigerian film industry. We hope that all these issues in her personal life would never affect her brilliant career.