Lolia is a writer, producer, model and classically-trained Nigerian, American and UK actress. She is currently based in Los Angeles where she works in Film & TV Development at Will Smith & Jada Smith’s company, Westbrook Studios. Dedicated to creating entertaining, meaningful and impactful projects both behind the scenes and in front of the camera, Lolia created the production LEAF Creatives with her creative partner, Ashlei Foushée.
Lolia completed her Masters in Acting at the Guildford School of Acting (GSA) in England, as well as Acting, Screen Acting and Reading for Performance courses with the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA). She is currently based in Los Angeles, where she works & does ongoing training at John Rosenfeld Studios & Anthony Meindl’s Actor’s Workshop. She has played a variety of lead & supporting roles both on stage and on screen (Film, TV, Digital & Commercial) and runs a production company A Cambridge University graduate (Theology and Religious Studies BA Hons), Lolia also completed a Law Degree at BPP Law School in London and became a Barrister & Solicitor in Nigeria (all while pursuing her acting & dancing career on the side), before deciding to ditch the Corporate Law life completely and pursue her passion for performance full-time!
This passion is not just limited to acting; also a skilled sportswoman, Lolia also enjoys playing tennis, basketball and running. She is a skilled dancer (Hip-Hop, Freestyle, African and Contemporary) and choreographer, and performed in a number of dance shows before producing, choreographing and performing in the biggest sell-out dance show in Cambridge: Enigma. She also has advanced qualifications from the Academy of Performance Combat (UK) in fighting: unarmed and with weapons.
Proud of her diverse background as a Nigerian and American citizen, Lolia was born in New York, lived and was educated in the USA, Nigeria, Kenya and England. Her strong roots, diverse background and exposure to so many different cultures, have made her a well-rounded and dynamic individual, able to add a unique depth and character to all her roles.
Lolia is dedicated to charity work, mentorship and raising awareness about important social issues, through her art and in her personal life. She is part of the leadership team of the M&G Etomi Foundation (www.mgesolutions.org), dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty in the Niger-Delta, through sports, mentorship, education and career-training for the youth and women in the region. Herself and the rest of the cast of the UK production of For Colored Girls, helped to raise awareness for social issues women face and all proceeds from the production were given to the Cambridge Rape Crisis Centre. She also volunteers and has led a number of charity campaigns for causes including, cancer research, mental health awareness, poverty and orphanages. She aims to continue to do more meaningful work as her career progresses.
You can follow her on Instagram at: www.instagram.com/liaetomi where she spreads a message of freedom, creativity and empowerment through art and www.instagram.com/myvirtualbooks where she runs a global, virtual book club, through social media, with the aim of sharing ideas, encouraging people to read more and engage in real discussion!