Lolia Etomi is a 2-time Emmy Award- winning, Nigerian, American, British actor, writer & producer based in Los Angeles. She is dedicated to entertaining, meaningful & impactful story-telling that is truly representative of people from all walks of life, especially marginalised groups. She is a strong believer in creatives collaborating to create art that is greater than a sum of its parts. She won two Emmy’s for Outstanding Achievement in Interactive Media in 2014 and 2020, as a part of HitRECord, a creative collective created by Joseph Gordon-Levitt. She also co-created LEAF Creatives, a creative collective for micro-budget productions.
Lolia has Bachelor’s & Master’s Degrees in Theology & Religious Studies from Cambridge University and is a Lawyer in both England & Nigeria. She also has a Masters in Acting and trained in England at the Guildford School of Acting (GSA) and the London Academy of Music & Dramatic Arts (LAMDA). She was scouted to perform professionally in London after performing in For Colored Girls: the first all-black, all-female play in Cambridge’s over 800- year history. She also produced the university’s most successful, highest-earning dance show, Enigma. Lolia has worked in Film & TV Development for Will Smith’s Westbrook Entertainment & wrote articles published for Jada Pinkett-Smith’s Red Table Talk website.
Lolia also works as a Development Consultant for writers and producers in local & global film markets. She is a juror and executive producer for the Five-For-Five female filmmakers fund, which finds the best female filmmakers in Uganda and provides them with the resources to create short films that reach a global audience & compete at a global level. She is the creative director of the M&G Etomi Foundation, working to break the cycle of poverty in the Niger-Delta region of Nigeria, through arts, sports and careers mentorship. She is currently pitching a TV series (quarterfinalist in The Script Lab’s Screenplay Competition). Her short film script, “The Grand Finale” received an honorable mention in the NYC Midnight Screenplay Contest. She is also executive producing a short film in Uganda and currently writing her first feature film to be shot in Nigeria.