• Actor, film producer, director, model and singer from the USA/Nigeria
• Best known for his portrayal of Ezra in the 2014 movie "Divergent"
• Has appeared in close to 50 movies and TV series
• Released his debut mixtape "The Resume" in 2011 and engaged to Tanzanian singer Vanessa Mdee in 2020
• Net worth estimated at over $1 million
Who is Rotimi?
Olurotimi Akinosho, known better by his professional name Rotimi, was born in Maplewood, New Jersey USA, on 30 November 1988 – his zodiac sign is Sagittarius, and he holds both American and Nigerian nationality. He’s an actor, film producer, director, model, and singer, who has appeared in close to 50 movies and TV series, while he’s perhaps known best for his portrayal of Ezra in the critically acclaimed 2014 action adventure mystery movie “Divergent”. It was directed by Neil Burger, starred Shailene Woodley, Theo James and Kate Winslet, and follows Tris who’s living in a world divided by factions, and has discovered that the faction Divergents is going to be annihilated; the movie won seven of the 18 awards for which it was nominated.
Early life and education
Rotimi was raised in Maplewood alongside his sisters Ayo and Oreoluwa Akinosho, by their Nigerian father who was an investment banker, and their Nigerian mother who’s a housewife.
He became interested in acting while attending Columbia High School, and was a member of its drama club, appearing in various plays performed at the school and a local theatre. Rotimi was highly sporting during those four years, and played basketball for the school’s team, while he was also a member of the school’s choir.
Upon matriculating in 2006, he enrolled at Northwestern University, from which he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in communication in 2010.
Roles in movies
Rotimi made his debut film appearance in the 2011 drama “Cooper and Stone”, directed by John Dahl, and which starred Alexandra Breckenridge, Vanessa Ferlito and Riley Smith. It follows the lives of two young female detectives working in Chicago.
A couple of his following roles were in the 2013 family musical drama “Black Nativity”, the 2014 drama “Imperial Dream”, and the 2015 short musical “T. I. G’ Shit: Extended Version”. Rotimi played the main character Manny in the 2015 drama “Darkest Before Dawn”, directed by Kid Art, and which also starred George Katt and Pusha T; the movie follows a young musician, and his friends who are jealous of him.
The year 2017 saw Rotimi play Edwin in the drama “Burning Sands”, written and directed by Gerard McMurray, and which starred Trevor Jackson, Tosin Cole and DeRon Horton. The movie follows Zurich Condoll who’s attending Frederick Douglass University, and wants to join a popular African-American fraternity; it was nominated for four awards.
Three of Rotimi’s most recent film roles have been in the 2021 music video “Snehithane X in My Bed”, the 2021 thriller drama “For the Love of Money” and the 2022 romantic drama “Singleholic”.
Roles in TV series
Rotimi made his debut TV series appearance in the 2011 crime drama “Boss”, created by Farhad Safinia, and which starred Kelsey Grammer, Connie Nielsen and Hannah Ware.
The series follows Mayor Tom Kane who has just been diagnosed with dementia, and it won one of the six awards for which it was nominated.
Rotimi appeared in three episodes of the 2013 popular drama “Betrayal”, and then played Danny in the 2015 episodes “Old Wounds” and “Old Flames” of the hit crime comedy drama “Battle Creek”, created by Vince Gilligan and David Shore, and which starred Josh Duhamel, Dean Winters and Aubrey Dollar. The series follows two very different detectives who are working together.
Between 2015 and 2020, Rotimi played the supporting character Dre in the crime drama “Power”, created by Courtney A. Kemp, and which starred Omari Hardwick and Lela Loren. It follows a wealthy New York City club owner who’s also a drug kingpin, and the series won 14 of the 40 awards for which it has been nominated.
Rotimi’s most recent role has been his portrayal of Jake in five episodes of the 2021 drama mini-series “A Luv Tale: The Series”.
Rotimi received special thanks for the 2013 short film “Boss, Season 2: The King and His Court”.
He produced all six episodes of the 2021 mini-series “A Luv Tale: The Series”.
Rotimi has made a guest appearance in many talk-shows, most recently in “The 202”, “Power Confidential” and “Sister Circle Live”.
Awards and nominations
Rotimi was nominated for a 2019 National Film and Television Award for Best Newcomer.
Career as a singer
He released his debut mixtape “The Resume” on 8 March 2011, and it was followed by his second “While You Wait” on 30 November 2011.
Rotimi then went on to open for many successful singers, including Jennifer Hudson and T. I., before in 2017 releasing his debut extended play (EP) “Jeep Music Vol. 1”.
Most recently, in 2019 Rotimi released his single “Love Riddim”.
Wife and children
Rotimi prefers to keep the details of his love life to himself, but has still allowed his fans to have a glimpse into it.
On 25 November 2019, he uploaded a picture onto his Instagram account featuring himself and the Tanzanian singer Vanessa Mdee on a date. Vanessa uploaded the same picture onto her Instagram account a couple of days later, and revealed that they were in a relationship; she later said in an interview that she knew Rotimi would be her husband the moment she saw him.
They became engaged in December 2020, and on 29 September 2021, Vanessa gave birth to their son; Rotimi and Vanessa are yet to exchange vows.
Rotimi hasn’t spoken of any other women whom he has perhaps been with, and as of March 2022, he’s engaged to Vanessa Mdee, hasn’t married and has a son with Vanessa.
Hobbies and other interests
Rotimi’s quite active on Instagram, and seems to be enjoying the attention which he’s receiving from his close to three million followers; he’s uploaded nearly 2,000 pictures onto the network, most of which have been taken during his everyday life.
He’s physically highly active, and works out at the gym nearly every day, thus his muscular body. Rotimi often uploads pictures and videos which feature him working out onto his Instagram account, and occasionally gives his fans advice on proper workout routines.
He’s a fan of tattoos, and has many inked onto various parts of his body.
Rotimi’s into travelling, and his acting and singing career has taken him to various US states and European countries, while his dream travel destination is Miami, Florida.
He’s a fan of Hollywood movies, and his favorite actor is Al Pacino, while a couple of his favorite movies include the trilogy “The Godfather”, “Scarface” and “Scent of a Woman”.
Age, height and net worth
Rotimi’s age is 33. He has short black hair and brown eyes, his height is 5ft 10ins (1.8m) and he weighs around 165lbs (75kgs).
As of March 2022, his net worth has been estimated at more than $1 million.