Actress Mide Martins: Biography, Education, Movies, Husband, Children, Net worth, and Controversies

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By Balogun Kamilu Lekan

Biography

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Mide Funmi Martins is an actress, movie producer, director, model, brand ambassador, influencer, and philanthropist.

She was born on the 12th of April 1979 in Ibadan, Oyo State. Currently, she’s 43 years old (as at 2022).

Mide is the daughter of the legendary actress, Funmi Martins, who died of cardiac arrest in 2002.

Like her mother, Mide has also gained popularity for her unique acting dexterity.

Education

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Mide Martins had her secondary education in Ibadan at Community Grammar School before heading to Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State, where she bagged a degree in International Relations.

Career

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In 2001, Martins made her acting debut in the movie ‘Mikan Je’. 

She was cast in the film Osas, which increased her notoriety (Omoge Benin). 

After her mum’s death, she featured in another movie, Arewa, alongside some other Yoruba movie stars like Kareem Adepoju, and Bukky Amos, amongst others.

Since then, she’s been a regular in the Yoruba film industry.

Mide Martins is renowned for portraying housewives in the majority of her films. In her roles, she occasionally portrays turmoil, unpredictable behaviour, and jealousy.

She played the roles in a relative way that her audiences could easily connect with.

Mide then explored other aspects of filmmaking – production, and she’s also proven her ability in that aspect too, as she’s been able to produce some award-winning movies too.

Movies like Onitemi, Omo Oku Orun, and Eru ‘Eleru’ are notable works of her production. 

In addition to acting, she has participated in numerous modelling and fashion shows in Nigeria.

And for more than a decade, Mide Martins has established herself as an authority in the Nigerian movie industry.

Husband and Children

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Mide is married to Afeez Abiodun Owo, her mother’s manager, an actor and a producer.

The couple had two daughters, namely Anuoluwapo and Iyin.

In 2020, the couple also announced the delivery of their set of twins. 

Net worth

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Mide gets her wealth from filmmaking, modelling, and brand ambassadorship. She is reportedly valued at having an estimated net worth of between $1 million – $5 million.

Achievements

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Below is a list of some of her filmography (movies):

  • Eru Eleru 
  • Arewa 
  • Omo Oku Orun 
  • Orejomi 
  • Ika Niwon
  • Omo Odo
  • Akoba Obinrin
  • Omoge Olosho
  • Eburu 
  • Ayewo
  • Ipile Mi
  • My Trouble 
  • Haunted Pleasures
  • Onitemi
  • Amerah
  • Omoge Lekki 
  • Osas (Omoge Benin)
  • Amoye
  • Ifé owó
  • Ifé owó 2
  • Kilebi Olorun
  • Òréjomí 
  • Arewà
  • Makan Je 

City People Movie Award for Best Actress of the Year (Yoruba)

City People Movie Award for Best Supporting Actress of the Year (Yoruba)

Posthumous Episcopal Award in recognition of Funmi Martins, her late mother and actress.

Controversy

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It was rumoured that Mide left her matrimonial home at a time because she was being domestically abused by her husband. Refuting the claim in an interview with Vanguard, she said, “That rumour has been on for two years now and I don’t know what engineered it. Even when people see us together, they still don’t believe we aren’t separated. We went to shoot a movie around Ijebu, Ogun state sometimes ago and immediately some guys sighted us, they started arguing. One was happy seeing us together while others said we were only pretending and were mere colleagues. I don’t know how to convince some people. I am happily married and still lives under the same roof with my husband.”

On being abused by her husband, she said, “I have been married for 12 years and my husband has never raised his hand against me for any reason. We have differences as couples and I believe that is normal. My husband is a very strong man who is so conscious of himself. What he does most times is to walk out when I get on his nerves

In 2021, Mide was alleged to have neglected her younger brother, who is the son of her stepdad and popular Afro-juju musician, Sir Shina Peters. 

Reacting to the allegation, Mide in an Instagram post said “Hello Everyone! My name is MIDE MARTINS. I’ll like to tell little part of my own side of the story. Firstly, I want to say thank you to everyone who has contributed greatly to the ongoing issue and also apologize sincerely to everyone that I might have hurt or disappointed in anyway I am deeply sorry from the depth of my heart,” she wrote.

“I didn’t want to say anything about this all the while because I believe it’s a family issue which should rather be settled amicably between ourselves rather than being dragged on social media. Anyone who knows me very well would know that I am a private person. I personally do not really like sharing or celebrating on social media some things relating to my family like the annual remembrance ceremony of my late mother Funmi Martins which I duly observe every year in honor of her memory.

“When my mum late Funmi Martins passed away 19yrs ago my whole world was shattered, devastated, crumbled, broken, lonely without anyone’s support. How I managed to survive through the storm is only by the special grace of God. Damilare was living with my grandma back then in Abeokuta and I was doing all that I could to take care of him until few years ago when she also passed on and Damilare was taken away to live with my uncle.

“I had requested custody of my brother Damilare several times even before grandma died but was denied. Damilare is my blood brother. It is not possible for me to neglect him but there’s much more to this story than you all know which I’m sorry I will not go into details because it’s a family matter.

“I am not a heartless person despite the fact that I don’t have it all the little I have I give wholeheartedly. However, I just want to ask for a favor!! Can Damilare be finally released to me? Can I have my brother Damilare? I promise to take good care of him in my own little way may God help me so. Thank you everyone!! God bless every family out there.”


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