Olunike Adeliyi is a Canadian actress, writer, and producer. She got her big break in the hit television series Flashpoint where she played Officer Leah Kerns. Since then, she has built an impressive resume and inspired other women to chase their dreams.

The Early Life of Olunike Adeliyi

Olunike Adeliyi was born in Toronto, Ontario to Sunny, a Nigerian salesman and Roxy, a Jamaican nurse. Raised in both Jamaica and Canada, the well-travelled actress ultimately earned a place at the highly coveted American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City.


Adeliyi had her primary education in Canada. She studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts In Newyork.  Reportedly, she used to visit Brooklyn, New York, for her acting career and returned to her home country.

Olunike Adeliyi


Her popularity gained momentum after her appearances in films and TV shows like SAW 3DFrench ImmersionThe ListenerBeing HumanRepublic of DoyleLost GirlChristmas Horror StoryKilljoys, and The Girlfriend Experience. In 2012, Adeliyi was nominated for “Best Performance by a Female – Film” at the Canadian Comedy Awards for her performance in French Immersion and won the 2014 Black Canadian Award for “Best Actress.”

Some of Adeliyi’s critically acclaimed stage performances include Macbeth (Unit 102 Theatre), HER2 (Nightwood Theatre) and Bleeders (Summerworks).

In 2019, she starred in the horror feature She Never Died, which premiered at LA Screamfest, where she was nominated for best actress and at the Blood in The Snow Film Festival, where she won the award for best actress. Olunike has performed in theatres throughout Canada and the U.S. playing leading roles in many productions.

Recognition and Award of Olunike Adeliyi

Olunike was nominated for “Best Supporting Actress” at the 2018 Canadian Screen Awards for her role in Boost; “Best Performance by a Female – Film” at the 2014 Canadian Comedy Awards for her performance in French Immersion and won the 2011 Black Canadian Award for “Best Actress”.

She recently received the 2022 Rising Star Award from the Excellence Awards program of the Afroglobal Television channel in Toronto. Away from her awards, let’s take a look at Olunike’s journey into motherhood.


Olunike Adeliyi and her daughter
Olunike Adeliyi and her daughter, Alesha Bailey

The amazing thespian is a mother of a beautiful daughter named Alesha Bailey, an actress. However, the details regarding her baby papa are missing. Further, the actress shares a good relationship with her daughter, and the mother-daughter duo is often seen enjoying with each other on different media platforms.

We celebrate Olunike for her tenacity, passion for her craft, and for creating room for other women to thrive.


Tonto Charity Dikeh, has issued a  warning to the public in a scary manner. As the Federal Government extends the period of lockdown, the number of infected cases has still been on rise. And it seems like some people still go against the order.

“Stay at home or book an appointment with the funeral home,” she said.

The Nollywood actress posted on her official Instagram page:

“Guess who is open to do your hair, nails and eyebrows? The funeral home! If you want an appointment, keep running around.”

Tonto is known as one who isn’t shy with her words as she voices it as it is. Probably the reason her friends aren

Jada has been married to Will Smith for over two decades. Their status as  being deemed as a Hollywood power couple,  isn’t without its ups and downs. Their children are, son Jaden, 21, and daughter Willow, 18 currently.

Both couple recently, shared publicly the struggles in their relationship on her Facebook Watch show Red Table Talk, with Jada saying their decision to be so open about it came as they were keen to “get rid” of the idea of their romance being “perfect”.

She said: “What was really important about Will and I doing that show together – two things. First of all was really to kind of get rid of the idea that people in the public eye have perfect relationships. We were kind of sick of living up to that. We were real sick of it, and then second of all really having myself and Will come and talk about our relationship – sometimes you see just women do it alone or you just see a guy do it.”

The actress praised her spouse for being so open about his own “weakness”, as she said it has helped other “successful men” realise what they need to work on in their own relationships.

During an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the 47-year-old said: “Us having coming together and taking responsibility for both of our parts and also Will being the successful guy that he is and being willing to share what his pitfalls were in the relationship and in his family, you can’t imagine how many other successful men called and said, ‘Wow, my wife has been saying the same thing for years. Because you said it, it opened my eyes and because you said it, I’m willing to listen’.

“I think a lot of times successful men might feel like, ‘Hey, I know what I’m doing. I’ve had a lot of success in a lot of areas. I know exactly what I’m doing’. So, a lot of times, you know, you can shut your partner down a little bit.”

Tyler Perry faces critics concerning his new show Sistas that is currently on air.

Sistas is an American television comedy-drama series created, written and executive produced by Tyler Perry that first aired on October 23, 2019 on BET

With Perry stating that he is the sole writer of all his series that are currently on air.

Popular comedian Lil Rel Howery voiced his opinion on the issue:

“I love Tyler Perry and I’m proud of him, but I told myself I’m a say something because I don’t agree with that. I don’t understand,” he said, noting, “You can’t write a show called Sistas and you’re not a sista. So you don’t want no suggestions or nothing?”

“I know we talk a good game about ‘This is what I’m doing, I’m doing this, I’m doing that.’ Once again, I’m talking, but I’m putting my money where my mouth is,” he added. “I don’t have what he got yet, but as I climb up here, I’m a do even more of that. We gotta do better man. It’s all talk, but if you’re really on that, then give people jobs, bro. You can’t base nothing on one writers’ room, brother. That means you didn’t hire good writers. Find more writers! That’s just real.”

But the cast from Sistas are out against this as they dish out defence for him.

“I think it’s really important to remember that Tyler Perry puts Black women at the forefront in so many ways. “Sistas” comes from women in his life,” said costar Ebony Obsidian. “He may have sat there and written a script but it’s coming from Black women. So Black women’s fingerprints are all over this script.”

Baker also added, “He said at our premiere that he actually gave some of the women on his staff producer credits because he listened to them. He sat down and talked to them for a couple of hours and he was like, ‘I’m going to write this.”

Tyler Perry is known for his numerous movies portraying the stories of black women, their relationships and faith, examples like ‘ Diary of a mad black woman’, and the Madea collections

Few weeks back US Rep. Ayanna Pressley revealed her bald head and battle with alopecia in a moving interview she had with The Root. She has finally debuted her crown on Capitol Hill.

“After Rep. Ayanna Pressley unveiled her hair loss last month, many supported the congresswoman. But Pressley’s reveal of her alopecia — an autoimmune disease that causes hair loss — and her consequent bald head also made her the subject of online bullying, with some people,” according to CNN.

On Jan. 29 the freshman Congresswoman from Massachusetts took to the House floor, wigless and made her address confidently.

“I am proud to rise in support of my comprehensive Crediting Reporting Enhancement,  Disclosure, and Transparency or the Comprehensive Credit Act, a critical package of reforms that will improve our fundamentally flawed credit reporting system.”

As previously reported, Pressley, due to her severe hair loss, revealed how she felt humiliated, using wigs to cover up her severe hair loss.

“I hid in a bathroom stall. I felt naked, exposed, vulnerable. I felt embarrassed. I felt ashamed. I felt betrayed,” she told The Root.

Luckily, her journey has gotten better, she says, stressing that ”I’m making progress every day. And that’s why I’m doing this today.”

“It’s about self-agency. It’s about power. It’s about acceptance. It’s so interesting to me that right now on this journey, what I feel the most unlike myself is when I am wearing a wig. So I think that means I’m on my way.”

She jokingly spoke given her wigs names after Michelle Obama and even OG.

It is definitely incredible to see Pressley open up and be so brave about what she is going through.

Beverly Naya said that societal pressure on people to get married is the major  reason for wrong marriages.

Speaking to Sunday Scoop, the actress said: “I don’t do things I shouldn’t be doing. It’s easy when one is living one’s life and one stays away from certain things. That’s it really. I am not hiding anything. If I were hiding anything, it would have been revealed by now. I just don’t do things that would lead to scandals. It’s just the way I am.”

The ‘Skin the Documentary’ founder advised that society should put less pressure on women to get married. She said, “It’s only an expectation if one allows it to be an expectation. It’s all about what one feels and when one is ready to do (certain) things. When one starts allowing people determine how one lives, it becomes an expectation. It becomes pressure. It all begins and ends with one.

The actress also said: “I also believe that pressure on women to get married should be reduced, especially in this part of the world, . That’s how people– men and women–end up in wrong marriages.

It’s obvious Naya is confident about sharing this with a mind of her own. And to say recently, there have been lots of abusive marriages revealed on the media.

For the thirteenth year, ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood shined a light on Black women in cinema and television. Genevieve Nnaji was in attendance fitted in a simple gown at the red carpet.

The Essence Black Women in Hollywood had the best of black Hollywood celebs with all our faves, from Yvonne Orji to Billy Potter and Kerry Washington and ‘Clemency’ star Alfre Woodard attending.

The luncheon held on Thursday,February 6,2020 in Beverly Hills.

Check out photos of her from the event:

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 06: Genevieve Nnaji attends the 13th Annual Essence Black Women In Hollywood Awards Luncheon at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on February 06, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 06: Genevieve Nnaji attends the 13th Annual Essence Black Women In Hollywood Awards Luncheon at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on February 06, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 06: Genevieve Nnaji attends the 2020 13th Annual ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon at Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel on February 06, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images for ESSENCE)