|Intro||Nigerian make-up artist|
|Birth||23 January 1978, Nigeria|
Lola Maja (born Omolola Maja; 26 January 1978), also known as Lola Maja-Okojevoh, is a Nigerian make-up artist; her speciality include: special effects, eyebrows and eyelashes. She is also a massage therapist, beauty tutor, and Spa and Cosmetics Brand Consultant. She is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of “Sacred Beauty”; she is known for working on several major fashion events and on major films such as The Figurine and October 1, as well as several music videos. She has done make-up for celebrities such as Genevieve Nnaji and Tiwa Savage. She also has worked with major fashion magazines, such as Style Mania and FAB, as well as models like Iman and Tyson Beckford. In 2015, she won the “Best Make-up” Africa Magic Viewers Choice Award for October 1.
Background and early life
Maja was born in Nigeria, to a father of Yoruba descent and a mother with Itsekiri, Lebanese, Italian, Indian and Scottish ancestry. At the age of 2, she and her family moved to the United Kingdom where she grew up. She moved back to Nigeria in 2010, after she got married.
Maja started working as a makeup artist when she was 14; whilst she still in high school, and into college. At 18, she had to make a choice whether to continue her degree or leave and take the role as makeup artist of the original team to launch Iman Cosmetics at their flagship counter in London; she followed her heart and launched Iman Cosmetics in 1997. She launched her own Lashes range, “Sacred Lashes”, in 2010. The line was started mainly to provide high quality products for make-up students and other makeup artistes in Nigeria, but the clients loved them a lot, that the company decided to start retailing them in boutiques and on the internet. The brand eventually grew to have a wide range of items.
Maja went back to school to get a formal qualification in “Beauty Therapy”. She graduated from the London College of Beauty Therapy, then went on to St Mary’s College University. Thereafter, she obtained a Teaching Diploma, after which She went further to launch a Beauty Academy in 2013. “Sacred Lashes” eventually metamorphosed into “Sacred Group of Companies”, which focuses on wide range of make-up related activities, such as: editorial, catwalk, studio photography, television, film, music videos, beauty therapy and training.
Maja has a wide range in her make-up portfolio, from special effects to bridal, from beauty to creative fashion. She worked on the music video of My Darlin by Tiwa Savage, whom she transformed into an old lady in the video. She did Genevieve Nnaji’s make up for the photoshoot of her clothing line St.Genevieve. She has also worked as a Beauty editor for major fashion magazines like Style Mania, FAB and Noir. Her make-up works have appeared on popular magazines, like: TW, Genevieve Magazine, True Love, Elan, Black Hair & Beauty, Colors, Pride, Sideview, and Trendsetter. She has worked with supermodels like Iman and Tyson Beckford. Other celebrities she has worked with include: Alek Wek, Ernie Hudson, Joe Estevez, Joe, Dru Hill, Ojy Okpe, Fifi Ejindu, Genevieve Nnaji, Omotola Jalade, Rita Dominic, Kate Henshaw, Tiwa Savage, Omawunmi, Waje, Toolz, Toke Makinwa, Eku Edewor and so on.
Maja did the make-up for two of Kunle Afolayan’s films: The Figurine (2009) and October 1 (2014); the latter, for which, she won the 2015 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Award for “Best Make-up”. She was also the make-up artiste for the third and fourth season of the television drama series Shuga. Maja has also worked on several music videos, such as: Wizkid’s “Tease Me”, Banky W’s “Lagos Party”, Omawumi’s “Today na Today” and Dr SID’s “Something about You”. Maja is also a regular guest on television lifestyles shows & radio, to talk about beauty, fashion and makeup advice, while commenting latest trends in fashion.
Maja met her husband, Tonio Okojevoh at a cousin’s wedding, whilst she was still engaged to another; an engagement which didn’t work out. She became friends with Tonio and after six years, he proposed, without prior dating. Maja has stated that she and her husband were celibate before they got married, a decision which her husband initiated, as his promise to God. Tonio and Lola got married in 2010; together, they have two children, Tega and Tallulah, born in 2011 and 2013 respectively. She once shared that whilst she was in labour with her first child, listening to “Bumper to Bumper” by Wande Coal helped to ease her labour pains. She has also made it known that she won’t be having anymore children.
Film and television
|2009||The Figurine||make-up, hair, special effects, cameo|
|2012||Turning Point||make-up, hair, special effects|
|2013||Flower Girl||make-up, hair, special effects|
|Shuga (season 3)||make-up, hair|
|2014||Render to Caesar||make-up, special effects|
|October 1||make-up, hair, special effects|
|2015||Shuga (season 4)||make-up, hair|
|Fifty||make-up, hair, special effects|
|2016||The C.E.O.||make-up, hair, special effects|
Awards and nominations
|2015||2015 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards||Best Make-up Artist||Won|