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Olurotimi Akinosho

(1988-11-30) November 30, 1988 (age 35)
Alma mater Northwestern University
  • Actor
  • singer
  • model
Years active 2011–present
Partner(s) Vanessa Mdee
Children 1
Musical career
Instruments Vocals
Associated acts

Olurotimi Akinosho (born November 30, 1988), known professionally as Rotimi, is an American actor and singer. He is known for his role as Darius Morrison on the Starz series Boss, and as Andre Coleman on Power.

Early life and education

Rotimi was born in Maplewood, New Jersey, to Nigerian parents; his father an investment banker of Yoruba origin and his mother of Igbo origin, working for the government. He attended Columbia High School, where he was on both the varsity basketball team and the choir. He continued his studies at Northwestern University and graduated with a bachelor's degree in Communication with a minor in Business in 2010.



..... Rotimi also appeared in three episodes of ABC's Betrayal.

Rotimi made his silver screen debut in the film Black Nativity (2013). Following this, he starred in Imperial Dreams at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, which later won for "Best of NEXT".

Rotimi next appeared in the high grossing film, Divergent (2014). In 2016 Rotimi also acted in the movie Deuces alongside Lance Gross and Larenz Tate.

He was added to the cast of Starz' TV series Power as a series regular, in the role of Andre Coleman, the quick-tempered young protégé of the character Ghost. Rotimi was also cast in a recurring role on Battle Creek as Danny.


A contemporary R&B artist, Rotimi released two digital mixtapes, titled The Resume (March 8, 2011) and While You Wait (November 30, 2011). His videos have been featured on international and U.S. based entertainment media including MTV, MTV Base, and VH1 Soul.

Rotimi has performed on stage, opening for Jennifer Hudson, T.I., Estelle, and NERD; he also performed on BET's show 106 and Park and appeared in R&B singer Keyshia Cole's music video "Trust and Believe" as Cole's unfaithful boyfriend.

Rotimi garnered music placement with "I'm the One" on the first episode of Boss. In 2015, American rapper and executive producer of Power, 50 Cent signed Rotimi to his label, G-Unit Records. He also released his first G-Unit single "Lotto" featuring 50 Cent.

In 2016, Rotimi released "Doin it", a single from his 5-track project, Summer Bangerz. In 2017 he released his debut EP called Jeep Music Vol. 1.

In 2019 he released a single titled "Love Riddim" which has garnered attention from both old fans and newly made ones.


Rotimi is the lead model/spokesperson of rapper T.I.'s AKOO Clothing 2012 Spring/Summer campaign, April 2, 2012.

Personal life

On November 25, 2019, Rotimi shared a picture of him and Tanzanian singer Vanessa Mdee posing in an elevator on date night, with Vanessa also confirming their relationship by posting the same picture with a different caption. Rotimi told the story of how the two met at a party and hit it off and Vanessa also said in an interview how she knew he was her husband, only two days after meeting him. In a video posted on Instagram with Rotimi who was later joined by Vanessa, the pair revealed that they both had tattoos of each other's name on their bodies; her (middle) name, Hau, on his right wrist and his name, Rotimi, on her chest. They also have matching tattoos of the number 1045 on their wrists.

In December 2020, Rotimi got engaged to Vanessa. They were expecting their first child together. It was announced with a series of maternity photos. On September 29, 2021, the couple welcomed a boy.


Studio albums

  • All or Nothing (2021)


Year Title Role Notes
2013 Black Nativity Officer Butch McDaniels
2014 Divergent Ezra
2015 Darkest Before Dawn Manny Short film
2017 Imperial Dreams Wayne
2017 Burning Sands Edwin
2017 Deuces Face
2018 Acts of Violence Frank
2020 Singlehollic Sam Bishop
2020 True to The Game 2: Gena's Story Vaughn
2021 Coming 2 America Idi Izzi
Year Title Role Notes
2011 Cooper and Stone Ty Unsold pilot
2011–12 Boss Darius Morrison 18 episodes
2013 Betrayal Lil' D 3 episodes
2015 Battle Creek Danny 2 episodes
2015–2020 Power Andre "Dre" Coleman Series Regular
2017 BET Experience Host Television special
2018 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Malik Guest Star


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