April 14, 2014 3:07 PM EDT

When one of Africa’s biggest celebrities was honored as one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People of 2013, she found that it served to amplify her influence as a human-rights and environmental activist.

“I speak, and I shout even louder,” said Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, the actress, singer and reality television star known as “Omo Sexy” in Nollywood, Nigeria’s movie industry.

Ekeinde continues to speak out about issues affecting Sierra Leone, Liberia and the Niger River Delta in her native Nigeria.

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