Omotu Bissong (born Cecilia Ohumotu Bissong) is a Nigerian model, television presenter, and actress,Â best known as Funke Lawal in Desperate Housewives Africa.
A native of Yala, Cross River State, Bissong started her modelling career when she was a child and attended Nigerian Navy Primary school and Nigerian Navy Secondary school both in Calabar, the latter she completed at the age the fourteen. She would later enroll as a student of the University of Calabar where she studied Economics.Â
In 2003, Bissong â€“ then credited as Celia Bissong â€“ made history by becoming the first Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria winner from the South-South (While Regina Askia had held the title in 1989, she did not actually win). Her platform wasHIV/AIDS Awareness, and Tourism Promotion, and her reign saw her compete at Miss Universe and Miss World.Â
Bissong worked as a model in Nigeria before moving to America, where she signed up with another model agency whilst studying Accounting at the City University of New York. In an interview with The Vanguard in 2008, Bissong criticised discrimination against black models in the American fashion industry, and admitted she was facing strong competition.Upon her return to Nigeria, she opened a model management company in a bid to restore professionalism in the industry.
Since returning to her home country in 2009, Bissong has worked in television, presenting The Peak Talent Hunt Show,Â and Africa Awakes on DSTV. As an actress, Bissong was in the Ghanaian movie Be My Guest with Nadia Buari and Chris Attoh,Â and is currently starring in the African adaptation of Desperate Housewives as stay-at-home mother Funke Lawal who is loosely based on Lynette Scavo in the original series