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20 World Famous Celebrities You Never Knew Were Nigerians



Nigerians are known to go all over. They not just make due in whichever country they wind up yet become effective world-acclaimed big names over the long haul.

In media outlets today, there are a few well known blacks that are great in their specialties. Individuals at times accept they are dark Americans, or from different pieces of Africa, however the reality stays, a portion of these entertainers and performers are Nigerians by good.

The most mainstream among them is Chiwetel Ejiofor who featured in ’12 Years A Slave’, ‘Half of A Yellow Sun,’ ‘Destructive Voyage’, ‘Secret In Their Eyes,’ among others. Chiwetel was brought up in the U.K by his Nigerian guardians from the Igbo clan.

A portion of the stars on this rundown were brought into the world in Nigeria and grew up abroad, while some others were brought up in external nations and they have possibly one or both Nigerian guardians.

List of 20 World Famous Celebrities You Never Knew Were Nigerians

1. Wale

20 World Famous Celebrities You Never Knew Were Nigerians


Conceived as Olubowale Victor Akintimehin to Yoruba guardians from Ogun State, Rapper Wale experienced childhood in the USA. He is as well known in the states as he is in his nation of origin and has done music joint efforts with vocalists like Wizkid and Olamide. The Maybach Music hotshot, Wale, last visited his homeland in February 2016.

2. Hakeem Kae-Kazim

20 World Famous Celebrities You Never Knew Were Nigerians

Hakeem Kae-Kazim

Hollywood entertainer, Kazeem was brought into the world in Lagos State and is a local of Ogun State. He has highlighted in a few hit motion pictures, for example, ‘Lodging Rwandan,’ ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine, ‘Privateers of the Caribbean,’ ‘At World’s End and numerous TV arrangement including 24, and Criminal Minds. He has additionally included in some Nollywood films like ‘Last Flight To Abuja,’ ‘Dark November’ and ‘Half Of A Yellow Sun.’ Currently, Hakeem is a brand envoy for Etisalat Nigeria.

3. Taio Cruz

20 World Famous Celebrities You Never Knew Were Nigerians

Taio Cruz

English Singer, Jacob Taio Cruz was brought into the world in London. His dad is a Nigerian while his mom is Brazillian. Conceived as Adetayo Ayowale Onile-Ere, the R and B pop vocalist received Taio Cruz as his image name when he wandered into music. He was endorsed on a distributing bargain at 19 years old and has won a few honors including the BRIT Awards, Billboard Music Awards, ASCAP Awards, and American Music Awards.

4. Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

20 World Famous Celebrities You Never Knew Were Nigerians

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje is one of Nigeria’s best world popular famous people. The previous design model of Yoruba beginning and Hollywood entertainer is most popular for his parts in ‘The Mummy Returns’, ‘Pompeii,’ ‘The Bourne Identity’, and in TV arrangement ‘Lost’ and ‘Oz’. He was brought into the world in Washington, D.C to Nigerian guardians and is familiar with Yoruba, Italian and Swahili, beside the English language.

5. Adetomiwa Edun

20 World Famous Celebrities You Never Knew Were Nigerians

Adetomiwa Edun

English entertainer Adetomiwa Edun was brought into the world in 1984 to a Nigerian dad from the Yoruba clan and a half-Ghanaian, half-English mother. Edun, who moved to the United Kingdom at 11 years old, has included in motion pictures like Slaves, Law and Order: the UK, The Hour, Passengers. He is prominently known for his part in the TV arrangement, Merlin, where he played ‘Sir Elyan’ and he turned into the second dark in 2009 to play Romeo at the Globe Theater. Tomiwa communicates in English, Yoruba, and French.

6. Uuzo Aduba

Uzo Aduba

Uzoamaka Nwanneka “Uzo” Aduba is an American entertainer who is referred to for her job as Suzanne “Insane Eyes” Warren on the TV arrangement ‘Orange Is the New Black’. Her folks are the two Nigerians of Igbo birthplace.

7. Dayo Okeniyi

Dayo Okeniyi

Dayo Okeniyi was brought up in Lagos before he later moved with his family to the United States. The entertainer is famously known for his jobs in ‘The Hunger Games’ and ‘Eliminator Genisys’.

8. Caroline Chikezie

Caroline Chikezie

Caroline was brought into the world in England to Nigerian guardians however was shipped off an all inclusive school in Nigeria at a point, trying to make her surrender her fantasies to turn into an entertainer. She picked acting to assuming control over her dad’s emergency clinic in Nigeria. Up until now, the 42-year-old has highlighted in ‘Holby City,’ ‘Loss,’ ‘Babymother,’ ‘As though,’ ‘Judas Kiss,’ ‘Free Fall’, ‘Torchwood’, ‘Cyberwoman”,’ ‘Otherworldly,’ and ‘Siblings and Sisters’.

8. Nonso Anozie

Nonso Anozie

Nonso Anozie is an English entertainer of Nigerian plunge. Aside from films, he was cast to play in the TV arrangement ‘Round of Thrones’ and ‘Dracula’.

9. Hope Olaide Wilson

Hope Olaide Wilson

Hollywood entertainer, Hope Olaide Wilson is from the Yoruba clan of Nigeria. She moved to the United States in 1996, and has included in Tyler Perry’s motion pictures ‘I Can Do Bad All By Myself’, ‘After the Dark and Faith and Dreams’ among others. Expectation communicates in English, French, and Yoruba fluidly and has won the 2009 Diversity Awards Female ‘Nova’ Award Recipient for promising ability.

10. Richard Ayoade

Richard Ayoade

Richard Ayoade is a British entertainer destined to a Nigerian dad and a Norwegian mother. The jokester, entertainer, and author has composed a few honor winning stageplays in the UK.

He made his Hollywood introduction in 2012 in the wake of featuring in the parody ‘The Watch,’ close by Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, and Jonah Hill.

11. David Oyelowo

David Oyelowo

Hollywood entertainer, David Oyelowo was brought into the world on April 1, 1976, in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, to Nigerian guardians. He has highlighted in motion pictures like: ‘The Butler, Small Island, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Middle of Nowhere, Lincoln, and Blood and Oil,’ (a film about Niger-Delta, oil, and aggressiveness in Nigeria).

David Oyelowo is a British entertainer. He has assumed supporting parts in the movies ‘Ascent of the Planet of the Apes’ ,’Middle of Nowhere’, ‘Lincoln’ and gathered commendation for depicting Louis Gaines in ‘The Butler’. On TV , he played M15 official Danny Hunter in the British arrangement ‘Scares’. In 2014, Oyelowo played Martin Luther King, Jr in the personal show film ‘ Selma’, for which he got a Golden Globe for Best Actor. David Oyelowo is shot at the Corinthia Hotel in focal London, England.

12. Adepero Oduye

Adepero Oduye

American entertainer, Adepero Oduye isn’t the most well known Nigerian-American entertainer on this rundown however she highlighted in ’12 Years A Slave.’ She likewise played Alike in ‘Outsider’ (2011) TV arrangement, ‘Law and Order’ among others. She has gotten a few honors, including a designation for Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead.

13. Sophie Okonedo

Sophie Okonedo

Destined to a Nigerian dad and a Jewish mother, Sophie Okonedo is a British entertainer and vocalist. She has played in incredible films as ‘Æon Flux’, ‘Mrs. Mandela’, ‘Skin’ and some more.

14. John Boyega

John Boyega

John is a British-Nigerian who was brought into the world in London to Nigerian guardians. He is most popular for his 2011 film debut ‘Assault the Block’. He likewise played Ugwu in ‘Half of A Yellow Sun’ and ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens.’

15. Ashley Madekwe

Ashley Madekwe

Ashley Madekwe was brought into the world in London and has a Nigerian dad and an English mother. She is most popular for her jobs in dramatization arrangement ‘Vengeance’ and America arrangement ‘Salem’.

16. Toks Olagundoye

Toks Olagundoye

Brought into the world in Lagos to a Norwegian mother and a Nigerian dad, Toks Olagundoye is referred to for her part as Jackie Joyner-Kersee in the TV sitcom ‘The Neighbors’.

17. Sade Adu

Sade Adu

61-years of age American R&B vocalist and Grammy grant champ, Helen Folasade Adu was brought into the world on January 16, 1959, in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria. At the point when Sade was 11 years of age, she moved to Holland-on-Sea, Essex, to live with her mom, at that point she later moved to London where she examined style plan at Saint Martin’s School of Art before she began singing. She is most popular for her hit melody ‘Best Taboo.’

18. Tracy Ifeachor

Tracy Ifeachor

Tracy is a British-Nigerian TV and theater entertainer most popular for playing in the ‘Specialist Who Christmas uncommon, The End of Time’, and TV arrangement ‘Crossbones’.

19. Olurotimi Akinosho

Olurotimi Akinosho

Rotimi was brought into the world in New Jersey to Nigerian guardians. He showed up in the high earning film ‘Unique’, in ‘Dark Nativity’ and in ‘Royal Dreams’. From 2011 to 2012, he featured as Darius Morrison on the Starz Network unique show arrangement Boss. Rotimi is additionally the organizer and (CEO) of FrontRoSeat Productions.

20. Carmen Ejogo

Carmen Ejogo

Carmen Elizabeth Ejogo was brought into the world in 1973 in London and started her profession as a youngster. Her dad is Nigerian while her mom is Scottish. The British entertainer has highlighted in ‘What’s the Worst That Could Happen?’, ‘The Purge: Anarchy’ and ‘Selma’.

She has gotten a few honors, including a selection for Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead.

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