28 C
Lagos
Thursday, February 27, 2020
Advertisements

15 Hollywood Stars Who You Didn’t Know Are From Nigeria

Featured Posts

Cook N Home Stainless Steel Steamer Juicer (NC-00288)

The Cook N Home Stainless Steel Steamer Juicer features side loop handles on each of the three compartments for easy and safe lifting. The secure...

Arthritis in Dogs: Causes, Signs and Treatments

Arthritis can be painful for dogs as it is for humans- but ways has been developed to ease the pain, stiffness and discomfort in...

Top 7 Low Shedding Dog Breeds

Are you a dog lover but can't tolerate dog hair around your home? well there isn't so much you can do about it because...

Helping the Homeless – Crochet a Plastic Sleeping Mat

Reaching out to homeless members of our society is an action that many want to do in their hearts, but are not sure how...

Skin Care Advice from Best Skin Doctors

There are many dermatologists out there that give you all kinds of advice to make your skin look flawless. However, not all advice is...

When you watch Hollywood movies with black actors and actresses, we often just see them African-Americans. You might be correct sometimes, but some of them are pure Africans or mixed.

Advertisements

In this article, you will be meeting some of your favourite black Hollywood stars who are not just Africans but Nigerians. These stars have climbed to the apex of their careers in the entertainment industry, but people never bother to find out their roots.

Many black celebs that were born outside Africa and had no idea what their African origin was to have had to do DNA tests to discover their African roots and the results were terrific.

Forest Whitaker

Forest Whitaker

Whitaker is one of the most familiar faces you can think of when it comes to black actors in Hollywood. Popularly known for his role as Idi Amin of Uganda, Whitaker is one of the blacks who discovered his African roots and traced it back to the Igbo land in Nigeria. Forests ancestors were from the Nkwere village in Imo state, eastern Nigeria and when the actor went to visit the Nkwere people, his roots were confirmed. The ghost dog actor was given an honorary chieftaincy title of “Nwannedinambe de Nkwerre” during his visit to his village.

Chief Ayiama-Osigwe explained that  “Nwannedinambe de Nkwerre” means a brother in a foreign land, and because Forest was able to trace his origin back to the village, he deserved to be honoured with a title. Other movies Forest Whitaker has starred in include American gun, Phonebooth, Panic room, Phenomenon, Bird, Battlefield Earth, and the way of the samurai.

Chinwetel Ejiofor

Chinwetel Ejiofor

This handsome twelve years a slave actor is easily given away by his name. Chinwetel Ejiofor was born and breed in the UK by Nigerian parents of Igbo origin. Ejiofor has created a successful acting career for himself and is a natural face to spot. He has starred in movies like half of a yellow sun, secrets in their eyes, and deadly travel.

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

Adewale is a Nigerian who is proud of his origin and in making waves in Hollywood. The actor of the movie series Oz and Lost was born in Washington D.C Of Nigerian parents.

Advertisements

The southwestern Nigerian Hollywood actor is fluent in Yoruba, English, Swahili, and Italian.

Other films he has starred in include the mummy return, Bourne Identity, and Pompeii. Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje has also visited his hometown.

Hakeem Kae-Kazeem

Hakeem Kae-Kazeem

Hakeem is a Nigerian who was born in Lagos state and hails from Ogun state in the southwestern region of Nigeria. He is mostly referred to as a British actor and is one of the most famous Nigerian Hollywood faces. He has starred in the TV series 24 and criminal minds. Other movies he has done include Pirates of the Caribbean, X-men origins, Hotel Rwanda, and Wolverine. The parents of the actor were Muslims.

Wale

Wale

Wale, whose full name is Olubowale Victor Akintimehin was born in Washington on the 21st of September 1984 and is a very famous American Rapper. Wale’s parents are from the southwestern region of Nigeria, Ogun state precisely. The rapper is both famous in Nigeria and around the world, but he has not forgotten to mix up with other Nigerian artists even though he is based in the United States. He has done collaborations with Nigerian singers like Olamide and Wizzy.

Tyler the Creator

Tyler the Creator

Tyler, the creator, is believed to be black American but he is a Nigerian. However, Tyler’s mother is Canadian, but she gave birth to Tyler, the creator in Los Angeles. Tyler’s real name is Tyler Okonma, and he was born on the 6th of March 1991.

Ashley Madekwe

Ashley Madekwe

Beautiful British actress Ashley Madekwe is bi-racial. She was born in London to an English mother and a Nigerian Father. Ashley has starred in TV series like Salem and Revenge. The actress’s father is of Igbo origin.

Advertisements

Nnamdi Asomugha

Nnamdi Asomugha

Have you been wondering who the man behind Kerry Washington’s smile is? Well, you have found him. Nnamdi Asomugha is an American football player and the husband to famous Hollywood star, Kerry Washington. Nnamdi was born in Lafayette, Louisiana on the 6th of July 1981 to Igbo parents. Well, I guess it’s safe to say Kerry is our Igbo sister after all.

Uzo Aduba

Uzo Aduba

Hollywood Actress Uzoamake Nwaneka Aduba who is popularly known as Uzo Aduba was born in Boston, Massachusetts on the 10th of February 1981. She is mostly referred to as an American actress and is famous for her role in the popular TV series Orange is the new black. Uzo is also one of those people whose name gives them away easily, and she is from southeastern Nigeria. She is another Igbo sister proudly representing Nigeria in Hollywood.

Tinie Tempah

Tinie Tempah

Tinie Temper is a famous English rapper who is also known for his love for pictures and friendship with Nigerian Professional Photographer and singer TY Bello.  Tinie’s real name is Chukuemeka Okogwu Best and is a singer, producer, and songwriter. Chukwuemeka Okogwu was born in London to Nigerian parents on the 7th of November 1988 and runs a management label called disturbing London. If disturbing London sounds familiar, it is because you have heard of it before. Wizkid was signed on disturbing London, but things didn’t pan out well, and he had to leave.

Dayo Okeniyi

Dayo Okeniyi

Unlike other Nigerians in Hollywood, Dayo was born and raised in Nigeria before he moved to the United States with his family. Dayo knows the streets of Lagos like every other Lagosian and is doing very well as a Hollywood actor. He has featured in movies like Terminator Genisys and The hunger games.

Caroline Chikezie

Caroline Chikezie

Talk about a woman who gets into a character like she was born to be that character, and you can point to Carolyn Chikezie. Carolyn is a British actress born on the 19th of February 1974 in London to Nigerian parents. She is of Igbo origin, but we are yet to confirm if she can speak the Igbo language.

Advertisements

Films and TV series she has starred in includes: Baby mother, Cyber woman, As if, Judas kiss, Casualty, Holby city, Freefall, Torchwood, Brothers and Sisters, and  Supernaturals.

Hope Olaide Wilson

Hope Olaide Wilson

Hollywood actress Hope Olaide Wilson was born in the United States on the 16th of August 1985 to Yoruba parents from Nigeria.  She speaks, Yoruba, English, and French fluently.

Films Hope has starred in includes: Tyler Perry’s I can do bad all by myself, Faith and dreams, and After the dark.

John Boyega

John Boyega

John is a Nigerian Hollywood actor who was born in London to Yoruba parents. He has featured in movies like Star Wars and Attacks the Block.

Olurotimi Akinosho

 

Olurotimi is one of the sexiest Nigerian Hollywood actors of the century. Olurotimi was born to Yoruba Nigerian parents in New Jersey. He has featured in movies like Black Nativity, Divergent, and Imperial Dreams.

Advertisements

More articles

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Trending Now.

Screen to Body Ratio: 22 Smartphones With the Highest Screen to Body Ratio in 2020

Screen to body ratio on a smartphone screen recently turned into an important thing to consider when comparing smartphones.  It became more important after...

How to Apply For NYSC Revalidation and Remobilization?

Every year thousands of Nigerian graduates register for the National Youth Service Corps program and are sent to different parts of the country to...

Netflix Download Limit: What Is It and How You Can Get Around It?

Netflix introduced its 'download feature' for offline viewing back in 2016, allowing its users to download content and enjoy it offline while they are...

6 Different Types of Car Engines

An engine is the soul and heart of your car simply because it’s the most important part of a vehicle. It acts as the...

Startimes Subscription Prices, Packages and Channels List in 2020

StarTimes Nigeria is one of the popular cable TV providers in Nigeria. This service is a subsidiary of a Chinese based company called Startimes...

Uses and Functions of ROM (Read-only Memory)

A computer is a very important device and besides being the best gadget to play your favorite video games or watching your favorite movies,...

6 Different Types of Motherboards

Motherboards are considered as the heart of any computer you use. This is mainly because they contain important components such as the memory and...

GB WhatsApp, WhatsApp Plus and OG WhatsApp Tips and Tricks

Checkout the new GB WhatsApp Tutorial. Hello, welcome to WhatsApp Plus, OG WhatsApp and GB WhatsApp tips and tricks. For the sake of this article,...

9+ Infinix Phones With Best Camera in 2020

People purchase smartphones for different reasons, and it is no brainer that the camera specifications is one of the features they look out for...

Definition of RAM, Its Uses and Functions

We are in the 21st century and regardless of how we deny it, we are truly living in a digital era. All people young...