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Sunday, 31 December 2017

17 World Famous Celebrities You Never Knew Were Nigerians with photos

We Nigerians are known to travel worldwide. They survive not only in the country they
are in, but also, in the long run, famous renown personalities of the world. In the
entertainment industry, there are now famous blacks who distinguish themselves
in their art. Sometimes they assume they are black Americans or other parts of
Africa, but some of these are actors and musicians and are Nigerians by decent.
The most popular among them is Chiwetel Ejiofor, who has played in ’12 Years A
Slave ‘,’ Half of a Yellow Sun ‘,’ Deadly Travel ‘,’ Secret In Yourir ‘, among others.
Chiwetel was born and raised in the U.K by his Nigerian parents of the Igbo tribe.
Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 years slave Some of the stars on this list were born in
Nigeria and grew overseas, while others were born and raised in the country, but
they have one or two Nigerian parents. Let us meet these famous celebrities all
over the world
1. Hakeem Kae-Kazim
Actor of Hollywood, Kazeem was born in the state of Lagos and comes from the
state of Ogun. He has appeared in several films such as “Hotel Rwanda”, “X-Men
Origins: Wolverine”, “Pirates of the Caribbean”, “at the end of the world and many
television series with 24 and Criminal Minds. some Nollywood films such as “Last
Flight To Abuja”, “Black November” and “Half Of A Yellow Sun.” Currently,
Hakeem is a distinguished aambassador for Etisalat Nigeria.

2. Taio Cruz
British singer Jacob Taio Cruz was born in London. His father is a Nigerian, while
his mother is Brazillian. Born as Adetayo Ayowale Onile-Ere, pop R&B singer
accepted Taio Cruz as his brand name when he ventured into music. He was
signed at the age of 19 with a publishing contract and won several awards,
including BRIT Awards, Billboard Music Awards, ASCAP Awards and American
Music Awards.

3. Wale

Born as Olubowale Victor Akintimehin to Yoruba Parents of Ogun State, He grew
up in the United States. He is as popular in the countries as he is in his home
country and has made music features with Nigeria singers such as Wizkid and
Olamide. Music superstar Maybach Wale visited his home country in February


4. Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje is one of the world’s best-known figures in Nigeria.
The former fashion model of Yoruba origin, and Hollywood actor, is best known
for his roles in ‘The Mummy Returns’, ‘Pompeii,’ ‘The Bourne Identity’, and in TV
series ‘Lost’ and ‘Oz’. He was born in Washington, DC to Nigerian parents and is
fluent in Yoruba, Italian and Swahili, with the exception of English.

5.Tinie Tempah
Patrick Chukwuemeka Okogwu better known by his stage name Tinie Tempah, is
an English rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer.
Tempah was born in London, the son of Igbo parents from Nigeria. His middle
name, Chukwuemeka, means ‘God has done it’ in the Igbo language. Nigerian pop
singer, Wizkid is currently signed to his management label, Disturbing London.

6. Uzo Aduba

Uzoamaka Nwanneka “Uzo” Aduba is an American actress known for her role as
Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren on the television series “Orange Is the New Black”.
Her parents are both Nigerians of Igbo origin.

7. Dayo Okeniyi

Dayo Okeniyi was born and raised in Lagos before moving to the United States
later with his family. The actor is known for his roles in ‘The Hunger Games’ and
‘Terminator Genisys’.

8. Caroline Chikezie

Caroline was born in England to Nigerian parents, but she was sent to a boarding
school in Nigeria at a point, in an attempt to make her abandon her dreams to
become an actress. She decided to take acting over her father’s hospital in
Nigeria. So far, the 42-year-old has featured in ‘Holby City,’ ‘Casualty,’
‘Babymother,’ ‘ As If ,’ ‘Judas Kiss,’ ‘Free Fall’, ‘Torchwood’, ‘Cyberwoman”,’
‘Supernatural,’ and ‘Brothers and Sisters’.

9. Nonso Anozie
Nonso Anozie is an English actor of Nigerian descent. In addition to the films, he
has been featured in the television series “Game of Thrones” and “Dracula”.

10. Hope Olaide Wilson
Hollywood actress Hope Olaide Wilson comes from the Yoruba tribe in Nigeria.
She moved to the United States in 1996 and showed in Tyler Perry’s films ‘I Can
Do Bad All By Myself’, ‘After the Dark and Faith & Dreams’. Hope is fluent in
English, French and Yoruba, and has won the 2009 Diversity Awards for Promising
Talent Award.

11.Richard Ayoade
Richard Ayoade is a British actor, born to a Nigerian father and a Norwegian
mother. The actor and writer have written several award-winning plays in the UK.
He gave his Hollywood debut in 2012 after starring in the comedy “The Watch”,
starring Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn and Jonah Hill

12. David Oyelowo

Hollywood actor, David Oyelowo was born on April 1, 1976 in Oxford, Oxfordshire,
England, to Nigerian parents. He has appeared in films such as “The Butler, Small
Island, The Ascension of the Planet of the Apes, Middle Nowhere, Lincoln and
Blood and Oil” (a film about the Niger Delta, oil and activism in Nigeria).

13. Adepero Oduye

American actress, Adepero Oduye is not the most popular American nigerian
actress on this list, but she was featureed in 12 years as a slave. She has also
appeared on the TV series Pariah (2011), Law & Order and others. She received
several awards, including a nomination for Independent Spirit Award for Best
Female Leader.

14. Sophie Okonedo
Born of a Nigerian father and a Jewish mother, Sophie Okonedo is a British
actress and singer. She has played in great films like “Flux”, “Ms. Mandela”, “Skin”
and much more.

15. John Boyega
John is a British-Nigerian born in London to Nigerian parents. He is known for his
debut on the movie “Attack the Block” in 2011. He has also played Ugwu in half
of a yellow sun and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

17. Toks Olagundoye

Born in Lagos to a Norwegian mother and a Nigerian father, Toks Olagundoye is
known for her role as Jackie Joyner-Kersee in the television comedy “The

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