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Mar 21, 2020

Meet 10 Hollywood Celebrities Who Are Nigerians

Meet 10 Hollywood Celebrities Who Are Nigerians!

It's no longer news that Nigerians are blessed with amazing talents, and tend to perform excellently in all fields of life!

Nigerians who were born outside the country or relocated to different parts of the world are not left out either, they tend to represent Nigeria in the best possible way, and turn out to become the best in different areas of life like Entertainment, Education, Medical, Sports and other fields!

But today, we'll be taking a look at some talented Nigerians who worked so hard to become famous Hollywood stars, with numerous nominations, awards, accolades and wealth to their names.

These celebrities contributed in putting Nigeria on the World 'Entertainment Map' and paved ways for other upcoming acts. So, it's only fair if they're talked about and celebrated!

1. Adewale Akinnuoye - Agbaje

If you were a fan of popular TV series "Lost" and "The Oz", you'll definitely know who Adewale Akinnuoye - Agbaje is!

Adewale is a British-Nigerian actor, director and former fashion model who was born in Washington DC to Nigerian parents.

He has starred in popular movies like "The Bourne Identity", "Suicide Squad", "The Mummy Returns", "The Fix" and even featured in the fifth season of "Game of Thrones", amongst other movies and TV shows.

His acting is top notch and he usually interpretes every character he plays perfectly, which has led to him receiving several nominations and awards.

2. Jidenna

Jidenna Theodore Mobisson, simply known as Jidenna, is a talented Nigerian-American rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer from Imo State, Nigeria.

Jidenna partially grew up in Nigeria where his father was working as a professor of Computer Science at Enugu State University of Science and Technology. And when he was 6 years old, his family relocated to the United States.

And If you're a music lover, I'm pretty sure you know about his singles; "Classic Man" and "Bambi' which were massive hits!

The talented star has successfully released albums like: "Boomerang", "The Chief" and "85 to Africa". And has received numerous awards and even a Grammy nomination.

The star who often celebrate and visit Nigeria has contributed in paving way for upcoming Nigerian music acts who plan on venturing into Hollywood.

3. Uzoamaka Nwanneka Aduba

Uzoamaka Nwanneka Aduba simply known as Uzo Aduba is a talented Hollywood actress born in Boston to Nigerian parents.

Fans of popular TV series "Orange Is The New Black" will definitely know who Uzo Aduba is because she was a significant character on the show, playing Suzanne 'Crazy Eyes' Warren.

For her amazing role on "Orange Is The New Black", she won an Emmy Award for "Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series" in 2014, and another Emmy Award for "Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series" in 2015.

She also won two Screen Actors Guild Awards for "Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series" in 2014 and 2015.

Talk about representing Nigeria in the best possible way! We 'Stan' a talented Queen!

4. Olajide Olayinka Williams "JJ" Olatunji

Olajide William Olatunji popularly known as KSI is a famous YouTuber, Internet personality, rapper and a pro boxer.

KSI was born in Watford, United Kingdom to Nigerian parents, and is famous for his YouTube videos where he uploads game commentaries, vlogs and other interesting activities.

As of writing this post, his YouTube Channel has 21.1 million subscribers and over 5 billion video views, ranking as the sixth-most subscribed and nineteenth-most viewed channel from the United Kingdom!

He is a member and co-founder of the British YouTube channel known as the "Sidemen", which has a combined audience of over 53 million subscribers.

Let's not even talk about his net worth and how much he makes on YouTube monthly!

5. John Adebayo B. Adegboyega

John Adebayo B. Adegboyega professionally known as John Boyega, was born in London to Nigerian parents.

John Boyega is best known for his 2011 film debut, "Attack The Block" and "Star Wars: The Force Awakens".

He has starred in popular movies like "The Last Jedi", "The Rise of Skywalker" and TV series "24: Live Another Day".

In 2016, the talented actor received the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) "Rising Star Award".

He recently made headlines on the news and social media with an emotional video, where he surprised his parents with their dream house, and received lots of praises and admiration from fans and other celebrities.

6. Olubowale Victor Akintimehin

Olubowale Victor Akintimehin, better known by his stage name Wale, is a talented American rapper and performer born in Washington DC to Nigerian parents.

He first rose to the spotlight in 2006, when his song "Dig Dug" became popular in his hometown, and he went on to become a successful rapper.

In June 2013, he released his third Studio Album "The Gifted", which debuted number one on Billboard 200.

He went on to release numerous singles and other studio albums like: "The Album About Nothing" (2015), "Shine" (2017) and "Wow... that's crazy" (2019).

Some popular Nigerian Musicians like Wizkid, Davido, Olamide and Lil kesh has also featured him on their singles.

7. Hope Olaide Wilson

Hope is a talented Hollywood actress bornin United Kingdom to Nigerian parents.

She has starred in movies like "I Can Do Bad All By Myself", "Solace", popular TV series; "The Last Ship" and recent 2020 movie "Spenser Confidential".

Hope speaks English, French and Yoruba languages fluently.

8. David Oyelowo

David Oyelowo is a talented Hollywood actor and producer born in England to Nigerian parents.

He has starred in popular movies like: "The Butler", "Rise of the Planets of Apes", and "Selma".

For his role as Martin Luther King Jr. in the popular movie "Selma", he received the NAACP Image Award for "Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture".

He also received his first Golden Globe Award nomination for "Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Drama)", while also receiving a nomination for Critics' Choice Movie Award for "Best Actor", amongst other nominations and awards.

9. Caroline Chikezie

Caroline Chikezie is a Hollywood actress born in London, United Kingdom to Nigerian parents.

At some point in her life, she was sent to a boarding school in Nigeria by her parents, in an attempt to make her abandon her acting dreams.

But she insisted on becoming an actress over working at her father's hospital in Nigeria.

She has starred in movies like: "Torchwood", "Casualty", "Free Fall" and "Cyber Woman". And also TV series; "Supernatural" and "The Passage".

Talk about being passionate about ones dreams and sticking to it!

10. Chiwetel Ejiofor

We can't talk about Hollywood celebrities who have put Nigeria on the map without mentioning talented actor Chiwetel Ejiofor who was born in London to Nigerian parents.

In 1988, when Chiwetel was 11 years old, during a family trip to Nigeria for a wedding, he and his father were driving to Lagos after the ceremony when their car was involved in a head-on collision with a Lorry.

His father died, but Chiwetel survived the accident, although he was badly injured, and received scars that are still visible on his forehead till date.

The talented actor has starred in numerous popular movies like: "Deadly Voyage", "Doctor Strange", "Half of a Yellow Sun", "The man who harnessed the wind", "Sherlock Gnomes", "12 Years A Slave" and voiced 'Scar' in the 2019 remake of the "Lion King".

Chiwetel has received numerous awards and nominations, including an Academy Award and two Golden Globe Award nominations.

In 2008, he was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II for services to the arts.

And was also elevated to Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2015 Birthday Honours.

Now, if this isn't the best way to represent Nigeria, I don't know what is!

These are some of the amazing stars representing Nigeria in Hollywood, lifting the Nigerian flag higher and ultimately putting Nigeria on the world 'Entertainment Map'!

There are so many others who are not on this list, but they're all remembered and would always be celebrated!


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