Nigerians are known for their passion of travelling abroad. They not only survive in any of these countries but become successful and among the best in their fields. In the entertainment industry today, there are several famous blacks who are excellent in their arts that we do not know are Nigerians.
Some of the stars on this list were born in Nigeria and grew up abroad, while some others were born and bred outside the country but have Nigerian parents. Let’s meet these stars:
1. Chiwetel Ejiofor
Chiwetel Ejiofor, who starred in ’12 Years A Slave,’ ‘Half of A Yellow Sun,’ ‘Deadly Voyage,’ ‘Sword In Their Eyes,’ among others, is the most famous among them. Chiwetel was born and raised from the Igbo tribe in the UK by his parents from Nigeria.
2. Hakeem Kae-Kazim
Hollywood actor, Kazeem was born in the state of Lagos and is native to the state of Ogun. He’s featured in several hit movies like ‘Hotel Rwandan,’ ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine, ‘Caribbean pirates,’ ‘At World’s End and many TV series including 24, and Criminal Minds. He has also appeared in other Nollywood movies such as ‘Last Flight To Abuja,’ ‘Dark November’ and ‘Half Of A Yellow Sun.’
3. Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
Former Yoruba fashion model and Hollywood star Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje is best known for his appearances in ‘The Mummy Returns,’ ‘Pompeii,’ ‘The Bourne Identity,’ and ‘Lost’ and ‘Oz’ television shows. He was born to Nigerian parents in Washington , D.C. and fluently speaks Yoruba, Italian and Swahili apart from English.
4. Caroline Chikezie
Caroline was born to Nigerian parents in England but at one stage was sent to boarding school in Nigeria, seeking to make her abandon her dreams of being an actress. She chooses acting over taking over her father’s hospital in Nigeria from her aunt. .’Holby City,’ ‘Casualty,’ ‘Babymother,’ ‘As If,’ ‘Judas Kiss,’ ‘Free Fall,’ ‘Torchwood,’ ‘Cyberwoman,’ ‘Supernatural,’ are some of her movies.
5. Nonso Anozie
Nonso Anozie is an English actor of Nigerian descent. Apart from movies, he was cast to play in the TV series ‘Game of Thrones‘ and ‘Dracula‘.
6. David Oyelowo
Hollywood actor David Oyelowo was born to Nigerian parents on 1 April 1976, in Oxfordshire, England. He has appeared in movies such as: ‘The Butler, Small Island, Rise of the Apes Planet, Middle of Nowhere, Lincoln, and Blood and Oil,’ (a film about the Niger-Delta, Nigerian oil and militancy).
7. Sophie Okonedo
Sophie Okonedo was born to a Nigerian father and a Jewish mother, and is a British actress and singer. For such wonderful movies as ‘on Flux,’ she has played, ‘Mrs. Mandela’, ‘Body’ and so on.
8. Sade Adu
Helen Folasade Adu, 56-year-old American R&B singer and Grammy award recipient, was born in Ibadan , Oyo State , Nigeria on 16 January 1959. Sade moved to Holland-on-Sea, Essex, to live with her mother when she was 11 years old, and later moved to London and studied fashion design at Saint Martin’s School of Art until she began singing. She’s remembered best for her hit single ‘Sweetest Taboo.’
9. Tracy Ifeachor
Tracy is a British-Nigerian television and theater actress best known for starring in the special ‘Doctor Who Christmas, The End of Time’ and ‘Crossbones’ TV show.
10. Carmen Ejogo
Carmen Elizabeth Ejogo was born in London in 1973, and she began her teenage career. Her dad is Nigerian and her mother is Scottish. She has won a number of honors including an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Female Lead. The British actress has featured in ‘What’s the Worst That Could Happen?’, ‘The Purge: Anarchy‘ and ‘Selma‘.
11. Zain Asher
32-year-old Zain Ejiofor Asher, is a news anchor at CNN International and is the younger sister of Hollywood actor, Chiwetel Ejiofor. Asher studied French and Spanish at Oxford University and also is a graduate of Journalism.