10 Famous People You Never Knew Were Nigerians
factboyz complied a list of ten people who are Nigerians by birth or by their parents citizenship status. Indeed some of them might shock you, so fasten your seat belts as we journey on.
1. Zain Asher– Surprising right? But it’s true. CNN Anchor Zain Ejiofor Asher is a Nigerian of the igbo tribe. She hails from Ezeagu in Enugu State. She was born in far away England to Nigerian parents. She is a graduate with a degree in French and Spanish. She subsequently proceeded to study Journalism in Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 2006. She joined CNN in February 2013. She tied the knot with Steve Peoples on 30th September 2017. Before we forget to mention, she speaks Igbo language fluently.
2. John Boyega– The star of the movie STAR WARS whose full name is John Adedayo B. Adeboyega is a movie star born in 1992. In 2015, he starred in the movie STAR WARS and has since risen to prominence. though born in England, his parents are Nigerian. He also starred as a houseboy in the novel turned movie HALF OF A YELLOW SUN. Interestingly, Boyega’s father who was a preacher wanted him to be a preacher too, though he was supportive of his son’s theatrical interests.
3. Hakeem Kae-Kazim– Born in 1962, Hakeem was born in south west Nigeria. Lagos precisely. He spent his early years in Nigeria before relocating with his family to London. His interest in acting began with school plays. He trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School graduating in 1987. He continued training when he was offered a space with the Royal Shakespeare Company where he continued training. He came to international recognition in his role as Georges Rutaganda in the Oscar nominated movie Hotel Rwanda
4. Hugo Weaving– Actor Hugo Weaving, was born in University of Ibadan Teaching Hospital Nigeria to English parents in 1960. However, a year after his birth; his parents relocated to the United Kingdom. Though not always identifying as a Nigerian, he is Nigerian by birth. No doubt, he is an accomplished actor. His first television role began back in the 1980s. he is known for starring in movies such as The Matrix(1999) Lord of the Rings(2003), Everything goes(2004) He has been with his long time girlfriend Katrina Greenwood since 1984; the two live in Sydney and have two children together, Harry (b. 1989) and Holly (b. 1993).
5. Chiwetel Umeadi Ejiofor– Chiwetel Ejiofor brother to Zain Asher is an award winning world class actor with a very distinctive style. He was born in London to Nigerian parents in 1977. Tragedy however struck in 1988 when his father died in an accident after their car collided head on with a lorry. That accident claimed the life of his father, while Chiwetel sustained injuries to his forehead. Returning to the United Kingdom, Chiwetel began acting in school plays at his junior school, Dulwich Prep London (known at the time as ‘Dulwich College Preparatory School’), where he played the gravedigger in William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. He continued acting at his senior school, Dulwich college and joined the National Youth Theatre.
Chiwetel has starred in films such as 12 years a slave(2013), Half of a yellow sun(2013), salt(2010), Doctor Strange(2016) and a jost of others. Ejiofor was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2008 Birthday Honours.
6. Adewale Akinnuoye– Agbaje- Adewale, born in 1967, is a British Nigerian Actor. Born to Nigerian parents pf the Yoruba tribe. When he was six weeks old, his biological parents gave him up to a white working-class family in Tilbury. This was a common practice in this era among Nigerian families, when parents sent young children to live in the UK with white foster parents in the hopes their children would have better lives. He went on to earn a Law degree from King’s College London and a Masters in Law from the University of London. While a university student, Akinnuoye-Agbaje worked in a clothes shop where he was introduced to the world of modelling. His acting career has led him feature in movies such as Annie (2014) , Congo(1995), Thor: The Dark World(2013). He has also ventured into directing. In 2012, he indicated that he would be developing a movie about his life story.
7. Adetomiwa Edun– British actor, Adetomiwa was born in Lagos to a Nigerian father and a half Ghanaian half English mother. His maternal uncle is the philosopher, cultural theorist and novelist Kwame Anthony Appiah. His maternal grandparents were Ghanaian lawyer, diplomat and politician Joseph Emmanuel Appiah- a Nana of the Ashanti people through whom Edun is a descendant of Ghanaian warrior emperor Osei Tutu- and art historian Peggy Cripps, daughter of Sir Stafford Cripps, Chancellor of the Exchequer from 1947-50. What a family!
He relocated to the United Kingdom when he was eleven years old. He has featured in movies such as Slaves, Law and Order and British TV series Merlin. He is the second black in 2009 to play Romeo at the Globe theatre. He speaks English, Yoruba and French fluently.
8. David Oyelowo– David Oyelowo is a british actor and producer. He was born in 1976 to Nigerian parents in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England.
9. Caroline Chikezie– Cqroline Chikezie is a Nigerian British actress. Born in London to Nigerian parents of Igbo origin in 1974.
At fourteen, Chikezie was sent to boarding school in Nigeria in an attempt to make her abandon her dreams to become an actress.
Prior to this she had attended weekend classes at Italia Conti. On her return to the United Kingdom she enrolled into Brunel University where she studied Medicinal Chemistry (she was expected to take over her father’s hospital in Nigeria), but dropped out of school. She later won a scholarship to the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts. She is best known for playing Sasha Williams in As If Elaine Hardy in Footballers’ Wives and the Cyberwoman in Torchwood.
10. Nonso Anozie– Anozie was born in London to Nigerian parents of the Igbo tribe. He graduated from the Central School of Speech and Drama in 2002 and in the summer of the same year he played the title role in William Shakespeare’s King Lear and won the Ian Charleson Award in 2004 for his performance in Othello.
His acting career, dating back to 2002 has is obviously doing well as he has featured in films such as Game of Thrones(2012), Doctor who(2015), and Dracula(2013/2014) amidst numerous others.
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