Thirteen World Famous Celebrities You Never Knew Were Nigerians

1. Chiwetel Ejiofor – Chiwetel Ejiofor  who starred in ’12 Years A Slave’, ‘Half of A Yellow Sun,’ ‘Secret In Their Eyes,’ among others. Chiwetel was born and bred in the U.K by his Nigerian parents from the Igbo tribe.

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2. Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje – Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje is one of Nigeria’s best world famous celebrities. The former fashion model of Yoruba origin and Hollywood actor is best known for his roles in ‘The Mummy Returns’, ‘Pompeii,’ and in TV series ‘Lost’ and ‘Oz’.

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3. Uzo Aduba – Uzoamaka Nwanneka “Uzo” Aduba is an American actress who is 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.

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4. Caroline Chikezie – Caroline was born in England to Nigerian parents but 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 chose acting to taking over her father’s hospital in Nigeria.

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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’.

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7. Richard Ayoade – Richard Ayoade is a British actor born to a Nigerian father and a Norwegian mother. The comedian, actor, and writer has written several award-winning stage plays in the UK.

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8. Sophie Okonedo – Born to a Nigerian father and a Jewish mother, Sophie Okonedo is a British actress and singer. She has played in great movies as ‘Æon Flux’, ‘Mrs. Mandela’, ‘Skin’ and many more.

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9. John Boyega – John is a British-Nigerian who was born in London to Nigerian parents. He is best known for his 2011 film debut ‘Attack the Block’. He also played Ugwu in ‘Half of A Yellow Sun’ and ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens.’

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10. Tracy Ifeachor – Tracy is a British-Nigerian television and theatre actress best known for playing in the ‘Doctor Who Christmas special, The End of Time’, and TV series ‘Crossbones’.

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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.
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12. Wale – Born as Olubowale Victor Akintimehin to Yoruba parents from Ogun State, Rapper Wale grew up in the USA. He is as popular in the states as he is in his home country and has done music collaborations with singers like Wizkid and Olamide.
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13. Sade Adu – 57-years old American R&B singer and Grammy award winner, Helen Folasade Adu was born on January 16, 1959, in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria. When Sade was 11 years old, she moved to Holland-on-Sea, Essex, to live with her mother.
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