23 World-Famous Celebrities You Didn’t Know Were Nigerians

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23. Tracy Ifeachor
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22. Carmen Ejogo
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Carmen was born to a Nigerian father and a Scottish mother in London. Carmen Elizabeth Ejogo is a British actress and singer. She began her career as a teenager in London, hosting the Saturday Disney morning show from 1993 to 1995.

21. Chiwetel Ejiofor

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Ejiofor was born in London’s Forest Gate, to Nigerian parents of Igbo origin. His father, Arinze, was a doctor, and his mother, Obiajulu, was a pharmacist. His younger sister is CNN correspondent Zain Asher. Ejiofor began acting in school plays at the age of fourteen at Dulwich College and joined the National Youth Theatre.

20. Dayo Okeniyi
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Dayo Okeniyi was born and raised in Lagos before the move to the United States. Oladayo A. “Dayo” Okeniyi is a Nigerian-American actor, popularly known for playing the role of Thresh in The Hunger Games and Danny Dyson in Terminator Genisys.

19. Zain Asher
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This might come as a shock to those of you who don’t know but Zain is Nigerian and actually sister to Chiwetel Ejiofor (who we mentioned above). Zain Ejiofor Asher is a British news anchor at CNN International based in Atlanta. She currently anchors CNN Newsroom weekdays at 2:30 pm ET on CNN International. Previously, Asher co-anchored CNN Newsroom at 1 am ET on CNN America.
18. Hope Wilson
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Hope Olaide Wilson who speaks Yoruba, French and English fluently moved to the states in the late 90s. She is an actress and producer, known for I Can Do Bad All by Myself (2009), After the Dark (2013) and Faith and Dreams (2010).

17. Sophie Okonedo

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Sophie OkonedoSophie was born to a Nigerian father and a Jewish mother and is a British actress. She received an OBE in the 2010 Queen’s Birthday Honours. Okonedo began her film career in 1991 in the British coming-of-age drama Young Soul Rebels.

16. Richard Ayoade
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If you remember ‘The Watch’, the 2012 comedy that featured Jonah Hill and Ben Stiller among others, then you should know this guy. He was one of the lead roles in the movie. He was born to a Nigerian father and a Norwegian mother. He is an English actor, comedian, writer, director, and television presenter. He is best known as Maurice Moss in The IT Crowd — for which he won the 2014 BAFTA for Best Male Comedy.

15. Ashley Madekwe
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Remember Victoria Grayson’s assistant from Revenge? The same social climber? Yes, the role was played by one of ours by name Ashley Madekwe. Ashley has a sexy British accent and was born in London.

14. Taio Cruz
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Taio Cruz was born in London to a Nigerian father and a Brazillian mother. He is a British singer, songwriter, record producer, rapper, and entrepreneur. Who knows his actual name may be ‘Tayo’?

13. Toks Olagundoye
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Olatokunbo Susan Olasobunmi Abeke “Toks” Olagundoye is a Nigerian television and film actress, writer, and producer. She is known for her role as Jackie Joyner-Kersee in the ABC-TV sitcom The Neighbors. She was born in Lagos to a Nigerian father and a Norwegian mother.

12. Nnamdi Asomugha
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Nnamdi Asomugha is a former American football cornerback. He played college football for the University of California, Berkeley, and was drafted in the first round of the 2003 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders. He’s the reason Nigerians refer to Kerry Washington as “our wife” because she’s married to him
11. Adewale Agbaje
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Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje is a British actor and former fashion model of Nigerian origin. He is best known for his roles as Lock-Nah in The Mummy Returns, Nykwana Wombosi in The Bourne Identity, Mr. Eko on Lost and Simon Adebisi on Oz.

10. Nonso Anozie
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If you are a fan of Game of Thrones, you’ll remember this guy who met the mother of dragons. He is proudly Nigerian and has worked on stage, film, and television

9. Caroline Chikezie
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Caroline was born in England to Nigerian parents and is best known for playing Sasha Williams in As If, Elaine Hardy in Footballers’ Wives and the Cyberwoman in Torchwood

8.Hakeem Kae-Kazim
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Hakeem Kae-Kazim is a Nigerian actor best known for his work in the Starz television series Black Sails and his portrayal of Georges Rutaganda in the 2004 drama film Hotel Rwanda.
7.Olurotimi Akinosho
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Olurotimi Akinosho better known by his stage name, Rotimi, is an American singer-songwriter, actor and model. He’s best known for his roles as Darius Morrison on the Starz Network’s Boss, and Dre on Power.
6.Adetomiwa Edun
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Sir Elyan from popular TV show ‘Merlin’ is a Nigerian too! The multi-lingual actor was born to a Nigerian father and a mother who is half-Ghanaian and half-English.

5. Adepero Oduye
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Adepero Oduye is an American actress who was in the 12 Years a Slave movie. Oduye began appearing in short films such as Water and Fall, and in 2006 appeared in the independent drama Half Nelson. After several roles in the off-Broadway production, in 2009, she debuted on Broadway in the musical Fela!
4.Tyler the Creator
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Tyler Gregory Okonma, better known by his stage name Tyler, The Creator, is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, musician, graphic designer, music video director, and actor from California.

3. Donald Adeosun Faison
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Donald Adeosun Faison is an American actor, comedian, and voice actor best known for his leading role as Dr. Chris Turk in the ABC comedy-drama Scrubs, and a minor role as Murray in the film Clueless.
2. Gbenga Akinnagbe
www.gossip9aija.com_www-gossip9aija-com-22-world-famous-celebrities-you-didn-t-know-were-nigerians-with-pictures-01-18Gbenga Akinnagbe is an American actor and writer, best known for his role as Chris Partlow on the HBO series The Wire.

1. Jidenna

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The classic man, Jidenna, real-named Jidenna Theodore Mobisson is a Nigerian of Igbo decent. He was born to a Nigerian father and an American mother.

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