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10 Hollywood Celebrities You didn't Know Are Nigerians (Photos)

 It is no longer news that Hollywood, the biggest entertainment industry in the world, is filled with celebrities of African descent. So many of these celebrities are Nigerians. In this article you will get to know some of them.

Here is a list of 10 Hollywood actors who are Nigerians:

Cynthia Erivo

Cynthia Erivo is a singer, song writer and actress. Cynthia Onyedinmanasu Chinasaokwu Erivo (Full name) was born on January 8, 1987 in Stockwell England.

She starred as abolitionist Harriet Tubman in the biopic Harriet and her performance earned her nominations for a Golden Globe Award, an Academy Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award.

David Oyelowo

David Oyelowo was born on April 1, 1976 in England. David Oyetokunbo Oyelowo OBE is born to Nigerian parents and he is an English actor and film producer. His dad is from Oyo state and his mom is from Edo state.

 In the 2014, he landed his biggest role as Martin Luther King Jr, biographical drama film Selma. He is also known for starring as a chess coach, in the movie Queen of Katwe.

John Boyega

John Adedayo B. Adegboyega, was born in England on March 17, 1992 to Nigerian parents. He is popularly known as John Boyega. He is professionally known for starring in The Last Jedi (2017), and The Rise of Skywalker. His most popular role was in the science fiction film Pacific Rim (2017).

Yvonne Orji

 Yvonne Orji is recognized for her key role in HBO series "Insecure". She was born in Port Harcourt, Nigeria; But grew up in Maryland, USA. She has starred in Various movie series like Jane The Virgin, Insecure and Flip The Script.

Uzo Aduba

Uzoamaka Nwanneka Uzo Aduba is a Nigerian/American actress, born to Nigerian parents on February 10, 1981, in Boston, USA. Uzo starred as Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren in original Netflix series- Orange Is the New Black, which earned her an Emmy Award.

Chiwetel Ejiofor

Chiwetel Umeadi Ejiofor was born and raised in the United Kingdom by his parents who are both Nigerians. The movies which he has starred in includes: The Lion King, Half of a Yellow Sun, Deadly travel etc.

Carmen Ejogo

Carmen Elizabeth Ejogo is a singer and actress. She was born on October 22, 1973, to a Scottish mother and a Nigerian Father. She has starred in films such as Love’s Labour’s Lost released in 2000, What’s the Worst That Could Happen in 2001 and Away We Go in 2009.

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje was born by Nigerian parents in Washington D.C. His biological parents gave him up to a white family when he was six weeks old, in Tilbury, Essex. This was done in the hope that he would get a better life. Adewale has matured into a fine actor, starring in Hit movies like : The Bourne Identity, Pompeii, The Mummy returns, etc.

Hakeem Kae-Kazim

Hakeem Kae-Kazim was born in lagos, Nigeria. Although, he is originally from ogun state. He is known for his role in the Starz television series Black Sails and the 2004 film Hotel Rwanda.

Adetomiwa Edun

Babatunde Adetomiwa Stafford “Tomiwa” Edun, was born in Nigeria but is a British Actor. He starred as Sir Elyan in the TV show Merlin and as Marcus Young in Bates Motel. The seasonal movie "Merlin" brought him into the spotlight.

Gbenga Akinnagbe

Gbenga Akinnagbe was born to Yoruba parents in 1978 Washington, D.C. He is an American writer and actor best known for his role as Chris Partlow on the HBO series and as Larry Brown on the HBO series, The Deuce.

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