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Here are 40 World Famous Celebrities You Never Knew Were Nigerians.


1. Hope Olaide Wilson


World Famous Celebrities You Never Knew Were NigeriansHope Olaide Wilson, a Hollywood actor, is a Yoruba woman from Nigeria. She came to the United States in 1996 and has been in Tyler Perry's films such as "I Can Do Bad All By Myself," "After the Dark," and "Faith & Dreams," as well as Spenser confidential. Hope is proficient in English, French, and Yoruba.

2. Richard Ayoade


World Famous Celebrities You Never Knew Were NigeriansRichard Ayoade is a British actor whose parents are Nigerian and Norwegian. In the United Kingdom, the comedian, actor, and writer has authored numerous award-winning theatrical plays.

3. Yvonne Orji


World Famous Celebrities You Never Knew Were NigeriansYvonne Anuli Orji is a comedian and actress of Nigerian descent. She is most recognized for her performance in the HBO sitcom Insecure, for which she received a Primetime Emmy nomination. She also appeared in Vacation Friends, a Clay Tarver-directed American buddy comedy film released in 2021.

4. Folake Olowofoyeku


World Famous Celebrities You Never Knew Were NigeriansFolake Olowofoyeku is a singer and actress from Nigeria. She is presently starring in Bob Hearts Abishola, a CBS sitcom created by Chuck Lorre.

5. Megalyn Echikunwoke


Hollywood Celebrities You Never Knew Were NigeriansEbubennem Megalyn Ann Echikunwoke, often known as Megalyn E.K., is an actress from the United States who is best known for her work in television and cinema. She was born in Spokane, Washington, to Nigerian father Mark Onigwe Versato Echikunwoke and Anita Laurie. Her father, an immigrant to the United States, was a survivor of the Nigerian Civil War, when he was wounded by gunshots and had hepatitis B.

A Good Day to Die Hard, Electric Slide, The Meddler, and Chips are among the films in which she has appeared. An Actor Prepares, Step Sisters, Night School, and Late Night She also featured as Nicole Palmer, David Palmer's daughter, on the Fox series 24 from 2001 to 2002.

6. Taio Cruz


World Famous Celebrities You Never Knew Were Nigerians

Jacob Taio Cruz is a British singer who was born in London to a Nigerian father and a Brazilian mother. Adetayo Ayowale Onile-Ere was born Adetayo Ayowale Onile-Ere, but when he started singing, he changed his name to Taio Cruz. At the age of 19, he got a publishing agreement and has received several accolades, including the BRIT Awards, Billboard Music Awards, ASCAP Awards, and American Music Awards.


7. Uzo Aduba


Hollywood Celebrities You Never Knew Were Nigerians

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.


8. David Oyelowo


World Famous Celebrities You Never Knew Were NigeriansDavid Oyetokunbo Oyelowo OBE is a Nigerian-British actor and producer with two Primetime Emmy Award nominations, a Critics' Choice Award, and two Golden Globe Award nominations.

Oyelowo, who was born to Nigerian parents in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, rose to popularity for his roles as Martin Luther King Jr. in the biographical drama film Selma (2014) and Peter Snowdin in the HBO film Nightingale (2014), both of which earned him critical praise.

9. Ashley Madekwe


World Famous Celebrities You Never Knew Were NigeriansAshley Madekwe is an actress from the United Kingdom. She is most recognized for her appearances as call girl Bambi in ITV2's Secret Diary of a Call Girl, social climber Ashley Davenport in ABC's Revenge, and witch Tituba in WGN America's Salem.

10. Nnamdi Asomugha


World Famous Celebrities You Never Knew Were NigeriansTessa Thompson and Nnamdi Asomugha in Sylvie’s love

Nnamdi Asomugha is an actor, producer, and former football cornerback from the United States. In 2008, Asomugha made his professional acting debut in The Game, a sitcom on The CW Network. Sylvie's Love, Hello, My Name Is Doris Shaka, Crown Heights, and Beast of No Nation are among his other films. He also worked on the Netflix picture Beasts of No Nation as an executive producer.


11. John Boyega

Hollywood Celebrities You Never Knew Were NigeriansJohn Adedayo Bamidele Adegboyega is an English actor and producer whose parents are both Nigerians. He initially gained notoriety in the United Kingdom for his performance as Moses in the science fiction comedy film Attack the Block (2011). His portrayal as Finn in the Star Wars sequel trilogy films The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, and The Rise of Skywalker gave him international recognition.

12. Jidenna

World Famous Celebrities You Never Knew Were NigeriansJidenna Theodore Mobisson, better known as Jidenna, is an American rapper and singer best known for his songs “Classic Man” and “Bambi”.

13. Gina Yashere


World Famous Celebrities You Never Knew Were NigeriansRegina Obedapo "Gina" Iyashere is a British comedian who has been on both British and American television several times. Bob Hearts Abishola, a 2019 Chuck Lorre CBS sitcom that Yashere co-created with Lorre, stars Yashere in a supporting role. Yashere is a writer for the program and portrays Abishola's best friend, Kemi, played by Folake Olowofoyeku.


14. Skepta

40 World Famous Celebrities You Never Knew Were Nigerians

Skepta (born Joseph Junior Adenuga) is a British grime MC, rapper, songwriter, and record producer. Skepta was born in Lagos, Nigeria, to Nigerian parents.

15. Not3s


World Famous Celebrities You Never Knew Were NigeriansLukman Odunaike, best known by his stage name Not3s, is a Hackney, London-based British-Nigerian singer-songwriter, rapper, and actor. "My Lover" (Mabel remix) and "Fine Line," both collaborations with Mabel, are two of his tracks.

16. Sophie Okonedo


Hollywood Celebrities You Never Knew Were NigeriansSophie Okonedo CBE is an English actress and narrator who began her film career in the British coming-of-age drama Young Soul Rebels (1991) and has since gone on to appear in films such as Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, Dirty Pretty Things, Hell Boy, and Hotel Rwanda. She is the daughter of a Jewish pilates teacher and Henry Okonedo, a Nigerian. She was the second Black female Briton to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role.


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