- From Chiwetel Ejiofor to John Boyega, Nigeria has been gifting Hollywood with promising actors for decades. Hollywood has several celebrities with Nigerian roots, who are winning hearts all over the world with their remarkable acting skills and charming personalities. People always confuse them as Black Americans or from any other part of Africa, but the fact is they were born in Nigeria or have Nigerian roots. Get ready to be amazed by some hugely successful male Hollywood Celebrities having Nigerian roots.
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Chiwetel Ejiofor was born in the United Kingdom to his Nigerian parents of the prominent Igbo tribe. He started his Hollywood journey by playing a supporting role in the movie Amistad in the year 1997. For his astounding work in 12 Years a Slave, he was nominated for Academy Award, and Golden Globe Award and received BAFTA Award for Best Actor. Over his two decades of Hollywood career, he has worked in more than 50 movies along with successful movies like The Martian, and Doctor Strange.
Did you know the powerful Merchant known as Xaro Xhoan Daxos in the popular TV series Game of Thrones was of Nigerian background? Nonso Anozie has roots in the Igbo speaking ethnic tribe of Nigeria. Apart from TV series, he was cast to play in movies like Cinderella, Atonement, and The Grey.
This male Hollywood actor with Nigerian roots was born in 1992 in England. John Boyega has become a loved Hollywood celebrity with his role as Finn in the recent Star Wars films. Starting his career in 2011, with his amazing acting skills he became a familiar face in Hollywood pretty fast. John had also been awarded the BAFTA Rising Star Award in 2016.
David Oyelowo was born in South London and moved to Lagos, Nigeria, along with his family when he was 6 and lived there until he was 14. He started his acting career in 1998 and has never looked back since then. His role as Martin Luther King Jr. in the movie Selma is one of his best works. He also acted in several other movies and has been nominated for almost all prestigious awards.
Dayo Okeniyi was born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria, and in his teenage years, he moved to the US along with his family. He has acted in many successful movies like The Hunger Games, Terminator Genisys, and Cavemen. He was also featured on a popular series on NBC, Shades of Blue. This young Hollywood celebrity has an estimated net worth of more than $2 million.
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje is one of the most popular Hollywood celebrities with Nigerian roots. Although he was born in the United Kingdom, he is fluent in Yoruba, one of the most spoken languages in Nigeria. He has worked on more than 50 roles throughout his career, with popular movies like Thor: The Dark World, The Mummy Returns, The Bourne Identity, and many more.