In this article, Daily Trust spotlights some popular Hollywood actors of Nigerian descent as the United States of America celebrates Black History Month.
Chiwetel Umeadi Ejiofor is an English actor born July 10, 1977 in London to Nigerian parents of Igbo origin. He started acting in plays in his elementary school. Later he entered the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and from there he was cast in Steven Spielberg’s film “Amistad”.
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He made his film debut in the TV movie Deadly Voyage. He has won awards and starred in many movies like Salt, Half of A Yellow Sun, Doctor Strange and many more.
Uzoamaka Nwanneka Aduba is an American actress born on February 10, 1981. She was born in Boston, Massachusetts to Nigerian parents.
She came into the limelight after starring in the Netflix original series, Orange Is The New Black. She acted in many other series of films and received awards.
Hakeem Kae-Kazim is a British-Nigerian actor born on October 1, 1962. He was born in Lagos, Nigeria where he spent his early years before his family moved to London, England.
He trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theater School and graduated in 1987. He continued his classical training with the Royal Shakespeare Company. He has acted in films like Hotel Rwanda, Half of A Yellow Sun, Godzilla vs Kong, among others.
David Oyetokunbo Oyelowo is a British-American actor born on April 1, 1976. He was born in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England to Nigerian parents of Oyo and Edo descent.
He began his stage career in 1999. He was the first black actor to play an English king in a major production of Shakespeare.
He acted in many films and also engaged in voiceover. He has also received many awards and honours, including the Officer of the Order of the British Empire, which is the second highest Order of the British Empire award, behind CBE but ahead of MBE. He has starred in movies like; Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Help, The best man, Gringo and many more.
Yvonne Anuli Orji is a Nigerian-American actress and comedian born on December 2, 1983.
She was born in Portharcourt, Rivers State and raised in Maryland, USA.
After graduating, Yvonne moved to New York in 2009 to pursue a career in comedy. In 2015, she burst onto the scene thanks to her role as Molly in the series Insecure.
In 2021, she began development on a series for Disney+ titled First Gen. The series is based on her personal life and is produced by Oprah Winfrey and David Oyelowo.
Olurotimi Akinosho, popularly known as Rotimi, is an American actor and musician born on November 30, 1988. He was born in Maplewood, New Jersey to Nigerian parents of Yoruba and Igbo descent.
He came into the limelight after starring as Andre ‘Dre’ Coleman on the popular TV series Power. He also starred in many other movies like Coming to America, Imperial dreams, Black Nativity, etc.
John Adedayo Bamidele Adegboyega is a British-Nigerian actor born on March 17, 1992. He was born in London to Nigerian parents. He trained at Identity School Of Acting in Hackney. He acted in movies like Star Ward, Uprising, Imperial Dreams and many more.