World Famous Celebrities You Never Knew Were Nigerians

By john123 • A week ago • 604 • 135

Nigerians are known to travel far and wide. They not only survive in whichever country they find themselves but become successful world- famous celebrities in the long run.

In the entertainment industry today, several famous blacks are excellent in their arts. People sometimes assume they are black Americans, or from other parts of Africa, but the fact remains, some of these actors and musicians are Nigerians by decent.

The most popular among them is Chiwetel Ejiofor who starred in ' 12 Years A Slave' , ' Half of A Yellow Sun, ' ' Deadly Voyage' , ' Secret In Their Eyes, ' among others. Chiwetel was born and bred in the U. K by his Nigerian parents from the Igbo tribe.



Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years a Slave

Some of the stars on this list were born in Nigeria and grew up abroad, while some others were born and bred outside the country, nevertheless, they have either one or both Nigerian parents. Let's meet these world Famous Celebrities


1. Wale

waleBorn as Olubowale Victor Akintimehin to Yoruba parents from Ogun State, Rapper Wale grew up in the USA. He is as popular in the states as he is in his home country and has done music collaborations with singers like Wizkid and Olamide. The Maybach Music superstar, Wale, last visited his motherland in February 2016.2. Hakeem Kae- Kazim



Hollywood actor, Kazeem was born in Lagos State and is a native of Ogun State. He has featured in several hit movies such as ' Hotel Rwandan, ' ' X- Men Origins: Wolverine, ' Pirates of the Caribbean, ' ' At World' s End and many TV series including 24, and Criminal Minds. He has also featured in some Nollywood movies like ' Last Flight To Abuja, ' ' Black November' and ' Half Of A Yellow Sun. ' Currently, Hakeem is a brand ambassador for Etisalat Nigeria.

3. Taio Cruz

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British actor Adetomiwa Edun was born in 1984 to a Nigerian father from the Yoruba tribe and a half- Ghanaian, half- English mother. Edun, who moved to the United Kingdom at the age of 11, has been featured in movies like Slaves, Law & Order: the UK, The Hour, Passengers. He is popularly known for his role in the TV series, Merlin, where he played ' Sir Elyan' and he became the second black in 2009 to play Romeo at the Globe Theatre. Tomiwa speaks English, Yoruba, and French.

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