10 famous world celebrities who are originally from Nigeria

10 famous world celebrities who are originally from Nigeria

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famous world celebrities who are originally from Nigeria

famous world celebrities who are originally from Nigeria

famous world celebrities who are originally from Nigeria

Nigerians are found in relatively all aspects of the world, known to survive regardless of the condition. Some of this Nigerians has turned out to be world well known fruitful superstars

They are called African American big names. All these well known world Celebrities are really from Nigeria plunge

some of these well known big names moved from Nigeria as meager children, while others were brought up abroad.

we present to you the Top 10 renowned world big names who are initially from Nigeria

Some of these famous people are known world footballers, performer and parcels more. Here are the rundown beneath.

famous world celebrities who are originally from Nigeria

1. Dele Alli

famous world celebrities who are originally from Nigeria

famous world celebrities who are originally from Nigeria

Bamidele Jermaine Alli popularly known as Dele Alli was Born and raised in Milton Keynes, he joined the youth system at Milton Keynes Dons aged 11 and broke into the first team five years later, during the 2012–13 season. Over the next two-and-a-half years he made 88 official appearances for the team, scoring 24 goals. He signed for Tottenham Hotspur in February 2015 for an initial fee of £5 million, being loaned back to the Dons for the remainder of the season. In his first full campaign at White Hart Lane, Alli was voted the PFA Young Player of the Year, and won again the second year. In January 2016 he was ranked 8th in the Gazzetta dello Sport list of the 50 best U20 footballers and in October of the same year he was ranked as the best U21 talent in world football by FourFourTwo.

Alli played for the England U17, U18 and U19 teams. He made his senior debut in 2015 and was selected for UEFA Euro 2016. Alli was born in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, to a Yoruba Nigerian father Kehindeand English mother Denise. Kenny moved to the United States a week after Alli’s birth. Alli went to Stantonbury Campus and The Radcliffe School in Wolverton.

2.Tracy Ifeachor

famous world celebrities who are originally from Nigeria

famous world celebrities who are originally from Nigeria

Ifeachor is a Nigerian born in Plymouth, Devon England where she attended Plymouth College Preparatory school followed by the Eggbuckland Community College also in Plymouth. Ifeachor attended The Raleigh School of & drama under the tutorship of Norma Blake and the Deborah Bond Dance academy where she enjoyed the ISTD syllabus in tap, ballet, modern and Jazz. After completing her A-levels Ifeachor used her gap year to audition for London drama schools and gained a scholarship to The Webber Douglas Academy in London.

After graduating from the now merged Central School of Speech and Drama in July 2007 Ifeachor shot her first feature film ‘Blooded’ directed by Sundance film festival winner Ed Boase and appeared in two commercials. Ifeachor then went on to make her theatre debut as ‘Minerva’ in the Royal Shakespeare Companys production of Noughts & Crosses directed and adapted by Dominic Cooke. It was from here she made her television debut as Leila in “No Going Back” episode of BBC1’s Casualty which aired in January 2009 she acted in Hawaii Five-0, The Originals, Quantico, Legends of Tomorrow and lot more.

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3. David Alaba

famous world celebrities who are originally from Nigeria

famous world celebrities who are originally from Nigeria

David Olatukunbo Alaba Born in Vienna, Alaba began his career with SV Aspern, his local club in Aspern, in the 22nd district, Donaustadt, before joining the youth setup of FK Austria Wien at age 10. He rose through the ranks quickly, and in April 2008 he was named on the first-team substitutes’ bench for a Bundesliga match. He also played five times for Austria Wien’s reserve team, before leaving in summer 2008 to join German Bundesliga side Bayern Munich

Alaba was born in Vienna to Gina and George Alaba and he has one sister, who is named Rose. His Visayan mother emigrated from the Philippines to work as a nurse. His Yoruba Nigerian father is a prince from Ogere who is also a rapper and works as a DJ. He is a Christian and a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

4. Anthony Joshua

famous world celebrities who are originally from Nigeria

famous world celebrities who are originally from Nigeria

Anthony Oluwafemi Olaseni Joshua was born in Watford to a Nigerian mother Yeta Odusanya and a British father Robert of Nigerian and Irish descent. Specifically, Joshua is of Yoruba ethnicity. His cousin is fellow unbeaten professional boxer Ben lleyemi. The pair made their professional debuts together in 2013.

Joshua grew up for some of his early years in Nigeria and returned to the UK halfway through Year Seven to join Kings Langley Secondary School. Growing up on the Meriden Estate in Garston, Hertfordshire, Joshua was called ‘Femi’ by his friends and former teachers, due to his middle name ‘Oluwafemi’. He excelled at football and athletics and broke the Year Nine 100m record with a time of 11.6 seconds.


famous world celebrities who are originally from Nigeria

famous world celebrities who are originally from Nigeria

Wale (who is a Nigerian American) was born Olubowale Victor Akintimehin in Northwest, Washington, D.C. His parents were from the Yoruba ethnic group of the southwestern Nigeria, and both of them came to the United States from Austria in 1979. Wale’s family was first living in Northwest, Washington, D.C., and then moved to Montgomery County, when Wale was at the age of 10.

In 2002, he graduated from the Quince Orchard High School in Gaithersburg, Maryland, and moved to Largo, Maryland in Prince George’s County. Wale attended Robert Morris University and Virginia State University on football scholarships, then transferred to Bowie State University. However, he dropped out due to academic reasons. Wale’s love of the game of football and the Washington Redskins has led to a longstanding rumor that Wale had a tattoo of tight end Chris Cooley.

He’s also the cousin of an actor Gbenga Akinnagbe, who is best known as for playing Chris Partlow on HBO’s The Wire. Wale’s first recorded the track, called “Rhyme of the Century”, which became his first song to ever played on the local radio. In 2006, he was featured in the “Unsigned Hype” column of The Source magazine, and later signed to a local label, Studio 43. The track, called “Dig Dug (Shake It)” became popular in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia, and was a tribute to Ronald “Dig Dug” Dixon, who was a percussion player for the go-go band Northeast Groovers. The song became the most requested song by a local artist in Washington D.C. radio history and Wale was the first local artist to get some BDS spins since DJ Kool in the early 1990s. The song was included in Wale’s first mixtape, Paint a Picture.

6. Hakeem Law Kazim

famous world celebrities who are originally from Nigeria

famous world celebrities who are originally from Nigeria

Hakeem Law Kazim is a British-Nigerian actor best known for his work in the Starz television series Black Sails and his portrayal of Georges Rutaganda in the 2004 drama film Hotel Rwanda

Kae-Kazim was born in Lagos, Nigeria, where he spent his early years before his family re-located to London, England. His interest in acting began with school plays and The National Youth Theatre, which is when he discovered that he had “a love for theatre, for acting”. He trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, graduating in 1987 and was offered a space with The Royal Shakespeare Company, where he continued his classical training.

7. Sade Adu

Helen Folasade Adu known professionally as Sade Adu or simply Sade was born in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria. Her middle name, Folasade, means “honour confers a crown”.

Her parents, Adebisi Adu, a Nigerian lecturer in economics of Yoruba background, and Anne Hayes, an English district nurse, met in London, married in 1955 and moved to Nigeria. Her parents separated, however, and Anne Hayes returned to England, taking four-year-old Sade and older brother Banji with her to live with their grandparents near Colchester, Essex. When Sade was 11 years old, she moved to Holland-on-Sea, Essex, to live with her mother. After completing her education at Clacton County High School at age 18, she moved to London and studied fashion design at Saint Martin’s School of Art. Sade is the only Nigeria to have won a Grammy Award.

8. Zain Asher

Zain Ejiofor Asher is a British news anchor at CNN International based in New York City.

She currently anchors CNN Newsroom weekdays at 2:30pm ET on CNN International. Previously, Asher co-anchored CNN Newsroom at 1am ET on CNN America. In 2013, Asher joined CNN as a business correspondent based in New York City. In addition to financial reporting for CNN, she also had a monthly column in Money Magazine. She is the younger sister of actor Chiwetel Ejiofor. She is of Igbo ancestry, and hails[clarification needed] from Enugu state, Ezeagu LGA, Nigeria.

9. Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje is an English actor and former fashion model. He is best known for his roles as Lock-Nah in The Mummy Returns, Nykwana Wombosi in The Bourne Identity, Mr. Eko on Lost, and Simon Adebisi on Oz. His more recent roles include Malko in the fifth season of the HBO series Game of Thrones, providing the voice to the title character on the animated series Major Lazer, Dave Duerson in the NFL biopic drama Concussion, and Killer Croc in Suicide Squad.

Akinnuoye-Agbaje is set to make his directorial debut on Farming, a semi-autobiographical film based on his childhood.

Akinnuoye-Agbaje was born in Islington, London, to Nigerian parents of Yoruba origin, who were students in the UK. When he was six weeks old, his biological parents gave him up to a white working-class family in Tilbury. This was a common practice in this era among Nigerian families, when parents sent young children to live in the UK with white foster parents in the hopes their children would have better lives. His foster parents had at least ten African children, including Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s two sisters, living in their house at certain points. His foster father made a living as a lorry driver and struggled to support the family financially.

When he was eight years old, his biological parents brought him back to Nigeria but, as he was unable to speak the Yoruba language and forbidden by his parents to speak English, he was returned to Tilbury shortly thereafter. The brief exposure to Nigeria left him struggling to reconcile his heritage with the distinctly English culture and environment he was raised in. As a teenager facing a cultural identity crisis, he joined a local skinhead gang in order to escape racial persecution at their hands. At 16 years old, having become a violent thief, his foster parents sent him to a boarding school in Surrey where he ultimately attempted suicide before coming to terms with his background and turning his life around.

10. Nonso Anozie

Nonso Anozie is a British actor who has worked on stage, film, and television. He is best known for his role as Tank in RocknRolla, Sergeant Dap in Ender’s Game, Abraham Kenyatta in Zoo, Captain of the Guards in Cinderella and Xaro Xhoan Daxos in the HBO television series Game of Thrones.

Anozie was born in Lincoln, England, of Igbo Nigerian descent. He graduated from the Central School of Speech and Drama in 2002, and in the summer of the same year he played the title role in William Shakespeare’s King Lear, and won the Ian Charleson Award in 2004 for his performance in Othello.


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