Nigerians have continued to grow on the global scale and it is always a delight to see them excel on the global stage.
Here’s a list of 10 Nigerians that have successfully become Hollywood stars.
10. Caroline Chikezie
Popular for her role in As If and Footballer’s wives, this British Nigerian actress has continued to make a name for herself on the big screen.
9. Nonso Anozie
Anozie is best known for his roles 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.
8. Tracy Ifeachor
Tracy Ifeachor is a British Nigerian television and theatre actress best known for playing the roles of Aya Al-Rashid in the vampire series, The Originals and Abigail Naismith in both parts of the Doctor Who Christmas special, “The End of Time”.
7. Hakeem Kae Kazim
The Lagos born actor is famous for his roles in Hotel Rwanda, Wolverine, Pirates of the Caribbean, and many TV Series including Criminal minds and 24.
6.Hope Olaide Wilson
After her move to the United States in 1996, Ms. Wilson has featured in Tyler Perry’s movies ‘I Can Do Bad All By Myself’, ‘After the Dark, and Faith & Dreams’ amongst others.
5. Rotimi Akinosho
Born to Nigerian parents in New Jersey, Rotimi appeared in the high-grossing film ‘Divergent’, in ‘Black Nativity’ in ‘Imperial Dreams’ and the TV series Power. From 2011 to 2012, he starred as Darius Morrison on the Starz Network original drama series Boss. Rotimi is also the founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of FrontRoSeat Productions.
4. Yvonne orji
Three-time NAACP and one prime time award nominee, the Nigerian-American actress and comedian is best known for her role in the TV series; Insecure.
3. Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
He was born in Washington, D.C to Nigerian parents. Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje is one of Nigeria’s world-famous celebrities. The former fashion model and current Hollywood actor is best known for his roles in ‘The Mummy Returns’, ‘Pompeii,’ ‘The Bourne Identity’, and in TV series ‘Lost’ and ‘Oz’.
2. Uzo Aduba
Uzoamaka Nwanneka Aduba is best known for her role as Suzanne also known as crazy eyes, in the series Orange is the new black for which she won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series in 2014, an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2015, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series in 2014 and 2015.
1. Chiwetel Ejiofor
“Ejiofor portrayed the characters Okwe in Dirty Pretty Things (2002), Lola in Kinky Boots (2005), Victor Sweet in Four Brothers (2005), The Operative in Serenity (2005), Adrian Helmsley in 2012 (2009), Solomon Northup in 12 Years a Slave (2013), Vincent Kapoor in The Martian (2015), Karl Mordo in Doctor Strange (2016) and Trywell Kamkwamba in The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019).
He voiced Dr. Watson in Sherlock Gnomes (2018) and Scar in the 2019 remake of The Lion King and featured in the fantasy film Maleficent: Mistress of Evil. For 12 Years a Slave, he received Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations, along with the BAFTA Award for Best Actor. He was nominated for a 2014 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for his performance on Dancing on the Edge.
Ejiofor has received numerous awards and nominations for acting, including the BAFTA Orange Rising Star Award in 2006, two Golden Globe Award nominations, and the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor for his performance in Othello in 2008. In 2008, he was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II for services to the arts. He was elevated to Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2015 Birthday Honours.” – Wikipedia