23 Nigerian Celebrities Abroad With Western Roots

There are that most of us don’t even know have roots.

We see them on our TV screens and love them for their act but know little about them.

The truth is more and more abroad would continue to surface.

As our contribution as a nation to the world stage.

Some of these Nigerian celebrities abroad you already know while some you will get to know right here on this page.

1. Chiwetel Ejiofor

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Ejiofor was born in London’s Forest Gate , to Nigerian parents of Igbo origin.  His father, Arinze, was a doctor, and his mother, Obiajulu, was a pharmacist. His younger sister is CNN correspondent Zain Asher.
In 1988, when Ejiofor was 11, during a family trip to for a wedding, he and his father were driving to Lagos after the celebrations when their car was involved in a head-on crash with a lorry. His father was killed, and Ejiofor was badly injured, and received scars that are still visible on his forehead.

Ejiofor portrayed the characters

Solomon Northup in 12 Years a Slave ,

Karl Mordo in Doctor Strange (2016), Dr. Vincent Kapoor in The Martian (2015), Okwe in Dirty Pretty Things (2002) and The Operative in Serenity. For 12 Years a Slave he received Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations, along with the BAFTA Award for Best Actor. He was nominated for a 2014

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for his performance in Dancing on the Edge.

2. Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

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Akinnuoye-Agbaje was born in

Islington, London, to Nigerian parents of Yoruba origin, who were students in the UK. He is fluent in several languages, including Yoruba, Italian, and Swahili.

He has numerous film credits since he began acting in 1994 and has appeared in many top films, including The Bourne Identity, in which he played a deposed African dictator, Hitu the police officer in Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls , Lock-Nah in The Mummy Returns, and

Heavy Duty in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra .

3.Hakeem Kae-Kazim

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Kae-Kazim was born in Lagos, Nigeria, where he spent his early years before his family re-located to London, England.
Following the success of Hotel Rwanda, Kae-Kazim re-located to Los Angeles, which brought a range of new opportunities his way. He went on to appear in Slipstream alongside Sean Astin and The Front Line before starring in the hugely successful Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End as Captain Jocard. He followed it with a role in the blockbuster, X-Men Origins: Wolverine .

4. Wale

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Wale (who is a Nigerian American) was born Olubowale Victor Akintimehin on September 21, 1984, in Northwest, Washington, D.C. .[1] 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.

Unlike the previous Nigerian celebrities abroad that I have mentioned Wale is a rapper and not an actor.

5. Adetomiwa Edun

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Edun was born in Lagos, Nigeria , to a Nigerian father and a half- Ghanaian , half- English mother. Edun moved to the United Kingdom at the age of 11.

In 2000, Edun appeared at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival , as the character Clifford in the show Kassandra by Ivo Stourton .

In 2009, Edun became only the second black actor to play

Romeo at the Globe Theatre when he was cast in Dominic Dromgoole’s production of Romeo and Juliet.

6.Uzo Aduba

Aduba was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the daughter of Nigerian parents of Igbo origin from Achi in Enugu State .

Aduba first garnered recognition for her acting in 2003, when her performance in Translations of Xhosa at the Olney Theatre Center for the Arts earned her a Helen Hayes Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play.

7.Dayo Okeniyi

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Dayo was born in Lagos, Nigeria, and has four siblings.  His father is a retired customs officer from Nigeria, and his mother is a literature teacher from Kenya. In 2003, he moved with his family to Indiana, United States, from Nigeria and later moved to California .

Prior to being cast in The Hunger Games , Okeniyi worked in local theatre and in film shorts.

Okeniyi starred 2014 in the drama film Endless Love, also portrayed Danny Dyson in the 2015 film Terminator Genisys and starred in the NBC series Shades of Blue .

8.Taio Cruz

Cruz was born in London, to a Nigerian father and a Brazilian mother.

He attended Bilton Grange, a private prep school in Rugby,

Warwickshire ,  and Christ’s Hospital, a private boarding school in Horsham , West Sussex.

Jacob Taio Cruz (born Adetayo Ayowale Onile-Ere ; 23 April),  is a British singer, songwriter, rapper and record producer.
9.Caroline Chikezie

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Caroline Chikezie is a British actress, best known for playing Sasha Williams in As If, Elaine Hardy in Footballers’ Wives [and the Cyberwoman in Torchwood.

Chikezie was born in England to Nigerian parents.
10.Nonso Anozie

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Anozie was born in Camden, London, England, of Nigerian descent, Igbo to be precise.

Chukwunonso Nwachukwu “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 , Seargent Dap in Ender’s Game, Abraham Kenyatta in Zoo , and Xaro Xhoan Daxos in the HBO television series Game of Thrones .

11. Hope Olaide Wilson

Hollywood actress, Hope Olaide Wilson is from the Yoruba tribe of Nigeria. She moved to the United States in 1996, and has featured in Tyler Perry’s movies ‘I Can Do Bad All By Myself’, ‘After the Dark and Faith & Dreams’ amongst others.

12.David Oyelowo

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Oyelowo was born in Oxford , England, to Nigerian parents of Yoruba ethnicity. He was raised as a Baptist .

He has played supporting roles in the films Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011), Middle of Nowhere (2012),

Lincoln (2012), and garnered praise for portraying Louis Gaines in The Butler (2013). On television, he played MI5 officer Danny Hunter in the British series Spooks (2002–04). Perhaps his highest-profile role was as Martin Luther King Jr. in the American biographical drama film Selma (2014).


13.Adepero Oduye


Adepero Oduye (pronounced “Add-eh-pair-o Oh-due-yay) was born in Brooklyn, New York, one of seven children to Nigerian parents. Although she graduated pre-med from Cornell University , she decided to pursue her passion for acting upon graduation.
Oduye’s breakout role came in 2011 when she starred in Dee Rees ’ critically acclaimed and award-winning independent film Pariah , for which she received several awards and a nomination for Best Female Lead at the Independent Spirit Awards.

14.Sophie Okonedo


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Okonedo was born in London, the daughter of Joan (née Allman), a Pilates teacher, and Henry Okonedo (1939–2009), who worked for the government.  Her father was Nigerian, and her mother, who is Jewish , was born in the East End .

Okonedo began her film career in 1991 in the British coming-of-age drama Young Soul Rebels before appearing in Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995) and

Stephen Frears ‘ Dirty Pretty Things (2002). She received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Tatiana Rusesabagina in the 2004 film Hotel Rwanda . She received a Golden Globe nomination for the miniseries Tsunami: The Aftermath (2006) and BAFTA TV Award nominations for the drama series Criminal Justice (2009) and the TV film Mrs. Mandela (2010). Her other film roles include Æon Flux (2005), Skin (2008), and The Secret Life of Bees (2008).

15.John Boyega

Boyega was born in Peckham , south London,  to Nigerian parents, Abigail and Samson.
John Boyega, is an English actor and producer best known for playing Finn in the 2015 film Star Wars: The Force Awakens , the seventh film of the Star Wars series. Boyega rose to prominence in his native United Kingdom for his role as Moses in the 2011 sci-fi comedy film Attack the Block .

16.Ashley Madekwe


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Madekwe was born in East London, England. Her father is Nigerian and her mother is of Swiss descent.
Ashley Madekwe (born 6 December 1983) is an English actress. She is known for her roles as call girl Bambi in the ITV2 series Secret Diary of a Call Girl, social climber Ashley Davenport on the ABC drama series Revenge and the witch Tituba in the WGN America series Salem.

17.Toks Olagundoye

Olatokunbo Susan Olasobunmi Abeke Olagundoye was born in Lagos, Nigeria , to a Norwegian mother and a Nigerian father.

She is known for her role as Hayley Shipton in Castle and Jackie Joyner-Kersee in the ABC TV sitcom The Neighbors .

18.Sade Adu

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Helen Folasade Adu was born on 16 January 1959 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.

With members

Paul S. Denman , Andrew Hale, and

Stuart Matthewman , she gained worldwide fame as the lead vocalist of the English band Sade .

19. Tracy Ifeachor

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Tracy 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.

Tracy Ifeachor (born 1985) is a British television and theatre actress best known for playing the role of “Aya Al-Rashid” in “CW” vampire series “The Originals” and “Abigail Naismith in both parts of the Doctor Who Christmas special, The End of Time.

20.Zain Asher



She is a British news anchor at CNN International based in Atlanta . 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 .


21.Carmen Ejogo

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Born on 22 October 1973 and raised in London, Ejogo is the daughter of Elizabeth (née Douglas) and Charles Ejogo. Her father is Nigerian and her mother is Scottish.

She began her career as a teenager in London, hosting the Saturday Disney morning show from 1993 to 1995. Her film credits include Kenneth Branagh’s

Love’s Labour’s Lost , What’s the Worst That Could Happen? , Away We Go ,

Sparkle , Alex Cross, The Purge: Anarchy and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them .

Ejogo has appeared as civil rights activist Coretta Scott King in two films: Boycott (2001) and Selma (2014).

22. Rotimi

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Rotimi was born in Maplewood, New Jersey, to Nigerian parents– his father an investment banker of Yoruba origin and his mother of Igbo origin, [1] working for the government.
Rotimi made his silver screen debut in film Black Nativity (2013). Following this, he starred in Imperial Dreams at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival , which later won for “Best of NEXT”.

Rotimi next appeared in the high grossing film, Divergent (2014).
23.Richard Ayoade 

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He is a British actor, comedian, writer, director and television presenter. He is best known as Maurice Moss in The IT Crowd – for which he won the 2014 BAFTA for Best Male Comedy Performance – and as Dean Learner in Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace .

Ayoade was born in Hammersmith, London, the son of Nigerian father Layide Ade Laditi Ayoade and

Norwegian mother Dagny Amalie (née Baassuik).
These are the details and photos of Nigerian Celebrities Abroad that I know of.

If you you know of any other Nigerian Celebrities Abroad that is not on this list then let me know.

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