32 American Celebrities That Are Nigerian

American Celebrities That Are Nigerian

There are many American Celebrities That Are Nigerian. Some of them you know already while others to be mentioned here, you might be unaware of.

I had written a somewhat similar post with the title American Celebrities From Canada which is also an interesting read and one that you should check out.

Some of these American celebrities that are Nigerian  have made names for themselves and can rightly boast of their status as movie stars and entertainers.

They make us proud and together with other Nigerian achievers in other fields of life give us a sense of belonging to a world divided by competition.

Hollywood is the best industry to practice as an Actor or a film maker. It is therefore a matter of pride to know that there are Nigerians in that circle representing the country as well as the continent.

But we are not only focusing on actors but on musicians as well as models. And in order to make the post a bit broad and comprehensive we shall be adding foreign Nigerian celebrities from any every western country possible.

So relax and enjoy this interesting Nigerian celebrity news.

32 American Celebrities That Are Nigerian

1. Wale

American Celebrities That Are Nigerian

We see Wale participate more and more in the Nigerian Music industry. Working with his brothers , enriching their profile as well as their songs with his presence.

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

Unlike others on the list with parents of mixed parentage, Wale’s parents are from the Yoruba ethnic group of southwestern Nigeria, and both of them came from Austria to the United States in 1979.

Wale’s slow jam “Lotus Flower Bomb.” from his second album would go on to become one of the year’s biggest radio hits, topping the Billboard’s R&B/hip-hop chart, reaching the Top 40 of the Hot 100, and was later nominated for a Grammy Award in the category of Best Rap Song.

He’s also the cousin of an actor Gbenga Akinnagbe who is also mentioned below. He is the only one on our list of American celebrities that are Nigerian who is famous and widely known as a rapper from America.

2. Uzo Aduba

American Celebrities That Are Nigerian

Aduba was born in Boston , Massachusetts, the daughter of Nigerian parents, of Igbo origin.

She is known for her role as Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren on the Netflix original 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.

Making her the first actress to win both a drama and comedy Emmy for the same role.

How she got the part.

“I auditioned for the show back in late July or early August of [2012]. I had been auditioning that summer for more television and film [after doing much theater]. I’d read a lot of scripts and I remember reading Orange Is the New Black, and it was at the head of the pack. I remember thinking, ‘Wow, that is really good, I would love to be a part of that.’ I went in and auditioned for another part, and my representatives called me about a month later and they were like, “Hi, we have some really good news. You remember that audition you went on for Orange Is the New Black? You didn’t get it.” I go, “So… okay, what’s the good news?” They said they wanted to offer me another part, Crazy Eyes. I was like, “What in my audition would make someone think I’d be right for a part called Crazy Eyes?” But to be honest, when I got the script for it, it felt like the right fit”

Her  season two performance also earned her  a nomination for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film at the 72nd Golden Globe Awards.

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