Did You Know These 10 International Stars Are of Nigerian Descent?

March 30, 2022

We Nigerians are known for our ability to thrive both at home and abroad and that’s what the people on this list have done. They’ve gone on to become household names and create legacies for themselves regardless of their home country. 

1. Olly Sholatan

Olly Sholatan is gracing our screens with his beauty and talent in the Bel Air reboot and it’s no doubt he’s heading for the top. We look forward to seeing him on more projects. Olly Sholatan is of Yoruba descent. 

2. Jimmy Akingbola 

Jimmy is currently playing the character Geoffery on the Bel Air reboot. He’s made a name for himself on British television and doing an amazing job playing Geoffery. Jimmy is a force to be reckoned with and we’re happy to famz him and his Nigerianness.

3. Little Simz (Simbiatu “Simbi” Abisola Abiola Ajikawo)

Little Simz is an actor and rapper. If you need a reason to fall in love with her, watch her on Netflix’s Top Boy and listen to her album Sometimes I Might Be Introvert. Simbiatu is proud of her Nigerian origin and infuses it into her music. 

4. Dave (David Orobosa Omoregie)

Dave’s character Modie was an annoyance in Top Boy, but that doesn’t matter, what matters is him being Nigerian and we being proud of him. Dave is from Edo even though he identifies as a British rapper. 

5. Rotimi (Olurotimi Akinosho)

Most of us got introduced to Rotimi when he played Dre in the hit tv show Power. Rotimi’s name was a dead giveaway to the fact that he’s one of us. Asides from being an amazing actor, Rotimi is also a musician with the hit song In My Bed.

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6. Uzo Aduba 

There’s been no stopping for Uzo Aduba since she showed up on our screen playing Crazy Eyes on Orange is the New Black. She’s proud of her Igbo heritage and also speaks her native language with pride. 

7. Araloyin Oshunremi

Araloyin plays Stephan on Top Boy. We look forward to seeing him in more projects and we’ve got to say, we’re really proud of his performance.

8. Sophie Okonedo

Sophie is a biracial woman with a Nigerian father and a white British mother. And damn, she can act pieces!. There’s no character she’s taken on and not aced. Look out for her.

9. Cynthia Erivo

Cynthia Erivo delivered an excellent vocal performance in Harriet and also in the movie’s soundtrack Stand Up. She’s an exceptional actress and singer of Edo descent. 

10. Yvonne Orji

You’ve got to be living under a rock if you don’t know Yvonne Orji is Nigerian. A day doesn’t go by when she doesn’t remind us of how proud she is to be from the country of delicious Jollof

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