Popular Hollywood Stars Of Nigerian Descent (Photos)


Many actors of Nigerian descent have made names for themselves in Hollywood. These are some of them.



Check out some popular Hollywood actors who are of Nigerian descent

Chiwetel Ejiofor

Chiwetel Ejiofor

Chiwetel Umeadi Ejiofor is an English actor born on July 10, 1977, in London to Nigerian parents of Igbo descent. He started acting in school plays at his Junior school. He later got into the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and from there was cast in Steven Spielberg’s film ‘Amistad’.

He made his film debut in the television film Deadly Voyage. He has won some awards and starred in many films like Salt, Half of A Yellow Sun, Doctor Strange, and many others.

Uzo Aduba

Uzoamaka Nwanneka Aduba is an American actress born on February 10, 1981. She was born in Boston, Massachusetts to Nigerian parents.

She came into the limelight after starring in Netflix’s original series, Orange Is The New Black. She has starred in many more film series and received awards.

Hakeem Kae-Kazim


Hakeem Kae-Kazim is a British-Nigerian actor born October 1, 1962. He was born in Lagos, Nigeria, where he spent his early years before his family relocated to London, England.

He trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and graduated in 1987. He continued his classical training in The Royal Shakespeare Company. He has starred in movies like Hotel Rwanda, Half of A Yellow Sun, Godzilla vs Kong, among others.

David Oyelowo

David Oyetokunbo Oyelowo is a British-American actor born on April 1, 1976. He was born in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England to Nigerian parents of Oyo and Edo descent.

Olurotimi Akinosho

Olurotimi Akinosho popularly known as Rotimi is an American actor and musician born on 30th November 1988. He was born in Maplewood, New Jersey to Nigerian parents of Yoruba and Igbo descent.

He came into the limelight after starring as Andre ‘Dre’ Coleman in the popular television series, Power. He has also starred in many other movies like Coming to America, Imperial dreams, Black Nativity, etc.

John Boyega


John Adedayo Bamidele Adegboyega is a British-Nigerian actor born on 17 March 1992. He was born in London to Nigerian parents. He trained at the Identity School Of Acting in Hackney. He has starred in movies like Star Ward, Uprising, Imperial Dreams, and many more.