Nigerians are doing a lot of good things by making their country and self proud across the world. While it is not an easy feat to become an international celebrity, several Nigerians have excelled in entertainment and have made a good name for themselves.
Today, we take a slight look at some of the top international celebrities who are from Western Nigeria fondly called Yorubaland.
Kindly get a glass of tea, coffee or juice and come along with us in the next couple of pages.
12. Gbenga Akinnagbe
Gbenga Akinnagbe (born December 12, 1978) is an American actor and writer, best known for his role as Chris Partlow on the HBO series The Wire and also the last instalment of 24 where he acted alongside Kiefer Sutherland.
Akinnagbe was born in Washington, D.C., the son of Nigerian parents who are of Yoruba descent. He was raised in Silver Spring, Maryland.
11. Adetomiwa Edun
Adetomiwa Edun is a British, Nigerian and Ghanaian actor. He was born to a Yoruba father and a Ghanaian mother.
Edun, who moved to the United Kingdom at the age of 11, has featured in movies like Slaves, Law & Order: UK, The Hour, Passengers. He is popularly known for his role in the TV series, Merlin, when he played ‘Sir Elyan’ and he became the second black in 2009 to play Romeo at the Globe Theatre.
10. Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje is a British actor and former fashion model of Nigerian origin, born to Yoruba parents.
He is best known for his roles as Lock-Nah in The Mummy Returns, Nykwana Wombosi in The Bourne Identity, Mr. Eko on Lost and Simon Adebisi on Oz.
9. John Boyega
John Boyega is a British actor best known for playing Finn in the 2015 film Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Boyega was born in Peckham, south London,to Yoruba parents, Abigail and Samson.
Other credits include historical fiction drama film Half of a Yellow Sun (2013), four episodes of the television series 24: Live Another Day and the drama Imperial Dreams (2014).
It can be recalled he took legendary Hollywood actor to eat Pounded Yam recently at a Nigerian restaurant in Peckham.
8. Hakeem Kae-Kazim
Hollywood actor. He was born on October 1, 1962, in Lagos State to Nigerian parents from Abeokuta, Ogun State. He has featured in several hit movies such as Hotel Rwandan, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End and many TV series: 24, Lost, Law & Order, Criminal Minds amongst others.
He has also featured in blockbuster Nollywood movies like: Last Flight To Abuja, Black November, Half Of A Yellow Sun. Hakeem is a brand ambassador for telecommunications company Etisalat Nigeria.
Seal real names Henry Olusegun Olumide Adelo Samuel is a British singer and songwriter. Born on February 19, 1963 to Nigerian father, Francis Samuel and mother, Adebisi Ogundeji. He was married to model/TV personality, Heidi Klum for seven years with three kids together before they got separated in 2012.
The award winning R n B singer has won four Grammy Awards and an MTV Video Music Award amongst others. Seal has several hit songs which include ‘Kiss from the rose’, ‘Crazy, ‘Killer’, “Lips Like Sugar”.
6. Richard Ayoade
Richard Ayoade is a British actor born on June 12, 1977, to a Nigerian father and a Norwegian mother. The comedian, actor and writer has written several award-winning stage plays in the UK.
He is also a well-known face on British TV having starred in the highly popular The IT Crowd. He made his Hollywood debut in 2012 after starring in the comedy The Watch alongside Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn and Jonah Hill.
5. Jacob Taio Cruz
British singer Jacob Taio Cruz is of Nigerian heritage. He was born on April 23, 1985, in London to a Nigerian father and a Brazillian mother. Cruz, who started writing songs when he was 12, was signed on a US publishing deal at just 18 years of age.
He began his song-writing career at the age of 19 and has won several awards some of which are: BRIT Awards, Billboard Music Awards, ASCAP Awards and American Music Awards.
4. Adepero Oduye
American actress Adepero Oduye might not quickly ring a bell but she featured in hit movie ’12 Years A Slave’ alongside British-Nigerian actor Chiwetel Ejiofor.
Adepero Oduye is born to Nigerian parents from Yoruba tribe. She played Alike in Pariah (2011), TV series, Law & Order amongst others. She has received several awards, including a nomination for Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead.
3. Hope Olaide Wilson
Hollywood actress Hope Olaide Wilson was born on August 16, 1985, to Nigerian parents from the Yoruba tribe. Hope Olaide Wilson, who moved to the United States in 1996, has featured in Tyler Perry’s movies ‘I Can Do Bad All By Myself’, ‘After the Dark and Faith and Dreams’ amongst others.
She is also fluent in English, French, and Yoruba. She won the 2009 Diversity Awards Female ‘Nova’ Award Recipient for promising talent.
2. David Oyelowo
Hollywood actor David Oyelowo was born on April 1, 1976, in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, to Nigerian parents. He has featured in movies like: The Butler, Small Island. In March 2010 he played the part of Keme Tobodo in the BBC’s drama series ‘Blood and Oil’ (a film about Niger-Delta area of Nigeria).
He has also played supporting roles in the films Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Middle of Nowhere, Lincoln, and garnered praise for portraying Louis Gaines in The Butler.
Wale, aside being one of the top rappers in the US, has also become popular in Nigeria.
He has done collaborations with singers like Wizkid in ‘Nobody But You’, Olamide in ‘Make Us Proud’. The Maybach Music superstar, Wale, visited his motherland in December 2013, and is presently in Nigeria again.
It can be recalled that he attended popular OAP, Toolz’ traditional wedding ceremony alongside Wizkid.