Nigerians are speedily making their mark on the global scale amidst the ever-growing racial debate. We are quite familiar with the popular names……Chiwetel Ejiofor, David Oyelowo, Hakeem Kae Kazeem, Uzo Aduba, John Boyega and a host of others but what about the new ones we haven’t been paying attention to? As the numbers continue to grow, here are ten budding actors of Nigerian descent that are taking Hollywood by the storm.
We know it’s kinda impossible to remember Sir Elyan from the series – Merlin. So we won’t stress you so much…..think of Alex Hunter and FIFA 19. Yeah! That’s Tomiwa. We know it’s hard to believe but Tomiwa was actually born in Lagos state to Nigerian financier, Olawale Edun and Ghanian mum, Amy Adwoa. Although the British-Nigerian actor played a recurring role in Merlin and featured in Lucifer, Legends among others. However, he is most famous for his motion capture performance and voicing the role of Alex Hunter for FIFA 17. He was so good that he reprised his role in the sequels FIFA 18 and FIFA 19.
One more shocker! He was in the Nollywood movie – Banana Island Ghost. Did you notice his appearance?
Yvonne became most famous for her role on the HBO series, ‘Insecure’ as Molly Carter. Although born in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, she grew up in Maryland, USA. However, she moved to New York City to pursue a career in comedy. Guess that worked for her. The actress also featured on 2 episodes of popular telenovela series – Jane The Virgin. Even more fascinating about the ‘Insecure’ star is her devotion to remain a virgin until marriage which is quite ironic when you think about her role in ‘Insecure’. We are definitely rooting for this star!
Born to a Nigerian-German father and an Irish-English mother, you can call Modu – the man of many descents. Chukuma “Chuku” Modu was born in Hammersmith, West London. From an early age, he took an interest in boxing and began training at 12. The actor also enjoyed the arts and regularly visited The Globe Theatre in London. By 2012, he enrolled at the Richmond Drama School. Since then, Chuku gained stardom for his role in ABC drama – The Good Doctor as “Dr. Jared Kalu”. The star also took a recurring role on HBO’s Game of Thrones and New Line Cinema’s ‘Me Before You’. We bet you didn’t know that!
Pepi Sonuga is one of those who has stayed true to her Nigerian roots. The star actress was born in Lagos, Nigeria before she moved to Los Angeles, California at age 10 to pursue a career in entertainment. Pepi sure knows what she wants from life. She is famous for her role as ‘Tangey Turner’ in the Freeform drama series – Famous in Love. She also had a recurring role in family drama – The Fosters and starred in Starz’s comedy-horror series, Ash VS Evil Dead.
Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Samuel Oluwaseyi Adegoke was raised in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. The Nigerian-American actor was born to be famous given his position as President of the Black Union, Vice President in his fraternity. It’s no mistake that he perfectly portrays the ambitious and haughty persona of ‘Jeff Colby’ in a Dynasty Reboot for CW. If there is anything to remember Samuel by, it’s his signature bespoke Ankara two-piece ensemble in the series ‘Dynasty’. Adegoke was also the winner of the third annual ABC Discovers: Digital Talent Competition after a two-week nationwide search that garnered over 2,000 submissions. He really is a champ.
Born in Plymouth, Devon England, the British-Nigerian television and theatre actress, Ifeachor rose to fame when she was cast as Aya Al-Rashid in The CW drama series, The Originals. Best known for her fierce and brave typecast, she also played a recurring role as Lydia Hall in the ABC Thriller series, Quantico. If there is anything Tracy can do, it is everything!
By Davina Nnawuihe