In a room full of 20 people, a Nigerian is present. Represented as a superstar, part of the crew or just a passerby. Today we are counting down our picks for 10 Female Celebrities you never knew are Nigerian. Our picks for this list is based on Fan Favorite Celebrities that are Nigerian, but mostly did not grow up in Nigeria.
NUMBER 10: CARMEN EJOGO
Ejogo was born on 22 October 1973 in London, England. She is the daughter of a Scottish mother, Elizabeth (née Douglas), and a Nigerian father, Charles Ejogo.
She is best known for her roles in such films as Metro (1997), The Avengers (1998), Love's Labour's Lost (2000), What's the Worst That Could Happen? (2001), Boycott (2001), Away We Go (2009), Sparkle (2012), Alex Cross (2012), The Purge: Anarchy (2014), Selma (2014), Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016), It Comes at Night (2017), Alien: Covenant (2017), and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018).
Ejogo also starred in the NBC crime drama series Kidnapped (2006–2007), the ABC thriller series Zero Hour (2013), the Starz anthology drama series The Girlfriend Experience (2017), the HBO anthology crime series True Detective (2019), and the Netflix limited series Self Made (2020).
NUMBER 9: TRACY IFEACHOR
Ifeachor is of Nigerian Igbo origin born in Plymouth, Devon, England. Tracy Ifeachor is a British Nigerian television and theatre actress best known for playing the role of Aya Al-Rashid in The CW vampire series The Originals and Abigail Naismith in both parts of the Doctor Who Christmas special, "The End of Time".
NUMBER 8: SADE ADU
Helen Folasade Adu (Yoruba: Fọláṣadé Adú [fɔ̄láʃādé ādú]; born 16 January 1959), known professionally as Sade Adu or simply Sade (/ʃɑːˈdeɪ/ shah-DAY), is a British singer, songwriter, and actress. She has been credited as one of the most successful British female artists in history, and is often recognised as an influence on contemporary music. Her services to music were recognised in the UK with an award of the OBE in 2002, and a CBE in the 2017 Birthday Honours.
NUMBER 7: TOKS OLAGUNDOYE
Olatokunbo Susan Olasobunmi Abeke Olagundoye was born in Lagos, Nigeria, to a Norwegian mother and a Nigerian father. As a youth, she was educated in Nigeria, Switzerland, and England. Olatokunbo Susan Olasobunmi Abeke "Toks" Olagundoye (born 16 September 1975) is a Nigerian actress. She is known for her role as Hayley Shipton in Castle and Jackie Joyner-Kersee in the ABC TV sitcom The Neighbors.
NUMBER 6: ASHLEY MADEKWE
Madekwe was born in South London, England into a mixed family. Her father is Nigerian and her mother is English. She grew up on a south London council estate and attended The Brit School at age 14. Ashley Madekwe (born 6 December 1983) is a British actress. She is known for her roles as call girl Bambi in the ITV2 series Secret Diary of a Call Girl, social climber Ashley Davenport on the ABC drama series Revenge and the witch Tituba in the WGN America series Salem.
NUMBER 5: SOPHIE OKONEDU
Okonedo was born on 11 August, 1968 in London, the daughter of Joan (née Allman), a Jewish pilates teacher who was born in the East End of London, and Henry Okonedo (1939–2009), a British Nigerian who worked for the government.
Sophie Okonedo CBE (born 11 August 1968) is a British actress, singer, and narrator. She began her film career in the British coming-of-age drama Young Soul Rebels (1991) before appearing in Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995), and Stephen Frears's Dirty Pretty Things (2002).
NUMBER 4: ADEPERO ODUYE
Adepero Oduye was born in Brooklyn, New York, one of seven children of Nigerian parents. Although she graduated pre-med from Cornell University, she decided to pursue her passion for acting upon graduation. Adepero Oduye (born January 11, 1978) is an American actress, director, singer, and writer. She is known for her leading role in Pariah (2011), as well as supporting roles in 12 Years a Slave (2013), The Big Short (2015) and Widows (2018).
NUMBER 3: HOPE OLAIDE WILSON
Hope Olaidé Wilson was born on August 16, 1985 in the UK. She is an actress and producer, known for Spenser Confidential (2020), Solace (2018) and The Last Ship (2014). Born in the United Kingdom, grew up between the UK and Nigeria. Grew up speaking English, French, and Yoruba.
NUMBER 2: CAROLINE CHIKEZIE
Chikezie was born in England to Nigerian parents of Igbo origin. At fourteen, Chikezie was sent to boarding school in Nigeria in an attempt to make her abandon her dreams to become an actress. Caroline Chikezie (born 19 February 1974) is a British Nigerian actress, best known for playing Sasha Williams in As If, and Elaine Hardy in Footballers' Wives. In recent years she has gained popularity as the main character in the Nigerian series, The Governor.
NUMBER 1: UZO ADUBA
Aduba was born in Boston, Massachusetts to parents who are from Nigeria. Uzoamaka Nwanneka "Uzo" Aduba (born February 10, 1981) is a Nigerian-American actress. She is known for her role as Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren on the Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black (2013–2019), 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. She is one of only two actors to win an Emmy Award in both the comedy and drama categories for the same role, the other being Ed Asner for the character Lou Grant.
Aduba appeared in films including American Pastoral (2016), Showing Roots (2016), My Little Pony: The Movie (2017), Candy Jar (2018) and Miss Virginia (2019). In 2020, she played Shirley Chisholm in the Hulu miniseries Mrs. America, for which she won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie.
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