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Hollywood is one film industry that actors and actresses wish to break into. It is one of the best and biggest film industries in the world. It gives you far-reaching exposure and also gives you the opportunity to win an OSCAR, the most prestigious award for film globally.


Luckily, some Nigerians have also broken into Hollywood and are now making waves. Of course, we are proud of them. Some of them grew up in Nigeria and left at a very tender age when their parents relocated to Yankee or Jand. While others were born and bred in these countries. In line with this, we identify Nigerians who have starred in popular Hollywood movies.

  1. David Oyelowo

unnamed (55) David Oyetokunbo Oyelowo was born on April 1, 1976. He is an English actor, producer, director, and writer of Nigerian descent. He played Martin Luther King Jnr in Selma amongst other a-list movies he has featured in.

  1. John Gboyega

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Born on March 17, 1992, John Adedayo Adegboyega, known professionally as John Boyega is a British actor and producer best known for playing Finn in the 2015 film Star Wars: The Force Awakens. He also acted in Half of a Yellow Son, an adaptation of the book by Chimamanda Adichie.

  1. Uzo Aduba

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Born Uzoamaka Nwaneka Aduba in 1981 to Nigerian parents of Igbo origin in Boston, Massachusetts, Uzo is known for her role as Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren on the Netflix television series Orange Is the New Black.

  1. Chiwetel Ejiofor

Actor and star of the film "12 Years A Slave," Chiwetel Ejiofor poses for a portrait, on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Invision/AP)

Unarguably one of the most popular Nigerians in Hollywood, Chiwetel boasts of an enviable Hollywood. He starred in 12 Years a Slave which got him a Golden Globe Award. He has also worked with American iconic director, Steven Spielberg in Amistad where he played James Covey.

  1. Gbenga Akinnagbe

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Gbenga Akinnagbe is an American actor and writer, best known for his role as Chris Partlow in The Wire.

  1. Adewale Agbaje

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Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje is a British actor and model. He is best known for his roles as Lock-Nah in The Mummy Returns, Nykwana Wombosi in The Bourne Identity, Mr. Eko in Lost, and Simon Adebisi in Oz.

  1. Nonso Anozie

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You remember the hunk who welcomed the Mother of Dragons in the Games of Thrones? Yes he is Nonso Anozie and he is Nigerian.

  1. Hakeem Kae-Kazim

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Hakeem Kae-Kazim has been in Hollywood for a very long time. He portrayed Georges Rutaganda in the 2004 drama film Hotel Rwanda. He also starred in Pirates of the Carribean.

Written by Damilola Faustino

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