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13 International Celebrities You Probably Didn’t Know Are Nigerian

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It is not news that Nigerians are some of the most creative and talented people in the world. It is also not news that you can find Nigerians practically everywhere in this world. As a result of these things, it is almost certain that some Nigerians would have made their way to fame all over the world. Today we’ll be counting down 13 international celebrities who you may not know are also Nigerian. Are you ready to jump in and see the list? Then let’s go!

1. Keiynan LonsdaleThe Flash and Love, Simon actor and singer Keiynan Lonsdale is a prolific young actor who a lot of people don’t know is Nigerian. Keiynan is however in fact a Nigerian boy.

He was born in Sydney to a Nigerian father of Edo descent and an Australian mother of Irish and Danish descent.

2. Cynthia ErivoHollywood actress Cynthia Erivo who has starred in such projects as The Outsider, Widows, Bad Times at the El Royale, and Harriet is also a woman who you may not know is Nigerian.

Cynthia was born to Nigerian parents in Stockwell, South London

3. SkeptaBritish rapper, songwriter and record producer Skepta most popular for hit singles “Shutdown” and “That’s Not Me” is a Nigerian man born to Nigerian parents in Tottenham, North London.

On 4 April 2018, he was installed as a chief in his Nigerian hometown in Ogun State, receiving the chieftaincy title of the Amuludun of Odo-Aje. His full name is Joseph Junior Adenuga.

4. Wunmi MosakuStar of the HBO series, Lovecraft Country, and a slew of other productions, Wunmi Mosaku is also a woman who many may not know is also Nigerian.

Wunmi was born in Nigeria to Nigerian parents but she later moved to Manchester, England when she was one year old.

5. Big SeanBig Sean shocked fans when in an interview with Vibe Magazine, the rapper said:

I remember one time, My Aunty took Me and My Brother to see Santa Claus and Santa Claus was black, and I was like that’s not Santa Claus, then my grandma said why is that not Santa Claus and I was like because he is black, He was like Super black, you know what I mean like a Nigerian, I am Nigerian, part Nigerian

6. Yvonne OrjiActress, author, and comedienne Yvonne Orji is the next woman on today’s list. Yvonne best known for her appearance on the TV show, Insecure, is a proudly Nigerian woman. She was born in Port Harcourt, Rivers State before relocating to Maryland, USA where she grew up.

7. Lil WayneRapper Lil Wayne during an episode of Drink Champ on Revolt TV opened up about his Nigerian ancestry. Lil Wayne said:

Shout out to Nigeria, I did my 23 and me ancestry dot com and my shit came back like 53% Nigerian. Yea! Me and my mum need to have a talk (Laughter). I have never been to Nigeria. That is the place I would love to go. I gat to go to Nigeria…I gat to go see that place.

8. Jackie AinaJackie Aina is a popular YouTuber and beauty guru.

She was born to an African-American mother and a Nigerian father of Yoruba descent.

9. MNEKBritish singer and songwriter, MNEK most popular for songs “Never Forget You” and “Head and Heart” is the next man on our list.

MNEK, real name: Uzoechi Osisioma “Uzo” Emenike was born to Nigerian parents in London.

10. Kerry WashingtonHollywood actress Kerry Washington became a Nigerian citizen in 2013 when she married her husband, Nnamdi Asomugha. Since then, Kerry has remained a Nigerian citizen by marriage.

11. John BoyegaJohn Adedayo B. Adegboyega known popularly in Hollywood and around the world as John Boyega is an English actor popular for his roles in the Star Wars sequel trilogy films, The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, and The Rise of Skywalker, and recently his appearance in The Woman King.

John Boyega was born in Peckham, London to 2 Nigerian parents: Abigail Aboderin and Samson Adegboyega.

12. Ms BanksBritish rapper, singer and songwriter, Ms Banks whose real name is Thyra Oji is popular for hit singles “Back It Up” and “Snack”.

She was born to a Nigerian father and a Ugandan mother.

13. Meghan MarkleToday, the internet was set abuzz when news that the Duchess of Sussex revealed during a podcast that she was partly Nigerian. Meghan Markle said:

I just had my genealogy done a couple of years ago, I’m 43% Nigerian. I’m going to start to dig deeper into all of this because anyone that I’ve told, especially Nigerian women, are just like, what?

Which of these celebrities surprised you the most to find out? Let me know your thoughts by leaving a comment either below or on my Jide Okonjo Facebook post.

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