Of recent (not so recent if you actually watch tv like me) Africans have been a lot more acknowledged in the world, especially Hollywood, which was originally dominated by white people, of course. and then African Americans. Of course naija no dey carry last, as we have quite a lot of high rising stars in Hollywood these days. Both on the big screen, blockbusters, series and sitcoms(cause yes, we are funny). So here’s a couple people who have been making waves over the past few years. And i’m proud to say most of them are youths just like us (lazy Nigerian youths my a**).
So here’s a list of some popular Nigerian personalties on tv making huge waves across the world (and they are a lot)
- JOHN BOYEGA ; Arguably the most popular at the moment, the British-Nigerian has been at the heart of quite a few blockbusters since 2011. Of recent, he’s been in movies such as Star Wars and Pacific Rim, playing very important roles and doing brilliantly in both. Winning a BAFTA for his role in the star wars(2016) movie, best actor and nominated for break through performance at the Black Reel for his role in ATTACK THE BLOCK(2013), nominated for Nickelodeon KIDS Choice Awards for favorite movie actor in Star Wars, Teen Choice Awards for movie breakout star and choice movie chemistry with Daisy Ridley in the same Star Wars Movie and a host of many others. And his career is relatively very young, so you know he’s got a lot more ahead of him.
- DAVID OYELOWO: Born in England April 1 1976, a popular actor and producer. His highest-profile role to date was as Martin Luther King Jr. in the 2014 biographical drama film Selma. He also took the lead role in A United Kingdom (2016) as well as playing the role of a chess coach in Queen of Katwe (2016). He has played supporting roles in the film Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011), Lincoln (2012), Jack Reacher (2012), and
garnered praise for portraying Louis Gaines in The Butler (2013). On television, he played MI5 officer Danny Hunter on the British drama series Spooks (2002–2004).
For his portrayal of Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma, Oyelowo received in 2014 the Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Actor and the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture. He received his first Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama.
Also in 2014, for his performance in Nightingale, he won the Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Actor in a Movie/Miniseries and was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie, Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special and a Satellite Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film.
With all these achievements he’s still looking like he’ll keep pushing forward, eventually aiming towards immortality.
- CHIWETALU EJIOFOR: Born 10 July 1977, a British Nigerian actor. An actor from a young age who always had a bright future, and till today is still involved in a lot of major roles. He was even in a Marvel movie!
After enrolling at the National Youth Theatre in 1995, and attending the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, at age 19 and three months into his course, Ejiofor was cast by Steven Spielberg to play a supporting role in the film Amistad (1997) as James Covey.
Ejiofor portrayed the characters Okwe in Dirty Pretty Things (2002), The Operative in Serenity(2005), Solomon Northup in 12 Years a Slave(2013), Dr. Vincent Kapoor in The Martian(2015), Karl Mordo in Doctor Strange (2016), and Watson in Sherlock Gnomes (2018). He will portray Scar in the 2019 live-action remake of The Lion King and will be featured in the upcoming fantasy film, Maleficent II. For 12 Years a Slave, he received Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations, along with the BAFTA Award for Best Actor. He was nominated for a 2014 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for his performance on Dancing on the Edge.
Ejiofor has received numerous awards and nominations for acting, including the BAFTA Orange Rising Star Award in 2006, two Golden Globe Award nominations, and the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor for his performance in Othello in 2008. In 2008, he was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II for services to the arts. He was elevated to Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2015 Birthday Honours.