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10 celebrities you didn’t know were Nigerians – This will shock you! (With Pictures)

Celebrities you didn’t know were Nigerians – We tend to watch our favorite international celebs on screen, yet we have no idea what their full names are let alone their background as most of their fans tend to identify them with their screen names. Well now its time to feed your eyes and say ‘Wow I never knew this celeb was a Nigerian’ as we present to you more International celebs that are Nigerians and doing well in their careers. Below are some of international celebrities with Nigerian origin you never knew.


The most popular among them is Chiwetel Ejiofor who starred in ’12 Years A Slave’, ‘Half of A Yellow Sun,’ ‘Deadly Voyage‘, ‘Secret In Their Eyes,’ among others. Chiwetel was born and bred in the U.K by his Nigerian parents from the Igbo tribe. Some of the stars on this list were born in Nigeria and grew up abroad, while some others were born and bred outside the country, nevertheless, they have either one or both Nigerian parents. Let’s meet these stars.

1. Wale



Born as Olubowale Victor Akintimehin to yoruba parents from Ogun State, Rapper Wale grew up in the USA. He is as popular in the states as he is in his home country and has done music collaborations with singers like Wizkid and Olamide. The Maybach Music superstar, Wale, last visited his motherland in December 2013.

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2. Hakeem Kae-Kazim


Hollywood actor, Kazeem was born in Lagos State and is a native of Ogun State. He has featured in several hit movies such as ‘Hotel Rwandan,’ ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine, ‘Pirates of the Caribbean,’ ‘At World’s End and many TV series including 24, and Criminal Minds. He has also featured in some Nollywood movies like ‘Last Flight To Abuja,’ ‘Black November‘ and ‘Half Of A Yellow Sun.’ Currently, Hakeem is a brand ambassador for Etisalat Nigeria.

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  1. Charles says

    Why didn't you add Wesley snipes?

  2. Delighted says

    N. B. Being born in Nigeria doesn't make you a Nigerian, according to the Nigerian constitution, one of your grandparents must be a Nigerian by birth.

  3. Uc finance says

    @ delighted there is citizen by birth

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