Nigerian Actors and Musiciansby pinkprincess2994 | created - 17 Aug 2011 | updated - 09 Jun 2013 | Public
Actors/Actresses and Musicians of Nigerian decent. This list was originally going to consist of only actors, but I wanted to add a few musicians that I really like. If there are people that I've forgotten to include, PLEASE comment so I can add them. :) P.S I know there are many more Nigerian actors but, when making this list I only chose people who had pictures on this website so that it would be easy to identify them.
1. Enuka Okuma
Actress | Reindeer Games
Enuka Okuma was born on September 20, 1976 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She is an actress and writer, known for Reindeer Games (2000), House of the Dead (2003) and Rookie Blue (2010). She has been married to Joe Gasparin since July 2, 2011.
She's on Rookie Blue
Actress | Road to Yesterday
Genevieve Nnaji started her acting career as a child actress in the then-popular television soap opera "Ripples" at the age of 8. She was also featured in several commercials, some of which included Pronto beverage and Omo detergent. In 1998, at the age of 19, she made her debut in the growing ...
Actor | 12 Years a Slave
English actor Chiwetel Ejiofor is renowned for his portrayal of Solomon Northup in 12 Years a Slave (2013), for which he received Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations, along with the BAFTA Award for Best Actor. He is also known for playing Okwe in Dirty Pretty Things (2002), the ...
Actress | Peppermint
She's the first black Charlie's Angel
Actress | Last Flight to Abuja
Omotola Jalade Ekeinde (born February 7, 1978) is an actress, singer, and philanthropist from Lagos, Nigeria. Since her Nollywood film debut in 1995, she has appeared in an astounding 300 films, selling millions of video copies. After receiving numerous high-profile awards, launching a music career...
Actor | Lost
Born and raised in London, England, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje began his career as a model in Milan. He graduated with a masters degree in Law from London's prestigious Kings College, before moving to Los Angeles to make the transition to acting. Fluent in several languages, including English, ...
12. Stephanie Linus
Actress | Dry
Stephanie Linus was born on October 2, 1982 in Ngor-Okpala, Imo State, Nigeria. She is an actress and producer, known for Dry (2015), Through the Glass (2008) and A Time to Love 2 (2007). She has been married to Linus Idahosa since April 21, 2012. They have one child.
13. Carmen Ejogo
Actress | Selma
Carmen Elizabeth Ejogo was born in Kensington, London, England, to a Nigerian father and a Scottish mother. Her television career began in the United Kingdom in the early 1990s, where she presented the children's series Saturday Disney (1990). Subsequently, she has had an acting career in the ...
Actress | House of Lies
Megalyn Ann Echikunwoke was born May 28, 1983 in Spokane, Washington. Her father was Nigerian and her mother is of English and Scots-Irish descent. Her last name, "Echikunwoke", means "leader of men" and Megalyn is the granddaughter of a Nigerian tribal leader of the Igbo, which technically makes ...
16. Shirley Bassey
Soundtrack | Moonraker
Shirley Bassey was born in Tiger Bay, Cardiff, Wales, and raised in the nearby working class neighborhood of Splott. Her mother was originally from Yorkshire, and her father was a Nigerian seaman who left the family when she was less than two. She later helped to support her family by working in an...
19. Taio Cruz
Soundtrack | Rio
Taio Cruz is a British song writer, producer and performer coming up to the international scene in early 2009. His first international hit, "Break Your Heart" has sold millions of copies worldwide. Other hits include, "Dynamite" and recently released hit "Higher" featuring Kylie Minogue is already ...
Actress | Cadillac Records
Born and raised in the home of the New York Yankees, Osas Ighodaro Ajibade is a Bronx Native. As a first-generation Nigerian-American, Osas strongly values the importance of family, giving back and staying connected to her roots.
Osas is a graduate from Pennsylvania State University and holds a ...
21. Hugo Weaving
Hugo Wallace Weaving was born on April 4, 1960 in Nigeria, to English parents Anne (Lennard), a tour guide and teacher, and Wallace Weaving, a seismologist. Hugo has an older brother, Simon, and a younger sister, Anna, who both also live and work in Australia. During his early childhood, the ...
Yeah, he's white, but he was born in Nigeria therefore he is Nigerian.
22. Judith Shekoni
Judith Shekoni was brought up in Manchester, England. Relocating to London at 18 she modelled around the world before gaining her break into acting via the popular BBC TV show Casualty.
Working in the UK including Eastenders (BBC) and gritty Hallmark drama The Hidden City, Judiths' acting career ...
23. Arinzé Kene
Actor | The Pass
Quite possibly the most underrated and underexposed actor of his caliber in both theatre and screen, Arinze Kene's undeniable talent and ability to successfully bring to life any role he undertakes is on a par with the most praised and revered A-list actors in the business.
Kene was born in Lagos, ...
26. David Oyelowo
Actor | Selma
David Oyelowo (pronounced - "oh-yellow-oh"), is a classically trained stage actor who has quickly become one of Hollywood's most sought-after talents. He graduated from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), and received the "Scholarship for Excellence" from Nicholas Hytner in 1998.
27. Vera Ephraim
Actress | Omena
Vera Ephraim's full name is Vera Nkechi Anenyeonu. She is from Anambra state, Nigeria. "Ephraim" is her dad's first name, she decided to use it for her professional name as a sign of his support in her life. Her parents died when she was very young. Vera Nkechi Anenyeonu, actor, Dancer and ...
28. Adepero Oduye
Actress | Pariah
Adepero Oduye hails from Brooklyn, New York City by way of Nigeria. She is a graduate of Cornell University; and has studied acting with Wynn Handman, Austin Pendleton, and Susan Batson. Her name is pronounced "Add-eh-pair-o Oh-due-yay."
Her theatre credits include Danai Gurira's play Eclipsed, at ...
30. Dayo Okeniyi
Actor | The Hunger Games
Dayo Okeniyi (Pronounced: Die-o Okay-nii-yii) began performing on the stage in elementary school. In 2003, Okeniyi, the youngest of five siblings, moved from Nigeria with his family to the The United States. His father, now a retired customs officer and mother, a British literature teacher, were ...
31. Esosa E.
Actress | 50 Bucks in Argentina
Esosa E is an award winning Producer, Writer, Actress, Health Expert, and Fashion Designer who was named a "Young African Visionary" by Obaseema Magazine and included in Applause Africa's list of "30 Most Intriguing Africans in NY." She thus far is most known for playing the role of Ngozi on the ...
32. Ebbe Bassey
Actress | Siri oko fo
Ebbe Bassey was born in the Bronx, New York and raised in Calabar, Nigeria, West Africa. She is an actress, writer, producer who believes that art should educate and entertain. She studied the Meisner technique of Method acting at the William Esper Studio under the tutelage of Ms. Maggie Flanigan. ...
33. Deborah Ayorinde
Actress | Luke Cage
Deborah Ayorinde was born in London, England. At age seven, she performed in her first play with a drama school in the Forest Gate area of London. It was there that she developed a passion for the arts. When she was eight years old, she and her family relocated to San Jose, California. She ...
37. Fumi Desalu-Vold
Actress | Norbit
Fumi has appeared in the Number 1 Soap Opera, "Hotel Caesar" (English translation) in Norway! She has a great charisma that is very rare, and i think Norway and Europe for that matter is looking forward to seeing her talent, which is Fresh, New and exciting and make her their next Scandinavian ...