Nigerian Actors and Musicians

by 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

2. Hope Olaide Wilson

Actress | Wonderland

Hope Olaide Wilson was born on August 16, 1985 in the UK as Hope Adjoko Olubunkonla Olaide Wilson. She is an actress and producer, known for Wonderland (2019), Solace (2018) and I Can Do Bad All by Myself (2009).

3. Sade

Soundtrack | True Lies

Sade was born on January 16, 1959 in Ibadan, Nigeria as Helen Folasade Adu. She was previously married to Carlos Scola.

4. Rakie Ayola

Actress | Been So Long

Rakie Ayola was born in 1968 in Cardiff, Wales. She is an actress and producer, known for Been So Long (2018), Twelfth Night (2018) and No Offence (2015). She is married to Adam Smethurst. They have two children.

5. Genevieve Nnaji

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 ...

6. Seal

Soundtrack | Batman Forever

Seal was born on February 19, 1963 in Paddington, London, England as Seal Henry Olusegun Olumide Adelo Samuel. He was previously married to Heidi Klum.

7. Sophie Okonedo

Actress | Hotel Rwanda

Sophie Okonedo was born on August 11, 1968 in London, England. She is an actress, known for Hotel Rwanda (2004), Æon Flux (2005) and Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995).

8. Chiwetel Ejiofor

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 ...

9. Annie Ilonzeh

Actress | Peppermint

Annie Ilonzeh was born on August 23, 1983 in Grapevine, Texas, USA as Annie Ngasi Illonzeh. She is an actress, known for Peppermint (2018), Person of Interest (2011) and Arrow (2012).

She's the first black Charlie's Angel

10. Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde

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...

11. Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

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 ...

14. Megalyn Echikunwoke

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 ...

15. Chamillionaire

Soundtrack | Never Back Down

Chamillionaire was born on November 28, 1979 in Houston, Texas, USA as Hakeem Seriki.

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...

17. Wale Folarin

Soundtrack | American Honey

Wale Folarin was born on September 21, 1984 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA as Olubowale Victor Akintimehin.

18. Tinie Tempah

Soundtrack | Arthur

Tinie Tempah was born on November 7, 1988 in Plumstead, London, England as Patrick Chukwuemeka Okogwu Jr.

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 ...

20. Osas Ighodaro Ajibade

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

Actor | The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

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

Actress | The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2

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, ...

24. Gbenga Akinnagbe

Actor | The Taking of Pelham 123

Gbenga Akinnagbe was born on December 12, 1978 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009), Edge of Darkness (2010) and The Savages (2007).

25. Tuface Idibia

Composer | Fated

Tuface Idibia was born as Innocent Ujah Idibia. He is an actor and composer, known for Fated (2005), Flying Without Wings (2005) and Flying Without Wings 2 (2005).

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.

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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 ...

29. Nonso Anozie

Actor | Conan the Barbarian

Nonso Anozie was born on May 28, 1979 in London, England. He is an actor, known for Conan the Barbarian (2011), Happy-Go-Lucky (2008) and Cinderella (2015).

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 ...

34. Grace Ayorinde

Actress | Blackmail

Grace Ayorinde is an actress, known for Blackmail (2017) and Totally Packaged (2012).

35. Chris Obi

Actor | American Gods

Chris Obi is an actor and director, known for American Gods (2017), Star Trek: Discovery (2017) and Snow White and the Huntsman (2012).

36. Rotimi

Actor | Divergent

Rotimi was born as Olurotimi Akinosho. He is an actor and producer, known for Divergent (2014), Power (2014) and Betrayal (2013).

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 ...

38. David Ajala

Actor | Jupiter Ascending

David Ajala is an actor and producer, known for Jupiter Ascending (2015), Furious 6 (2013) and The Dark Knight (2008).

39. Caroline Chikezie

Actress | Æon Flux

Caroline Chikezie was born on February 19, 1974 in London, England. She is an actress and producer, known for Æon Flux (2005), Eragon (2006) and The Double Deal (2014).



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