Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Check Out These 15 International Male and Female Celebrities Who are Nigerians, Igbo Origin to be Precise




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Some Nigerians are unquestionably doing themselves and their nation proud out there. Here are 15 very famous men and women that have become well known in the international scene and are of Igbo origin.

1. Carmen Ejogo



Carmen Ejogo was born in Kensington, London, England, to a Nigerian father and a Scottish mother. Her film credits include Kenneth Branagh’s Love’s Labour’s Lost, What’s the Worst That Could Happen?, Away We Go, Sparkle, Alex Cross, The Purge: Anarchy and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

2. Tinie Tempah



Patrick Chukwuemeka Okogwu, better known by his stage name Tinie Tempah, is an English rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer. He has been signed to Parlophone Records since 2009, a subsidiary of Warner Music Group.

He was recently in Nigeria and worked with a number of Nigerian artists and even had a local shoot with famed photographer, TY Bello.

3. Chukwunonso Udechukwu


Though she is up and coming, MRCYU is a Nigerian-American singer who is based in States and is projected to join this honourable list in the coming years.

Born Mercy Chukwunonso Udechukwu, MRCYU  just dropped her debut single, ‘MRCY’ which is currently gathering massive airplays and Nigerians are already excited at this undiluted talent who is up to make them proud.

4. Osi Umenyiora



Ositadimma “Osi” Umenyiora is an English-American former defensive end who played in the National Football League. He played college football for Troy University and was drafted by the New York Giants in the second round of the 2003 NFL Draft.

5. Lemar Obika



Lemar Obika, professionally known simply as Lemar, is an English R&B singer–songwriter and record producer. Lemar has had a run of chart success in the United Kingdom, Europe and Australia.

6. Nonso Anozie



Nonso Anozie is an English actor who has worked on stage, film, and television. He is of Igbo Origin.

Anozie played small roles as Think Tank in Guy Ritchie’s film RocknRolla and Frank Mace in Joe Wright’s Atonement. He played the lead in Cass a 2008 British crime drama film recreating the life of Cass Pennant. In 2009, he appeared in the supporting cast of the BBC TV three-part 2003 Iraq War drama, Occupation, where he played a US Marine turned private military contractor.

In 2011, he played Artus, a Zamoran pirate and close friend of Conan, in Conan the Barbarian. That year, he was also cast to play the role of Xaro Xhoan Daxos in the HBO series Game of Thrones and was cast as Jackson Burke in The Grey.

7. Uzo Aduba



Uzoamaka Nwanneka “Uzo” Aduba is an American actress and singer. She is known for her role as Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren on the Netflix television series Orange Is the New Black (2013–present), for which she won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series in 2014, a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2015, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series in 2014 and 2015.

8. Sonni Chidiebere



Sonni Chidiebere is an actor, known for Blood Diamond (2006), District 9 (2009) and Hotel Rwanda (2004)

9. Nnamdi Asomugha



Nnamdi Asomugha is a former American football cornerback. He played college football for the University of California, Berkeley, and was drafted in the first round of the 2003 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders.

10. Chiwetel Ejiofor



British actor, Chiwetel Ejiofor is one of the world’s famed Nollywood faces and he’s of Igbo origin.

He’s featured in top movies including 12 years a slave, Secret in their eyes, half of a yellow sun, the martian and others.

11. Caroline Chikezie



Caroline Chikezie is a British actress, best known for playing Sasha Williams in As If, Elaine Hardy in Footballers’ Wives and the Cyberwoman in Torchwood.

12. Ashley Madekwe



Ashley Madekwe is an English actress, best known for her role as social climber Ashley Davenport on the ABC drama series Revenge. As of 2014, she stars as Tituba in the WGN America series Salem.

13. Annie Ngozi Ilonzeh



Annie was born in Texas to a Nigerian father and an American mother. She has featured in movies and TV shows including, He’s Just Not That into You, Percy Jackson & The Olympians, the Lightening Thief, Entourage, How I met your mother, Arrow, etc.

14. Megalyn Echikunwoke


Megalyn was born in Spokane, Washington to a Nigerian father and a Caucasian mum. She has starred in various many TV shows including The 4400, CSI Miami, House of Lies, Great Lengths, etc.

15. Tracy Ifeachor

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Tracy is a British Nigerian television and theatre actress best known for playing the role of Abigail Naismith in both parts of the Doctor Who Christmas special, The End of Time.





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