By Tomilola Coco Adeyemo
David Oyelowo made history earlier this year with his amazing performance as the great Martin Luther King in the Ava Duvernay film, Selma.
And even though he did not grab an Oscar for the performance, he got the Critics’ attention and most definitely, Hollywood’s attention.
He, Jidenna, Chiwetel Ejifor and the other Nigerians winning in Hollywood.
And you know when our people are winning outside Nigeria, all of us (Nigerians) give the speech, with great enthusiasm. Because, solidarity.
Born in the late 70s, the UK born Nigerian was born to Nigerian parents. David Oyelowo grabbed headlines when he brought Martin Luther King to the big screens in Selma in a riveting performance that sent Critics duffing their hats.
In MLK’s voice, “we have a dream, that one day, Nigerians would rule Hollywood”
Can I hear an Amen?
Carmen Ejogo is unknown to many a Nigerian. Born to a Scottish mother and a Nigerian father, the talented actress has never given a performance below average in her career. Credited for the best performance in Sparkle and one of the best actresses to portray Coretta Scott King (MLK’s wife) on screen, Carmen is yet another Nigerian giving us life in mainstream Hollywood.
Jidenna made quite the headlines earlier this year when he made certain comments about his trip to Nigeria years back. Nigerians attacked him on forms of social media, letting him know they were not going to allow him paint the country in a bad light.
And even though Jidenna’s comments were not those you’d have expected from a classic man, the award winning artiste was quick to apologise for his comments.
And we forgave him, we forgave him because he is repping us well and the only thing brighter than his beard is his future.
And we’d very much like to be a part of that.
It would be a crime to compile a list of Nigerians making it in Hollywood without talking about John Boyega.
The Actor whose father is Yoruba is arguably one of the most talked about Actors in Hollywood presently, with a major role in Star Wars, John is definitely on his way to becoming a megastar.
A lot of people would argue that the extremely talented Chiwetel was robbed of his Oscar in the critically and commercially acclaimed movie 12 years a slave.
But he is a Nigerian and we know he would get what is his.
Can I hear an Amen from my Igbo brothers and sisters?
Now Chiwetel, go forth and claim what is yours in Hollywood, the whole country is behind you.
When I initially found out Uzo was Nigerian, I was like nah, not possible. The Orange Is The New Black star had portrayed the character Crazy Eyes so effortlessly well my subconscious was like no, she most definitely cannot be Nigerian.
But she is and this year, the Igbo star made history when she won best actress in a drama and comedy with the same project.
And they say Nigerians are only good at being bad.
Maybe they are right though, because we are gradually becoming the baddest in this Hollywood business.
This one’s name might not ring a bell to you if you don’t bother about the crew behind the scenes of a movie. However, he is responsible for some of the most successful black movies in Hollywood.
You remember Brown Sugar featuring Sanaa Lathan and that piece of hot chocolate Taye Diggs? And Our Family Wedding featuring that Paula Patton and Angela Basett?
How about the movie Dope which was a box office hit this year?
Well, all the movies mentioned have one thing in common and that is this Yoruba Director.
Owo meji fun baba
Angie Nwandu, CEO TheShadeRoomInc
Angie Nwandu is the CEO of TheShadeRoom which is almost everyone’s go to place on Instagram for juicy celeb gossip these days.
With over a million followers, Celebs constantly responding through the comment section, Angie’s formula seems to be working well.
Born to Igbo parents, the 24 year old seems to be on a rise, which is no surprise because I mean, she’s Nigerian.
Rotimi might have been born in the US but he was born to Nigerian parents. With acting stints in different TV shows and productions which includes a role in Divergent, Rotimi is on his way to ruling Hollywood.
He can currently be seen in fan favorite Power. Rotimi is signed to 50 Cent’s G-Unit.
Wale is unashamedly Nigerian and that is why he makes it to our list of Nigerians in Hollywood doing big things. And even though he never pronounces his name the right way, he stays representing Nigeria well.
And this alone has effortlessly made us team Wale.
There you have it, our ten Nigerians In Hollywood who are currently making waves.
Did we leave anyone out?