Nigerians in the diaspora aren’t usually doing bad especially when they find themselves in Hollywood or in the music sphere. We know the likes of John Boyega, Chinwetel Ejiofor, Tinnie Tempah, Wale, Seal, Uzo Aduba, David Oyelowo and the likes of them. What we do not know is that we have more of them who are casts of thriving hit shows and movies in Hollywood currently. We talking shows like The Originals, Quantico, scrubs and more. Lets take a look at 10 of them;
1. Tracy Ifeachor
Tracy Ifeachor is a Nigerian born in Plymouth, Devon England where she attended Plymouth College Preparatory school followed by the Eggbuckland Community College also in Plymouth. Tracy excelled in sports and regularly competed in county events such as hurdling, high jump and sprinting. Alongside her academic studies Tracy attended The Raleigh School of & drama under the tutorship of Norma Blake. The actress best known for playing the role of “Aya Al-Rashid” in “CW” vampire series “The Originals” and “Abigail Naismith in both parts of the Doctor Who Christmas special, The End of Time. She is currently in the hit series “Quantico”.
2. Carmen Ejogo
Carmen was born to a Nigerian father and a Scottish mother in London. Carmen Elizabeth Ejogo is a British actress and singer. She began her career as a teenager in London, hosting the Saturday Disney morning show from 1993 to 1995.
3. Donald Faison
Donald Adeosun Faison is an American actor, comedian, and voice actor best known for his leading role as Dr. Chris Turk in the ABC comedy-drama Scrubs, and a minor role as Murray in the film Clueless.
4. Gbenga Akinnagbe
Gbenga Akinnagbe is an American actor and writer, best known for his role as Chris Partlow on the HBO series The Wire. He featured in the last part of the 24 Series with Jack Bauer
5. 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. He’s the reason Nigerians refer to Kerry Washington as “our wife” because she’s married to him
6. Richard Ayoade
If you remember ‘The Watch’, the 2012 comedy that featured Jonah Hill and Ben Stiller amongst others, then you should know this guy. He was one of the lead roles in the movie. He was born to a Nigerian father and a Norwegian mother. He is an English actor, comedian, writer, director, and television presenter. He is best known as Maurice Moss in The IT Crowd — for which he won the 2014 BAFTA for Best Male Comedy.
7. Hope Wilson
Hope Olaide Wilson who speaks Yoruba, French and English fluently moved to the states in the late 90s. She is an actress and producer, known for I Can Do Bad All by Myself (2009), After the Dark (2013) and Faith and Dreams (2010).
8. Dayo Okeniyi
Dayo Okeniyi was born and raised in Lagos before the move to the United States. Oladayo A. “Dayo” Okeniyi is a Nigerian-American actor, popularly known for playing the role of Thresh in The Hunger Games and Danny Dyson in Terminator Genisys.
9. Ashley Madekwe
Remember Victoria Grayson’s assistant from Revenge? The same social climber? Yes, the role was played by one of ours by name Ashley Madekwe. Ashley has a sexy British accent and was born in London.
10. Olurotimi Akinosho
Olurotimi Akinosho better known by his stage name, Rotimi, is an American singer-songwriter, actor and model. He’s best known for his roles as Darius Morrison on the Starz Network’s Boss, and Dre on Power.