Below are the 30 actors on your favorite TV shows who have Nigerian origins. Get ready to be blown away…
1. YVONNE ORJI – Plays Molly on Insecure. 33 yr old comedian, born in Port Harcourt, She’s also had a part on Jane The Virgin.
2. CAROLINE CHIKEZIE – Born in Nnewi, she’s best known for her role in UK’s Footballers Wives but we know her from Supernatural
3. ADETOMIWA EDUN – See that Yoruba demon fila, born in Lagos & best known for playing Sir Elyan on Merlin. Was in Dr Who too.
4. ADEWALE AKINNUOYE AGBAJE – Everyone knows him already. Known for Lost and most recently the short-lived American Odyssey
5. MEGALYN ECHIKUNWOKE – Born to an Igbo father, this hot sauce is best known for her roles on 90210, The 4400 & HouseOfLies
6. UZO ADUBA – Forever gonna be remembered for her role on Orange is the New Black as Crazy Eyes. Also, she had a one-episode part on Blue Bloods
7. SUSAN KELECHI WATSON- Well, not exactly a Nigerian but bears a Nigerian name. She plays Beth Pearson on NBC’s This is Us
8. DAYO OKENIYI -Proper Naija Boy, probably d most Yoruba Demon of dem all. He acts alongside Jennifer Lopez & Ray Liotta on Shades of Blue
9. CHUKWUNONSO NWACHUKWU ANOZIE – See as name get weight! Best known for his role as Xaro Xhoan Daxos on Game of Thrones
10. GBENGA AKINNAGBE – 38yr old with much under his belt 24, Live another day, The Wire, Graceland, Limitless, and Elementary.
11. HAKEEM KAE KAZIM – Introduction not needed. His work speaks for him- 24, Black sails, Lost, Gotham, Dominion and Covert Affairs.
12. TOKS OLAGUNDOYE aka Abeke Olagundoye – Born in this our Lagos. Best known for roles in Castle, The Fosters & The Neighbors
13. NIKKI AMUKA BIRD – Ha! Bet you didn’t think she was Nigerian. Proper Delta babe. She acts alongside Idris Elba on Luther
14. HOPE OLAIDE WILSON – Born in naija in 1985, she’s done some movies & plenty TV shows like The Fosters, The Last Ship, Lie to me, The Affair.
15. ROTIMI AKINOSHO – Singer signed to 50cents label. Also a fast rising actor. Credits include – Power, Boss ad Battle Creek.
16. ASHLEY MADEKWE – Born to a Nigerian father, she has starred in Revenge & most recently Salem
17. PEPI SONUGA – Talented and born in this our own Lagos. Starred in The Fosters and Ash Vs Evil Dead
18. TOBY ONWUMERE: not much known about him besides him being of Nigerian descent & he replaces Aml Ameen as Capheus on Sense8