Meet 5 Top Hollywood actresses who are of Nigerian descent

by on October 8, 2019

Hollywood, in recent times, has been travelling on the path of ticking the boxes when it comes to representation of diverse peoples.

Hitherto, black women were some of the most undermined and overlooked section of persons in the film industry. But now, it seems industry players are taking note.

What this development means is that different kinds of black women other than African-American have also been increasingly getting seats at the table.

This is where these amazing women of Nigerian descent come in. They are award-winning actresses who are as good as anyone in front of the cameras.

Sophie Okonedo is a product of diverse cultural backgrounds. She was born in London to a father who was Nigerian-British and mother who is an English Jew.

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She is a star of both stage and screen appearing in such big productions as Hotel Rwanda, After Earth and Hellboy.

She was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for playing Tatiana Rusesabagina in Hotel Rwanda.

Uzo Aduba’s most enduring role onscreen may forever be Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren on hit TV show Orange Is The New Black.

For playing a mentally-disturbed prison inmate in an all-female institution, Aduba won two Emmys and two Screen Actors Guild awards.

Aduba is the daughter of Nigerian immigrants who made home in Massachusetts.

Yvonne Orji was born in Port Harcourt, Nigeria but she was raised in Maryland, USA. She is most known for her role as Molly in the HBO series Insecure.

She actually started out as a model and a comedian. But unlike many entertainers, Orji actually has a master’s degree in public health.

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Cynthia Erivo is a singer, songwriter, and actress; a combination for which she has gained variable degrees of success.

Erivo was born in London to Nigerian parents and has gone on to act on stage and on screen. She got her big break with the Steve McQueen-directed action drama Widows in 2018.

She has also played African-American slave era abolitionist, Harriet Tubman in 2019 film, Harriet.

Toks Olagundoye was born in Lagos, Nigeria to a Nigerian father and a Norwegian mother. She was raised at different times in three different countries, namely the UK, Switzerland, and Nigeria.

Olagundoye has had quite a number of roles in small films but she is most noted as Hayley Shipton in Castle.

She also showed she is capable of range when she played Kemi Talbot in the last five episodes of Season 7 hit HBO comedy series Veep.

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