The African Media unveils the top 10 Nigerians lifting the green and white flag of Nigeria in Hollywood. Hollywood is the most diverse film industry in the world. It has talents from around the globe, and it is no surprise that Nigerian actors are counted among the successful in the American film industry. Successful Nigerian actors and actresses in Hollywood have been putting in work for decades.
The many actors of African descent, and especially Nigeria have been featured in huge dramas, biopics, action films, thriller and major productions. The actors were either born in Nigeria or born to Nigerian parents and raised in either America or Europe. Actors with one white parent and one Nigerian parent also claim their Nigerian roots as it is part of their identity. The most successful Nigerian actors and actresses in Hollywood Many Nigerian actors visit home every once in a while. Some visit for a holiday while others do it to pay homage to their roots and keep in touch with relatives back home.
Here is a list of the top 10 Nigerians successful actors/actresses Lifting the name of Nigeria High in Hollywood
10. Yvonne Orji – $1,000,000
Followers of HBO’s Insecure are familiar with Yvonne Orji’s face as she kills it in her role. The role has earned her nominations for a Primetime Emmy Award and three NAACP Image Awards.
Orji’s parents are from Port Harcourt in Nigeria though the actress was raised in Maryland, America. The 36-year-old Nigerian-American actress has also been featured in other productions like: Jane Spontaneous The Virgin Flip the Script To remain relevant in Hollywood, the successful Nigerian actors and actresses in Hollywood get involved with projects that are both on set and off the stage.
They use their voice to highlight the plight of the vulnerable in society even as they work on significant projects.
9. Gbenga Akinnagbe – $1 million
United States Nigerian actors in Hollywood like Akinnbage are inspiring. Gbenga Akinnagbe was born in Washington, D.C. to Yoruba parents in 1978. He attended Colonel Zadok A. Magruder High School in Rockville, Maryland.
He went to Bucknell University on a wrestling scholarship and graduated in 2000 with a degree in Political Science and English. Akinnagbe is both an actor and scriptwriter. His most notable recent TV roles are Chris Partlow on The Wire and Larry Brown on The Deuce both on HBO.