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5 Hollywood actors who are from the Yoruba tribe

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Nigerians are doing really well in the entertainment sector all over the world, and no matter where we end up, we always attempt to make a difference. Apart from being of Nigerian ancestry, several of these famous persons are also of Yoruba descent, and while some are well-known, many people are unaware that they are of Yoruba descent.

Let’s look at Hollywood actors who are from the Yoruba tribe…

Some of these Yoruba International performers have filled some roles in Hollywood’s American film business and have done well. These actors have appeared in major American films and television series and are doing well in the industry. The following are five Yoruba actors from Hollywood.

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1. EDUN ADETOMIWA

EDUN ADETOMIWA

Babatunde Adetomiwa Stafford Edun is a British-Nigerian actor who was born in 1984. He is well known for his appearances in the popular television show Merlin as Sir Elyan.

Young, Marcus In Bates Motel and Alex Hunter in the football video games FIFA 17, 18, and 19. In MERLIN, he played a knight of Camelot as well as the queen of Camelot’s sister.

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Tomiwa was born in Lagos, Nigeria to Olawale Edun, a Nigerian father, and Amy Adwoa, a half-Ghanian, half-English mother. Tomiwa came to the United Kingdom with his family when he was 11 years old, where he attended Eton College until the age of 13. He then studied Classics at Christ’s College, Cambridge (University of Cambridge).

EDUN ADETOMIWA

2. DAVID OYELOWO

DAVID OYELOWO

David Oyelowo, born April 1, 1976, is a British-Nigerian actor and producer who holds dual British and American citizenship. His most well-known performance to date was that of Martin Luther King Jr. in the 2014 biographical drama picture Selma. He also starred as the lead in A United Kingdom (2016) and as a chess tutor in “Queen of Katwe” (2016). He has appeared in films such as Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) and Lincon, among others.

Oyelowo was born to Nigerian parents in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England. His father is from Oyo State in Nigeria, and his mother is from Edo State.
He was raised as a Baptist. He grew raised in Tooting Bec, South London until he was six years old when his family relocated to Lagos, Nigeria, where his father, Stephen, worked for the national airline and his mother for a railway firm. While growing up in Lagos, Nigeria, David attended a “military-style” boarding school.”
When Oyelowo was fourteen, they moved back to London and settled in Islington.

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DAVID OYELOWO

3. JOHN BOYEGA

JOHN BOYEGA

John Boyega, born John Adedayo Bamidele Adegboyega, is a British-Nigerian actor and producer. He rose to notoriety in his native Britain for his role as Moses in the sci-fi comedy film Attack the Block (2011), but his international success came with his portrayal as Finn in the Star Wars sequel trilogy films The Force Awakens (2015), The Last Jedi (2016), and The Last Jedi (2017). (2017).

John Adedayo Bamidele Adegboyega was born on March 17, 1992, in the London borough of Peckham, to Abigail (née Aboderin), a social worker, and Samson Adegboyega, a Pentecostal minister. Both are Nigerians.

JOHN BOYEGA

4. AKINNOUYE AGBAJE, ADEWALE

AKINNOUYE AGBAJE, ADEWALE

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje is a British actor, director, former fashion model, and writer who was born in Washington, D.C. to Nigerian parents. Adewale has appeared in blockbuster films such as “The Bourne Identity,” “Pompeii,” “The Mummy Returns,” and many others.

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Akinnuoye-Agbaje was born in Islington, London, to Nigerian parents of Yoruba ancestry who were students in the UK. When he was six weeks old, his biological parents gave him up to a white working-class family in Tilbury, Essex.
His biological parents sent him to Nigeria when he was eight years old, but because he couldn’t speak Yoruba and was prevented by his parents from speaking English, he was quickly returned to Tilbury.

AKINNOUYE AGBAJE, ADEWALE

5. HAKEEM KAE KAZIM

HAKEEM KAE KAZIM

Kae-Kazim, who is originally from Ogun state, was born in Lagos, Nigeria, where he spent his childhood before moving to London, England, with his family.
His most well-known part was in the 2004 drama film “Hotel Rwanda.” He also appeared in several episodes of the iconic BBC show Grange Hill.

HAKEEM KAE KAZIM

Kazim has also appeared in Nigerian films such as “The Last Flight to Abuja,” “Half of a Yellow Sun,” and “Black November.”

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Godwin Maduagu comes out as gay after being blackmailed over sex tape

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Nollywood actor Godwin Maduagu has bravely come out as gay after being blackmailed by former friends over a sex tape.

According to the Daily Post Nigeria, Maduagu was blackmailed over the video and became “depressed” to the point of feeling suicidal.

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Homosexuality is illegal in Nigeria and publishable by up to 14 years in prison; he said in a previous interview that the impact of the video being leaked in 2021 led to him missing out on jobs and “getting broke”.

However in an Instagram story on Tuesday (27 September), the actor included an LGBTQ+ pride flag, revealing his family “saved me” with their support.

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Godwin Maduagu said: “After getting a better life for myself, my close friends set me up, blackmailed me, and leaked my sex tape. I became depressed and almost committed suicide.

“My family saved me by giving me words of encouragement and advice that kept me going. Look at me now living my truth because I’ve now gotten a strong thick skin.

“Love is love. Say no to blackmail.”

Nollywood stars have previously stood up against the treatment of the LGBTQ+ community in Nigeria despite the difficulty in speaking out; even those who attend a wedding or operate an LGBTQ+ nightclub in the country can be sentenced to 10 years in prison.

In July 2022, Nigerian actor Uche Maduagwu was arrested after appearing to come out as gay and defending the LGBTQ+ community on Instagram, despite stressing that he is “not gay”, but saying he wanted to use his “celebrity status [to fight] for this beautiful community”.

That same month, actor Yul Edochie spoke out about the horrific sentence of death by stoning given to three gay men, aged 20, 30 and 70.

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Why I must marry from Abeokuta- Bimbo Akisanya spills

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Nollywood actress Bimbo Akisanya has sent a message to her potential suitors on the criteria she will be looking out for in her man.

The Yoruba actress who has been beamoning her single status for the past weeks took to her Instagram page to reveal the particular tribe she would be picking her suitor from.

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According to her, she would only marry a man who is from Abeokuta.

Her reason is that, Abeokuta men are very romantic. To prove her point, Bimbo posted a WhatsApp screenshot of a potential suitor eulogising her in his dialect.

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The actress added that she woke up to his romantic gesture and this has changed her mindset on the type of man she wants.

“So sweet waking up to this, I must marry omo Abeokuta this time around abi bawo????”.

Bimbo Akisanya had sent a strong message to her future husband as she bragged about her latest win over a man.

The mother of one shared a video of herself enjoying her favourite game, table tennis, while she boasted of her win over her partner, who was, unfortunately, a man.

Sharing the video on her Instagram page, Bimbo Akisanya urged her future husband to ensure that there was table tennis in their house.

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She wrote: Table tennis, my best game ever
And of course, I won. I won a man
Dear future husband, please make sure there’s table tennis in the house.

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Colleague celebrates Segun Arinze as Black Arrow turns 57

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A popular movie producer and director, Francis Onwochei, has described a colleague and the former president of Actors Guild of Nigeria, Segun Arinze, as a consistent thespian.

Fondly called Black Arrow, a name gained from playing a role in the 1996 classic movie Silent Night by the late filmmaker Chico Ejiro, Segun Padonou Aina, started his career professionally as a singer and an actor.

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In a heartwarming ovation, Onwochei described the respected actor, who is also president of Voiceover Artists of Nigeria, as a distinguished colleague.

“Today we celebrate our very dear Segun Arinze aka “Black Arrow”.

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“What is special with this distinguished colleague of mine is his unique background. Segun though born in Anambra state is of the Padonou family in Badagry, Lagos State, who grew up in both Kwara and Kaduna States. This will account for his dexterity speaking the three major Nigerian languages; Igbo, Yoruba and Hausa.

“A product of the University of Ife, thoroughbred actor and singer, I recall that after years of acting on stage and singing, Segun gained national prominence with his star performances.

“At the height of his career he rose to become President, Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) and currently serves as president, Voice Over Artistes of Nigeria.

“Arinze has remained consistent in the acting profession since the mid 80s on stage and early 90s on motion picture. Some of his notable appearances are Vuga, Tatoo, Across the Niger,Gold Statue, Family on Fire, Oloture,Anini and the unforgettable Silent Night which brought him to National prominence where he also earned the sobriquet “Black Arrow”.

“Segun Arinze lives in Lagos, married to his darling wife Julie, and they have children.

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“Please, join me lets celebrate my fellow Anansa Playhouse (1985) team member as he turns 57years today 24th of September. May God grant you many fruitful years on earth in happiness. Happy birthday,” Francis Onwochei wrote.

Freelanews joins Onwochei to celebrate Black Arrow.

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