The Igbo nation is blessed in all ramifications. Talk about entrepreneurship, creativity and entertainment, they have some of the finest in the world. In Hollywood meanwhile, the Igbo Nation is also well represented. In this article, we will reveal 6 Hollywood actors that are of Igbo origin.
1. Ikechukwu Prince Amadi
Ikechukwu Prince Amadi is an Igbo-American professional voice actor who is 41 years old. Amadi is well known for his roles as the titular character in films like Knack, Infinite Crisis, Mass Effect 3, and Mortal Kombat II.
2. Nnamdi Asomugha
Nnamdi Asomugha, an American actor and former professional football cornerback, is 40 years old. Asomugha played college football for the University of California, Berkeley, before beginning his professional acting career.
He rose to attention four years ago after starring as Carl King in the highly acclaimed American film Crown Heights, for which he received nominations for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male and an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture. Asomugha hails from the Igbo tribe of Nigeria and was born in Lafayette, Louisiana, in the United States.
3. Nkechi Okoro Carroll
Nkechi Okoro Carroll is an actor, producer, and writer from the United States. She has appeared in a number of Hollywood films, including The Resident, All American, Bones, and The Finder.
4. Uzoamaka Nwanneka Aduba
Uzoamaka Nwanneka Aduba is a well-known American actress who is 40 years old. She is best known for her role as Suzanne in the critically acclaimed film Crazy Eyes, for which she received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series in 2014, an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2015, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series in 2014 and 2015.
Uzo Aduba has previously appeared in movies such as American Pastoral, Showing Roots, Candy Jar, and Miss Virginia. Aduba won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Movie and a Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Miniseries for her role as Shirley Chisholm in the Hulu miniseries Mrs. America last year. Uzo Aduba comes from the Igbo tribe of Nigeria and was born in Boston, Massachusetts, in the United States.
5. Cynthia Erivo
Cynthia Onyedinmanasu Chinasaokwu Erivo, a British-American actress, singer, and songwriter, is 34 years old. Erivo began her professional acting career in a theatrical performance of The Umbrellas of Cherbourg ten years ago. She rose to notoriety after starring in the Broadway revival of The Color Purple from 2015 to 2017, which earned her a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical in 2016 and a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album in 2017.
Erivo debuted in films three years ago, starring in Widows, a heist film, and Bad Times at the El Royale, a thriller. Erivo was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of American abolitionist Harriet Tubman in the 2019 American biographical film Harriet.
She also composed and performed the song “Stand Up” for the film’s soundtrack, which earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song. She was also nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in an Anthology Movie Series this year for her role as Aretha Franklin in the Hollywood film Genius: Aretha.
6. Michael Evans Behling
Michael Evans Behling is a 25-year-old professional actor from the United States. Behling was born on March 5, 1996, in Columbus, Indiana, to a Nigerian father and a German mother.
Behling’s professional acting career began four years ago, when he appeared in the American film Empire as Handsome Dude. He rose to prominence three years ago after playing Jordan Baker in the All American film series. A Cinderella Story: Starstruck, which was released this year, is his most recent feature film.