Top 10 Nigerian American Celebrities You Need To Know

Top 10 Nigerian American Celebrities who are of Nigerian ancestry: The 2016 American Community Survey estimates that 380,785 US residents report Nigerian ancestry. The 2012-2016 ACS estimates that 277,027 American residents were born in Nigeria.

Top 10 Nigerian American Celebrities You Need To Know

1- John O. Agwunobi

John O. Agwunobi

John O. Agwunobi is a pediatrician and a former US government official and business executive. His experience includes clinical care, managed care, healthy policy, state and federal public health, retail pharmacy operations and optical service delivery. He was formerly Senior Vice President of Walmart Stores, Inc. and President of the retailer's $30 billion Health and Wellness business from 2007 to 2014. At Walmart, Agwunobi was responsible for a chain of 4,000 retail, specialty and mail order pharmacies; more than 2,500 vision centers and 100 in-store convenient care clinics; and a pharmacy benefits management unit.

Agwunobi was born in Dundee, Scotland to a Nigerian father of Igbo descent, who was a British-trained physician, and Scottish mother. As a teen, Agwunobi's family moved to Nigeria, where he attended high school and university. He received his medical training at the University of Jos, where his father was a professor of medicine.

2- Bisi Ezerioha

Bisi Ezerioha

Bisi Ezerioha (born January 6, 1972) a.k.a. Ndubisi Ezerioha, is a Nigerian-American engineer, professional race car driver, entrepreneur and engine builder. He is the current CEO and Chief Engineer for Bisimoto Engineering. Ezerioha is involved in import drag racing, and pilots a 2006 Honda Insight in the pro stock ranks of IDRA, IDRC and CMI series. A chemical engineer by training, and entering university at the age of 15, he was a pharmaceutical researcher for years before he decided to branch off, and offer his expertise to the masses. His automotive creations have appeared in numerous films, television shows, toys and video games.

3- Kenny Adeleke

Kenny Adeleke

Andrew Kehinde "Kenny" Adeleke (born February 10, 1983) is a Nigerian-American professional basketball player who has played 12 seasons in the NBA, Europe, Asia, and Latin America

4- Jay Ajayi

Jay Ajayi

Jay Ajayi (born June 15, 1993) is an English-born American football running back who is currently a free agent. He played college football at Boise State and was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft. He was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles in 2017, with whom he won Super Bowl LII.

5- Akin Ayodele

Akin Ayodele

Akinola James Ayodele  (born September 17, 1979) is a former American football linebacker of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the third round of the 2002 NFL Draft. He played college football at Purdue. He was also a member of the Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins, Denver Broncos, and Buffalo Bills.

6- Nneka Ogwumike

Nneka Ogwumike

Nnemkadi "Nneka" Ogwumike (born July 2, 1990) is an American basketball player of Nigerian descent for the Los Angeles Sparks of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA), after being drafted No. 1 overall in the 2012 WNBA Draft. Soon after being drafted, Ogwumike signed an endorsement deal with Nike. She is the older sister of Chiney Ogwumike, who also plays for the Sparks. Ogwumike was named WNBA MVP for 2016; her team also won the WNBA Finals that year.

She also plays for Dynamo Kursk of Russia  Her name "Nneka" means "Mother is Supreme" in Igbo. She is 6'2" and plays power forward. She attended Cypress-Fairbanks High School in Cypress, Texas and led them to a 5A State Championship in her senior season. While at Stanford University she helped the Cardinal reach the Final Four four times. As of 2016, Ogwumike was elected President of the WNBA Players Association.

7- Tosin Abasi

Tosin Abasi

Oluwatosin Ayoyinka Olumide "Tosin" Abasi (born January 7, 1983), is a Nigerian American musician, best known as the founder and lead guitarist of the instrumental progressive metal band Animals as Leaders. Before founding Animals as Leaders, he was the guitarist for the technical metalcore band Reflux. He has recorded and released four albums with Animals as Leaders: a self-titled debut, Weightless, The Joy of Motion and their most recent album, The Madness of Many. A guitar virtuoso, Guitar World ranks Abasi at #97 on their list of 100 Greatest Guitarists of all time.

8- Jidenna


Jidenna Theodore Mobisson (born May 4, 1985), better known mononymously as Jidenna, is a Nigerian- American rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer from Imo State,Nigeria. In 2015, Jidenna released two singles, "Classic Man" and "Yoga", promoting Janelle Monáe's label Wondaland Records' compilation EP The Eephus with Epic Records. His debut album, The Chief was released on February 17, 2017 and peaked at number 38 on the Billboard 200.

9- Megalyn Echikunwoke

Megalyn Echikunwoke

Megalyn Echikunwoke is an American actress. She has appeared on television as Tara Price in CSI: Miami, Isabelle Tyler in The 4400 and as Mari McCabe / Vixen in the Arrowverse.

Echikunwoke was born in Spokane, Washington, to an Igbo Nigerian father, and a mother of English, Irish and German descent. After the death of her father, her mother raised her along with her three brothers on the Navajo Indian reservation in Chinle, Arizona.

10- Uzo Aduba

Uzo Aduba

Uzoamaka Nwanneka "Uzo" Aduba (born February 10, 1981) is an American actress. She is known for her role as Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren on the Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black (2013–2019), for which she won 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. She is one of only two actors to win an Emmy Award in both the comedy and drama categories for the same role, the other being Ed Asner for the character Lou Grant. She also plays Bismuth in the children’s cartoon Steven Universe.


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