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50 Hollywood/European Stars That Were Yoruba by LegendHero(m): 2:24am On Jul 19, 2020
Check Out This List of 50 Hollywood/European Stars You Never Knew Were Yoruba

Sade Adu
Born in Ibadan as Helen Folashade Adu in 1959 but professionally known as Sade Adu, the singer, songwriter cum actress grew up in Essex, England. She has been credited as one of the most successful British female artists in history, and is often recognised as an influence on contemporary music. Her services to music were also recognised with an award of the Officer of the Order of the British Empire chivalry honour in 2002, and later the rank of the Commander of the same order in 2017.

She is the first Nigerian ever to win a Grammy award. She has four Grammy awards to her name from 8 nomination.Her first Grammy was in 1986 for “Best New Artist” then another followed in 1994 with “No Ordinary Love” for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals. She earned her third Grammy in 2002 with “Lovers Rock” in the Best Pop Vocal Album and bagged her fourth in 2011 with “Soldier of Love” for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals.

Sikiru Adepoju
A master of the talking drum, Adepoju comes from a musical family from Eruwa in western Nigeria. Sikiru Adepoju is a percussionist and recording artist and plays primarily in the genres of traditional African music and world music. He plays a variety of instruments and styles.

He first won a Grammy in 1991 as a part of Mickey Hart’s group Planet Drum, whose title album won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary World Music Album. That was the first time there was a Grammy in that category. He won the Grammy award again on 8 February 2009 as a part of Mickey Hart’s latest group Global Drum Project, whose title album won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary World Music Album at the 51st annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.

Kevin Olusola
Olusola was born (1988) in Owensboro, Kentucky, to Nigerian-born Oluwole Olusola, a psychiatrist, and Grenadian-born Curline Paul, a nurse. Olusola is a musician, beatboxer, cellist, rapper, record producer, singer, and songwriter best known as the beatboxer of the vocal band Pentatonix.

He has three Grammy awards to his name. On February 8, 2015, his group Pentatonix won a Grammy in the “Best Arrangement, Instrumental or a cappella” category for their song “Daft Punk”, a medley of songs by Daft Punk. On February 15, 2016, Pentatonix won a Grammy in the same category, this time for “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” from their “That’s Christmas to Me” album. On February 12, 2017, Pentatonix won a Grammy in the “Best Country duo/group performance” category for “Jolene” which featured Dolly Parton.

Henry Olusegun Adeola Samuel ((Seal) (born 19 February 1963), known professionally as Seal, is a singer-songwriter. He has sold over 20 million records worldwide, with his first international hit song, "Crazy", released in 1991; his most celebrated song, "Kiss from a Rose", was released in 1994.

He has four Grammy award to his name from 11 nominations. His won three Grammy awards in 1996 for the Song of the Year, Record of the year, and Male pop vocal performance with his song "Kiss from a rose". He won his fourth Grammy in 2011 in the Pop collaboration with vocals category with the song "Imagine".

Lekan Babalola
Lekan was born in Lagos State, South-Western Nigeria where he attended Bishop Oluwole Primary School, Agege for his basic education before proceeding to Iwo in the old Oyo State for his secondary school education. In 1980, he left Nigeria for the United Kingdom to study automobile engineering at the Chelsea College of Aeronautical and Automobile Engineering after he won a Lagos State Scholarship. Babalola however dropped the engineering programme for music and later enrolled at the Central Saint Martin's College of Art and Design where he studied filmmaking. He proceeded to the Northern Film School where he completed his master's degree.

Lekan is a Conga player with two (2) Grammy awards to his name. He won the awards in 2006 and 2009.

Born Hakeem Seriki but professionally known as Chamillionaire, he is a rapper, entrepreneur, and investor. Chamillionaire was born to a Muslim Nigerian father and an African-American Christian mother in Washington D.C. and moved to Houston, Texas at the age of four.

He clinched a Grammy in 2007 for his song, “Riddin’ under the Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group category. He received a total of four nominations that year.

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Re: 50 Hollywood/European Stars That Were Yoruba by LegendHero(m): 2:24am On Jul 19, 2020
Babatunde Olatunji
Olatunji was born in the village of Ajido, near Badagry, Lagos State, in southwestern Nigeria. A member of the Yoruba people, Olatunji was introduced to traditional African music at an early age. He read in Reader's Digest magazine about the Rotary International Foundation's scholarship program, and applied for it. He went to the United States of America in 1950.

Olatunji was part of Mickey Hart's Planet Drum projects, including the album Planet Drum, which won the Grammy Award for Best World Music Album of 1991. He was an inductee into the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame in 2001

Joseph Junior Adenuga was born to Nigerian parents on 19 September 1982 in Tottenham, North London. He is one of four children, including fellow musician Jme and radio presenter Julie Adenuga. His influence on contemporary British popular culture as a key figure in the grime scene saw him appear on Debrett's 2017 list of the most influential people in the UK.On 4 April 2018, he was installed as a chief in his Nigerian hometown in Ogun State, receiving the chieftaincy title of the Amuludun of Odo-Aje.He has BET Awards, MOBO Awards, NME Awards, and Mercury Price Awards to his name.

Olurotimi Akinosho (born November 30, 1988), known professionally as Rotimi, is a Nigerian-American actor, singer, and model. He is known for his role as Darius Morrison on the Starz series Boss, and starred as Andre Coleman on Power. A contemporary R&B artist, Rotimi released two digital mixtapes, titled The Resume (March 8, 2011) and While You Wait (November 30, 2011). His videos have been featured on international and U.S. based entertainment media including MTV, MTV Base, and VH1 Soul.

few of his notable Filmograpgy: Darkest Before Dawn (2015), Imperial Dreams (2017) Acts of Violence (2018), Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (2018),and Coming 2 America (2020).

Jamie Adenuga was born in Hackney, into a family who are originally from Nigeria. He grew up in Tottenham, North London where he lived in a council house. In October 2008, he became one of a small number of unsigned artists to headline at the London Astoria. Jme's third studio album, Integrity, was released on 4 May 2015. It entered the UK Albums Chart at number twelve.

Olubowale Victor Akintimehin was born on September 21, 1984, in Northwest, Washington, D.C. His parents were both from the Yoruba ethnic group of southwestern Nigeria. In 2008, Wale signed with Interscope Records for $1.3 million, and his debut album Attention Deficit was released in 2009 with the singles "Chillin", "Pretty Girls", and "World Tour". In 2018, Wale released three EPs titled It's Complicated, Self-Promotion and Free Lunch.

He has a Grammy Award nomination for the best rap song in 2103. He has BET Awards, and Soul Train Awards to his name.

Tosin Abasi
Oluwatosin Ayoyinka Olumide "Tosin" Abasi (born January 7, 1983), is an 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.




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Re: 50 Hollywood/European Stars That Were Yoruba by scholes0(m): 2:25am On Jul 19, 2020
Dayo Okeniyi



2011. Eyes to See Unknown role
2011. Lions Among Men Tau
2012. The Hunger Games
2012. The World Is Watching: Making the Hunger Games
2013. The Spectacular Now
2013. Runner, Runner
2013. Cavemen
2013. Revolution
2014. Endless Love Mace
2015. Terminator Genisys
2016. Good Kids Conch
2016–2018. Shades of Blue
2020. Run Sweetheart Run
2020. Emperor

Keziah Jones and Tunde Baiyewu.


Toks Olagundoye and Alex Lanipekun


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Re: 50 Hollywood/European Stars That Were Yoruba by LegendHero(m): 2:27am On Jul 19, 2020
John Boyega
Boyega was born John Adedayo Bamidele Adegboyega in the Peckham district of London on 17 March 1992. He initially rose to prominence for his role as Moses in the sci-fi comedy film Attack the Block (2011) and later became best known for playing Finn in the Star Wars sequel trilogy films The Force Awakens (2015), The Last Jedi (2017), and The Rise of Skywalker (2019). His other credits include the drama film Imperial Dreams (2014), the historical drama film Detroit (2017), the science fiction film Pacific Rim: Uprising (2018), and four episodes of the television series 24: Live Another Day. He received the BAFTA Rising Star Award in 2016.

Adepero Oduye
Adepero Oduye was born in Brooklyn, New York, one of seven children of Nigerian parents. Although she graduated pre-med from Cornell University, she decided to pursue her passion for acting upon graduation. Oduye's breakout role came in 2011 when she starred in Dee Rees’ critically acclaimed and award-winning independent film Pariah, for which she received several awards and a nomination for Best Female Lead at the Independent Spirit Awards.

Few of her notable filmograpghy: 12 Years a Slave (2013), When They See Us (2019), Law & Order (2005), Tazmanian Devil (2020), The Big Short (2015), and Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2006).

Hakeem Kae-Kazim
Hakeen Kae-Adebola was born in Lagos, Nigeria, where he spent his early years before his family re-located to London, England. His parents are from Abeokuta in Ogun State. He is best known for his work in the Starz television series Black Sails and his portrayal of Georges Rutaganda in the 2004 drama film Hotel Rwanda.

Few of his notable filmograpghy: Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007), X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), Lost ( 2006), Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (2007), Troy: Fall of a City (2018). His notable voiceover in Video games includes Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007) and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (2011).

Adetomiwa Edun
Babatunde Adetomiwa Stafford "Tomiwa" Edun, (born 1984) is a Nigerian actor. He is best known for his roles as Sir Elyan in the television show Merlin, Marcus Young in Bates Motel and Alex Hunter in the football video games FIFA 17, FIFA 18 and FIFA 19. Edun was born in Lagos, Nigeria, to Nigerian financier Olawale Edun and half-Ghanaian, half-English Amy Adwoa (née Appiah). Edun moved to the United Kingdom at the age of 11. He attended Eton College from the age of 13, before reading Classics at Christ's College, Cambridge (University of Cambridge).

His notable filmograpghy: Merlin (2011-2012), Lucifer (2015), Romeo and Juliet (2009), Death in Paradise (2016), Law & Order: UK (2010), and Death in Paradise (2016). His notable voiceover is the character Alex Hunter in FIFA 17, FIFA 18, FIFA 19, and FIFA 21.

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
Akinnuoye-Agbaje was born in Islington, London, to Nigerian parents of Yoruba origin, who were students in the UK. He is a British actor, director, and former fashion model known for his roles as Simon Adebisi in Oz, Nykwana Wombosi in The Bourne Identity, Kurse in Thor: The Dark World, Killer Croc in Suicide Squad, Mr. Eko in Lost, Malko in the fifth season of the HBO series Game of Thrones and Dave Duerson in the NFL biopic drama Concussion.

Few of his notable filmograpghy: Game of Thrones (2015), The Mummy Returns (2001), Lost (2005), American Odyssey (2015), Thor: The Dark World (2013), Pompeii (2014), Suicide Squad (2016), and Strike Back: Project Dawn (2011).

Gbenga Akinnagbe
Olugbenga Enitan Akinnagbe was born in Washington, D.C., the son of Yoruba Nigerian parents, and was raised in Silver Spring, Maryland. He is an American actor and writer, best known for his roles as Chris Partlow on the HBO series The Wire and as Larry Brown on the HBO series The Deuce. In 2007, Akinnagbe appeared in the film The Savages with Philip Seymour Hoffman, Laura Linney, and Philip Bosco.

He appeared in the remake of The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, which was released by Sony in June 2009. Akinnagbe made a guest appearance on a season 10 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit episode entitled "Hell" as Elijah Okello, a former Ugandan child soldier living in New York, facing deportation. Akinnagbe's former The Wire castmate Robert Wisdom also appeared in that episode as Father Theo Burdett.




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Re: 50 Hollywood/European Stars That Were Yoruba by LegendHero(m): 2:27am On Jul 19, 2020
O. T. Fagbenle
Olatunde Olateju Olaolorun "O. T." Fagbenle, also referred to as O-T, is an English actor, writer and director. He has appeared in several films, stage and television productions. O-T Fagbenle plays Luke Bankole in the multi-award-winning The Handmaid's Tale. He has also been nominated multiple times by the Screen Actors Guild for his work on the series.


Few of his filmography:
2017–present The Handmaid's Tale
2020 Black Widow
2017 Maxxx
2016 The Five
2016 NW Felix TV Movie
2015 The Interceptor
2014 Non-Stop
2014-2015 Looking
2013 Quick Cuts
2013 Pat & Cabbage
2012 Secrets and Words
2012 Omar
2010 The Reeds


Anthony Alabi
Anthony Abayomi Alabi (born February 16, 1981) is an American actor and former American football offensive tackle. He was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the fifth round of the 2005 NFL Draft.

Notable Filmography
2016 Rush Hour
2016 Diva Diaries
2016 Longmire
2016 Insecure
2017 Dimension 404
2017 The Mick
2017 NCIS
2017–present Raven's Home
2019 Malibu Rescue
2019 Shameless
2019–present Family Reunion
2020 Black-ish


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Re: 50 Hollywood/European Stars That Were Yoruba by LegendHero(m): 2:28am On Jul 19, 2020
Rick Famuyiwa
Rick Famuyiwa (born June 18, 1973) is a Nigerian-American director, producer and screenwriter of productions including The Wood (1999), Brown Sugar (2002), Talk to Me (2007), Our Family Wedding (2010), and Dope (2015), and Confirmation (2016).


Hope Olaide Wilson
She was born on August 16, 1985 in the UK. She is an actress and producer, known for Spenser Confidential (2020), Solace (2018), Seven Seconds (2018), The Affair (2017), The Price (2017), The Fosters (2017), Code Black (2016), The Last Ship (2014), and I Can Do Bad All by Myself (2009).


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Re: 50 Hollywood/European Stars That Were Yoruba by AworiLagosian: 2:42am On Jul 19, 2020
Jovan Adepo




An English-American actor. Known for his role as Cory Maxson in the film adaptation of Fences (2016), & he also starred in the 2018 film Overlord & as Lionel Jefferson in CBS' All in the Family/The Jeffersons special. Adepo featured in the series When They See Us, the 2nd season of Jack Ryan, & the FB series Sorry for Your Loss. He plays Michael Murphy in the HBO series The Leftovers & in 2019 appeared in Watchmen as Hooded Justice. He is cast to play Larry Underwood in an upcoming version of Stephen King's The Stand.

2016 - Fences as Cory Maxson
Nominated — Black Reel Award for Outstanding Breakthrough Performance
Nominated — Black Reel Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

2017 - Mother!
2018 - Overlord as Private Edward Boyce
2020 - The Violent Heart as Daniel
2020 - 5150 as Celeb

2015–2017 - The Leftovers as Michael Murphy
2016 - NCIS: Los Angeles as Emmanuel Salim
2018-2019 - Sorry for Your Loss as Danny Greer
2019 - Jack Ryan as Marcus Bishop
2019 - Live in Front of a Studio Audience as Lionel Jefferson
2019 - When They See Us as Antron McCray
2019 - Watchmen as Will Reeves/Hooded Justice
2020 - The Stand as Larry Underwood

Richard Ayoade: Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 7 wins & 18 nominations.


2017. Nominee - BAFTA TV Award Best Features
Travel Man: 48 Hours (2015)

2015. Winner - BTVA - Behind The Voice Actors Awards
BTVA Feature Film Voice Acting Award Best Vocal Ensemble in a Feature Film
The Boxtrolls (2014)

2015. Black Reel Awards 2015 Nominee - Black Reel Outstanding Foreign Film The Double (2013)

2014. Winner BAFTA TV Award Best Male Performance in a Comedy Programme
The IT Crowd (2006)

2014. Hamburg Film Festival - Nominee - Critics Award - The Double (2013)

2013. Abu Dhabi Film Festival - Nominee - Black Pearl Award New Horizons Competition
The Double (2013)

2013. London Film Festival - Nominee - Best Film - The Double (2013)

2013. Tokyo International Film Festival - Nominee - Tokyo Grand Prix - The Double (2013)

2012. Nominee BAFTA Film Award - Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer
Submarine (2010)

2011. Winner British Independent Film Award - Best Screenplay - Submarine (2010)

2011. Giffoni Film Festival - Winner - Golden Gryphon -Best Film
Submarine (2010)

2011. Nominee - Douglas Hickox Award - Submarine (2010)

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Re: 50 Hollywood/European Stars That Were Yoruba by AworiLagosian: 3:19am On Jul 19, 2020
cool thread.
The list is explosive.

Omoluabi sauce everywhere.... O ta l'enu. tongue

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Re: 50 Hollywood/European Stars That Were Yoruba by Iegendhero: 3:36am On Jul 19, 2020
Angélique Kidjo
Angélique Kidjo (born July 14, 1960), is a singer-songwriter, actress, and activist of Beninese and Nigerian descent who is noted for her diverse musical influences and creative music videos. Her father is from the Fon people of Ouidah and her mother from the Yoruba people.

She has four Grammy Awards to her name. Best Contemporary World Music Album (USA, 2008), Best Contemporary World Music Album (2015), Best Contemporary World Music Album (2016), and Best world music album (2020). She has more than 50 other Awards to her name.

Kidjo is the recipient of the 2015 Crystal Award given by the World Economic Forum of Davos in Switzerland and has received the Ambassador of Conscience Award from Amnesty International in 2016 She also is included in the exhibits at the National Museum of African American History that opened on September 24, 2016 on the National Mall.

Donald Faison
Donald Adeosun Faison(born June 22, 1974) is an American actor, comedian, and voice actor, best known for his leading role as Dr. Chris Turk in the ABC/NBC comedy-drama Scrubs (2001–2010), and a supporting role as Murray in both the film Clueless (1995) and the subsequent television series of the same name. He also starred as Phil Chase in the TV Land sitcom The Exes (2011–15). He also featured in over 60 movies.

Faison has also starred in the films Waiting to Exhale (1995), Remember the Titans (2000), Uptown Girls (2003), Something New (2006), Next Day Air (2009), and Kick-Ass 2 (2013).

Ariyon Bakare
Ariyon Bakare (born 1 July 1971) is an English actor. He has appeared in the BBC miniseries A Respectable Trade (1995), British soap opera Doctors from 2001 to 2005, the Prime series Good Omens, Carnival Row (2019), and more recently the BBC series His Dark Materials . Prior to this, Bakare made appearances on British dramas such as The Bill, Casualty, and Holby City.

David Oyelowo
Oyelowo was born in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, to Nigerian parents. His father is from Oyo State, while his mother is from Edo State. His highest-profile role to date was as Martin Luther King Jr. in the 2014 biographical drama film Selma. He also took the lead role in A United Kingdom (2016) as well as playing the role of a chess coach in Queen of Katwe (2016). He has played supporting roles in the films Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011), Lincoln (2012), Jack Reacher (2012), and garnered praise for portraying Louis Gaines in The Butler (2013). On television, he played MI5 officer Danny Hunter on the British drama series Spooks (2002–2004) and Javert in the BBC miniseries Les Misérables (2018).

Mo Jamil
Mo Jamil Adeniran (born 25 September 1995) is an English singer. He rose to fame after winning the sixth series of The Voice UK, where he won a recording contract with Polydor Records. His debut album, titled Evolve, charted at number 36 on the UK Album Charts.

KSI (entertainer)
Olajide Olayinka Williams Olatunji was born on 19 June 1993 to Nigerian parents Jide Olatunji and Yinka Olatunji. He was born and raised in Watford, Hertfordshire. In 2009, KSI registered his YouTube account under the name KSIOlajideBT. As of July 2020, the channel has received over 21 million subscribers and over 5 billion video views. In 2019, he was ranked as the second most influential online creator in the United Kingdom by The Times. As an actor, KSI featured in the British comedy film Laid in America (2016), and was the subject of KSI: Can't Lose (2018), a documentary film following the build-up to his first amateur boxing fight.




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Re: 50 Hollywood/European Stars That Were Yoruba by scholes0(m): 3:43am On Jul 19, 2020
Yetide Badaki as Bilquis in American Gods is Yoruba. Born in Ibadan, Oyo state.



Films -
2003: Expiration as Naomi
2017: Cardinal X as Anita
2018: Chasing the Rain as The Woman
2018: The Long Shadow as Sissy Leblanc
2019: The Buried Girl as Alex
2019: Precipice as Morena Short

TV series-

2008: Lost as Narjiss
2013: Criminal Minds as Maya Carcani
2014: Sequestered as Keira
2014: Masters of Sex as Nurse Williams
2015 : NCIS: New Orleans as Felicia Patrice
2015: Aquarius Rita Carter
2016: K.C. Undercover as Penelope
2017–present American Gods as Bilquis
2018: This Is Us as Chi Chi

Video Games
2016: Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare as Ebele Yetide

Pepi Sonuga
Pepi Sonuga is one to watch on both the big and small screen. The Nigerian-American actress was born in Lagos, Nigeria & moved to Los Angeles California at 10 to begin pursuing a career in entertainment. At 15 years old, she won the title of Miss Jr. Teen Los Angeles in a local pageant & then began modeling for brands such as Hot Topic, Forever 21, Skechers & many more. She attended Culver City High School & began studying theater arts, improvisation & script writing in a drama class.



2009 - Weigh Money as Lena
2013 - Life of a King as Michelle
2015 - Cheerleader Death Squad as Ursula


2013 - General Hospital asTaylor DuBois
2015 - Mortal Kombat X: Generations Jacqui Briggs
Filthy Preppy Teen$ asKadelyn
2016 - The Fosters as Sally Benton
Lab Rats: Elite Force as Crosbow
2017–18 - Famous in Love as Tangey Turner
2018- Leprechaun Returns

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Sam Adegoke
Samuel Oluwaseyi Adegoke (born September 20) is a Nigerian-American actor known for playing Jeff Colby in the Dynasty reboot series. In 2015, after a two-week nationwide search that garnered more than 7,000 submissions, Adegoke was named the winner of the third annual ABC Discovers: Digital Talent Competition.

Notable Filmography:
2015 Wicked City
2016 Brooklyn Nine-Nine
2016 Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders
2016 Murder in the First
2016 Code Black
2017 Switched at Birth
2017 NCIS: LA
2017 Michael Jackson: Searching for Neverland
2017–present Dynasty


Razaaq Adoti
Razaaq Adoti (born 27 June 1973) is a Nigerian-British actor, producer and screenwriter.


Razaaq Adoti Notable Filmography
Gangster No. 1
Black Hawk Down
Resident Evil: Apocalypse
Doom (based on the popular video game of the same name)
The Hard Corps


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Re: 50 Hollywood/European Stars That Were Yoruba by MetaPhysical: 4:12am On Jul 19, 2020
Really, very good collection!

She is the first Nigerian ever to win a Grammy award. She has four Grammy awards to her name from 8 nomination.Her first Grammy was in 1986

1986....1986....1986...hhhmmm, somebody associated with Ibadan won a world recognition also. I have to go check through Smithsonian records on this one. grin

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Re: 50 Hollywood/European Stars That Were Yoruba by naptu2: 4:14am On Jul 19, 2020
Picture from my old thread.

Sikiru Adepoju and his Grammy Award trophy.

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Re: 50 Hollywood/European Stars That Were Yoruba by Nobody: 4:15am On Jul 19, 2020
Mehn this is huge.

From the post, that means the Yorubas have 20 Grammy Awards to their names from 8 musicians.

I salute ooooo!

Yoruba Lagba!

However the OP just listed 50 of the Yoruba Hollywood celebs. I think he is just limiting them to those of the A categories with Grammy Awards and fame.

I can actually list 84 of Yoruba Hollywood Celebs/Musicians and still counting and below is some of them:

1) Sade Adu
2) Sikiru Adepoju
3) Kevin Olusola
4) Seal
5) Lekan Babalola
6) Chamillionaire
7) Babatunde Olatunji
cool Skepta
9) Rotimi
10) JME
11) Wale
12) Tosin Abasi
13) Dayo Okeniyi
14) Keziah Jones
15) Tunde Baiyewu
16) Toks Olagundoye
17) Alex Lanipekun
18) John Boyega
19) Adepero Oduye
20) Hakeem Kae-Kazim
21) Adetomiwa Edun
22) Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
23) Gbenga Akinnagbe
24) O. T. Fagbenle
25) Anthony Alabi
26) Rick Famuyiwa
27) Hope Olaide Wilson
28) Jovan Adepo
29) Richard Ayoade
30) Angélique Kidjo
31) Donald Faison
32) Ariyon Bakare
33) David Oyelowo
34) Mo Jamil
35) KSI
36) Yetide Badaki
37) Pepi Sonuga
38) Sam Adegoke
39) Razaaq Adoti
40) David Ajala
41) Tosin Cole
42) Charles Babalola
43) Damson Idris
44) Isaach de Bankolé
45) Fola Evans Akingbola
46) Nina Sosanya
47) Ṣọpẹ Dirisu
48) Taye Diggs
49) Michael Luwoye
50) Jimmy Akingbola
51) Folake Olowofoyeku
52) Shola Adewusi
53) Bayo Akinfemi
54) olubunmi mia olufemi
55) Victor oladokun
56) Michael babalola
57) Wunmi Mosaku
58) Daniel Adegboyega
59) Jumoke Debayo
60) Ade (Played Tyrone in the movie Snatch)
61) Femi Elufowoju Jr.
62) Akintola Jiboyewa
63) Tunde Laleye
64) Sade Baderinwa
65) Obba Babatundé
66) Tayo Elesin
67) Rakie Ayola
68) Deborah Ayorinde
69) Grace Ayorinde
70) Fumi Desalu-Vold
71) Abdul Ayoola
72) Raymond Olubawale
73) Akin Omotoso
74) Samuel Abiola Robinson
75) Dotun Adebayo
76) Michael Olowokandi
77) Bobby Ologun
78) Oluwadamilola Oshodi
79) Toyin Odutola
80) Sola Adeyemi
81) Michael Adegoke
82) Adelayo Adedayo
83) Peter Bankole
84) Kayode Ewumi

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Re: 50 Hollywood/European Stars That Were Yoruba by scholes0(m): 4:31am On Jul 19, 2020
David Ajala


David Ajala is an actor and producer, most known for:
Jupiter Ascending (2015)
Fast & Furious 6 (2013)
The Dark Knight (2008)
Star Trek Discovery 2017
Night Flyers (2018)


Falling Water (2016)
The Break (2016)
Law and Order Uk (2013)
Black Box (2014)
Brotherhood (2016)
Emulsion (2014)
Kill Command (2016)

Tosin Cole



2010 - The Cut as Noah Achebe
2010–11 - EastEnders: E20 Sol Levi
2011–12 - Hollyoaks as Neil Cooper
2012 - Hollyoaks Later
2013- Holby City as Keith Potts
Gone Too Far! as Razer
Second Coming as Troy

2014- The Secrets as Anthony
2015 - Lewis as Djimon Adomakoh
Star Wars: The Force Awakens as Lt. Bastian
2016 - Burning Sands as Frank
2017 - Unlocked as Amjad

2018–2021 Doctor Who Ryan Sinclair Main role (Season 11–Season 12)
Nominated - Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor in a Television Series (2019)

Charles Babalola



The Legend of Tarzan (2016)
Mary Magdalene (2018)
Gretel & Hansel (2020)

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Re: 50 Hollywood/European Stars That Were Yoruba by naptu2: 4:31am On Jul 19, 2020
Throwback pictures of a two-time Grammy Award winning Nigerian musician.

Sikiru Adepoju is a legendary talking drummer from Eruwa in Oyo State Nigeria. He is descended from a long line of drummers and his father began teaching him how to play the drums when he was six years old. He and his brothers played in the family band. He later became a member of Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey’s Inter-Reformers Band when he was a teenager and this was when he became famous in Nigeria.

He travelled to the United States in 1985 in order to play with afrobeat legend Orlando Julius and master drummer Babatunde Olatunji. Olatunji had been famous and very influential in the music scene in the United States since the early 1960s and he introduced Sikiru Adepoju to his friends, including Micky Hart.

Musician, musicologist and drummer for the Grateful Dead, Mickey Hart had an idea to make an album in which all the best drummers from around the world would feature.

The album featured Mickey Hart (United States), Zakir Hussain and T.H. “Vikku” Vinayakram (both from India), Babatunde Olatunji and Sikiru Adepoju (from Nigeria), Airto Moreira and his wife Flora Purim (from Brazil) and Giovanni Hidalgo and Frank Colon from Puerto Rico.
The album won the first ever Grammy Award in the “World Music Album” category at the 1992 Grammy Award ceremony. It also reached number 1 on the Billboard chart for Top World Music Albums.

Unfortunately Babatunde Olatunji died in 2003.

Sikiru Adepoju has collaborated with many musicians including Stevie Wonder, Babatunde Olatunji, Carlos Santana, Ebenezer Obey, Airto Moreira, Bimbo Abimbola, Mickey Hart, Orlando Julius, Muruga Booker and The String Cheese Incident.

Sikiru Adepoju continued to collaborate with Micky Hart on many projects after the death of Babatunde Olatunji. One of those projects was the Global Drum Project which won the 2009 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary World Music Album. It also reached number six on the Billboard chart for top world music albums. The album featured Mickey Hart, Zakir Hussain, Sikiru Adepoju, and Giovanni Hidalgo.

Micky Hart and Sikiru Adepoju holding their Grammy Award trophies at the press room of the 51st Grammy Award ceremony at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles on February 8th, 2009.

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Re: 50 Hollywood/European Stars That Were Yoruba by naptu2: 4:32am On Jul 19, 2020
Here’s a track from the Global Drum Project album called Baba. The lead vocals were by Sikiru Adepoju.

Check out the rhythms on this track.

Global Drum Project (Mickey Hart, Zakir Hussain, Sikiru Adepoju and Giovanni Hidalgo) – Baba (2008)


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Re: 50 Hollywood/European Stars That Were Yoruba by Zimri(m): 4:49am On Jul 19, 2020
Mehn this is huge.

From the post, that means the Yorubas have 20 Grammy Awards to their names from 8 musicians.

I salute ooooo!

This is completely unnecessary. At all.

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Re: 50 Hollywood/European Stars That Were Yoruba by Nobody: 4:52am On Jul 19, 2020

This is completely unnecessary. At all.

Did I said anything wrong in my post?

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Re: 50 Hollywood/European Stars That Were Yoruba by scholes0(m): 5:18am On Jul 19, 2020
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Re: 50 Hollywood/European Stars That Were Yoruba by Nobody: 5:27am On Jul 19, 2020
Yoruba Amaka

JME is also Skepta's brother

Nothing like Amaka in Yoruba language.

Just say Yoruba Lagba!

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Re: 50 Hollywood/European Stars That Were Yoruba by SaintBeehot(m): 5:33am On Jul 19, 2020

This is completely unnecessary. At all.
just like your brothers did earlier right. Don't derail the thread.

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Re: 50 Hollywood/European Stars That Were Yoruba by Nobody: 5:39am On Jul 19, 2020
Let me also help with this:

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Re: 50 Hollywood/European Stars That Were Yoruba by Itohanprefa: 7:07am On Jul 19, 2020
Re: 50 Hollywood/European Stars That Were Yoruba by Itohanprefa: 7:07am On Jul 19, 2020
Re: 50 Hollywood/European Stars That Were Yoruba by Nobody: 7:18am On Jul 19, 2020
This is very good, look at all them shinning and pretty shocked

Yoruba, blessed with beauty and brain, the most liberal, educated and the most sophisticated tribe in Africa. We lead and other follow, we are Yoruba!

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Re: 50 Hollywood/European Stars That Were Yoruba by Bojack(m): 7:22am On Jul 19, 2020
Yoruba Amaka

JME is also Skepta's brother


Re: 50 Hollywood/European Stars That Were Yoruba by valentineuwakwe(m): 7:30am On Jul 19, 2020
I have said it and will continue to say it....This race is one of the best in Nigeria, if not in the world..I salute all sons and daughters of oduduwa!

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Re: 50 Hollywood/European Stars That Were Yoruba by PVision2020(m): 7:30am On Jul 19, 2020
Sope Dirisu - Gangs of London star

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