8 Nigerian Celebrities With Dual Citizenship


Nigeria boasts a rich tapestry of cultures and ethnicities. It’s no surprise then, that some of the nation’s biggest stars also hold citizenship in other countries.

It is because of this dual citizenship that they can explore the opportunities and experiences beyond Nigerian borders, which in turn have made their careers much richer. We bring you eight of some fine Nigerian celebs who are equipped with the unique privilege of holding dual citizenship in the list compiled by Naijassador.

1. Banky W (Olubankole Wellington)

This man of many talents was born to Nigerian parents in the United States on March 27, 1981. Having dual citizenship has been a huge plus to Banky W who is now able to stand out in the business as he continues his blossoming career. He returned to Nigeria and became an instant sensation with his tracks “Ebute Metta” and “Lagos Party.” Apart from music, Banky W is one of the musicians who has gone into acting and politics in Nigeria. Being a naturalized American, he was able to appropriately tap into the Nigerian and conversely U.S. industry. This helped him early on in his young music career and allowed for him to crossover making it palatable largely across audiences too many.

2. Oge Okoye

This Nollywood actress was born on November 16, 1980, in London, UK. She holds dual citizenship which means that she can work on international film projects. At a tender age, she moved to Nigeria where she rose to Nollywood fame on the strength of her wonderful portrayals in movies like Spanner and Blood Sister. Her British citizenship allows her to navigate between the Nigerian and UK film industries, providing her with a broader platform to showcase her talent and reach a diverse audience.

3. Naeto C (Naetochukwu Chikwe)

Born on December 17, 1982, in Houston, Texas, the singer is an award-winning rapper whose stage name reflects his dual background. Raised in Nigeria, he seamlessly blends elements of American hip-hop with his Nigerian heritage in his music. His dual citizenship has provided him with unique perspectives and opportunities in the music industry. Naeto C boasts of top charting hits “Kini Big Deal” and “10 Over 10,” a feat that has earned him recognition as one of Nigeria’s most successful artists. His American background also plays into shaping the way he delivers music – stretching across both divides with ease.

4. Chiwetel Ejiofor

Born on July 10, 1977, in London, UK, to Nigerian parents, Chiwetel Ejiofor is another Hollywood heavyweight with Nigerian roots. His dual citizenship has been crucial in his career, allowing him to pursue acting opportunities in both the UK and the US. Ejiofor gained international acclaim for his role in “12 Years a Slave,” for which he received an Academy Award nomination. His other notable films include “Doctor Strange” and “The Martian.” Ejiofor’s ability to navigate between different cultures and industries has enriched his career, providing him with a unique perspective that informs his acting.

5. Seyi Shay (Deborah Oluwaseyi Joshua)

The talented songstress was born and raised in the UK with Nigerian parents. Seyi Shay – who developed her career as a musician in the UK before returning to Nigeria and becoming one of Afrobeats artists in the country. This dual citizenship has allowed her to bring the rich musical traditions of both the UK and Nigeria into use in her career. Her dual citizenship has been instrumental in her career, enabling her to draw on the rich musical traditions of both the UK and Nigeria. With hits like “Murda” and “Right Now,” Seyi Shay has carved out a niche for herself in the competitive Nigerian music scene.

6. Ikechukwu Onunaku (Ikechukwu)

Born on October 19, 1981, in Virginia, USA, this rapper and actor brings a unique perspective to the Nigerian entertainment scene. Ikechukwu’s early life experiences in the United States have greatly influenced his music and acting style. His dual citizenship provides him with the flexibility to work and live in both countries, enriching his creative output. Ikechukwu is known for his hit songs like “Wine am Well” and “Critical,” and his acting roles in films such as “The Wedding Party.” His American background gives him a distinctive edge in the Nigerian entertainment industry, allowing him to incorporate diverse influences into his work.

7. David Oyelowo

This acclaimed actor, born on April 1, 1976, in Oxford, England, to Nigerian parents, has found fame in Hollywood. David Oyelowo’s British citizenship opened doors for him to establish himself in the UK theatre scene before transitioning to Hollywood. He is best known for his roles in films such as “Selma,” where he portrayed Martin Luther King Jr., and “The Butler.” Oyelowo’s dual citizenship has allowed him to navigate between the UK, US, and Nigerian film industries, providing him with a wealth of opportunities and experiences. His ability to draw on his diverse background has made him one of the most respected actors of his generation.

8. Adetomiwa Edun

Through his dual citizenship, he was able to work in both the Nigerian and British entertainment industries giving him access to a larger audience. Among Edun’s other credits are the role of Sir Elyan in Merlin, a series on BBC and various films like What Happened to Monday. His diverse background provides him with a rich tapestry of experiences to draw from, enhancing his performances and broadening his appeal.


These celebrities exemplify the global nature of the Nigerian entertainment industry. Their dual citizenship allows them to represent Nigeria on a wider stage while enriching their creative journeys with diverse experiences. Their stories highlight the beauty of cultural exchange and the boundless potential of Nigerian talent. By straddling two worlds, these stars not only enhance their careers but also bring greater recognition and appreciation to Nigerian culture and creativity on the global stage.

Written by Sarah Aboje


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