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These celebrities born in Africa

Many celebrities were born in Africa. Some of these famous African celebrities moved to the United States or the United Kingdom as children, while others stayed in Africa throughout their careers. Even several Nobel laureates were born in Africa.

Among the list of celebrities born in Africa, you can see Charlize Theron, who was born in 1975 in Benoni, South Africa. At the 18-year-old, Theron moved to New York. Another on the list is Djimon Hounsou, born in Cotonou, Benin, in 1964. Djimon appeared in films such as Blood Diamond, Amistad, and Gladiator. Also, born Nigeria actor Hugo Weaving, the actor of Matrix.

Not only actors but famous singers also are not exceptional on the celebrities born in Africa. Queen singer Freddie Mercury was born in Zanzibar, Tanzania, in 1946 and moved to London in the 1960s.

Dave Matthews was also born in 1967 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Other celebrities born in Africa include Miriam Makeba, Iman Abdulmajid, and Trevor Noah, etc.

Below are some list of celebrities born in Africa

Elon Musk

Elon Musk Famous celebrities born in Africa
Elon Musk

Elon Musk was born in 1971, in Pretoria, South Africa. He founded groundbreaking technology companies, including Tesla Motors and SpaceX.

Liya Kebede

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Ethiopia

Liya Kebede was born in Ethiopia in 1978. Liya became one of Forbes’ top models in 2007. Kebede Liya is famous for her roles in “The Best Offer”, “Warlord” and “Desert Flower”.

Trevor Noah

Trevor Noah
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Trevor Noah was born in 1984 in Soweto, South Africa. He became the new host of the “Daily Show” on Comedy Central after John Stewart.

Iman Abdulmajid

Iman Abdulmajid
Iman Abdulmajid

Iman Abdulmajid was born in 1955, in Mogadishu, Somalia. She was married to the late David Bowie for 20 years, and she is a model, actress and television producer.

Lupita Nyong’O

Lupita Nyong’O
Lupita Nyong’O

Lupita Nyong’O was raised in Kenya by her parents who are native Kenyans. Nyong O is known for her role in “12 Years of a Slave”, “The Jungle Book”, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, and many others.

Chipo Chung

Chipo Chung
Chipo Chung

She was born in 1977, in Zimbabwe and grew up there. Chipo Chung – Chinese and Zimbabwean actress – is known for her role in the film “Sunshine”, “In the Loop”, and “The Proof”.

Edi Gathegi

Edi Gathegi
Edi Gathegi

Edi Gathegi was born in 1979 in Nairobi, Kenya. He is known for his roles in ‘X-Men: First Class’, ‘Gone Baby Gone’, ‘Criminal Activities’, and many more movies.

Ger Duany

Ger Duany
Ger Duany

Duany is also one of the celebrities born in Africa. Born in Akobo, South Sudan, he is known for his role in the 2014 film “The Good Lie”.

Miriam Makeba

Miriam Makeba Famous celebrities born in Africa
Miriam Makeba

She was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1932. Miriam Makeba, well-known as “Mama Africa”, was the United Nations goodwill ambassador, a singer, actress, and civil rights.

John Boyega

John Boyega Famous celebrities born in Africa
©Universial Pictures – John Boyega

John was born in London to parents from Nigeria in 1992. They both speak the native tongue, Yoruba. John Boyega, as an actor, is known for his actions in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”.

Dave Matthews

Dave Matthews
Dave Matthews

Dave Matthews was born in 1967 in Gauteng, Johannesburg, South Africa. In addition to leading the Dave Matthews Band, he is also a member of the Board of Directors of Farm Aid, a charity that provides support to farmers in the Americas.

Idris Elba

Idris Elba Famous celebrities born in Africa
Idris Elba

Idris Elba was born in 1972 and raised in London. His mother is from Ghana while his father is from Sierra Leone. He is famous for the films “Dark Tower”, “The Mountain Between Us” and the Britsh T.V. show “Luther”.

David Oyelowo

David Oyelowo
David Oyelowo

The African celebrity was born to Nigerian parents in 1976 in Oxford, England. Oyelowo is known for his stunning roles in “Selma”, “Lee Daniels’ Butler”, “A United Kingdom”, and many more.

Danai Gurira

Danai Gurira Famous celebrities born in Africa
Danai Gurira

Danai Gurira was born in 1978 in Grinnell, Iowa, to Zimbabwean parents. Gurira is famous for her role in the films “The Visitor”, “Mother of Georgia”, and the show “The Walking Dead”.

Isaach De Bankolé

Richard Ayoade Famous celebrities born in Africa
Richard Ayoade

Isaach de Bankolé was born in 1975 in Ivory Coast. He’s known for his roles in the films “Casino Royale”, “Manderlay”, and “Les Limites De Contrôle”.

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