Africans are known to migrate abroad to look for greener pastures. Well some of these celebrities found it and have perfected their art which has gained them worldwide recognition and has had them even winning Academy awards.
These celebrities include.
1. Idris Elba
Idrissa Akuna Elba, OBE, is a British actor, producer, musician and DJ. His father Winston was born in Sierra Leone and his mother Eve was from Ghana. They wed in Sierra Leone and later moved to England.
He is known for playing a drug trafficker Stringer Bell on the HBO series The Wire, DCI John Luther on the BBC One series Luther and Nelson Mandela in the biographical film.
Karim Kharbouch better known by his stage name French Montana, is an American hip hop recording artist. The ‘unforgettable’ hit maker was born in Morocco. He moved to the United States with his family when he was 13.
6. Uzo Aduba
Uzoamaka Nwanneka “Uzo” Aduba; is a Nigerian-American actress. She is known for her role as Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren on the Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black, 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.
Olurotimi Akinosho, 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 currently stars as Andre Coleman on Power.
Idris Elba is the latest star to sign onto the highly anticipated Fast and Furious spin-off, Hobbs and Shaw.
He will join franchise stars Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham for the high-octane drama – Hobbs And Shaw – set for release 2019.
According to reports, Idris will play the main antagonist fighting against Luke Hobbs, played by Dwayne Johnson, while action hunk Jason, will return as mercenary Deckard Shaw.
Excited to finally work with the The Luther star, Dwayne ‘The Rock’, shared a snap of the Variety article on his Instagram on Thursday to welcome Idris into the franchise.
‘He’s bad, but I’m dangerous
Welcome my brotha Idris Elba with tattooed and open arms to our #HobbsAndShaw Fast & Furious spin-off movie.
For years we’ve been waiting for the right opportunity to work together and this film is the perfect one.
Every great hero needs an even greater villain.
Cue the music… I’ve been waiting… let’s dance. ‘
This news comes after it was announced that The Crown actress Vanessa Kirby will also appear in the action-packed spin-off.
The legendary Oprah Winfrey is among the few high-end international celebrities invited to witness and celebrate the marriage of prince harry and meghan markle in Great Britain.
other celebrities spotted at the wedding is English actor, producer, musician, and DJ, Idris Elba and tennis legend, Serena Williams.
In the now widely shared video, Oprah is seen stranded trying to locate her designated seat and the social media user who shared the video had no option but to pose the million dollar question, where are the ushers?
Well the talk show queen was not the only one to find herself in that embarrassing situation as legendary British footballer, David Beckham and his wife, Victoria Beckham were also seen trying to locate their seats.
This is despite Beckham being an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) Does this mean the who is who are not recognized or would you call it a breach of protocol?
And model Sabrina Dhowre, 29, was feeling the love as she shared a romantic pre-Valentines Day tribute to her new fiancé on Tuesday, expressing how lucky she feels to have found him.
Posting a snap to Instagram of the smitten pair enjoying a romantic dinner, the former Miss Vancouver gushed: ‘Baby! I can’t tell you enough how happy you make me and how lucky I feel to have found a love like this, you make my heart feel so full.
‘I love you. Forever will always feel to short.#imsuchacheeseball @idriselba’.
Idris, 45, looked typically handsome in a blue and black panelled jumper as he sweetly held onto his glamorous love’s hand over the table.
Stunning Sabrina looked chic in a sheer white blouse, with black trim, with her raven tresses styled sleek and straight.
The online show of affection came three days after Idris got down on one knee and proposed to Sabrina during the packed screening at the Rio cinema, Dalston, East London.
The cinema announced the news on its Twitter page, writing: “Another @riocinema first! Still 5 days to Valentines Day but @idriselba went down on one knee and proposed to his girlfriend live on stage this morning before a preview of his film #Yardie … She said yes and there was much clapping and cheering. (sic)”
43-year-old Idris Elba, is a British actor who has climbed from poverty in East London’s Canning Town to the upper reaches of the Hollywood A-list, with leading roles in TV’s Luther, The Wire and the film Mandela. He has even been tipped to play Bond.
But if his professional drive for stardom has seemed relentless, Elba’s private life has been relentlessly troubled – as those caught up in it know only too well.
Just a few weeks ago, he walked out on Naiyana Garth, the British mother of his two-year-old son. And now another casualty in the long-running and chaotic Idris Elba script has stepped forward with a story of her own.
This is Sonya Hamlin, a beautiful property lawyer and the ‘secret’ second wife to whom Elba was married for just a few brief weeks before, she says, he reached the devastating conclusion that she would get in the way of his career. She was heartbroken.
In her first-ever interview, the 44-year-old gives The Mail on Sunday an unprecedented glimpse into the emotional life and, some might say, the ferocious ambition of Britain’s biggest rising star.
‘People were telling him he was going to ruin his career,’ she says. ‘He was being told it was an important part of his image to be a single sex symbol in Hollywood and being married would damage that.’
‘It was very sad. Idris and I were madly in love, but he was getting a lot of flak for being married. Everyone was like, “Dude, you’re the hottest sex symbol! It wasn’t the right look”, that’s what they were telling him. I wanted to save the marriage.’
The two had been introduced by a mutual friend in 2006. Not only was Sonya glamorous, she was an accomplished and ambitious lawyer, and seemed to represent the better life to which Elba, who was born in a Hackney tower block, aspired.
For her part, it was ‘pure chemistry’. By that stage, he was well-known in America through his role on The Wire, an HBO crime drama, but success had been hard-won. Raised in Canning Town, the son of immigrants from Ghana and Sierra Leone, Elba had worked at Ford before turning to acting.
He had a failed marriage behind him, too. Elba brought his first wife, make-up artist Hanne Norgaard, with him when he moved to New York to launch his career. However, he struggled to master an American accent and was reduced to working as a nightclub bouncer.
When Norgaard became pregnant with daughter Isan in 2001, the marriage collapsed, perhaps because of the financial strain. As it turned out, Isan would be born on the very day he secured his role on The Wire, the launch pad for his later success.
A ten-year affair with pole dancer followed, and it was during a lengthy break from this that he met Sonya.
‘I didn’t really know who he was,’ says Sonya, who studied law in London and Washington. ‘My friend just said he was a really nice guy. He wasn’t a superstar back then. Living in Maryland I was vaguely familiar with The Wire, but I didn’t know who he was.’
‘We met at a crowded gathering with a few other people,’ she recalls. ‘But we hit it off. We meshed very well. He’s not shy and neither am I, and we fell very much in love with each other.’
After a whirlwind romance, they moved in together in Maryland.
‘We went on normal dates – dinner, movies – and we used to have fun in the house. We used to co-ordinate our outfits when we dressed. And he was a very good cook. If we woke on a Sunday morning we might go out to brunch, or stay at home and make breakfast. Idris loved eggs and porridge, or would cook Jamaican food: he loved aki and saltfish.’
‘He’s a homebody. He didn’t like to be out at night. He loves to watch TV, and listen to music. We were very casual. We’d lounge around in jeans and a T-shirt.’
Then on April 8, 2006, they jetted off to Las Vegas to watch the Floyd Mayweather Jnr vs Zab Judah boxing match. But it was Elba who was the victor that night, persuading Sonya to elope for a secret marriage the following day.
She says they exchanged their vows as the sun set. Aside from the officiant, the only wedding guest was a complete stranger: Las Vegas estate agent Daniel Krastev, whom they persuaded to serve as a witness.
‘Back at the hotel they called their parents, then celebrated in their suite with dinner, champagne and chocolates overlooking the Vegas Strip. ‘It was very beautiful and romantic,’ she says.
But the pressure on their new marriage was intense, and Elba felt the pull of Hollywood, while Sonya was tied to her law practice in Maryland and could not uproot it to be with her husband in California.
Yet the truth may also more hurtful. She believes Elba was also swayed by friends who felt that he should have a bombshell young starlet by his side, rather than a property lawyer, however attractive.
Only six weeks after tying the knot, Elba decided he wanted to end it all. Sonya sighs: ‘Some people used to say, “Why her?” That’s what they were telling him. It used to upset him. He was like, “Why don’t people just let me be happy?”
But finding someone to be with isn’t the same as finding love. For Elba that remains elusive quarry.
It’s a hotly contested debate with strong opinions both for and against, but Idris Elba’s potential casting as a future James Bond has been given its strongest endorsement yet – from former 007 Pierce Brosnan.
The 42-year-old actor’s name has been repeatedly touted amongst potential candidates for the coveted role as speculation rages over the future of current incumbent Daniel Craig, who is currently filming Spectre – his fourth film as the debonair special agent.
When asked to comment on the issue, Brosnan, 61, gave his blessing to two black actors – Elba and former co-star Colin Salmon, with whom he previously featured in Bond movies The World Is Not Enough and Die Another Day as MI6 Deputy Chief of Staff Charles Robinson.
Brosnan is well placed to comment; the Irish actor played Bond four times between 1995 and 2002 before being replaced by the younger Craig. Now 46 and bolstered by the enormous commercial success of the Sam Mendes directed Skyfall, Craig has signed up for two more films – but critics, many of whom believe he is now too old for the role – are already looking at a potential successor.
To promote its new compact sports sedan, Jaguar has teamed with Idris Elba, the star of the former BBC series “Luther” and of “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.”
The actor will take the Jaguar XE on a mini European tour, documenting his road trip in a series of short films to be released online starting February 10. In the meantime, updates will be posted to Jaguar’s pages on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Over three days, Elba will travel around 750 miles from London to Berlin, including a detour to the Spa-Francorchamps track in Belgium. The actor will be at the wheel of a Jaguar XE packing a 2.0L engine with 160hp.
With CO2 emissions of just 99g/km, the model is the most fuel-efficient ever produced by Jaguar. Fans can look forward to watching the short films chronicling the road trip this February.
Unveiled last summer at London’s Earl’s Court before going on display at the Paris Motor Show, the new Jaguar XE will be available in Europe later this year at a starting price of €37,000. The sports sedan is not expected to arrive in the US until 2016.
The new XE stands out for its bonded and riveted aluminum construction, which makes it the lightest and most rigid Jaguar of all time. It is also the first Jaguar to come with electric power steering system, a feature that contributes to the car’s enhanced energy efficiency.