How My Igbo Name Has Open Doors For Me – Chiwetel Ejiofor

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By KayCee February 6, 2016 18:02

British born Nigerian actor, Chiwetel Ejiofor believes that his decision not to bow to the pressure of changing his Igbo name paid off. Ejiofor has roots in Oyofo-Oghe in Ezeagu Local Government Area of Enugu State and is a nephew of the traditional ruler of the town, Igwe Christopher Ejiofor.

The ’12 Years A Slave’ star was born in London’s Forest Gate, to Nigerian parents, Arinze Ejiofor, a doctor, and mother, Obiajulu, a pharmacist. His younger sister, Zain Asher is a CNN correspondent. Speaking with Red Magazine on his name, he said that he was advised that the name would work against him. “They seemed to think it was a negative, but it allowed me to work in Africa, in England and in the States,” Chiwetel revealed.

arrives at the "Half Of A Yellow Sun" Premiere during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival at the Winter Garden Theatre on September 8, 2013 in Toronto, Canada.

arrives at the “Half Of A Yellow Sun” Premiere during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival at the Winter Garden Theatre on September 8, 2013 in Toronto, Canada.

 

“I didn’t think I had a chance of being a film actor. My focus was trying to get into the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) or the National Theatre. The thought of being a star never occurred to me.”

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KayCee
By KayCee February 6, 2016 18:02