When it comes to building a brand, something as simple as a name can make or mar someone's image. It is why superstars put a lot of thought into their stage names. Infact, so much effort, time and money is put into building their stage name that people start thinking it's their only name.
However, some mega superstars retain their names because their brand is so huge that their name goes farther than any stage name could have. Such celebs include Beyonce and Madonna. Their names remain in business because they have been able to build a following around their personalities and talent.
For some top international celebrities who are recognised all over the world, their stage name is what people know and recognise and in fact, if their real names were to stand alone, most people will be completely lost.
Legit.ng decided to do a little research and the results of the real names of some of the world's biggest stars will leave most people in shock.
It is not just about the names but the origin and style in which it is spelled and pronounced. Surprisingly, most of the international celebs are either of African descent or Nigeria even.
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Here are nine top international celebrity names that will leave you stunned.
Aliaune Damala Bouga Time Puru Nacka Lu Lu Lu Badara Akon Thiam, popularly known as Akon is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, philanthropist and actor.
Akon was born on April 16, 1973 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. The singer is said to be worth N28 billion.
Faheem Rasheed Najm mostly known as T-Pain is an American rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer.
The singer was born in Tallahassee, Florida, U.S. on September 30, 1985. Interestingly, his full stage name Tallahassee Pain was derived from living in the area and having to survive a lot of hardships.
3. Snoop Dogg
Aged 47, Snoop Dogg, born Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr. is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, producer, media personality, entrepreneur, and actor.
He was born in Long Beach, California and is said to be worth N44 billion.
Marshall Bruce Mathers III popularly known as Eminem, is consistently cited as one of the greatest and most influential rappers of all time.
The 46-year-old rapper was born in Saint Joseph, Missouri, United States. Eminem has been labelled the king of hip-hop and has won numerous awards including fifteen Grammy Awards, eight American Music Awards, seventeen Billboard Music Awards, an Academy Award (for Best Original for "Lose Yourself) and MTV Europe Music Award for Global Icon Award.
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5. Nicki Minaj
Born Onika Tanya Maraj, Nicki Minaj is a Trinidadian-born rapper, singer, songwriter, actress, and model.
The 36-year-old rapper has been called one of the most influential female rap artists of all time. While she was born in Saint James, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, she grew up in South Jamaica, Queens, New York City, New York, U.S.
6. Jhene Aiko
Born to a mother of Spanish, Dominican and Japanese descent and a father of Native American, African American, German and Jewish descent, Jhené Aiko Efuru Chilombo, popularly known as Jhene Aiko found her way to the lime light in 2011.
In February, 2015, Aiko was nominated for three Grammy Awards at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards, including Best R&B Song for "The Worst" and Best Urban Contemporary Album for Sail Out.
34-year-old Omari Ishmael Grandberry popularly known as Omarion was born in California, United States and is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, actor and dancer. He was the lead singer in the famous B2K group.
34-year-old Olubowale Victor Akintimehin, popularly known as Wale is born to Nigerian parents but grew up Washington, D.C.
His parents were both from the Yoruba ethnic group of southwestern Nigeria, and both of them came from Austria to the United States in 1979.
9. Tinie Tempah
Patrick Chukwuemeka Okogwu Jr. is best known by his stage name Tinie Tempah. He is an English rapper, singer and songwriter. He has been signed to Parlophone Records since 2009, a subsidiary of Warner Music Group. He created his own record and fashion label Disturbing London in 2006 along with his cousin, Dumi Oburota.
The 30-year-old singer was born to Nigerian parents but grew in London, United Kingdom.
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