7 Americans with Igbo blood who are bringing pride to the US
- Popular American pastor, TD Jakes, and Tyler the Creator, an American rapper are some the Americans with Igbo blood
- There are many others among them who are also in the entertainment and sports industry
- Uzoamaka Aduba, Chukwuemeka Okafor, and Nneka Nnamani are a great influence as sportsmen in the US
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There are many Americans of Igbo descent making the US proud as well as representing their root well. They are spread across different professional fields.
While some of them are making waves in sports, others like Uzo Aduba and Rotimi are the pride of the American entertainment industry.
Below is therefore a list of seven Americans with Igbo blood:
1. TD Jakes
He is a famous American pastor, author, and filmmaker. He is the bishop of The Potter's House, a non-denominational American megachurch, with reportedly 30,000 members.
2. Uzoamaka Nwanneka Aduba
Popularly called Uzo Aduba, she was born on February 10, 1981, and is most known as her character, Suzanne, in popular Netflix series Orange is the New Black.
She also won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series in 2014 and in 2015 won an award on the same platform for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.
3. Chukwuemeka Ndubuisi Okafor
Emeka Okafor was born on September 28, 1982, and is a popular American basketballer. He attended Bellaire High School in Bellaire, Texas before proceeding to the University of Connecticut.
4. Chinenye Ogwumike
Known as Chiney, she is also a professional basketball player who plays power forward for Connecticut Sun with a height of 6’ 3”. She was born on March 21, 1992.
She is said to have the record for the most rebounds taken in the history of Stanford Women’s Basketball.
5. Ogonna Nneka Nnamani
She was an indoor volleyball player and former member of the United States National and Olympic team. With 2,450 kills, she is one of the best players at Stanford University. She was born on July 29, 1983.
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6. Tyler The Creator
An American rapper and songwriter, his full name is Tyler Gregory Okonma. He was said to have risen to fame in the early 2010s as one of the people that co-founded hip hop group Odd Future. He was born on March 6, 1991.
7. Nnamdi Asomugha
He is a former American football cornerback. He played college football for the University of California. Nnamdi also played for the Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49er. He was born July 6, 1981.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that over recent years, American celebrities and people of great influence have had to trace their roots to Africa in the bid to ascertain their true identities.
With the advancement in technology, DNA testing has greatly improved to make such people know exactly where their ancestors originated from.
LeVar Burton, Chris Rock, and Whoopi Goldberg are some of the celebrities whose roots are connected to the continent.
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