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1. Trevor Noah

Trevor Noah

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

2. Iman Abdulmajid

Iman Abdulmajid

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

3. Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

Born in Mveso, Transkei, South Africa in 1918, Nelson Mandela is known for his fight against apartheid in South Africa. He was the president of South Africa from 1994-1999.

4. Lupita Nyong’O

Lupita Nyong’O

Lupita Nyong’O was born in Mexico but raised in Kenya by her parents who are native Kenyans. Nyong’O is known for her role in “12 Years A Slave”, “The Jungle Book”, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, and much more.

5. Liya Kebede

Liya Kebede

Born in 1978 in Liya Kebede, Liya Kebede became one of the top earning models in Forbes in 2007. She is best known for her roles in “The Best Offer”, “Lord Of War” and “Desert Flower”

6. Chipo Chung

Chipo Chung

Chipo Chung is a Chinese and Zimbabwean actress. Born in Zimbabwe in 1977 and grew up there. She’s known for her role in the films “Sunshine”, “In The Loop”, and “Proof”

7. Edi Gathegi

Edi Gathegi

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

8. Ger Duany

Ger Duany

Born in Akobo, South Sudan, Ger Dunay is known for his role in the 2014 film “The Good Lie”

9. Miriam Makeba

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

10. Isaach De Bankolé

Isaach De Bankolé was born in the Ivory Coast in 1957. He is known for his role in the film “Casino Royal”, “Manderlay”, and “The Limits Of Control”

11. John Boyega

John Boyega

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

12. Sophie Okonedo

Sophie Okonedo

Sophie Okonedo was born to a Nigerian father and Jewish mother in London. She is known for her role in the films “After Earth”, “Hotel Rwanda”, “Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls” and many others.

13. Idris Elba

Idris Elba

Idris Elba was born and raised in London in 1972. His father is from Sierra Leone and his mother is from Ghana. Most people are familiar with Elba from the films “Dark Tower”, “The Mountain Between Us” and the Britsh T.V. show “Luther”.

14. David Oyelowo

David Oyelowo

David Oyelowo was born to Nigerian parents in 1976 in Oxford, England. Oyelowo is known for his amazing roles in “Selma”, “Lee Daniels’ The Butler”, “A United Kingdom” and so much more.

15. Danai Gurira

Danai Gurira

Danai Gurira was born in Grinnell, Iowa to parents from Zimbabwe. Born in 1978, Gurira is known for her role in the films “The Visiter”, “Mother Of Georgia” and the show “The Walking Dead”

16. Richard Ayoade

Richard Ayoade

Richard Ayoade was born in Hammersmith, and grew up in Suffolk, in England. His mother was Norweigan mother and Nigeran father. Ayoade is known for his roles in “The Watch”, “The Boxtrolls” and many other works.