Chiwetel Ejiofor

Chiwetel Ejiofor ethnicity

Ejiofor in 2014, photo by DFree/

Birth Name: Chiwetelu Umeadi Ejiofor

Place of Birth: Newham, Essex, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 10 July, 1977

Ethnicity: Igbo Nigerian

Chiwetel Ejiofor is a British actor, writer, and director. He starred in the films Love Actually, American Gangster, 12 Years a Slave, Secret in Their Eyes, and many others.

His parents, Obiajulu (Okaford) and Arinze Ejiofor, were Nigerian, of Igbo lineage. His sister is CNN correspondent Zain Asher.


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27 Responses

  1. legez says:

    he looks kinda mixed in this picture, but usually look lightskin Naija

  2. cwm85 says:

    A friend two years ago said I looked like him and I’m black, English, Scottish and native American. My complexion is a little lighter than his. My hair is wavy/curly I actually thought he was Pure African mix with white like Obama. But Obama is clearly more European looking…

  3. Daron says:

    He looks African American. No way he’s 100% Nigerian.

    • A user says:

      Not true, i know nigerians even lighter than him.

      • A user says:

        Even so, i know plenty of pure africans who are his complexion (in that picture) or lighter.

        • cwm85 says:

          Those who are of pure part of the negroid race are generally dark brown or coal black. Just a fact.

          • fuzzybear44 says:


            No offense, but it’s. Light brown to black.Also it’s. Hard to say who’s. Pure. Bushmen are part of the so called negroid group, and they’re yellowish. Igbo are more pure than say the Yoruba who back migrated thousands. Of years ago. Also Igbo do range in color from darker than Ejofor to lighter than him. The rapper Phyno is lighter with green eyes and he’s pure Igbo

          • Check7t says:

            @fuzzybear44 Skin bleaching is very common in Black Africans, not saying all Black Africans with lightskin have bleached, but it’s quite obvious in some of the individuals who are bleaching.

            Either way most Igbos I’ve seen honestly look typically West African and not much different than the Yoruba or Hausa, despite the stereotype but obviously there’s some exceptions of a few exotic/atypical individuals here and there.

          • fuzzybear44 says:


            I know all about the skin bleaching problem in Africa, and I wouldn’t. Have mention Phyno if I thought he had done that. ALSO as you said, the ones that you have seen. Which tells me, that there millions you most likely haven’t. Seen. Now what I meant by bringing up the Yoruba. is, they’re. Not pure African.They back migrated thousands. Of years ago

          • Check7t says:


            Igbos are usually more diverse than other Nigerian ethnic groups, but most I’ve seen look typically West African and the ones with lightskin don’t usually don’t lighter than Chiwetel, with the exception of a few ‘exotic’ individuals or people who’ve been bleaching.

            Black Africans with light eyes are very rare, less than 1% of the population, people with colored eyes are rare in certain parts of Europe and most Black Africans with colored eyes probably have ocular albinism.

            Not only that but if I saw a Nigerian or Black African (generally speaking) lighter than Chiwetel than I’d be suspicious of that guy and suspect he’s mixed with something; the continuum of the Black African phenotypical spectrum can only go so far, just like the European physical appearance spectrum can only go so far without looking admixed or having altered yourself physically with some procedure or cosmetic.

          • Check7t says:


            If I ever saw a pure Black African who looked lighter than Chwitel then I’d be suspicious of him being mixed with something else or having altered himself with a procedure or cosmetic.

            Just being honest. Colored eyes are very rare in Black Africans (<1% less) and most of the time it's probably the result of the ocular albinism.

          • fuzzybear44 says:


            (If I ever saw a pure Black African who looked lighter than Chwitel then I’d be suspicious of him being mixed with something else or having altered himself with a procedure or cosmetic.)

            Well I guess that’s no different than when we see a white person with certain traits, and we suspect admixture. You guys say no, and that white people can just be like that. So in other words,it’s all speculation until proven otherwise

            Now as far as the eyes, I myself have often stated that it is rare, although I believe it’s higher than 1%. That I do believe it’s a form of Albinism(which is on the rise), yet isn’t that how the first person with light eyes came about(albinism).. Never the less, at least you admit it does happen

          • memphis says:

            There is no such thing as “pure” African because there is no set look that defines the continent. Fulani/Fulbe/Woodaabe can have noses like beaks and very long faces with light brown skin. Hausa are Arab speakers and have an array if features. I believe Chiwetel is British born of Nigerian parents. Like San Bush men (who have a yellowish brown skin tone) many Nigerian have slightly slanted eyes. Chitewel looks to me to be a mix of Igbo and Yoruba (who historically hate each other). Are the people of the islands of Fiji, Vanuatu or Andaman of India “Negroid”? They definitely look “black” and the Andaman islanders are coal black.

          • Adamina says:

            @cwm85 Please stop acting like you know anything about Africa (especially West Africa). Even without bleaching some nigerians can be very fair skinned especially Igbos and Yorubas. You need to stop acting like Planet Earth’s negroid race expert

        • cwm85 says:

          No you don’t black Africans are naturally very dark because of the environment they life in they live.

          • A user says:

            One of my friends is straight from Congo, 100% african and he is even lighter than chiwetal, another is nigerian and again even lighter then chiwetel and the list goes on.

            How do you explain this if all pure africans are dark brown to coal black?

          • legez says:

            @ A user/Fuzzy

            Skin bleaching is prevalent in Africa, that’s why. You see reports of up to 75-80% of them bleaching their dermis. Sometimes it’s obvious and sometimes it isn’t, obviously pure Black Africans can have phenotypical heterogeneity but the gamut can only go far, like phenotypical diversity (naturally) can only go so far in other population.

            Chwitel basically has the lightest people I’d consider to be “black” (obviously with the exception of the Khoisan people) but they’re so rare it’s not like it even matters or they’re relevant.

          • A user says:

            @ legez

            Their from africa but they donny live in africa, and besides, the skin tone runs throughout their family including my friends younger brother who’s like 4, are you going to tell me he bleaches his skin?

          • A user says:

            they don’t live in africa*

          • memphis says:

            By the way, when discussing light eyes…light eyes can occur anytime. In Sudan, there are very dark people with light to dark blue eyes. Africa the continent has the most diverse genetics of any other continent.

          • Ser says:

            @legez You actually haven’t a clue of who and what you’re talking about. Just stop talking about topics you know absolutely nothing about.

  4. ethnic says:

    thanks for that crazycutie.

  5. crazycutie says:

    It’s actually Igbo-Nigerian

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