Jovan Adepo

Jovan Adepo – 8th Annual AAFCA Awards – Arrivals – Taglyan Complex – Los Angeles, CA, USA, 2017 – Photo Credit:

Birth Name: Jovan Valde Bland

Place of Birth: Ploughley, Oxfordshire, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: c. September 1988

*African-American (father)
*Yoruba Nigerian (mother)

Jovan Adepo is a British-American actor. He is known for his roles in the films Fences, mother!, Overlord, The Violent Heart, Babylon, and To Catch a Killer, and on the series The Leftovers, Jack Ryan, Live in Front of a Studio Audience (All in the Family/The Jeffersons), When They See Us, Watchmen, Sorry for Your Loss, and The Stand.

Jovan is the son of Adelola and James Bland. His father was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, U.S. His mother was born in London, England, of Yoruba Nigerian descent. Jovan was raised mostly in Waldorf, Maryland, U.S.

Jovan’s paternal grandfather was Nathan Lee (the son of Charlie Lee and Eva M. Phillips). Nathan was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Jovan’s paternal grandmother was Crystal Yvonne Bland (the daughter of James Melvin Bland and Annie Mae Crutch). James was the son of Dock Bland and Hattie Armstrong. Annie was the daughter of Hoerush/Horatio/Rush Crutch and Sadie Mae Jackson.

Jovan’s maternal grandfather was named Patrick Fatai/Fatayi Adepo. Patrick was a Nigerian public official, who served under Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo.

Jovan’s maternal grandmother was named Shakira A. F. Talabi.

Sources: Genealogy of Jovan’s paternal grandmother, Crystal Yvonne Bland –

Obituary of Jovan’s paternal grandmother, Crystal Yvonne Bland –

Obituary of Jovan’s paternal great-grandmother, Annie Mae (Crutch) Bland –

Jovan’s paternal great-grandparents, James Melvin Bland and Annie Mae Crutch, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

1 Response

  1. madman says:
    Crystal Y. Bland –> Crystal Yvonne Bland
    James Bland –> James Melvin Bland
    Sadie –> Sadie Mae Jackson

    James was the son of Dock Bland and Hattie Armstrong.

    It says her spouse was Nathan Lee. Nathan was the son of Charlie Lee and Eva M. Phillips.

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