5 Nigerian artistes who have featured in Hollywood films

While Nigerian films are still struggling to crack the international space with sublime, universally coherent and relatable movies, Nigerian music is now globally recognised.

Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde

Day in, day out, we hear and see our artistes win global awards, top global charts and competitive spaces. It's a journey that has been building up. Now, we are here and with the wave of rising performing and recording artists, it is evident that this change is here to stay.

Just recently, Tems' sound got featured as the original soundtrack for the Black Panther sequel. This made many Nigerians go into a frenzy. It’s a great development - one that we hope to continue to milk.

As our songs go global, so are some of our artistes. In this piece, I'd be putting out a list of five musicians who have also found their way into Hollywood; the grand movie industry.

David Adedeji Adeleke, popularly known as Davido is a Nigerian musician, songwriter and performer. He is the owner of Davido Music Worldwide (DMW) where he signs and nurtures artists to the global stage.

In 2021, the superstar featured in Coming to America 2 as a performer. He performed his hit song; Assurance.

Chief Sunday Adegeye popularly known as King Sunny Ade is Nigerian performer, Juju musician, instrumentalist and songwriter. He is the first Nigerian to be nominated for a Grammy causal of his 1983 studio album Synchro System.

In 1983, Sunny Ade played a lead role in the American neo-noir drama film, Breathless. In 1987, he also played a supporting role in the American comedy film, O.C. and Stiggs.

Yemi Alade is a Nigerian Afrocentric singer. She gained traction with her hit single Johnny which was an anthem for many Nigerian audiences for a long time. Yemi Alade is considered one of the best African artists of all time.

In 2020, Yemi Alade starred in the American musical film; Black Is King alongside Beyoncé

Iledare Oluwajuwonlo, popularly known by his stage name Jaywon, is a Nigerian singer, producer, composer and performer. He is most popular for his hit song This Year. He is a recipient of the Best Recording award at the 2015 Headies.

In 2021, Jaywon appeared in Army of Thieves; An American heist movie.

For many who don't know, Omotola is also a musician. Omotola gained recognition as a musician when she released her single, Barren Land.

In 2013, Omotola made an appearance in the American sports drama television series, Hit the Floor.

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