NIGERIAN ACTOR AKINNUOYE AGBAJE BIOGRAPHY
On August 22, 1967, Akinnuoye-Agbaje was born. He was born in Islington, London, to Yoruba-speaking Nigerian parents who were studying in the UK. His original parents gave him up to a white working-class family in Tilbury, Essex, when he was six weeks old. At one point, his foster parents had at least twelve African children living in their home, including Akinnuoye-two Agbaje’s sisters. His foster father worked as a lorry driver and tried to make ends meet for the family.
His biological parents repatriated him to Nigeria when he was eight years old, but because he couldn’t speak Yoruba and his parents forbade him from speaking English, he was quickly returned to Tilbury. He struggled to reconcile his heritage with the uniquely British culture and surroundings he was raised in after his brief visit to Nigeria.
Faced with a cultural identity dilemma as a young boy, he joined a local skinhead group to avoid racial persecution at their hands. His foster parents sent him to a boarding school in Surrey when he was 16 years old, after he had become a thief. He attempted suicide before coming to terms with his past and turning his life around.
He went on to King’s College London to study law and the University of London International Programme to study law.
Akinnuoye-Agbaje worked in a clothing store as a university student, when he was introduced to the world of modeling.
He went to Los Angeles in 1994 after deciding to pursue a career as an actor, and made his film debut in Congo in 1995. He portrayed a jungle guide there, drawing on his African roots, and his performance helped him carve out a niche in the industry. In films like Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995) and The Mummy Returns, he reprised the character (2001). Despite being born in England, Akinnuoye-Agbaje has earned a reputation as an African actor, owing to his refusal to use a Hollywood screen name. In an article praising his achievements, Nigeria Online hails him as a Nigerian: “Akinnuoye-Agbaje is Africa’s most populated country’s only actor on the Hollywood circuit.
Agbaje’s career was well established by 2005, and his credentials imply an actor prepared to take on new challenges. Despite his success on the big screen, he has thrived on television. He joined the cast of Oz, one of HBO’s most popular and demanding shows of the 1990s, in 1997. He stayed with the show for three years, portraying Adebisi, a drug-addicted rapist and murderer, with such nuance and empathy that he became one of the show’s most well-known and sympathetic characters.
He was nominated for NAACP Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for this role. In 2005, he starred in the second season of Lost, which had a first-season audience of approximately 16 million viewers and received 12 Emmy nominations. The mysterious Mr. Eko, played by Akinnuoye-Agbaje, pushes his “African” flair in a new direction.
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s estimated net worth is $ 3million.
He has taken part in several films and Television works;
The Mummy Returns.
Mistress of Spices.
Get Rich or Die Tryin.
The Bourne Identity.
Preaching to the Choir.
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
Enslavement: The True Story of Fanny Kemble.
Red Shoe Diaries 12: Girl on a Bike.
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