American people of Igbo descent

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  1. Kanye West

    Kanye West


    Kanye Omari West (/ˈkɑːnj/; born June 8, 1977) is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer and fashion designer. West first became known as a producer for Roc-A-Fella Records; he achieved recognition for his work on rapper Jay-Z's The Blueprint (2001), as well as hit singles for musical artists including Alicia Keys, Ludacris, and Janet Jackson. His style of production originally used high-pitched vocal samples from soul songs incorporated with his own drums and instruments. He later broadened his influences to include 1970s R&B, baroque pop, trip hop, arena rock, house, folk, alternative, electronica, synthpop, industrial, and classical music.

  2. Blair Underwood

    Blair Underwood


    Blair Erwin Underwood (born August 25, 1964) is an American television, film, and stage actor and director. He played headstrong attorney Jonathan Rollins on the NBC legal drama L.A. Law for seven years. He has received two Golden Globe Award nominations, three NAACP Image Awards and one Grammy Award. In recent years, he has appeared on The New Adventures of Old Christine, Dirty Sexy Money and In Treatment and was in NBC's The Event.

  3. Megalyn Echikunwoke

    Megalyn Echikunwoke


    Megalyn Echikunwoke (born May 28, 1983) is an American actress. She is perhaps best known for her roles as Tara Price in CSI: Miami and Isabelle Tyler on The 4400.

  4. T.D. Jakes

    T.D. Jakes


    Thomas Dexter "T. D." Jakes, Sr. (born June 9, 1957) is an American pastor, author and filmmaker. He is the bishop of The Potter's House, a non-denominational American megachurch, with 30,000 members. T. D. Jakes' church services and evangelistic sermons are broadcast on The Potter's Touch, which airs on, the Trinity Broadcasting Network, Black Entertainment Television, the Daystar Television Network, The Word Network and The Miracle Channel in Canada. Other aspects of Jakes' ministry include an annual revival called "MegaFest" that draws more than 100,000 people, an annual women's conference called "Woman Thou Art Loosed", and gospel music recordings.

  5. North West

    North West


  6. Nnamdi Asomugha

    Nnamdi Asomugha


    Nnamdi Asomugha (/ˈnɑːmd ˈɑːsəmwɑː/ NAHM-dee AH-səm-wah; born July 6, 1981) is a former American football cornerback. He played college football for the University of California, Berkeley, and was drafted in the first round of the 2003 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders. He also played for the Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers. For many years he was considered one of the best shutdown corners in the NFL.

  7. Forest Whitaker

    Forest Whitaker


    Forest Steven Whitaker III (born July 15, 1961) is an American actor, producer, and director.

  8. Osi Umenyiora

    Osi Umenyiora


    Ositadimma "Osi" Umenyiora (born November 16, 1981) is a former British-American defensive end that played in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Troy University, and he was drafted by the New York Giants in the second round of the 2003 NFL Draft. Umenyiora has been selected for the Pro Bowl twice, and holds the Giants franchise record for most sacks in one game. He is one of three British-born players to have won a Super Bowl, joining Scott McCready and former Giants teammate Lawrence Tynes.

  9. Paul Robeson

    Paul Robeson


    Paul Leroy Robeson (/ˈrbsən/; April 9, 1898 – January 23, 1976) was an American singer and actor who became involved with the Civil Rights Movement. At Rutgers College, he was an outstanding football player, then had an international career in singing, as well as acting in theater and movies. He became politically involved in response to the Spanish Civil War, fascism, and social injustices. His advocacy of anti-imperialism, affiliation with communism, and criticism of the United States government caused him to be blacklisted during the McCarthy era. Ill health forced him into retirement from his career. He remained until his death an advocate of the political stances he took.

  10. Emeka Okafor

    Emeka Okafor


    Chukwuemeka Ndubuisi "Emeka" Okafor (born September 28, 1982) is an American professional basketball player who is currently a free agent. He is a distant cousin of Jahlil Okafor who currently plays for the Philadelphia 76ers. Prior to the National Basketball Association (NBA), Okafor attended Bellaire High School in Bellaire, Texas and the University of Connecticut.

  11. Uzo Aduba

    Uzo Aduba


    Uzoamaka Nwanneka "Uzo" Aduba (/ˈz əˈdbə/; born February 10, 1981) is an American actress. She is known for her role as Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren on the Netflix television series Orange Is the New Black (2013–present), for which she won the 2014 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series and the 2015 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series.

  12. John Amaechi

    John Amaechi


    John Uzoma Ekwugha Amaechi, OBE (/əˈmi/; born 26 November 1970) is an English retired basketball player who currently works as an educator and broadcaster in Europe and the United States.

  13. Chikezie Eze

    Chikezie Eze


    Chikezie Ndubuisi Eze (/ˈɪkz/; born September 11, 1985) is an American singer and the tenth place finalist on the seventh season of the television series American Idol.

  14. Oguchi Onyewu

    Oguchi Onyewu


    Oguchialu Chijioke "Oguchi" Onyewu (born May 13, 1982) is an American soccer player who as a center back is currently a free agent. He has played for clubs in France, Belgium, England, Italy, the Netherlands, and Portugal. He is the only male defender to win the U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year award since Alexi Lalas won the award in 1995.

  15. Ngoli Onyeka Okafor

    Ngoli Onyeka Okafor


    Ngoli Onyeka Okafor (born December 30) is a Nigerian American male model, Two-time Golden Gloves boxer and actor. He is of Igbo decent, with both of his parents being Igbo.

  16. Iheanyi Uwaezuoke

    Iheanyi Uwaezuoke


    Iheanyi Uwaezuoke (pronounced ee-HAH-nee oh-WAY-zoh-kay) (born July 24, 1973 in Lagos, Nigeria) is a former American football wide receiver and punt returner for the San Francisco 49ers, Miami Dolphins, Detroit Lions, and Carolina Panthers of the National Football League. He was drafted in the fifth round of the 1996 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers. He played college football at the University of California, Berkeley.

  17. Nneka Ogwumike

    Nneka Ogwumike


    Nnemkadi "Nneka" Ogwumike (born July 2, 1990) is an American basketball player of Nigerian descent for the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA, after being drafted #1 overall. She also plays for Dynamo Kursk of Russia Her name "Nneka" means "Mother is Supreme" in igbo She is 6'2" and plays power forward. She attended Cypress-Fairbanks High School in Cypress, Texas and led them to a 5A State Championship in her senior season. While at Stanford University she helped the Cardinal reach the Final Four four times.

  18. Kasim Reed

    Kasim Reed


    Mohammed Kasim Reed (born June 10, 1969) is an attorney and the 59th Mayor of Atlanta, Georgia, the state capital; he was officially inaugurated on January 4, 2010.

  19. Ogonna Nnamani

    Ogonna Nnamani


    Ogonna Nneka Nnamani (born July 29, 1983) is a retired Nigerian-American indoor volleyball player and former member of the United States National and Olympic team. She is regarded as one of the best players in Stanford University's history with a career record of 2,450 kills.

  20. Chinedum Ndukwe

    Chinedum Ndukwe


    Chinedum "Nedu" Ndukwe (pronounced CHIN-eh-doom n-DUQUE-ay) (born March 4, 1985) is a former American football safety. He was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the seventh round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He played college football for the University of Notre Dame. He also played for the Oakland Raiders.

  21. Maria Louisa Bustill

    Maria Louisa Bustill


    Maria Louisa Bustill Robeson (November 8, 1853 – January 20, 1904) was a Quaker schoolteacher; the wife of the Reverend William Drew Robeson of Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church in Princeton, New Jersey and the mother of Paul Robeson and his siblings.

  22. Chukwu octuplets

    Chukwu octuplets


    The Chukwu octuplets were the first set of octuplets live-born in the United States in recorded history. The birth happened in 1998. Seven of the eight octuplets are currently alive; Odera died one week after birth.

  23. Chioma Igwe

    Chioma Igwe


    Chioma Igwe (born 21 July 1986) is an American soccer midfielder with Freiburg. The San Mateo, California native is a former member of the United States U-20 women's national soccer team.

  24. William Drew Robeson I

    William Drew Robeson I


    William Drew Robeson I (July 27, 1844 – May 17, 1918) was the father of Paul Robeson and the minister of Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church in Princeton, New Jersey from 1880 to 1901. The Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church had been built for its black members by the First Presbyterian Church of Princeton.

  25. Paul Robeson Jr.

    Paul Robeson Jr.


    Paul Robeson, Jr. (November 2, 1927 – April 26, 2014) was an American author, archivist and historian.

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