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“International Class” Chiwetel Ejiofor is on the Cover of L’Uomo Vogue’s February Iss


Chiwetel Ejiofor, the British actor with Nigerian origins is on the cover of L’Uomo Vogue.

Ejiofor was born in London’s Forest Gate, to Nigerian parents of Igbo origin. His father, Arinze, was a doctor, and his mother, Obiajulu, was a pharmacist. He played Solomon Northup in 12 Years a Slave (2013), for which he received Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations, along with the BAFTA Award for Best Actor. He was nominated for a 2014 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for his performance in Dancing on the Edge

Read excerpts from his piece with L’Uomo Vogue below

He doesn’t seem especially worried by this, since he’ll have time for his lifelong passion (sailing), to enjoy London (“a city I adore, where you can do anything, so culturally rich, adven- turous, sensual, my true home”), and to commit himself more than ever to his role as ambassador for the Geanco Foundation, an association that provides education and subsistence to young Nigerian girls in difficulty, particularly those who have escaped the murderous Boko Haram. Or he could come up with a new short (he’s already directed two, Slapper with Bill Nighy and Columbite Tantalite, from the name of the material used to make cellphones). “What fascinates me about my profession is the feeling of continually learning new things. I love directing and acting equally, even though as an actor, obviously, only parts of your personality come out, while as a director you’re totally exposed”. And then of course there’s the theater, “the job to which I want to dedicate myself more, the one that allows me to live perfectly in the moment”.


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