Chinwetel Ejiofor Explains That He Never Denied Being A Nigerian

Oscar nominee, Chinwetel Ejiofor, has denied allegations that he once denied being a Nigerian. He made this known during a new interview with reporters at the premiere of “Half of a Yellow Sun’’ movie in Lagos. According to him, he said people got the wrong impression because of something he said earlier. He has now set the records straight, hear him:

Chinwetel Ejiofor (Actor)

“During the period of publicising “Twelve Years a Slave”, I was asked where I was originally from. I suppose I was trying to give an honest answer about where I was born, and so, I said London, which is where I was born. And to me, it was a surprising reaction that people then concluded that I didn’t identify as Nigerian. Of course, I am Nigerian-British, but if they ask me where I was born, I can’t say Enugu, because I wasn’t born in Enugu, but, it doesn’t mean that I don’t identify as Nigerian. I am proud of being Nigerian that I am extraordinarily happy to be here to make this film. “



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