Over the weekend, Nigerian-British actor, John Boyega, flew into Nigeria on a visit to meet members of his family in Abeokuta, Ogun state and Ibadan, Oyo state.
The promising young Hollywood star, who is famous for his role in the 2015 blockbuster, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, shared photos from his visit on his Snapchat and Twitter handle.
John Boyega reunites with family
John Boyega was born on 17th March 1992 in Peckham, south London, to Nigerian parents, Abigail and Samson. He started acting at the age of eight, however, he has been in the movie industry professionally since 2011.
John Boyega attended Oliver Goldsmith Primary School and was noticed by Teresa Early, the artistic director of Theatre Peckham, while acting in a play there. He later joined the theatre and shuttled between schooling and acting.
Boyega had his secondary education at Westminster City School. He also attended South Thames College at the college’s Wandsworth campus to study Performing Arts. He then enrolled at the University of Greenwich to study BA Film Studies & Media Writing, though he later dropped out of the course to focus on his acting career.
Boyega rose to stardom for his role as Moses in the 2011 sci-fi comedy film Attack the Block. He has done other works which include Half of a Yellow Sun in 2013, four episodes of the television series 24: Live Another Day and the drama Imperial Dreams in 2014.
Unlike his preacher father, who wanted him to be a preacher too, Boyega wanted to be famous for pretending to be someone else on the screen and he focused on his passion. So far, the young actor has won BAFTA Rising Star Award and the Empire Award for Best Male Newcomer.