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written by Odebunmi Emmanuel Olutimileyin 

You might not be a big fan of Star Wars but it’s difficult to not be a fan of John Boyega. John Adedayo Bamidele Adegboyega is an actor and producer born in England but of Nigerian descent. He is famous for his role as “Finn” in The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, and The Rise of Skywalker. They are all a part of the Star Wars Sequel Trilogy. Prior to this, he was known for his role in Attack the Block. He has also starred in other movies such as Pacific Rim: Uprising, Imperial Dreams, and Detroit.

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John Boyega is that brilliant actor we all love to see on our screens, but take a moment to imagine if he was something else. It’s hard, isn’t it?

It is said that John’s father, Samson Adegboyega, initially wanted his son to be a minister like himself. John grew up with his parents, Abigail and Samson Adegboyega, and his two sisters. It was from his young years that he began to uncover an interest in the arts. And fortunately for him, and for us all, his family was supportive.

For John, it all started with his roles in school plays. He began to take an active interest in theatre. John Boyega attended the Identity School of Acting, located in Hackney, London. He trained there before he was offered a role in Attack the Block. The rest, they say, is history.

John’s influence transcends the screen. He was listed as one of the Top 100 Most Influential Africans in the 2020 Powerlist. A very recent display of his influence and leadership is his active role in the protests that followed George Floyd’s death.

John took to the streets with hundreds of people and voiced his displeasure at the discrimination against people of color. He has proven himself as a man that is not afraid to stand up for what he believes to be right. He also spoke out against racism on his social media, regardless of the backlash and possible consequences to his career.

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John has many accolades under his belt. He has received various awards and acknowledgements. He was one of the “UK Stars of Tomorrow” in 2011. He is a patron of the Los Angeles branch of the Identity School of Acting. These, alongside his spot on the Powerlist, validate him as a force in the industry. (Star Wars pun unintended)

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John is one of those actors that you can’t help but love, especially if you’re Nigerian. His talent and easy nature make him a man of the people. He is everybody’s guy, well, except for the racists.

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