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16 Celebrities Who Were Born in Africa  

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Several famous actors, musicians, and athletes were born in Africa. Some of these famous African people relocated to the U.S. or UK as children, while others remained in Africa throughout their careers. Multiple Nobel Prize winners were even born in Africa.

Who are the most famous African celebrities? Charlize Theron tops our list. She was born in Benoni, Transvaal Province, South Africa in 1975. She moved to New York at the age of 18 to study dance. Djimon Hounsou was born in Cotonou, Benin, West Africa in 1964. He has appeared in such films as Blood Diamond, Amistad, and Gladiator. Matrix actor, Hugo Weaving, was born in Ibadan, Nigeria.

A few powerful singers born in Africa went on to become famous all over the world. Queen frontman, Freddie Mercury, was born in in Zanzibar, Tanzania in 1946. His family relocated to London in the 1960s. Dave Matthews was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1967. Along with fronting the Dave Matthews Band, he also serves as a board member of Farm Aid. Other famous people born in Africa include Nelson Mandela, Trevor Noah, and Oscar Pistorius.

Did you know that so many celebrities hailed from Africa? Take a look at this list and get in on the conversation in the comments section.
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J. R. R. Tolkien is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 16 Celebrities Who Were Born in Africa
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J. R. R. Tolkien was born in Bloemfontein, South Africa in 1892. He is best known for writing the Lord of the Rings trilogy and its predecessor, The Hobbit.

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Age: Dec. at 81 (1892-1973)

Birthplace: Bloemfontein, South Africa

Profession: Philologist, Poet, Author, Writer

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Hugo Weaving is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 16 Celebrities Who Were Born in Africa
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Hugo Weaving was born in Ibadan, Nigeria in 1960. He appeared in two of the most popular film franchises of all-time – The Matrix and Lord of the Rings.t

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Age: 58

Birthplace: Ibadan, Nigeria

Profession: Actor, Voice acting

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Djimon Hounsou is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 16 Celebrities Who Were Born in Africa
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Djimon Hounsou was born in Cotonou, Benin, West Africa in 1964. He has appeared in such films as Blood Diamond, Amistad, and Gladiator.

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Age: 54

Birthplace: Benin, Cotonou

Profession: Film Producer, Model, Actor, Voice acting, Dancer

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Trevor Noah is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 16 Celebrities Who Were Born in Africa
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Comedian Trevor Noah was born in Soweto, South Africa in 1984. He took over as Jon Stewart's successor on Comedy Central's The Daily Show in 2015.

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Age: 35

Profession: Comedian, Screenwriter

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