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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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