All over the world, Nigerians are blazing different trails and the entertainment sector is not left. The American movie industry, Hollywood, has seen a lot of Nigerians rise to prominence there and John Boyega is one that is still flying the country’s flag in the highly respected industry. John Adedayo Adegboyega, better known as John Boyega, is a British actor and producer who came to prominence for playing Moses in the comedy film, ‘Attack the Block’, in 2011. He is best known for his role as Finn in ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’, which was the seventh film of the series.
John Adedayo B Adegboyega was born in London, England on 17 March 1992 to British Nigerian parents, Abigail and Samson Adegboyega, a Pentecostal minister. His first role was a leopard in a play at his primary school. Boyega was a pupil at Oliver Goldsmith Primary School. While acting in a play there at the age of nine, he was noticed by Teresa Early, the artistic director of Theatre Peckham, a learning theatre for young people who live in south London.
After obtaining financial help from a hardship fund, he joined the theatre, spending his time there outside school hours between the ages of nine and 14. Boyega’s father, a preacher, had wanted Boyega to become a preacher too but was supportive of his son’s theatrical interests. In 2003, Boyega started his secondary education at Westminster City School, where he took part in various school productions. Between 2008 and 2010, he attended South Thames College at the college’s Wandsworth campus to study for a National Diploma in Performing Arts.
He revealed that he was dumped after his date found out he was in Star Wars. He said she said it “affected her stance,” and things ended badly for them.
Boyega trained at the Identity School of Acting in Hackney and appeared in Six Parties at the National Theatre and Category B at the Tricycle Theatre prior to being offered a role in the 2011 film Attack the Block. In September 2011, HBO announced that Boyega had been cast in the boxing drama pilot Da Brick, loosely based on Mike Tyson’s life. Boyega was expected to play Donnie, who is released from a juvenile detention center on his 18th birthday and begins to check what it means to be a man. The pilot was written by John Ridley but was not picked up by HBO. Also in 2011, he acted in the film Junkhearts in which he portrayed Jamal, a drug dealer who finds some guns and tries to sell them.
Boyega was chosen by Fionnuala Halligan of Screen International as one of the “UK Stars of Tomorrow 2011” and appeared along two other actors on the front cover of that magazine in its July 2011 edition. In March 2012, Boyega was cast in the film adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s book Half of a Yellow Sun.] On 29 April 2014, it was confirmed that Boyega had been cast as a lead character in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It was later revealed Boyega would play Finn, a stormtrooper for the First Order, who leaves the military power after witnessing their cruelty in his first combat mission before joining the fight against them. The film was released on 18 December 2015. Both the film and Boyega’s performance received acclaim from both audiences and critics.
John Boyega’s net worth has grown much in 2019. His net worth is estimated to be in the range of about $2 Million.
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