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11 Year Old Olutunji Ebun-Cole Attends the Oscars



While India and the rest of the world raves about the cute kids in the Oscar winning Best Picture Slumdog Millionaire, Africa can also revel at our own little star.  11 year old Tunji attended yesterday’s Oscars ceremony yesterday due to his role in the Oscar nominated live action short film, “New Boy.”

This 11-minute flick is based on Roddy Doyle’s 2005 short story about an African immigrant boy who struggles to fit in socially over the course of his first day at an Irish school. Even though the film did not win, Tunji still enjoyed attending the Oscars. In an interview wth cBBC he says, “I got to meet my hero Daniel Craig and Queen Latifah said I had beautiful skin!” Tunji really makes me feel like an agbaya; in addition to his attendance at the Oscars, he also appeared in Casino Royale as Cola Kid.

View a clip of New Boy here!


Update: According to the BBC, Tunji is actually of Sierra Leonean & Zambian origin. We are still proud of him 🙂


  1. aproko

    February 23, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    awwww!proud of him

  2. LaLa

    February 23, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    I watched the clip and I must say it was a cute story!

  3. chioma

    February 24, 2009 at 12:27 am

    awww! really cute

    me love…

  4. stephanie

    February 24, 2009 at 1:09 am

    am so proud of him , gush and i heard his mom is real cool. she;s a science teacher

  5. Ladi

    February 24, 2009 at 3:51 am

    Yei for him!!!! I watched the Oscars and was like “who’s that 9ja looking boy?” LOL!

  6. tope

    February 24, 2009 at 8:55 am

    didot watch that part of him. was tired had to go and sleep will go and check it out. so who said nigerians can not go places?

  7. Ronami

    February 24, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    just watched it and i totally enjoyed it

  8. Lams

    February 24, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    yay proud of him…go team TUNJI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Qed

    February 24, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    go team naija….

  10. cassie

    February 26, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    well done…we are proud of you.. although we dont show it.. deep down we kare!!!

  11. Cici

    March 10, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    He’s so adorable. I will like to see the film, where can I find it. Every African immigrant can relate to it.

  12. nana

    March 22, 2009 at 2:54 am

    what’s an agbaya?

  13. Nilante Ebun-Cole

    April 7, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    I am sorry to ruin everyones proud moment, but there is a little bit of mis information within this article. Although his name (which is actually Olutunji) is from Nigeria, he infact is not. He is of Zambian, Sierra Leonian and Ghanaian decent. I know this as i am his brother.

  14. tilda

    May 6, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    where ever he’s from as far as he’s of african decent,i’m proud of him and i hope he’s proud of himself too cos what he’s achieved in eleven years some people will never achieve in a life time so thumbs up boy!

  15. maja!I love Olutunji Ebun-Cole

    December 26, 2009 at 11:40 pm

    he is so nice.I love him.:)

  16. dips

    October 29, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    the boy is actually of naigerian and zambian origin! representing my young!

  17. cc

    September 9, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    that film was brillint soo proud of him i remember when we used to sit next to eachover in class now look at him!

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