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From a Limo Driver to an Oscar Nominee! Somali-American Actor Barkhad Abdi shares his Story on CNN



Barkhad Abdi - January 2014 - BellaNaija

Fun Fact – Apart from 12 Years a Slave stars, did you know there is another African nominated for the 2014 Oscars?

Oh yes there is. The media has been zooming in on Lupita Nyong’o and Chiwetel Ejiofor, but haven’t brought a lot of attention to Barkhad Abdi.

Barkhad Abdi who is from Somalia, made his first ever acting debut alongside Hollywood movie star Tom Hanks in one of 2013’s biggest movies – Captain Phillips.

The rising actor who was a former limousine driver  shares through a telephone conversation with CNN correspondents, how he scored the role.

Check it out!


  1. Iyke

    January 18, 2014 at 10:26 am

    ‘Look at Me….Look at me, I am the captain now’….That
    was where the story began and you did so well Barkhad Abdi. You
    acted and lived that role like it mattered…heartfelt with
    conviction…until the glow of your light blinked…and was
    extinguished..Good luck mate!


      January 18, 2014 at 3:31 pm

      yea brilliant performance I was glued through out.

  2. Kelechi

    January 18, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Am in tears. …………… congrats

  3. Ify D

    January 18, 2014 at 10:48 am

    I love me some skinny, he sold his act all lines and sinker, goodluck Barkhad

  4. Suki

    January 18, 2014 at 11:23 am

    I like when the interviewer asked “what gave you the courage?” That’s all it take yo. See no limitations! Hopefully he will also be an inspiration to SOME young Somalis who believe there is nothing more to life than being a religious extremist. Africa is proud of you brother!

  5. ivie

    January 18, 2014 at 11:30 am

    Yea..been waiting to read it here…such an Amazing story.. for a first time act! #inspired

  6. Grown Woman

    January 18, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    Congrats to him…

  7. FJD

    January 18, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    GREAT !

  8. SS

    January 18, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    barkhad such a great actor…..making his debut acting in
    captain philip…glad africans are now being recognised in
    hollywood…all the best bakhad in your springing
    career…………oh my lupita…….all the best too

  9. Nicole

    January 18, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    Wow……God is King……..

  10. Chyke

    January 18, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    This is one of the areas Oscar got right this

  11. Thatgidigirl

    January 18, 2014 at 1:36 pm


  12. Chic

    January 18, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    I heard about him a while back. Good for him well


    January 18, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    Quite impress with the Oscar list this year the only movie
    I can’t figure why it’s on the list is American hustle(meaningless
    and patchy).

  14. Anon

    January 18, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    Power has changed hands.

  15. oola

    January 19, 2014 at 12:47 am

    Let” s not forget ADEPERO ODUYE…. She’s Nigerian and also
    in 12 years a slave…. #justsayin’

    • Leila

      January 20, 2014 at 3:29 am

      And she sucked. Watched the movie the crying scene was unbearable.

    • Opinion

      March 4, 2014 at 8:14 pm

      No she DIDN’T! She was amaaaazing!…..that was a part of the film that lingered in my heart…those agonizing tears….welldone Adepero!

  16. Edu

    January 19, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    ‘Irish’, u had me glued to my set. Congratulations Abdi.

  17. Anon

    January 20, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    Perfection! Congrats Barkhad!

  18. JEWELZ

    January 20, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    Congrats Barkhad….being half somali too I am so proud of you Abdi!

  19. wiggo odd

    January 20, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    amazing ,,, ww

  20. Kemi

    March 6, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    im so impressed. When I saw the movie, i never believed he was a first time actor. He played his role so well. I believe with where he is coming from He will invest wisely instead of living a fake life like most Hollywood stars do. Already saying hes broke, im sure He is just been smart. The Sky is your starting point Barkhad Abdi

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