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Now this is hilarious!

British-based Nigerian actor David Oyelowo, who is getting great reviews for his role as Martin Luther King, Jr. in “Selma“, was a handsome chap in a grey suit for an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

He talked about how his dad will be mortified as to how his last name Oyelowo, is being pronounced. David also joked about how his father mispronounces everyone’s names including Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg and Tom Cruise.
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  1. mrs chidukane

    December 24, 2014 at 9:53 am

    Hilarious! That’s Naija parents for you. My mom makes up names for her staff. Your name could be Chika but in my mom’s eyes and heart, you’re Onyinyechi and Onyinyechi you shall remain.

    • Anna

      December 24, 2014 at 3:16 pm

      Hahaha, my mum names you according to your behaviour or what you remind her off. So if you’re sly and sneaky, it would be yahoo-yahoo.

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      December 29, 2014 at 2:56 pm

      Hahahaha!! Naija parents can like to stubbornly REFUSE to make the effort, sha. That’s so hilarious about your mum.

      And some hilarious comedy from David as well (hey, he’s another DavidO! 🙂 ) Wasn’t sure about seeing “Selma” but the Golden Globes buzz might sway my thinking….

  2. Anonymous

    December 24, 2014 at 10:05 am

    Oh my God! He hit the nail on the head! Like this is Nigerian parents for you everyday. And you can never tell them they are saying it wrong. It’s like blocking their slap or knock. Mad disrespectful!

    • kina

      December 28, 2014 at 3:13 pm


  3. LadyWithTheAfroLocs

    December 24, 2014 at 10:24 am

  4. Que

    December 24, 2014 at 10:32 am

    Hahahahahhahahahahahhaaaa @ ur mama…..o mumsss!!!

  5. Olori Tari

    December 24, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Lmaooo I love him. The accuracy as well. I also love the way he calls his real surname and emphasises on it! Very cute.

  6. honey

    December 24, 2014 at 11:13 am

    And the guy can do Nigerian accent

    • Ndubuisi

      December 24, 2014 at 2:23 pm

      because he is Nigerian he was born in UK by his yoruba parents but as an adult he lived in Nigeria for 7yrs according him

  7. uzo

    December 24, 2014 at 11:19 am

    Oh my days. Hilarious. My mother has just given up remembering or bothering to remember. Every woman is sissy now when she draws a blank. “Good morning sissy. How is your family”. Then I say her name is …. And she says isn’t she a sissy. Lmaaaooo

    • Ewa

      December 24, 2014 at 12:31 pm

      I guess you mean “Sisi’ and not “sissy”

    • Uzo

      December 26, 2014 at 10:04 pm

      Lol. Its actually sissy. Its a family joke and its spelt with the double s and goes along with an interesting inflection when she says it.

  8. bella

    December 24, 2014 at 11:41 am

    OMG, i love this guy… he is so real….and hilarious. Naija parents rock. Merry Christmas Naija.


    December 24, 2014 at 11:45 am

    Gosh, I love this interview! I love the fact that David and Uzoamaka Aduba are proud of their heritage. I hope Chinwetel will watch and learn

    • O

      December 24, 2014 at 3:50 pm

      Na beans…..he is not learning anyTIN

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      December 29, 2014 at 2:57 pm

      Don’t mind that my husband-to-be. No worry, na from carrying wine to my village wey im go begin embrace his heritage… 😀

  10. Kemi

    December 24, 2014 at 11:50 am

    “Jimmy falling-down”… LOL 😀

  11. ATL 's finest

    December 24, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    Lmao!!!! Typically of our parents.. Welcome to my world. My mom is good with names but honey when it comes to names of stores, it’s a wrap:) Kohls is pronounced as if it’s some festival market in Nigeria!!! #phew# God bless Our parents..

  12. DIVA!!!!

    December 24, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    Wow….sooooooooo impressed!

  13. HotForDavid

    December 24, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    I love how his accent isnt fake at all… Polished English with a tinge of foneh. That being said I’m sure he grew up in England.

    • Ndubuisi

      December 24, 2014 at 2:24 pm

      yes but lived in Nigeria as an adult for 7yrs

  14. i no send

    December 24, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    im in luuuv….hehehe

  15. Amy

    December 24, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    My dad still thinks it’s ‘batoletti’ and da vinsi.

  16. Akua

    December 24, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    Go Africa! Time has come for change indeed. It begins with our actors and actresses shinning and then eventually getting rid of all our corrupt leaders for a better and brighter Africa. I am so proud of how Nigerian actors are taking over the global movie industry. Great job and God bless. That was really a very interesting interview by the way.

  17. chinco

    December 24, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    What gets to me is when my folks pronounce IBO names— Nkechi becomes Nkeshi, Chukwudi becomes Shukudi… And I’m like PLEASE STOP

  18. benito

    December 24, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    I can totally relate to this

  19. Blaqgurlrock

    December 24, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    Even our own Miss Nnaji here my Mum keeps insisting her name is ‘Genevivianne’ as if she gave birth to her, you can’t help but to love Naija parents lol

  20. TeeB

    December 24, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    Gosh I love David Oyelowo! Such an amazing actor. Supa dupa proud of him

  21. tutu

    December 24, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    I wonder if he actually speaks Yoruba.

    • timothy

      January 1, 2015 at 11:12 am

      Well, in the movie “A Raisint in the Sun”, he had a few lines in Yoruba and they were on point

  22. Oga at the very top

    December 25, 2014 at 6:44 am

    His father will give him a dirty slap for this and we will read it in BG magazine.

    • uk

      January 6, 2015 at 3:47 am



    December 25, 2014 at 11:57 am

    Waoh.This is so real..

  24. Bunmiamara

    December 28, 2014 at 2:34 am

    awwwww,so proud to be Nigerian. good job MR!!

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