“I Grew Up Believing I Came From Royalty; I’m A Proud Nigerian” – ‘Power’ Star Rotimi


Rotimi have managed to build his fan base much higher than it probably was five years ago with both his success in music and movie.

The 31-year-old born Olurotimi Akinosho who currently stars as Andre Coleman in ‘ Power’ TV series, spoke on various topics in his latest interview with thatGrapeJuice.

Speaking in the interview in London, Rotimi — who has been making waves on charts with his music — spilled more details about his Nigerian root, something he appears to be proud of.

A lot of artistes who are kick-starting their career in the US mostly don’t want to be identified to their original root, most claim to be just ” Black American”. But this is not Rotimi! He says his voice might make him sound different, but he has always been a proud Nigerian.

According to the R&B singer, he has always been that cool kid from high school that loves being identified as a Nigerian.

“My parents have made me feel very comfortable about it (being Nigerian). I grew up believing I came from royalty, so now its funny the world is actually seeing what it is to be Nigerian because I don’t pretend to be one,” the ‘ All Night ‘ singer said.

The actor who is now seen as a singer (though has however been singing long before he took the ‘Power’ role) visited Nigeria in November. Shortly after his visit, he took to Twitter to describe his visit as a “life-changing experience.”
“ Being in Nigeria is a life-changing experience. It’s important to go home. A country filled with Kings & Queens, ” he wrote.

Rotimi has however starred in other TV series like; ‘ Copper & Stone ,’ ‘ Betrayal ,’ ‘ Battle Creek ‘ as well as high-grossing films like; ‘ Divergent ,’ and feature films like ‘ Burning Sands ,’ ‘ Imperial Dreams ,’ ‘ Deuces ,’ ‘ Acts Of Violence ‘, just to mention a few. According to him, he also appeared in Eddie Murphy’s ‘ Coming 2 America ‘.