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Nigerian-born actor nominated for BAFTA

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TVCE – Nigerian actor, John Boyega, has been nominated for the EE Rising Star category of the 69th edition of the British Academy Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).

Boyega, who plays Finn in the Stars Wars The Force Awakens, will be competing for the winning spot with other actors – Bel Powley, Brie Larson, Dakota Johnson and Taron Egerton – in a voting category.

The ceremony will hold on February 14, 2016 at the Royal Opera House, London and will be hosted by Stephen Fry.

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Available records show that Boyega had starred as Ugwu, Odenigbo’s (Chiwetel Ejiofor) houseboy in ‘Half of a Yellow Sun,’ the film adaptation of the novel with the same title, written by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. The movie was directed by Biyi Bandele.

During a ‘Talks at Google’ session on December 3,2015, Boyega recalled how four years ago, JJ Abrams, in the company of Tom Cruise, walked up to him and said he loved Boyega’s first film role in ‘Attack the block’

“I loved you in the movie. One day, I’ll get you in something. We’ll just have to think of what is right,” Abrams stated.

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He however said the opportunity came four years after the discussion.

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