Chiwetelu Umeadi “Chiwetel” Ejiofor, an English actor, director and writer of Nigerian origin has been made a Commander of the order of the British Empire (CBE), for his service to drama.
The ’12 Years A Slave’ star received the award from the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, during an official ceremony held at Buckingham Palace in London on Tuesday.
The actor, a Nigerian who grew up in London, received the recognition for his service to drama.
Chiwetel Ejiofor has also boasted roles in the likes of Dirty Pretty Things and Half Of A Yellow Sun, and will next be seen in Secret In Their Eyes opposite Nicole Kidman.
He’s also earned high praise for treading the boards in London, taking the lead in Othello at the Donmar Warehouse and starring in a recent production of Everyman at the National.
Discussing his CBE award, his sister, CNN presenter Zain Asher, said the BAFTA award winner always dreamt of acting.
“He’s been acting since he was 13 years old and he’s worked so hard for this. Growing up with him he was always in his bedroom practicing Shakespeare lines, writing Shakespeare on the wall,” she said.
Ejiofor received an Oscar nomination and won a BAFTA in 2013 for his performance in ‘12 Years A Slave.’
He made his acting debut in Steven Spielberg’s ‘Amistad.’ The 38-year-old actor already received a OBE in 2008.
His exploits in far away Britain is expected to encourage younger people on how well they can become internationally recognized while expressing their gifts.