It’s been a fantastic ride” quips Akinnagbe when asked of his extensive career in Hollywood. Akinnagbe has starred alongside notable names in the industry.
His acting career dates back to the mid 2000s when he first hit the screen with recurring roles in the television series Barber Shop. But this one time pro-wrestler didn’t break ground until he says “I
became serious about acting, when i started doing auditions and got offered a role at NBC…” and from there Akinnagbe’s career has gone forward.
He admits, “Being Nigerian-American has been an attribute to my career. It has been an experience growing up in my family and in my culture. This has helped me in terms of my dexterity and the industry. And just having a different perspective that people need to draw from when acting, creating or writing.
Akinnagbe currently stars on Showtime’s “Nurse Jackie”.
Today when not on set, Akinnagbe finds time to mentor younglings at various charity organizations where he sits on the board. Currently an active member of these organizations “All for Africa, Lets get ready and Shine out Sierra Leone,” he notes, “The success I’ve had has been a blessing, but most importantly the opportunity it has given me to give back.”
Akinagbe hopes to extend his philanthropic deeds by setting up an acting school in Nigeria. This is part of his future plans alongside venturing into writing and hopes to direct on the big and small screen.
He still maintains “The more people experience a different culture in life the clearer the vision in chosing a career path in”
Overall, this actor counts his blessings knowing that he is able to give back, “I’ll say I’m really blessed to be an actor because it has allowed me to give my services to many important groups.”
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