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Nigerian CNN Reporter, Zain Asher Is Hollywood Actor Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Sister

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Nigerian CNN Reporter, Zain Asher Is Hollywood Actor Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Sister

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January 17, 2014 – Nigerian CNN Reporter, Zain Asher Is Hollywood Actor Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Sister

In an emotional interview on CNN recently, popular columnist and reporter at CNN, Zain Asher has confirmed that she is Nigerian-born Hollywood actor Chiwetel Ejiofor’s sister.

Zain Asher’s co-workers didn’t know she is a sister to Chiwetel until he was nominated for Best actor category at the Oscars 2014 yesterday for his role in ’12 years a slave’ movie.

Emotional Zain Asher said Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Oscar nomination meant a lot to their family.

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“Honestly, I could not sleep last night. I really couldn’t. This was so emotional for me because — I’m going to try not to cry — this was a day that my family has really been hoping for and waiting for, for such a long time. Chiwetel — he’s been acting since he’s 13 years old and — oh my god! I told myself I wasn’t going to cry. I do feel so emotional now.

He’s worked so hard for this and growing up with him he was always in his bedroom practicing Shakespeare lines and writing Shakespeare on the wall. I would go out with my friends and I would come home and in the morning he would be reciting Measure for Measure and in the evening it would be Othello.

He’s someone who’s really dedicated and an actor’s actor. He’s been acting for over 20 years, and so to finally see recognition for his work — I can’t even describe the feeling.” – Zain Asher said.

According to Chiwetel Ejiofor’s biography, Zain is his only sibling. She was Zain Ejiofor before adopting her husband’s last name Asher after marriage.

Talent and brains run in the Ejiofor family.  Chiwetel’s younger sister Zain Asher is currently a business correspondent for the CNN news network.  Previously Zain wrote for MONEY magazine where she covered careers and investing, primarily focusing on stocks, mutual funds, consumer tech stories and workplace advice.  Zain Asher graduated from Oxford University in 2005, and received her masters from Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.

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Zain and Chiwetel lost their father, Arinze Ejiofor while coming back from a wedding in Lagos Nigeria when Chiwetel was only 11-year-old. Their car was involved in a tragic crash. Arinze died immediately but Chiwetel survived after 10 weeks in a coma.

“As I get closer to the age he was when he died, the relationship is becoming more acute. But I do think there’s a constant dynamic that will continue always; and be an influence on the kind of work I do.” Chiwetel Ejiofor told Telegraph in an interview on the impact his dad has on his life.

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17 Comments

  1. Lolade Abiola

    January 17, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    Thank God there are still Nigerians giving us positive image out there. I love Zain and Chiwetel.

  2. red

    January 17, 2014 at 2:54 PM

    This is the type of story I love to hear,They are from Nigeria,They are known for the good work and services they are giving,Am very proud of this family,I wish them the best,I knew this day will come when I saw SALT the movie you played along Angelina.more are still to come.Keep up the good work and name.Love you like the air I take to be alive and more.so,so proud of this family.

  3. Onuah Michael

    January 17, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    Why are Nigerians so popular? Out of all the African countries, Nigerians excel among their peers. It’s really remarkable

  4. Dan

    January 17, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    Good job guys…Keep ur head up and stay out of trouble cos those that are applauding u will be the same ones to trash and molest you.

    Stay together,watch out for so called(FFF) friends, family and fans.

    Stay close to your maker.

  5. GODSPLANN

    January 17, 2014 at 3:24 PM

    Thank you Chiwetel Ejiofor and sister Zain Asher, for your exploits in your chosen profession and so excelled; has raised my pride level as a Nigerian living in a foreign land. I’ve become a proud Nigerian from this moments on and pray men & women of your quality emerge to help raise the image of our beloved country. Its not all doom afterall. GOD BLESS NIGERIA

  6. OD

    January 18, 2014 at 2:27 AM

    Good job Chiwetel Ejifor. when ur group was honoured in Golden Globe award. I told myself that u must be a Nigerian. I luv ur spirit and courage. God bless u and ur sister, Zain Asher. God bless Nigeria!

  7. D Hunter

    January 18, 2014 at 4:00 AM

    @GODSPLANN, so 9ce 2 hear 4rm u, guess u‘re cool? Missed u.

    @Chewetel n Zain Asher…well done guys, pls kip it up. Cont 2 fly d flag of excellence higher. U guys hv rily made us proud down here. U hv proved it 2 d World dat nt all Nigerians r d never do wells.
    Stay out of trouble.
    Stay relevant.
    Stay blessed.
    D Hunter.

  8. sigis

    February 17, 2014 at 6:08 AM

    Awesome! I be seen a couple of movies this Nigerian acted,and am so proud of him.

  9. William

    February 17, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    This just shows how well Nigerians represent us outside. I don’t know about you, but he’s definitely from Anambra.

  10. kemmie

    February 18, 2014 at 5:20 PM

    Well Done Bro, we are so proud of you. Thanks for keeping your identity as a Nigerian. Even without seeing your face, any nigerian can easily connect with you through you name. However I wonder you Zain does not use Ejiofor. We know that Asher is only her middle name, but she tends to use it as her last name. All the same, well done folks.

  11. husein

    November 13, 2014 at 6:24 AM

    Wow,tht,s great thing u did for us Africans,by your identity.we still b proud of u.May Allah b with u always.to come foreword.ciao.

  12. UBAZEE

    November 16, 2014 at 11:17 AM

    UNA DEY DECEIVE UNASELF

  13. dina

    November 29, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    I heard that chiwetel is the second born of 4.l know Zain what are other siblings ‘s names

  14. Hafsa

    August 4, 2015 at 10:12 PM

    Zain Asher is only one of Chiwetelu’s siblings. I know he has an older brother and I think there is also a younger sister. His elder brother is Obinze. For a pic with his brother and sister, Zain https://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/140116150146-exp-nsr-baldwinasher-bestactor-00002001-horizontal-gallery.jpg He and the brother resemble one another.

  15. Louis

    July 27, 2016 at 3:21 PM

    I knew Arinze the father when I was at King’s College hospital in the 80’s, he was doing research in my lab on respiratory diseases. We always discussed about him becoming a medical doctor as he told me if he was going back to Nigeria, this would be more beneficial.
    I found that Mexico was giving scholarships for Ph.D. graduates to study medicine for 3 years.
    I was very sorry and sad to hear that he died in that accident. We were good friends and we spoke in French as he did part of his Doctorate in France
    Dr Louis Vydelingum

  16. Pa2

    July 30, 2016 at 2:40 PM

    Thank God they are Igbo. We are good in everything. The salt of the nation.Proud Igbo Man if you are One,let me see your like.

  17. Orji

    September 4, 2016 at 10:54 AM

    Honest there is something about Zain that kept tugging at my heart. As I watch her present I could Almost say I knew her and then, I googled …. Low and behold… She is Nigerian. And the connection to Chiwetel, their courage. God bless you….beautiful people.

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