12 Black Celebrities Whose Real Names Will Surprise You

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Akon

In January 2009, recording artist Akon revealed his real name on the television talk show Ellen. He said his full name is Aliaune Damala Bouga Time Puru Nacka Lu Lu Lu Badara Akon Thiam.

To listen to him pronounce it, watch the clip below:

 

Idris Elba misses press conference for Mandela biopic due to asthma attack

Idris Elba 

Actor Idris Elba’s birth name is Idrissa Akuna Elba.  In October 2011 he explained on ABC’s  Jimmy Kimmel Live!  that when he was in school, he was made fun of and got into fights over his feminine sounding name. So he convinced people to just call him Idris.

 

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