Meet Nnamdi Asomugha; the better half of Hollywood screen diva Kerry Washington.
Kerry Washington has been a screen queen for generations, bringing joy to many; and while her job of interpreting roles in movies has brought her fame and wealth, not many know that behind the successful screen diva is a Nigerian called Nnamdi Asomugha.
Asomugha, an actor and a producer is the better half of Washington with whom she shares three wonderful children. Nnamdi Asomugha who is a former top-notch NFL playerplayed college football for the University of California, Berkeley, and was drafted in the first round of the 2003 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders. He played for the Raiders for over a decade, moving on to also play for the Philadelphia Eagles and San
His coach while playing for the raiders, Mike Shanahan would say of the Nigerian, in admiration of his abilities on the pitch; “He plays the run, he plays the pass, the guy is a competitor. He’s the most underrated top player in the game—I can’t say the history of the game because I haven’t been around here that long.”
Asomugha, considered a top-five corner-back for quite a while, retired in 2013 and joined his wife in the business of acting.
As an actor, his first major role came in 2009 on the Southern small-town sports drama Friday Night Lights, which starred Kyle Chandler but it wasn’t until 2015 when people took critical notice.
If you’re wondering how the couple met, it was simply their mutual love for theater. Yes, the arts also united the couple after Asomugha went with a mutual friend to see Washington perform in Race on Broadway; an experience she’ll carry fresh for the rest of her life and of which she posits thus; “The last time I did theater, it completely transformed my life. That’s where I met my husband,” Washington disclosed in October 2018.
Asomugha produced Beasts of No Nation, a 2015 wartime drama told from the point of view of a child soldier, which earned a Golden Globe nomination. Two years later, he starred in and produced the biopic Crown Heights.
The film won an Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival and he received a nomination for Best Supporting Male at the 2018 Independent Spirit Awards. Then there’s also Sylvie’s Love.
He played Private First Class Melvin Peterson in the Pulitzer Prize-winning A Soldier’s Play, a murder mystery co-starring seasoned veterans David Alan Grier and Blair Underwood on Broadway.
As a person not given to living her life on the social media space, Washington and husband Asomugha married in 2013 in a super-secret wedding after dating for a year. The bride’s parents, Earl and Valerie Washington, were witnesses, and the groom’s sister, Chisaraokwu Asomugha, officiated. She would explain why she’s not down with sharing her personal life with the world.
“I’ve had earlier times in my career when I did talk about it (personal life). I was on the cover of a bridal magazine (when she was engaged to actor David Moscow, she appeared on a 2005 issue of Instyle Weddings). But I couldn’t just turn around and say, ‘I only want to talk about the good stuff, but not the bad stuff.’ So I just thought, ‘OK, no more.’”
On some occasions though, the actress says she shares pictures of her children and family on her private IG account. Although 39-year-old Asomugha and 43-year-old Washington are a very private pair, they’ve made some notable outings such as the SAG Awards in 2017, Tonys in 2018, the 2019 Met Gala and the Independent Spirit Awards in 2019.
A year after marriage, Washington gave birth to their first child, a daughter, Isabelle Amarachi Asomugha. In 2016, the pair had a son, Caleb Kalechi Asomugha. There’s also an elder daughter the famed cornerback had.
“The children I got sent came in perfect, and I have to figure out how to grow and evolve so that I can support the truth of them. I’m in a constant state of learning and challenging myself to make room for their perfection and beauty,” said Washington.
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