Adepero Oduye Born: 1978
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA
One of seven children born to Nigerian parents, Adepero Oduye (pronounced "Add-eh-pair-o Oh-due-yay") was raised in Brooklyn, NY. It was her father's dream for all his children to become doctors, which led Oduye to take up medicine at Cornell University even though she was not fully invested in her studies. During her junior year of college, Oduye's father unexpectedly passed away. The tragic loss taught her about the fragility of life and pushed her to chase her true dream. She took an acting class during her senior year and soon found herself overcome with pure joy over the artistic release performing offered her. Oduye, who previously worked as a youth counselor at Brooklyn's Ce...
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