Keri Hilson named her last album “No Boys Allowed” but after meeting Oklahoma City Thunder’s Serge Ibaka, she changed her tune. Born in the Republic of the Congo, Ibaka played basketball in Spain before coming to the NBA. Hilson, who is normally very private about her dating life, was rumored to have a new man in her life and after months of speculation, they came out as a couple in late 2012. Still going strong, Hilson was sitting in the stands cheering her man on a couple of weeks ago when he got ejected from the game against the Los Angeles Clippers.
Actress Nia Long was out of the headlines for a while before she re-emerged a few years ago pregnant and happy. By her side was her man Ime Udoka. The Nigerian-American played eight seasons in the NBA before landing a job as an assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs. Long gave birth to their son Kez Sunday Udoka in November of 2011. She recently reprised her role as Jordan Armstrong for The Best Man Holiday.
Just when the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” show was getting a little boring, the good folks over at Bravo added former Miss USA winner Kenya Moore to spice things up. In her first season on the show, Moore took up, what some would call, an inappropriate relationship with fellow castmate Phaedra Parks’ husband. But Moore moved on to her own man. Over the summer, Moore was photographed with her new boo, the son of an African billionaire. In other words, he’s very rich.
Former Destiny’s Child member Michelle Williams has kept a relatively low profile since the group went there separate ways. Along with releasing a few gospel albums, Williams has been romantically linked to former NFL player Adewale Ogunyele for several years. Things must be getting serious between the two. Last December, Williams traveled to Ogunyele’s native country Nigeria to sing the country’s national anthem at an event. Ogunyele, who played for the Chicago Bear and the Miami Dolphins, was with singer Kelis before he hooked up with Williams and he’s Sanaa Lathan’s ex man.
Kerry Washington is having a great year. In addition to starring in the most talked about show of the season, the “Scandal” star surprised everyone when she up and married NFL player Nnamdi Asomugha in June. The current free agent, whose parents both hail from Nigeria, was considered one of the best corners in the league. A few weeks ago, Washington made headlines once again when it was revealed she was expecting their first child.
TRACEE ELLIS ROSS
Tracee Ellis Ross may be best known for playing Dr. Joan on the hit sitcom “Girlfriends,” but it was her recent relationship with Bu Thaim that got the daughter of a famous diva back in the headlines. Ross was spotted around town on the arm of the music executive and brother of singer Akon. After dating for almost two years, Ross and Thaim reportedly broke up but we haven’t seen any proof yet.
NICOLE ARI PARKER
Nicole Ari Parker landed the role of her career when she was cast as Teri Joseph in Showtime’s hit show “Soul Food.” The role would change her life in more ways than one. It was on the show that she met the man who she would vow to spend the rest of her life with. Parker wed Boris Kodjoe, whose father is from Ghana, in a lavish, fairytale wedding in Germany in 2005. The couple has two children together.
Beauty queen Leila Lopes won the title of Miss Angora before winning the crown of Miss Universe in 2011. Becoming the first woman from her country to hold the position, the stunning beauty also won the heart of two-time Pro Bowler Osi Umenyoira. Earlier this year, Umenyoira popped the question and the two became engaged. The Atlanta Falcons player, who was born in London to Nigerian parents, won two Super Bowl rings as part of the New York Giants before taking his talents down south.
You may not know her name but you probably know who her man is. Make-up artist Naiyana Garth probably makes a lot of women jealous when she steps out with actor Idris Alba. The British born actor gained prominence as the cutthroat second-in-command drug kingpin Stringer Bell on the hit HBO series “The Wire.” The happy couple has reason to celebrate; it was recently announced Garth is pregnant and we’re assuming he’s the father. Elba, whose father is from Sierra Leone and mother from Ghana, also has a daughter from his previous marriage.
CHLOÉ ALEXIS JOURDAN
Rapper Wale has steadily built his fan base over the last several years with his poetic songs and non-stop work ethic. While the ladies love that the Nigerian American is in tune with his softer side, there’s been one very special lady in his life. Little did we know the DC native has been quietly dating model Chloé Alexis Jourdan for more than two years. The couple was outted when Jourdan shared a photo kissing her man on Instagram recently.