Chiwetel Ejiofor exudes a poise so perfect that it is almost uncanny. For English speakers, his Nigerian name is a stumbling block that requires a pronunciation code (“Chew-eh-tell Edge-ee-oh-for”), but Ejiofor never considered trading it in for something blander. “I never actually decided to keep my name,” says Ejiofor. “I started in theater, and nobody mentioned it. I just carried on working. Then my first role in films was Amistad, and I was only 19.