- His father, originally from Sierra Leone, was a party DJ in Atlanta.
- Ran track in high school.
- Turned down a scholarship to Juilliard.
- Was a member of the Christian rap group Four More Disciples.
- Starred in the musical Fela!, first off-Broadway in 2008 (winning an Obie Award for his performance), then transferring to Broadway in 2009.
- Performs a rigorous workout before theater performances.