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Nyambi was born in Norman, Oklahoma to Nigerian parents on April 26, 1979. He attended Oakton High School in Fairfax County, Virginia, and played Division I basketball while attending college at Bucknell University. After graduating, he earned his Master of Fine Arts in acting at New York University. He is also working toward a second masters' degree, from an on-line program in administrative leadership at the University of Oklahoma.
Nyambi took up acting in his senior year at Bucknell, and decided to attend NYU (rather than Yale, where he had also been admitted for graduate school) to pursue his acting interest. He also attended the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York City
He had a bit part in the independent film Day Night Day Night as Organizer. He appeared in the episode "Four Cops Shot" in the final season of Law & Order and in an independent film William Vincent alongside James Franco and Josh Lucas.
Among his stage roles have been Caliban in a 2008 Classic Stage Company production of The Tempest and Alfred in a 2009 production of Athol Fugard's Coming Home at The Wilma Theater in Philadelphia.