Famous People Born In Abeokuta

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Fela Kuti
(Multi-Instrumentalist & the Creator of ‘Afro-beat’, a Genre that Fuses West African Music with American Funk & Jazz)
Fela Kuti
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: October 15, 1938
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: August 2, 1997
Political activist and Afrobeat inventor Fela Kuti initially performed with his band Koola Lobitos and later renamed it Nigeria '70. He was inspired by the Black Power movement, which also gradually transformed his musical style. He married 27 women in 1978, to mark the anniversary of the Kalakuta Republic attack.
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Olusegun Obasanjo
(Former President of Nigeria)
Olusegun Obasanjo
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 5, 1937
Sun Sign: Pisces
Initially a teacher, Olusegun Obasanjo had joined the army as he could not afford college. The People’s Democratic Party leader became the military ruler of Nigeria in 1976 but later handed over his powers to a democratic government. He also became the president 2 decades later. 
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Wole Soyinka
(Author, Poet, Playwright)
Wole Soyinka
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 13, 1934
Sun Sign: Cancer

Wole Soyinka is a Nigerian playwright, poet, and essayist. In 1986, he became the first sub-Saharan African to be honored with the Nobel Prize in Literature. As a young man, he worked with the Royal Court Theatre in London. In Nigeria, he was actively involved in the country’s freedom struggle. He has taught at various international universities.

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Moshood Abiola
(Nigerian Politician, Businessman, and Publisher)
Moshood Abiola
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 24, 1937
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: July 7, 1998
Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola was a Nigerian politician, businessman, and publisher. Nicknamed the President Who Never Ruled, Abiola took part in the presidential elections in 1993. Unfortunately, the results of the election were annulled by Ibrahim Babangida, claiming that the election was corrupt and unfair. By the time of his demise, Abiola had become a symbol of democracy.
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Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti
(Prominent Nigerian Feminist and Women's Rights Activist)
Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 25, 1900
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: April 13, 1978

From being the first female student at her secondary grammar school, Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti rose to be Nigeria’s foremost feminist and a champion for women’s rights. Initially a teacher, she launched the Abeokuta Women’s Union and also participated in Nigeria’s independence struggle. She later won the Lenin Peace Prize and the Order of the Niger.

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Amos Tutuola
(Nigerian Writer Who Wrote in English)
Amos Tutuola
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 20, 1920
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: June 8, 1997
Amos Tutuola was a Nigerian writer who wrote his novels in English. Many of his works were influenced by the folk tales of the Yoruba people. Amos Tutuola is credited with co-founding The Mbari Club, a centre for cultural activity.
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Beko Ransome-Kuti
(Physician)
Beko Ransome-Kuti
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Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: August 2, 1940
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: February 10, 2006
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Adetokunbo Ademola
(Jurist)
Adetokunbo Ademola
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: February 1, 1906
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: January 29, 1993
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Peter Akinola
(Former Primate of the Anglican Church in Nigeria)
Peter Akinola
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 27, 1944
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Peter Akinola is the former Primate of the Anglican church in Nigeria. He was also the first Archbishop of the Abuja Province. In 2006, Peter Akinola was named among the 100 most influential people in the world by TIME magazine under the Leaders and Revolutionaries category.