Nigeria, often referred to as the "Giant of Africa", is a country known for its diverse culture as it is inhabited by over 500 ethnic groups, each with its own unique language and traditions. The nation had been the home of numerous kingdoms and tribes before coming under British colonial rule. Nnamdi Azikiwe emerged as one of the leading figures of modern Nigerian nationalism and served as the first President of Nigeria from 1963 to 1966. Even though Nigeria went through decades of political turmoil, the ever resilient Nigerians continued making new strides in the areas of arts, culture, sports, and literature. The nation has produced poets and writers like John Pepper Clark, Ben Okri, Cyprian Ekwensi, Buchi Emecheta, and Helon Habila who have achieved fame on the international level. Nigerians have excelled in the field of sports, especially in basketball. Hakeem Olajuwon, Yinka Dare, Obinna Ekezie, Festus Ezeli and Olumide Oyedeji are some of the prominent sports stars in the country. Nigeria's human rights record remains poor giving rise to activists like Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi who has been associated with a number of international women's rights and philanthropy organizations. This section provides you information about the life and works of famous Nigerians.
Hakeem OlajuwonHakeem Olajuwon
21 January 1963
Basketball Player
Fela KutiFela Kuti
15 October 1938
Multi-instrumentalist

Chinua AchebeChinua Achebe
16 November 1930
Nigerian novelist

Chimamanda Ngozi AdichieChimamanda Ngozi Adichie
15 September 1977
Writer

Michael BoulosMichael Boulos
 
Tiffany Trump’s Boyfriend

WizkidWizkid
16 July 1990
Singer-songwriter
Wole SoyinkaWole Soyinka
13 July 1934
Author, Poet, Playwright

Olusegun ObasanjoOlusegun Obasanjo
05 March 1937
Former President of Nigeria

T. B. JoshuaT. B. Joshua
12 June 1963
Televangelist and Faith Healer

Ime UdokaIme Udoka
09 August 1977
American-Nigerian Basketball Player
JidennaJidenna
04 May 1985
Rapper

Destiny EtikoDestiny Etiko
12 August 1994
Actress
Enoch AdeboyeEnoch Adeboye
02 March 1942
Pastor

Korede BelloKorede Bello
29 February 1996
Singer-Songwriter

Agbani DaregoAgbani Darego
22 December 1982
Model & Beauty Queen
Mosunmola AbuduMo Abudu
11 September 1964
Talk Show Host, Media Proprietor

Ayo JayAyo Jay
09 August 1989
Singer
Benjamin Nnamdi Azikiwe Benjamin Nnamdi Azikiwe
16 November 1904
First President of Nigeria

DavidoDavido
21 November 1992
Singer-Songwriter

Osita IhemeOsita Iheme
20 February 1982
Actor
Muhammadu BuhariMuhammadu Buhari
17 December 1942
Military personnel, Politician

John Obi MikelJohn Obi Mikel
22 April 1987
Nigerian footballer
Jay-Jay OkochaJay-Jay Okocha
14 August 1973
Footballer

Nwankwo KanuNwankwo Kanu
01 August 1976
Footballer

Obafemi MartinsObafemi Martins
28 October 1984
Footballer

Sani AbachaSani Abacha
20 September 1943
Politician, Military personnel
Chinedu IkediezeChinedu Ikedieze
12 December 1977
Nigerian actor
Kelechi IheanachoKelechi Iheanacho
03 October 1996
Nigerian footballer

Genevieve NnajiGenevieve Nnaji
03 May 1979
Nigerian actress

Henry OnyekuruHenry Onyekuru
05 June 1997
Nigerian footballer

Yakubu GowonYakubu Gowon
19 October 1934
Politician, Military personnel
Obafemi AwolowoObafemi Awolowo
06 March 1909
politician, lawyer, trade unionist

Ibrahim BabangidaIbrahim Babangida
17 August 1941
Politician, Military

Atiku AbubakarAtiku Abubakar
25 November 1946
Custom officer, Politician

Nnamdi AzikiweNnamdi Azikiwe
16 November 1904
Writer, Politician

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Umar Farouk AbdulmutallabUmar Farouk Abdulmutallab
22 December 1986
Underwear Bomber
Sanusi Lamido SanusiSanusi Lamido Sanusi
31 July 1961
Banker

Bukola SarakiBukola Saraki
19 December 1962
Politician
Ken Saro-WiwaKen Saro-Wiwa
10 October 1941
Writer, Poet, Screenwriter

Bola TinubuBola Tinubu
29 March 1952
Accountant, Politician

Dr. AlbanDr. Alban
26 August 1957
Musician
Joseph YoboJoseph Yobo
06 September 1980
Footballer

Adetomiwa EdunAdetomiwa Edun
04 March 1984
Actor
Omotola Jalade EkeindeOmotola Jalade Ekeinde
07 February 1978
Actress

Abubakar Tafawa BalewaAbubakar Tafawa Balewa
01 October 1912
Former Prime Minister of Nigeria

Ini EdoIni Edo
23 April 1982
Nigerian actress

Johnson Aguiyi-IronsiJohnson Aguiyi-Ironsi
03 March 1924
Politician

Ngozi Okonjo-IwealaNgozi Okonjo-Iweala
13 June 1954
Diplomat, Economist
Isaac SuccessIsaac Success
07 January 1996
Nigerian footballer

Shehu ShagariShehu Shagari
25 February 1925
Politician

Femi KutiFemi Kuti
16 June 1962
Musician

Funke AkindeleFunke Akindele
24 August 1977
Nigerian actress
Pete EdochiePete Edochie
07 March 1947
Actor

C. Odumegwu OjukwuC. Odumegwu Ojukwu
04 November 1933
Politician, Military personnel
TimayaTimaya
15 August 1980
Nigerian singer

Amobi OkoyeAmobi Okoye
10 June 1987
American football player

Samuel Ajayi CrowtherSamuel Ajayi Crowther
1809 AD
translator, Bible translator
Funmilayo Ransome-KutiFunmilayo Ransome-Kuti
25 October 1900
Teacher, Politician, Activist

Nkem OwohNkem Owoh
07 February 1958
Actor
Ahmadu BelloAhmadu Bello
12 June 1910
Politician

Herbert MacaulayHerbert Macaulay
14 November 1864
Politician

Sade AduSade Adu
16 January 1959
Singer
Babatunde OlatunjiBabatunde Olatunji
07 April 1927
Musician, Percussionist

Ben OkriBen Okri
15 March 1959
Writer, Journalist, Novelist, Author, Poet
Patience OzokworPatience Ozokwor
25 March 1958
Actress

Abdulsalami AbubakarAbdulsalami Abubakar
13 June 1942
Politician, Military personnel

Ernest ShonekanErnest Shonekan
09 May 1934
politician, lawyer

Buchi EmechetaBuchi Emecheta
21 July 1944
Writer, Novelist, Sociologist, Playwright, Editor,
Diezani Alison-MaduekeDiezani Alison-Madueke
06 December 1960
Nigerian Politician
Francis ArinzeFrancis Arinze
01 November 1932
Theologian, University teacher, Catholic priest

Joke SilvaJoke Silva
29 September 1961
Nigerian actress

Uzodinma IwealaUzodinma Iweala
05 November 1982
Writer

Kayode FayemiKayode Fayemi
09 February 1965
Politician
Mike EzuruonyeMike Ezuruonye
21 September 1982
Actor

Chris NgigeChris Ngige
08 August 1952
Politician

Ogbonnaya OnuOgbonnaya Onu
01 December 1951
Politician

James IboriJames Ibori
04 August 1949
Politician

Wilson OrumaWilson Oruma
30 December 1976
Football midfielder
Ayo FayoseAyo Fayose
13 November 1960
Politician

Chidiebere NwakaliChidiebere Nwakali
26 December 1996
Nigerian footballer
Zack OrjiZack Orji
1960 AD
Actor

Diepreye AlamieyeseighaDiepreye Alamieyeseigha
16 November 1952
Politician

Abubakar AuduAbubakar Audu
27 October 1947
politician
Allison MaduekeAllison Madueke
1944 AD
politician

Alex Ifeanyichukwu EkwuemeAlex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme
21 October 1932
5th Vice President of Nigeria
Ibrahim IdrisIbrahim Idris
06 April 1949
politician

Mikel John ObiMikel John Obi
1987 AD
Footballer

Yakubu AiyegbeniYakubu Aiyegbeni
22 November 1982
Nigerian footballer

Nnimmo BasseyNnimmo Bassey
 
Uche KaluUche Kalu
16 May 1986
Footballer

Chibuike AmaechiChibuike Amaechi
27 May 1965
 
Victor Nsofor ObinnaVictor Nsofor Obinna
25 March 1987
Footballer

Taye Ismaila TaiwoTaye Ismaila Taiwo
16 April 1985
Footballer

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