Find out more about the greatest Nigerians, including Chinua Achebe, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, T. B. Joshua, Olusegun Obasanjo and Wole Soyinka.

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.
Chimamanda Ngozi AdichieChimamanda Ngozi Adichie

15 September 1977

Fela KutiFela Kuti

15 October 1938

Chinua AchebeChinua Achebe
(Nigerian novelist)

16 November 1930

T. B. JoshuaT. B. Joshua
(Televangelist and Faith Healer)

12 June 1963

Olusegun ObasanjoOlusegun Obasanjo
(Former President of Nigeria)

05 March 1937

Wole SoyinkaWole Soyinka
(Author, Poet, Playwright)

13 July 1934

Enoch AdeboyeEnoch Adeboye

02 March 1942

Agbani DaregoAgbani Darego
(Model & Beauty Queen)

22 December 1982

Mosunmola AbuduMo Abudu
(Talk Show Host, Media Proprietor)

11 September 1964

Benjamin Nnamdi Azikiwe Benjamin Nnamdi Azikiwe
(First President of Nigeria)

16 November 1904

Hugo WeavingHugo Weaving
(Actor, Voice actor, Film actor)

04 April 1960

John Obi MikelJohn Obi Mikel
(Nigerian footballer)

22 April 1987

Hakeem OlajuwonHakeem Olajuwon
(Basketball player)

21 January 1963

Muhammadu BuhariMuhammadu Buhari
(Military personnel, Politician)

17 December 1942

Jay-Jay OkochaJay-Jay Okocha

14 August 1973

Kelechi IheanachoKelechi Iheanacho
(Nigerian footballer)

03 October 1996

Nwankwo KanuNwankwo Kanu

01 August 1976

Obafemi MartinsObafemi Martins

28 October 1984

Sani AbachaSani Abacha
(Politician, Military personnel)

20 September 1943

Chinedu IkediezeChinedu Ikedieze
(Nigerian actor)

12 December 1977

Genevieve NnajiGenevieve Nnaji
(Nigerian actress)

03 May 1979

Osita IhemeOsita Iheme

20 February 1982

Ibrahim BabangidaIbrahim Babangida
(Politician, Military)

17 August 1941

Nnamdi AzikiweNnamdi Azikiwe
(Writer, Politician)

16 November 1904

Yakubu AiyegbeniYakubu Aiyegbeni
(Nigerian footballer)

22 November 1982

Joseph YoboJoseph Yobo

06 September 1980

Bukola SarakiBukola Saraki

19 December 1962

Umar Farouk AbdulmutallabUmar Farouk Abdulmutallab
(Underwear Bomber)

22 December 1986

Yakubu GowonYakubu Gowon
(Politician, Military personnel)

19 October 1934

Amobi OkoyeAmobi Okoye
(American football player)

10 June 1987

Adetomiwa EdunAdetomiwa Edun

04 March 1984

Ken Saro-WiwaKen Saro-Wiwa
(Writer, Poet, Screenwriter)

10 October 1941

Obafemi AwolowoObafemi Awolowo
(politician, lawyer, trade unionist)

06 March 1909

Atiku AbubakarAtiku Abubakar
(Custom officer, Politician)

25 November 1946

Funke AkindeleFunke Akindele
(Nigerian actress)

24 August 1977

Femi KutiFemi Kuti

16 June 1962

Dr. AlbanDr. Alban

26 August 1957

Sade AduSade Adu

16 January 1959

Omotola Jalade EkeindeOmotola Jalade Ekeinde

07 February 1978

Ngozi Okonjo-IwealaNgozi Okonjo-Iweala
(Diplomat, Economist)

13 June 1954

Henry OnyekuruHenry Onyekuru
(Nigerian footballer)

05 June 1997

Shehu ShagariShehu Shagari

25 February 1925

Abubakar Tafawa BalewaAbubakar Tafawa Balewa
(Former Prime Minister of Nigeria)

01 October 1912

Ini EdoIni Edo
(Nigerian actress)

23 April 1982

Nkem OwohNkem Owoh

07 February 1958

Isaac SuccessIsaac Success
(Nigerian footballer)

07 January 1996

Johnson Aguiyi-IronsiJohnson Aguiyi-Ironsi

03 March 1924

(Nigerian singer)

15 August 1980

Bola TinubuBola Tinubu
(Accountant, Politician)

29 March 1952

Funmilayo Ransome-KutiFunmilayo Ransome-Kuti
(Teacher, Politician, Activist)

25 October 1900

Samuel Ajayi CrowtherSamuel Ajayi Crowther
(translator, Bible translator)

1809 AD

Sanusi Lamido SanusiSanusi Lamido Sanusi

31 July 1961

C. Odumegwu OjukwuC. Odumegwu Ojukwu
(Politician, Military personnel)

04 November 1933

Ben OkriBen Okri
(Writer, Journalist, Novelist, Author, Poet)

15 March 1959

Herbert MacaulayHerbert Macaulay

14 November 1864

Patience OzokworPatience Ozokwor

25 March 1958

Pete EdochiePete Edochie

07 March 1947

Ahmadu BelloAhmadu Bello

12 June 1910

Ayo FayoseAyo Fayose

13 November 1960

Abdulsalami AbubakarAbdulsalami Abubakar
(Politician, Military personnel)

13 June 1942

Ernest ShonekanErnest Shonekan
(politician, lawyer)

09 May 1934

Babatunde OlatunjiBabatunde Olatunji
(Musician, Percussionist)

07 April 1927

Uzodinma IwealaUzodinma Iweala

05 November 1982

Chidiebere NwakaliChidiebere Nwakali
(Nigerian footballer)

26 December 1996

Kayode FayemiKayode Fayemi

09 February 1965

Buchi EmechetaBuchi Emecheta
(Writer, Novelist, Sociologist, Playwright, Editor, Children's writer)

21 July 1944

Diezani Alison-MaduekeDiezani Alison-Madueke
(Nigerian Politician)

06 December 1960

Mike EzuruonyeMike Ezuruonye

21 September 1982

Francis ArinzeFrancis Arinze
(Theologian, University teacher, Catholic priest)

01 November 1932

Joke SilvaJoke Silva
(Nigerian actress)

29 September 1961

Mikel John ObiMikel John Obi

1987 AD

James IboriJames Ibori

04 August 1949

Wilson OrumaWilson Oruma
(Football midfielder)

30 December 1976

Chris NgigeChris Ngige

08 August 1952

Zack OrjiZack Orji

1960 AD