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.
T. B. JoshuaT. B. Joshua
12 June 1963
Televangelist, Faith Healer
Ime UdokaIme Udoka
09 August 1977
American-Nigerian Basketball Player

Hakeem OlajuwonHakeem Olajuwon
21 January 1963
Basketball Player

Muhammadu BuhariMuhammadu Buhari
17 December 1942
Politician

Chimamanda Ngozi AdichieChimamanda Ngozi Adichie
15 September 1977
Writer

WizkidWizkid
16 July 1990
Singer-songwriter
Fela KutiFela Kuti
15 October 1938
Multi-instrumentalist

DavidoDavido
21 November 1992
Singer-Songwriter

Enoch AdeboyeEnoch Adeboye
02 March 1942
Pastor
Chinua AchebeChinua Achebe
16 November 1930
Nigerian novelist

Olusegun ObasanjoOlusegun Obasanjo
05 March 1937
Former President of Nigeria
Wole SoyinkaWole Soyinka
13 July 1934
Author, Poet, Playwright

Agbani DaregoAgbani Darego
22 December 1982
Model & Beauty Queen

Benjamin Nnamdi Azikiwe Benjamin Nnamdi Azikiwe
16 November 1904
First President of Nigeria

JidennaJidenna
04 May 1985
Rapper

Obafemi AwolowoObafemi Awolowo
06 March 1909
Political Leader
Hausa Queen AminaHausa Queen Amina
1533 AD
Queen of Nigeria

Michael BoulosMichael Boulos
 
Tiffany Trump’s Boyfriend

Osi UmenyioraOsi Umenyiora
16 November 1981
American Football Player

Rick FamuyiwaRick Famuyiwa
18 June 1973
Film Director
Shola AmeobiShola Ameobi
12 October 1981
Footballer

Korede BelloKorede Bello
29 February 1996
Singer-Songwriter
Mo AbuduMo Abudu
11 September 1964
Talk Show Host, Media Proprietor

Ayo JayAyo Jay
09 August 1989
Singer

Destiny EtikoDestiny Etiko
12 August 1994
Actress
Kamaru UsmanKamaru Usman
11 May 1987
Mixed martial artist

Israel AdesanyaIsrael Adesanya
22 July 1989
Mixed martial artist
Kelechi IheanachoKelechi Iheanacho
03 October 1996
Nigerian footballer

Ngozi Okonjo-IwealaNgozi Okonjo-Iweala
13 June 1954
Diplomat, Economist

Sade AduSade Adu
16 January 1959
Singer-Songwriter
Jay-Jay OkochaJay-Jay Okocha
14 August 1973
Footballer

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Burna BoyBurna Boy
02 July 1991
Singer
Osita IhemeOsita Iheme
20 February 1982
Actor

Bola TinubuBola Tinubu
29 March 1952
Accountant, Politician

Keiynan LonsdaleKeiynan Lonsdale
19 December 1991
Actor

John Obi MikelJohn Obi Mikel
22 April 1987
Nigerian footballer
Obafemi MartinsObafemi Martins
28 October 1984
Footballer
Nwankwo KanuNwankwo Kanu
01 August 1976
Footballer

Adepero OduyeAdepero Oduye
11 January 1978
Actress

Sani AbachaSani Abacha
20 September 1943
Military personnel

Mohammed YusufMohammed Yusuf
29 January 1970
Preacher
Ibrahim BabangidaIbrahim Babangida
17 August 1941
Politician, Military

Chinedu IkediezeChinedu Ikedieze
12 December 1977
Nigerian actor

Yvonne OrjiYvonne Orji
02 December 1983
Actress

Toks OlagundoyeToks Olagundoye
16 September 1975
Actress

Yakubu GowonYakubu Gowon
19 October 1934
Politician, Military personnel
Moshood Kashimawo Olawale AbiolaMoshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola
24 August 1937
Politician

Umar Farouk AbdulmutallabUmar Farouk Abdulmutallab
22 December 1986
Underwear Bomber
Yakubu AiyegbeniYakubu Aiyegbeni
22 November 1982
Nigerian footballer

Folorunsho AlakijaFolorunsho Alakija
15 July 1951
Business Women

Usman dan FodioUsman dan Fodio
15 December 1754
Teacher
Genevieve NnajiGenevieve Nnaji
03 May 1979
Nigerian actress

Abubakar Tafawa BalewaAbubakar Tafawa Balewa
01 October 1912
Former Prime Minister of Nigeria
Umaru Musa Yar'AduaUmaru Musa Yar'Adua
16 August 1951
President

C. Odumegwu OjukwuC. Odumegwu Ojukwu
04 November 1933
Military Officer

Ken Saro-WiwaKen Saro-Wiwa
10 October 1941
Writer, Poet, Screenwriter

Funke AkindeleFunke Akindele
24 August 1977
Nigerian actress

Akbar Gbaja-BiamilaAkbar Gbaja-Biamila
06 May 1979
American football player
Ahmadu BelloAhmadu Bello
12 June 1910
Politician

Atiku AbubakarAtiku Abubakar
25 November 1946
Custom officer, Politician

Johnson Aguiyi-IronsiJohnson Aguiyi-Ironsi
03 March 1924
Politician

Sanusi Lamido SanusiSanusi Lamido Sanusi
31 July 1961
Banker
Pete EdochiePete Edochie
07 March 1947
Actor

Funmilayo Ransome-KutiFunmilayo Ransome-Kuti
25 October 1900
Teacher, Politician, Activist
Shehu ShagariShehu Shagari
25 February 1925
Politician

Dr. AlbanDr. Alban
26 August 1957
Musician

Femi KutiFemi Kuti
16 June 1962
Musician
Herbert MacaulayHerbert Macaulay
14 November 1864
Politician

Samuel Ajayi CrowtherSamuel Ajayi Crowther
1809 AD
Linguist
Omotola Jalade EkeindeOmotola Jalade Ekeinde
07 February 1978
Actress

Temi FagbenleTemi Fagbenle
08 September 1992
Basketball player

Abdulsalami AbubakarAbdulsalami Abubakar
13 June 1942
Politician, Military personnel
Rashidi YekiniRashidi Yekini
23 October 1963
Footballer

Ini EdoIni Edo
23 April 1982
Nigerian actress
Taye Ismaila TaiwoTaye Ismaila Taiwo
16 April 1985
Footballer

Henry OnyekuruHenry Onyekuru
05 June 1997
Nigerian footballer

Diezani Alison-MaduekeDiezani Alison-Madueke
06 December 1960
Nigerian Politician

Isaac SuccessIsaac Success
07 January 1996
Nigerian footballer
AṣaAṣa
17 September 1982
Singer-songwriter
Adetomiwa EdunAdetomiwa Edun
04 March 1984
Actor

Samuel PeterSamuel Peter
06 September 1980
Boxer

James IboriJames Ibori
04 August 1949
Politician

Joseph YoboJoseph Yobo
06 September 1980
Footballer
TimayaTimaya
15 August 1980
Nigerian singer

Babatunde OlatunjiBabatunde Olatunji
07 April 1927
Musician, Percussionist

William OnyeaborWilliam Onyeabor
26 March 1946
Musician

Nkem OwohNkem Owoh
07 February 1958
Actor

King Sunny AdeKing Sunny Ade
22 September 1946
Singer
Dick TigerDick Tiger
14 August 1929
Boxer

Amobi OkoyeAmobi Okoye
10 June 1987
American football player
Bartholomew OgbecheBartholomew Ogbeche
01 October 1984
Football player

Buchi EmechetaBuchi Emecheta
21 July 1944
Writer, Novelist, Sociologist, Playwright, Editor,
Ben OkriBen Okri
15 March 1959
Writer, Journalist, Novelist, Author, Poet
Patience OzokworPatience Ozokwor
25 March 1958
Actress