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Kamaru Usman
(Mixed Martial Artist)
Kamaru Usman
48
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 11, 1987
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Auchi
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Chinua Achebe
(Nigerian novelist)
Chinua Achebe
24
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: November 16, 1930
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ogidi
Died: March 21, 2013

Chinua Achebe was a Nigerian poet, novelist, professor, and critic. Often described as Africa's greatest storyteller, Achebe is widely regarded as the father of modern African writing. He was the recipient of several awards and honors, including the Man Booker International Prize 2007. His novel Things Fall Apart is one of the most read books in Africa.

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Sade
(Frontwoman of the Soul Band Sade)
Sade
36
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 16, 1959
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ibadan

Nigerian-British singer Helen Folasade Adu, or Sade Adu, often blends Afro-Cuban tunes with soul and smooth jazz in her music. The Grammy Award winner had initially studied fashion designing and been a model. The founder of the band Sade, she has released iconic tracks such as No Ordinary Love.

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 4 
Davido
(Singer-Songwriter)
Davido
54
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: November 21, 1992
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Atlanta
American-born Nigerian artist David Adedeji Adeleke, better known as Davido, studied business before venturing into music. He soared to fame with his hit tracks Dami Duro and If. He owns a record label, too. His song Fall was the longest-charting Nigerian pop track in the history of Billboard.
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Ime Udoka
(Former Professional Basketball Player and Head Coach of the 'Boston Celtics')
Ime Udoka
21
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 9, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Portland
Nigerian-American NBA player Ime Udoka is known for his 7-year stint as an assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs. His association with experts such as coach Gregg Popovich has enriched his career and raised hopes that he will soon be hired as a head coach by a major team.
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Burna Boy
(Singer)
Burna Boy
18
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: July 2, 1991
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Port Harcourt
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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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
27
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: October 15, 1938
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Abeokuta
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.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
20
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 15, 1977
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Enugu

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a Nigerian writer and feminist. She is popular for writing novels, such as Purple Hibiscus and Half of a Yellow Sun. She is credited with popularizing African literature among a new generation of readers, especially in the United States. In 2015, she was named in Time magazine's list of 100 Most Influential People.

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Keiynan Lonsdale
(Actor)
Keiynan Lonsdale
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Birthdate: December 19, 1991
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sydney

Australian actor, dancer and singer-songwriter Keiynan Lonsdale is best-known for playing Wally West/Kid Flash in The CW series The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow. Other on-screen portrayals of Lonsdale includes Oliver Lloyd in the series Dance Academy and Uriah Pedrad in film The Divergent Series: Insurgent. He has also released the studio-album Rainbow Boy and worked as an MTV VJ.  

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Jay-Jay Okocha
(Nigerian Former Professional Footballer Who Played as an Attacking Midfielder)
Jay-Jay Okocha
16
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 14, 1973
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Enugu
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Alex Iwobi
(Nigerian Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Midfielder)
Alex Iwobi
22
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 3, 1996
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lagos
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Kelechi Iheanacho
(Nigerian Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Forward)
Kelechi Iheanacho
18
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 3, 1996
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Owerri
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 13 
Osita Iheme
(Actor)
Osita Iheme
12
Birthdate: February 20, 1982
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Abia State
 14 
Wizkid
(Singer-songwriter)
Wizkid
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: July 16, 1990
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Surulere

Nigerian singer Wizkid soared to fame with chart-busting tracks such as Holla at Your Boy. A performer who has revolutionized the Afrobeats genre, Wizkid supported Nigeria’s End SARS protests against police brutality, on social media. In 2011, he was part of a paternity scandal but denied having fathered a child.

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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
Birthplace: Abeokuta

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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Tiwa Savage
(Nigerian Singer and Actress Known for Her Album ‘Once Upon a Time’ and ‘I Look to You’)
Tiwa Savage
14
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: February 5, 1980
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Lagos Island

Tiwa Savage is a Nigerian singer, actress, and songwriter. After having created an opportunity to establish herself in the United Kingdom, Savage returned to Nigeria and played an important role in elevating the Nigerian music industry. In 2018, she became the first woman to win the MTV Europe Music Award under the Best African Act category.

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Olusegun Obasanjo
(Former President of Nigeria)
Olusegun Obasanjo
9
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 5, 1937
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Abeokuta
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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Nwankwo Kanu
(Nigerian Former Professional Footballer Who Played as a Forward)
Nwankwo Kanu
14
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 1, 1976
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Owerri
Height: 6'6" (198 cm)
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Yvonne Orji
(Actress)
Yvonne Orji
7
Birthdate: December 2, 1983
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Port Harcourt
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Akbar Gbaja-Biamila
(American Former Professional Football Player)
Akbar Gbaja-Biamila
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 6, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Los Angeles
Height: 6'6" (198 cm)
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Folorunsho Alakija
(Business Women)
Folorunsho Alakija
4
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: July 15, 1951
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ikorodu
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Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
(Nigerian-American Economist Who Has Served in Several Ministerial Positions in Nigeria)
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 13, 1954
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ogwashi Ukwu
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is a Nigerian-American economist and political figure. She served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs in 2006 before serving as the Coordinating Minister for the Economy of Nigeria from 17 August 2011 to 29 May 2015. Ngozi also served as the Minister of Finance on two separate occasions; from 2003 to 2006 and again from 2011 to 2015.
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Michael Boulos
(Tiffany Trump’s Boyfriend)
Michael Boulos
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 27, 1997
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lagos
Michael Boulos has mostly been in the news for dating Donald Trump’s younger daughter, Tiffany Trump. The Lebanese-French heir of businessman Massad Boulos is now the associate director of his Nigeria-based family business, SCOA Nigeria; the director of Fadoul Group; and the business development manager of Royalton Investment
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Ibrahim Babangida
(Eighth President of Nigeria)
Ibrahim Babangida
3
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 17, 1941
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Minna
Ibrahim Babangida is a Nigerian former politician and Army general. He is best known for his service as the eighth President of Nigeria from 1985 to 1993. An influential politician, Ibrahim Babangida also served as the Chief of Army Staff from 1 January 1984 to 26 August 1985.
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Peter Odemwingie
(Former Nigerian Professional Footballer Who Played as a Forward or Winger)
Peter Odemwingie
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 15, 1981
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tashkent
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Genevieve Nnaji
(Nigerian actress)
Genevieve Nnaji
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Birthdate: May 3, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Mbaise
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Hausa Queen Amina
(Queen of Nigeria)
Hausa Queen Amina
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Birthdate: 1533 AD
Birthplace: Zaria
Died: 1610 AD

Nigerian warrior queen Amina ruled the 16th-century city-state Zazzau at a time when women leaders were hard to come by. Her 34-year-old reign saw her expanding her kingdom and developing trade routes. Some believe she was merely a mythical figure, but remnants of the walls she had built prove otherwise.

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Benjamin Nnamdi Azikiwe
(First President of Nigeria)
Benjamin Nnamdi Azikiwe
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 16, 1904
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Zungeru
Died: May 11, 1996

Benjamin Nnamdi Azikiwe was a Nigerian political leader and statesman. From 1963 to 1966, Azikiwe served as the first president of Nigeria. Often referred to as the Father of Nigerian Nationalism, Benjamin Nnamdi Azikiwe played an important role in Nigeria's struggle for independence. He is also credited with establishing the University of Nigeria (UNN).

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Chinedu Ikedieze
(Nigerian actor)
Chinedu Ikedieze
6
Birthdate: December 12, 1977
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bende
Height: 4'3" (130 cm)
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Obafemi Martins
(Nigerian Former Professional Footballer Who Played as a Forward)
Obafemi Martins
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 28, 1984
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lagos
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Sani Abacha
(Nigerian General Who Ruled as the 10th Head of State of Nigeria)
Sani Abacha
6
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 20, 1943
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kano
Died: June 8, 1998
Sani Abacha was a Nigerian general best remembered for his rule as the tenth Head of State of Nigeria from 17 November 1993 until his death on 8 June 1998. An influential military leader, Sani Abacha also served as the Minister of Defence, Chief of Defence Staff, and Chief of Army Staff between 1985 and 1993.
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Atiku Abubakar
(Vice President of Nigeria from 1999 to 2007)
Atiku Abubakar
4
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 25, 1946
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Adamawa State
Atiku Abubakar is a Nigerian businessman and politician. He is best known for his service as the Vice President of Nigeria from 1999 to 2007. An influential political leader, Atiku Abubakar has unsuccessfully contested for the Office of President of Nigeria on multiple occasions. In 2022, he was chosen to represent the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2023 presidential election.
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Yakubu Gowon
(Head of State of Nigeria from 1966 to 1975)
Yakubu Gowon
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 19, 1934
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kanke
Yakubu Gowon is a Nigerian former Army general and military leader. In 1966, he served as the Chief of Army Staff. From 1966 to 1975, he served as the Federal Commissioner of Defence. An important political leader, Yakubu Gowon also served as the Head of State of Nigeria from 1 August 1966 to 29 July 1975.
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Toks Olagundoye
(Actress)
Toks Olagundoye
4
Birthdate: September 16, 1975
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lagos
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Ken Saro-Wiwa
(Nigerian Writer & Environmental Activist Who Led Nonviolent Campaigns Against Environmental Degradation)
Ken Saro-Wiwa
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: October 10, 1941
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bori
Died: November 10, 1995
Ken Saro-Wiwa was a Nigerian writer, environmental activist, and television producer. He is best remembered for leading nonviolent campaigns against environmental degradation of Ogoniland, home to the Ogoni people of Nigeria. Ken Saro-Wiwa's life and career inspired a couple of novels, namely The Other Side of Truth and Eclipse.  
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Funke Akindele
(Nigerian actress)
Funke Akindele
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Birthdate: August 24, 1977
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ikorodu
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Bola Tinubu
(Nigerian Politician Who Served as the Governor of Lagos State from 1999 to 2007)
Bola Tinubu
9
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 29, 1952
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lagos State
Bola Tinubu is a Nigerian politician and accountant. He is best known for his service as the Governor of Lagos State from 1999 to 2007. He also served as the Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from 5 December 1992 to 17 November 1993. In 2022, Tinubu was chosen to represent All Progressives Congress in the 2023 presidential election.
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Shola Ameobi
(Nigerian Former Professional Footballer Who Played as a 'Striker')
Shola Ameobi
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 12, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Zaria

Nigerian former footballer Shola Ameobi is remembered for his long stint with English football club Newcastle United. He later also represented other clubs such as Notts County. Son of a pastor, he is quite religious and is associated with charitable organizations that work for religious freedom.

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Moshood Abiola
(Nigerian Politician, Businessman, and Publisher)
Moshood Abiola
5
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 24, 1937
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Abeokuta
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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Efe Ajagba
(Boxer)
Efe Ajagba
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 22, 1994
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ughelli
Height: 6'6" (198 cm)
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Rick Famuyiwa
(Film Director)
Rick Famuyiwa
5
Birthdate: June 18, 1973
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Laie

Rick Famuyiwa is a Nigerian-American filmmaker and screenwriter. Some of his best-known works include the 1999 coming-of-age film, The Wood, 2002 romantic comedy movie, Brown Sugar, and 2015 coming-of-age film, Dope. Over the years, Famuyiwa has been vocal about the issues faced by African-Americans in the film industry and works hard to resolve such issues.

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Sanusi Lamido Sanusi
(Spiritual Leader and Former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria)
Sanusi Lamido Sanusi
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 31, 1961
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kano
Sanusi Lamido Sanusi is a Nigerian spiritual leader and banker. He served as the Emir of Kano from 8 June 2014 to 9 March 2020. During his reign as Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi advocated cultural reform in Northern Nigeria. From 2009 to 2014, he also served as the Central Bank of Nigeria's governor.
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Adetomiwa Edun
(Actor best known for his roles as Sir Elyan in the television show Merlin)
Adetomiwa Edun
2
Birthdate: March 4, 1984
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lagos
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Samuel Peter
(Boxer)
Samuel Peter
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 6, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Akwa Ibom
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Umaru Musa Yar'Adua
(The 13th President of Nigeria)
Umaru Musa Yar'Adua
4
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 16, 1951
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Katsina
Died: May 5, 2010

Umaru Musa Yar'Adua became President of Nigeria after winning the highly-controversial 2007 presidential election as candidate of PDP. He earlier served as Governor of Katsina. He went to Saudi Arabia in November 2009 to receive treatment for pericarditis. He was never seen in public again and although he returned to Nigeria in February 2010, he died in May that year.   

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Dr. Alban
(Recording artist and producer with his own record label, Dr. Records)
Dr. Alban
4
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: August 26, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Oguta
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Bukola Saraki
(Nigerian Politician Who Served as the President of Nigerian Senate from 2015 to 2019)
Bukola Saraki
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 19, 1962
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London
Bukola Saraki is a Nigerian politician best known for his service as the President of the Nigerian Senate from 9 June 2015 to 11 June 2019. He also served as the Governor of Kwara State from 2003 to 2011 and as the Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from 2011 to 2019.
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Francis Uzoho
(Nigerian Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Goalkeeper)
Francis Uzoho
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 28, 1998
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Nwangele
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)
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Omotola Jalade Ekeinde
(Actress)
Omotola Jalade Ekeinde
6
Birthdate: February 7, 1978
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Lagos
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Korede Bello
(Singer-Songwriter)
Korede Bello
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: February 29, 1996
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lagos State

Nigerian singer Korede Bello was just 7 when he had started performing, using the pseudonym African Prince. His single Godwin later catapulted him to fame. Bello also boasts of a mass communication degree and has been associated with philanthropic activities such as cancer awareness programs.