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

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.
Hugo WeavingHugo Weaving
(Actor)

04 April 1960

Chimamanda Ngozi AdichieChimamanda Ngozi Adichie
(Writer)

15 September 1977

Fela KutiFela Kuti
(Multi-instrumentalist)

15 October 1938

Chinua AchebeChinua Achebe
(Nigerian novelist)

16 November 1930

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

12 June 1963

Wole SoyinkaWole Soyinka
(Author, Poet, Playwright)

13 July 1934

Olusegun ObasanjoOlusegun Obasanjo
(Former President of Nigeria)

05 March 1937

Enoch AdeboyeEnoch Adeboye
(Pastor)

02 March 1942

Agbani DaregoAgbani Darego
(Model & Beauty Queen)

22 December 1982

WizkidWizkid
(Singer-songwriter)

16 July 1990

Mosunmola AbuduMo Abudu
(Talk Show Host, Media Proprietor)

11 September 1964

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

16 November 1904

Ayo JayAyo Jay
(Singer)

09 August 1989

John Obi MikelJohn Obi Mikel
(Nigerian footballer)

22 April 1987

Hakeem OlajuwonHakeem Olajuwon
(Basketball player)

21 January 1963

Jay-Jay OkochaJay-Jay Okocha
(Footballer)

14 August 1973

Muhammadu BuhariMuhammadu Buhari
(Military personnel, Politician)

17 December 1942

Kelechi IheanachoKelechi Iheanacho
(Nigerian footballer)

03 October 1996

Nwankwo KanuNwankwo Kanu
(Footballer)

01 August 1976

Obafemi MartinsObafemi Martins
(Footballer)

28 October 1984

Bukola SarakiBukola Saraki
(Politician)

19 December 1962

Sani AbachaSani Abacha
(Politician, Military personnel)

20 September 1943

Adetomiwa EdunAdetomiwa Edun
(Actor)

04 March 1984

Henry OnyekuruHenry Onyekuru
(Nigerian footballer)

05 June 1997

Osita IhemeOsita Iheme
(Actor)

20 February 1982

Ibrahim BabangidaIbrahim Babangida
(Politician, Military)

17 August 1941

Genevieve NnajiGenevieve Nnaji
(Nigerian actress)

03 May 1979

Yakubu AiyegbeniYakubu Aiyegbeni
(Nigerian footballer)

22 November 1982

Chinedu IkediezeChinedu Ikedieze
(Nigerian actor)

12 December 1977

Umar Farouk AbdulmutallabUmar Farouk Abdulmutallab
(Underwear Bomber)

22 December 1986

Joseph YoboJoseph Yobo
(Footballer)

06 September 1980

Nnamdi AzikiweNnamdi Azikiwe
(Writer, Politician)

16 November 1904

Atiku AbubakarAtiku Abubakar
(Custom officer, Politician)

25 November 1946

Yakubu GowonYakubu Gowon
(Politician, Military personnel)

19 October 1934

Femi KutiFemi Kuti
(Musician)

16 June 1962

Ayo FayoseAyo Fayose
(Politician)

13 November 1960

Isaac SuccessIsaac Success
(Nigerian footballer)

07 January 1996

Amobi OkoyeAmobi Okoye
(American football player)

10 June 1987

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

13 June 1954

Funke AkindeleFunke Akindele
(Nigerian actress)

24 August 1977

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

10 October 1941

Obafemi AwolowoObafemi Awolowo
(politician, lawyer, trade unionist)

06 March 1909

Sade AduSade Adu
(Singer)

16 January 1959

Dr. AlbanDr. Alban
(Musician)

26 August 1957

Kayode FayemiKayode Fayemi
(Politician)

09 February 1965

Omotola Jalade EkeindeOmotola Jalade Ekeinde
(Actress)

07 February 1978

Bola TinubuBola Tinubu
(Accountant, Politician)

29 March 1952

Shehu ShagariShehu Shagari
(Politician)

25 February 1925

Ini EdoIni Edo
(Nigerian actress)

23 April 1982

TimayaTimaya
(Nigerian singer)

15 August 1980

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

01 October 1912

Nkem OwohNkem Owoh
(Actor)

07 February 1958

Sanusi Lamido SanusiSanusi Lamido Sanusi
(Banker)

31 July 1961

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

04 November 1933

Johnson Aguiyi-IronsiJohnson Aguiyi-Ironsi
(Politician)

03 March 1924

Pete EdochiePete Edochie
(Actor)

07 March 1947

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

25 October 1900

Patience OzokworPatience Ozokwor
(Actress)

25 March 1958

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

15 March 1959

Samuel Ajayi CrowtherSamuel Ajayi Crowther
(translator, Bible translator)

1809 AD

Ahmadu BelloAhmadu Bello
(Politician)

12 June 1910

Herbert MacaulayHerbert Macaulay
(Politician)

14 November 1864

Abdulsalami AbubakarAbdulsalami Abubakar
(Politician, Military personnel)

13 June 1942

Diezani Alison-MaduekeDiezani Alison-Madueke
(Nigerian Politician)

06 December 1960

Ernest ShonekanErnest Shonekan
(politician, lawyer)

09 May 1934

Uzodinma IwealaUzodinma Iweala
(Writer)

05 November 1982

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

01 November 1932

Babatunde OlatunjiBabatunde Olatunji
(Musician, Percussionist)

07 April 1927

Chidiebere NwakaliChidiebere Nwakali
(Nigerian footballer)

26 December 1996

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

21 July 1944

Joke SilvaJoke Silva
(Nigerian actress)

29 September 1961

Mike EzuruonyeMike Ezuruonye
(Actor)

21 September 1982

Mikel John ObiMikel John Obi
(Footballer)

1987 AD

James IboriJames Ibori
(Politician)

04 August 1949

Wilson OrumaWilson Oruma
(Football midfielder)

30 December 1976