Read on to discover more about the most famous and influential people from Nigeria.

Famous Nigerians

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
(Writer)

15 September 1977

Enugu, Nigeria

Virgo

Chinua AchebeChinua Achebe
(Nigerian novelist)

16 November 1930

21 March 2013

Ogidi, Nigeria Protectorate

Scorpio

Wole SoyinkaWole Soyinka
(Author, Poet, Playwright)

13 July 1934

Abeokuta

Cancer

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

12 June 1963

Arigidi, Nigeria

Gemini

Olusegun ObasanjoOlusegun Obasanjo
(Former President of Nigeria)

05 March 1937

Abeokuta, British Nigeria

Pisces

Agbani DaregoAgbani Darego
(Model & Beauty Queen)

22 December 1982

Abonnema, Nigeria

Sagittarius

Enoch AdeboyeEnoch Adeboye
(Pastor)

02 March 1942

Ifewara, Osun State, Nigeria

Pisces

Mosunmola AbuduMo Abudu
(Talk Show Host, Media Proprietor)

11 September 1964

Lagos, Lagos State, Nigeria

Virgo

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

16 November 1904

11 May 1996

Zungeru, Nigeria

Scorpio

Amobi OkoyeAmobi Okoye
(American football player)

10 June 1987

Anambra State

Gemini

Hakeem OlajuwonHakeem Olajuwon
(Basketball player)

21 January 1963

Lagos

Aquarius

Muhammadu BuhariMuhammadu Buhari
(Military personnel, Politician)

17 December 1942

Daura

Sagittarius

Uzodinma IwealaUzodinma Iweala
(Writer)

05 November 1982

Washington, D.C.

Scorpio

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

10 October 1941

30 November 1995

Bori, Rivers

Libra

Sani AbachaSani Abacha
(Politician, Military personnel)

20 September 1943

08 June 1998

Kano

Virgo

Nnamdi AzikiweNnamdi Azikiwe
(Writer, Politician)

16 November 1904

11 May 1996

Zungeru

Scorpio

Abubakar AuduAbubakar Audu
(politician)

27 October 1947

22 November 2015

Ofu, Nigeria

Scorpio

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

13 June 1954

Ogwashi-Uku

Gemini

Yakubu GowonYakubu Gowon
(Politician, Military personnel)

19 October 1934

Kanke

Libra

Ibrahim BabangidaIbrahim Babangida
(Politician, Military)

17 August 1941

Minna

Leo

Obafemi AwolowoObafemi Awolowo
(politician, lawyer, trade unionist)

06 March 1909

09 May 1987

Ikenne

Pisces

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

15 March 1959

Minna, Nigeria

Pisces

Bukola SarakiBukola Saraki
(Politician)

19 December 1962

Sagittarius

Diepreye AlamieyeseighaDiepreye Alamieyeseigha
(Politician)

16 November 1952

10 October 2015

Bayelsa State

Scorpio

Sanusi Lamido SanusiSanusi Lamido Sanusi
(Banker)

31 July 1961

Kano

Leo

Johnson Aguiyi-IronsiJohnson Aguiyi-Ironsi
(Politician)

03 March 1924

29 July 1966

Umuahia

Pisces

Shehu ShagariShehu Shagari
(Politician)

25 February 1925

Shagari, Nigeria

Pisces

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

01 October 1912

15 January 1966

Bauchi, Nigeria

Libra

Bola TinubuBola Tinubu
(Accountant, Politician)

29 March 1952

Lagos State

Aries

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

01 November 1932

Onitsha

Scorpio

Babatunde OlatunjiBabatunde Olatunji
(Musician, Percussionist)

07 April 1927

06 April 2003

Ajido

Aries

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

21 July 1944

25 January 2017

Yaba Department

Cancer

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

04 November 1933

26 November 2011

Zungeru

Scorpio

Kayode FayemiKayode Fayemi
(Politician)

09 February 1965

Aquarius

Abdulsalami AbubakarAbdulsalami Abubakar
(Politician, Military personnel)

13 June 1942

Minna

Gemini

Ernest ShonekanErnest Shonekan
(politician, lawyer)

09 May 1934

1998 AD

Lagos

Taurus

Ibrahim IdrisIbrahim Idris
(politician)

06 April 1949

Kogi State

Aries

Atiku AbubakarAtiku Abubakar
(Custom officer, Politician)

25 November 1946

Adamawa State

Sagittarius

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

25 October 1900

13 April 1978

Abeokuta

Scorpio

Ogbonnaya OnuOgbonnaya Onu
(Politician)

01 December 1951

Abia State

Sagittarius

Samuel Ajayi CrowtherSamuel Ajayi Crowther
(translator, Bible translator)

1809 AD

31 December 1891

Iseyin

James IboriJames Ibori
(Politician)

04 August 1949

Oghara

Leo

Ayo FayoseAyo Fayose
(Politician)

13 November 1960

Scorpio

Ahmadu BelloAhmadu Bello
(Politician)

12 June 1910

15 January 1966

Rabbah bar Nahmani

Gemini

Allison MaduekeAllison Madueke
(politician)

1944 AD

Oji River

Herbert MacaulayHerbert Macaulay
(Politician)

14 November 1864

07 May 1946

Lagos

Scorpio

Chris NgigeChris Ngige
(Politician)

08 August 1952

Leo

Chibuike AmaechiChibuike Amaechi

27 May 1965

Ikwerre, Rivers State

Gemini

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