Famous Nigerian Leaders

Find out more about the greatest Nigerian Leaders, including Muhammadu Buhari, Olusegun Obasanjo, T. B. Joshua, Sani Abacha and Nnamdi Azikiwe.

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 1 T. B. Joshua

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Famous As: Televangelist and Faith Healer
Birthdate: June 12, 1963
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Nigerian

Nigerian charismatic pastor, televangelist, and philanthropist T. B. Joshua is the founder of The Synagogue, Church of All Nations (SCOAN). He is extremely popular across Africa and Latin America, and his YouTube channel, Emmanuel TV, has over a million subscribers. He is considered one of the most influential people from Africa and is the recipient of several awards. 

 2 Sani Abacha

Sani Abacha
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Famous As: Military personnel
Birthdate: September 20, 1943
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Nigerian
Died: June 8, 1998

 3 Atiku Abubakar

Atiku Abubakar
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Famous As: Custom officer, Politician
Birthdate: November 25, 1946
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Nigerian

 4 Mohammed Yusuf

Mohammed Yusuf
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Famous As: Preacher
Birthdate: January 29, 1970
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Nigerian
Died: July 30, 2009
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 5 Benjamin Nnamdi Azikiwe

Benjamin Nnamdi Azikiwe
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Famous As: First President of Nigeria
Birthdate: November 16, 1904
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Nigerian
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).

 6 Obafemi Awolowo

Obafemi Awolowo
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Famous As: Political Leader
Birthdate: March 6, 1909
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Nigerian
Died: May 9, 1987

Obafemi Awolowo was a Nigerian nationalist and statesman. He played a key role in Nigeria's independence movement. He began his career as a journalist and edited several publications. He later studied law and entered politics. As a politician, he was respected for his exemplary integrity and strong character. The Obafemi Awolowo Foundation was founded in his memory in 1992.

 7 Usman dan Fodio

Usman dan Fodio
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Famous As: Teacher
Birthdate: December 15, 1754
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Nigerian
Died: April 20, 1817
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 8 Bola Tinubu

Bola Tinubu
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Famous As: Accountant, Politician
Birthdate: March 29, 1952
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Nigerian

 9 Bukola Saraki

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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: December 19, 1962
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Nigerian

 10 Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola

Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 24, 1937
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Nigerian
Died: July 7, 1998

 11 Sanusi Lamido Sanusi

Sanusi Lamido Sanusi
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Famous As: Banker
Birthdate: July 31, 1961
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Nigerian

 12 Enoch Adeboye

Enoch Adeboye
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Famous As: Pastor
Birthdate: March 2, 1942
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Nigerian

Better known as Daddy Go, Nigerian pastor Enoch Adeboye serves the Redeemed Christian Church of God and has millions of followers. However, the media has often called out his sexist attitude, reflected in his social-media posts, one of which advised men to marry only women who could cook.

 13 Abubakar Tafawa Balewa

Abubakar Tafawa Balewa
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Famous As: Former Prime Minister of Nigeria
Birthdate: October 1, 1912
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Nigerian
Died: January 15, 1966

 14 Umaru Musa Yar'Adua

Umaru Musa Yar'Adua
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Famous As: President
Birthdate: August 16, 1951
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Nigerian
Died: May 5, 2010

 15 Diezani Alison-Madueke

Diezani Alison-Madueke
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Famous As: Nigerian Politician
Birthdate: December 6, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Nigerian

 16 Shehu Shagari

Shehu Shagari
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 25, 1925
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Nigerian
Died: December 28, 2018

 17 C. Odumegwu Ojukwu

C. Odumegwu Ojukwu
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Famous As: Military Officer
Birthdate: November 4, 1933
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Nigerian
Died: November 26, 2011

 18 Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi

Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: March 3, 1924
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Nigerian
Died: July 29, 1966

 19 Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti

Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti
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Famous As: Teacher, Politician, Activist
Birthdate: October 25, 1900
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Nigerian
Died: April 13, 1978

 20 Ahmadu Bello

Ahmadu Bello
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: June 12, 1910
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Nigerian
Died: January 15, 1966

 21 Herbert Macaulay

Herbert Macaulay
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: November 14, 1864
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Nigerian
Died: May 7, 1946

 22 Samuel Ajayi Crowther

Samuel Ajayi Crowther
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Famous As: Linguist
Birthdate: 1809 AD
Nationality: Nigerian
Died: December 31, 1891

 23 Abdulsalami Abubakar

Abdulsalami Abubakar
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Famous As: Politician, Military personnel
Birthdate: June 13, 1942
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Nigerian

 24 Abiola Ajimobi

Abiola Ajimobi
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: December 16, 1949
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Nigerian
Died: June 25, 2020

 25 Chibuike Amaechi

Chibuike Amaechi
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Birthdate: May 27, 1965
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Nigerian

 26 Ernest Shonekan

Ernest Shonekan
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Famous As: politician, lawyer
Birthdate: May 9, 1934
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Nigerian
Died: 1998 AD

 27 Francis Arinze

Francis Arinze
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Famous As: Theologian, University teacher, Catholic priest
Birthdate: November 1, 1932
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Nigerian

 28 Buruji Kashamu

Buruji Kashamu
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 19, 1958
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Nigerian
Died: August 8, 2020

 29 Ayo Fayose

Ayo Fayose
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: November 15, 1960
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Nigerian

 30 James Ibori

James Ibori
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 4, 1949
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Nigerian

 31 Kayode Fayemi

Kayode Fayemi
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 9, 1965
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Nigerian

 32 Shehu Musa Yar'Adua

Shehu Musa Yar'Adua
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Famous As: Army Major General
Birthdate: March 5, 1943
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Nigerian
Died: December 8, 1997

 33 Chris Ngige

Chris Ngige
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 8, 1952
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Nigerian

 34 Abubakar Audu

Abubakar Audu
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Famous As: politician
Birthdate: October 27, 1947
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Nigerian
Died: November 22, 2015

 35 Diepreye Alamieyeseigha

Diepreye Alamieyeseigha
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: November 16, 1952
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Nigerian
Died: October 10, 2015

 36 Gani Fawehinmi

Gani Fawehinmi
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: April 22, 1938
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Nigerian
Died: September 5, 2009

 37 Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme

Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme
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Famous As: 5th Vice President of Nigeria
Birthdate: October 21, 1932
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Nigerian, British
Died: November 19, 2017

 38 Allison Madueke

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Famous As: politician
Birthdate: 1944 AD
Nationality: Nigerian

 39 Adebayo Osinowo

Adebayo Osinowo
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: November 28, 1955
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Nigerian
Died: June 15, 2020

 40 Ogbonnaya Onu

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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: December 1, 1951
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Nigerian

 41 Ibrahim Idris

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Famous As: politician
Birthdate: April 6, 1949
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Nigerian

 42 Peter Akinola

Peter Akinola
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Famous As: Religious leader
Birthdate: January 27, 1944
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Nigerian

 43 Inuwa Abdulkadir

Inuwa Abdulkadir
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 12, 1966
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Nigerian
Died: July 6, 2020

 44 Mohamed Ben Omar

Mohamed Ben Omar
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 1, 1965
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Nigerian
Died: May 3, 2020

 45 Joseph Nanven Garba

Joseph Nanven Garba
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Famous As: Diplomat
Birthdate: July 17, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Nigerian
Died: June 1, 2002

 46 Bolaji Akinyemi

Bolaji Akinyemi
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 4, 1942
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Nigerian

 47 Suleiman Adamu

Suleiman Adamu
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: April 19, 1963
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Nigerian
Died: April 30, 2020

 48 Samuel Akintola

Samuel Akintola
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: July 6, 1910
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Nigerian
Died: January 15, 1966

 49 Gangnihessou

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Famous As: King
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Nationality: Nigerian

 50 Muhammadu Buhari

Muhammadu Buhari
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: December 17, 1942
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Nigerian

Muhammadu Buhari is a Nigerian politician and the current president of Nigeria. Since becoming the president, Buhari has introduced many social welfare programs that address unemployment and poverty. The programs were mainly introduced to help increase economic development in the country.