Famous Nigerian Sportspersons

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 1 Nwankwo Kanu

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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: August 1, 1976
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Nigerian

 2 Jay-Jay Okocha

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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: August 14, 1973
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Nigerian
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 3 Rashidi Yekini

Rashidi Yekini
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: October 23, 1963
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Nigerian
Died: May 4, 2012

 4 Uche Kalu

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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: May 16, 1986
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Nigerian

 5 Kamaru Usman

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Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: May 11, 1987
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Nigerian, American

 6 Hakeem Olajuwon

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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: January 21, 1963
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Nigerian, American

Hakeem Olajuwon is a former basketball player. Nicknamed The Dream, because of his dream-like ability to dunk effortlessly, Olajuwon is widely regarded as one of the greatest basketballers of all time. Apart from leading the Houston Rockets to two back-to-back NBA championships, Hakeem Olajuwon also helped the US national team win the Olympic gold medal in the 1996 Summer Olympics.

 7 Obafemi Martins

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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: October 28, 1984
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Nigerian
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 8 Ime Udoka

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Famous As: American-Nigerian Basketball Player
Birthdate: August 9, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Nigerian, American
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.

 9 Akbar Gbaja-Biamila

Akbar Gbaja-Biamila
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Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: May 6, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Nigerian, American

 10 Yakubu Aiyegbeni

Yakubu Aiyegbeni
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Famous As: Nigerian footballer
Birthdate: November 22, 1982
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Nigerian

 11 Shola Ameobi

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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: October 12, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Nigerian

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.

 12 Amobi Okoye

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Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: June 10, 1987
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Nigerian

 13 Samuel Peter

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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: September 6, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Nigerian, American

 14 Taye Ismaila Taiwo

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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: April 16, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Nigerian

 15 Joseph Yobo

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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: September 6, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Nigerian

 16 Prince Tega Wanogho

Prince Tega Wanogho
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: November 22, 1997
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Nigerian

 17 Emmanuel Ogbah

Emmanuel Ogbah
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Famous As: American Football player
Birthdate: November 6, 1993
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Nigerian

 18 Dick Tiger

Dick Tiger
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: August 14, 1929
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Nigerian
Died: December 14, 1971

 19 Victor Nsofor Obinna

Victor Nsofor Obinna
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: March 25, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Nigerian

 20 Samson Ebukam

Samson Ebukam
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: May 9, 1995
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Nigerian

 21 Ogbonnia Okoronkwo

Ogbonnia Okoronkwo
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Famous As: American Football player
Birthdate: April 24, 1995
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Nigerian

 22 Abi Olajuwon

Abi Olajuwon
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Famous As: Basketball coach
Birthdate: July 6, 1988
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Nigerian, American

 23 Chukwuma Okorafor

Chukwuma Okorafor
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: August 8, 1997
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Nigerian, American

 24 David Onyemata

David Onyemata
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Famous As: American Football player
Birthdate: November 13, 1992
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Nigerian

 25 Jeremiah Attaochu

Jeremiah Attaochu
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Famous As: American Football player
Birthdate: January 17, 1993
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Nigerian

 26 Ben Banogu

Ben Banogu
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: January 19, 1996
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Nigerian

 27 Wilson Oruma

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Famous As: Football midfielder
Birthdate: December 30, 1976
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Nigerian

 28 Obum Gwacham

Obum Gwacham
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: March 20, 1991
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Nigerian

 29 Jeff Otah

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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: June 17, 1986
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Nigerian

 30 Ade Aruna

Ade Aruna
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Famous As: American Football player
Birthdate: April 27, 1994
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Nigerian

 31 Mohammed Elewonibi

Mohammed Elewonibi
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Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: December 16, 1965
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Nigerian, American

 32 Patrick Chukwurah

Patrick Chukwurah
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Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: March 1, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Nigerian

 33 Iheanyi Uwaezuoke

Iheanyi Uwaezuoke
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: July 24, 1973
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Nigerian, American

 34 Uga Okpara

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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: August 28, 1982
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Nigerian