Famous Nigerian Sportspersons

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Ime Udoka
(Former Professional Basketball Player and Head Coach of the 'Boston Celtics')
Ime Udoka
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Birthdate: August 9, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Portland, Oregon, United States
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.
 2 
Jay-Jay Okocha
(Nigerian Former Professional Footballer Who Played as an Attacking Midfielder)
Jay-Jay Okocha
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Birthdate: August 14, 1973
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Enugu, Nigeria
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 3 
Kelechi Iheanacho
(Nigerian Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Forward)
Kelechi Iheanacho
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Birthdate: October 3, 1996
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Owerri, Nigeria
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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 4 
Nwankwo Kanu
(Nigerian Former Professional Footballer Who Played as a Forward)
Nwankwo Kanu
6
Birthdate: August 1, 1976
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Owerri, Nigeria
Height: 6'6" (198 cm)
 5 
Obafemi Martins
(Nigerian Former Professional Footballer Who Played as a Forward)
Obafemi Martins
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Birthdate: October 28, 1984
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lagos, Nigeria
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 6 
Kamaru Usman
(Mixed Martial Artist)
Kamaru Usman
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Birthdate: May 11, 1987
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Auchi, Nigeria
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 7 
Peter Odemwingie
(Former Nigerian Professional Footballer Who Played as a Forward or Winger)
Peter Odemwingie
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Birthdate: July 15, 1981
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 8 
Shola Ameobi
(Nigerian Former Professional Footballer Who Played as a 'Striker')
Shola Ameobi
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Birthdate: October 12, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Zaria, Nigeria

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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Samuel Peter
(Boxer)
Samuel Peter
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Birthdate: September 6, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Akwa Ibom, Nigeria
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 10 
Osi Umenyiora
(Former American Football Defensive End)
Osi Umenyiora
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Birthdate: November 16, 1981
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: London, England, UK
London-born Nigerian NFL star Osi Umenyiora impressed his fans throughout his 9-year stint with the New York Giants. The two-time Super Bowl champion ended his career with the Atlanta Falcons. He is now an award-winning sports pundit and is known for his expert sportscasting on BBC Sport.
 11 
Alex Iwobi
(Nigerian Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Midfielder)
Alex Iwobi
2
Birthdate: May 3, 1996
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lagos, Nigeria
 12 
Efe Ajagba
(Boxer)
Efe Ajagba
1
Birthdate: April 22, 1994
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ughelli, Nigeria
Height: 6'6" (198 cm)
 13 
Amobi Okoye
(Former American football defensive tackle)
Amobi Okoye
3
Birthdate: June 10, 1987
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Anambra, Nigeria
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 14 
Joseph Yobo
(Nigerian Former Professional Footballer Who Played as a Centre Back)
Joseph Yobo
3
Birthdate: September 6, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kono, Rivers State, Nigeria
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 15 
Dick Tiger
(Boxer)
Dick Tiger
3
Birthdate: August 14, 1929
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Amaigbo, Nigeria
Died: December 14, 1971
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 16 
Rashidi Yekini
(Nigerian Professional Footballer Who Played as a Forward)
Rashidi Yekini
4
Birthdate: October 23, 1963
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kaduna, Nigeria
Died: May 4, 2012
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 17 
Francis Uzoho
(Nigerian Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Goalkeeper)
Francis Uzoho
1
Birthdate: October 28, 1998
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Nwangele, Imo State, Nigeria
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)
 18 
Taye Ismaila Taiwo
(Nigerian Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Defender)
Taye Ismaila Taiwo
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Birthdate: April 16, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lagos, Nigeria
 19 
Taribo West
(Nigerian Pastor and Former Professional Footballer Who Played as a Defender)
Taribo West
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Birthdate: March 26, 1974
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Port Harcourt, Nigeria
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 20 
Joseph Ossai
(American football player)
Joseph Ossai
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Birthdate: April 13, 2000
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lagos, Nigeria
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 21 
Bartholomew Ogbeche
(Nigerian Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Striker)
Bartholomew Ogbeche
3
Birthdate: October 1, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ogoja, Nigeria
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 22 
Maduka Okoye
(Nigerian Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Goalkeeper)
Maduka Okoye
1
Birthdate: August 28, 1999
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Düsseldorf, Germany
Height: 6'6" (198 cm)
 23 
Isaac Success
(Nigerian Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Forward)
Isaac Success
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Birthdate: January 7, 1996
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Benin City, Nigeria
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 24 
Gabe Vincent
(Basketball player)
Gabe Vincent
1
Birthdate: June 14, 1996
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Modesto, California, United States
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 25 
William Troost-Ekong
(Dutch and Nigerian Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Centre-Back)
William Troost-Ekong
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Birthdate: September 1, 1993
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Haarlem, Netherlands
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 26 
Chioma Ajunwa
(Nigerian Former Track and Field Athlete and Football Player)
Chioma Ajunwa
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Birthdate: December 25, 1970
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Imo, Nigeria
 27 
Victor Nsofor Obinna
(Nigerian Former Professional Footballer Who Played as a Striker)
Victor Nsofor Obinna
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Birthdate: March 25, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Jos
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 28 
Samson Ebukam
(Nigerian–American Football Defensive End)
Samson Ebukam
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Birthdate: May 9, 1995
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Nigeria
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 29 
Emmanuel Ogbah
(Nigerian Professional American Football Defensive End)
Emmanuel Ogbah
3
Birthdate: November 6, 1993
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lagos, Nigeria
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
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Prince Tega Wanogho
(Nigerian-Born American Football Offensive Tackle)
Prince Tega Wanogho
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Birthdate: November 22, 1997
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Delta State, Nigeria
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)
 31 
Kalu Uche
(Nigerian Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Forward)
Kalu Uche
1
Birthdate: November 15, 1982
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Aba, Nigeria
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 32 
Ike Diogu
(Basketball Player)
Ike Diogu
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Birthdate: September 11, 1983
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Buffalo, New York, United States
Height: 6'9" (206 cm)
 33 
Izu Ugonoh
(Polish Former Professional Boxer)
Izu Ugonoh
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Birthdate: November 2, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Szczecin, Poland
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)
 34 
Stephen Keshi
(Nigerian Football Player and Manager)
Stephen Keshi
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Birthdate: January 23, 1962
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Azare, Bauchi State, Nigeria
Died: June 7, 2016
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 35 
Chukwuma Okorafor
(Nigerian Professional American Football Offensive Tackle)
Chukwuma Okorafor
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Birthdate: August 8, 1997
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Nigeria
Height: 6'6" (198 cm)
 36 
John Utaka
(Nigerian Former Footballer Who Played as a Striker)
John Utaka
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Birthdate: January 8, 1982
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Enugu, Nigeria
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Victor Ikpeba
(Nigerian Former Professional Footballer Who Played as a Forward)
Victor Ikpeba
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Birthdate: June 12, 1973
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Benin City, Nigeria
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 38 
Abi Olajuwon
(Basketball coach)
Abi Olajuwon
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Birthdate: July 6, 1988
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 39 
Bobby Ologun
(Japanese Television Personality and Mixed Martial Artist)
Bobby Ologun
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Birthdate: April 8, 1966
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ibadan, Nigeria
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 40 
Temi Fagbenle
(Basketball player)
Temi Fagbenle
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Birthdate: September 8, 1992
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Barnet, London, England
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
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Ben Banogu
(Nigerian Professional American Football Defensive End)
Ben Banogu
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Birthdate: January 19, 1996
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Nigeria
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
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Abu Azeez
(Nigerian Beach Soccer Player)
Abu Azeez
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Birthdate: May 31, 1994
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lagos, Nigeria
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Tyronne Ebuehi
(Nigerian Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Right Back)
Tyronne Ebuehi
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Birthdate: December 16, 1995
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Haarlem, Netherlands
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 44 
Jeremiah Attaochu
(Nigerian Born American Football Outside Linebacker Who)
Jeremiah Attaochu
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Birthdate: January 17, 1993
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ibadan, Nigeria
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 45 
Innocent Emeghara
(Swiss Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Striker)
Innocent Emeghara
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Birthdate: May 27, 1989
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lagos, Nigeria
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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David Onyemata
(Nigerian-Canadian Professional American Football Defensive End)
David Onyemata
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Birthdate: November 13, 1992
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lagos, Nigeria
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 47 
Kevin Akpoguma
(Nigerian Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Centre Back)
Kevin Akpoguma
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Birthdate: April 19, 1995
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Neustadt an der Weinstraße, Germany
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 48 
Femi Ogunode
(Sprinter)
Femi Ogunode
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Birthdate: May 15, 1991
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ondo City, Nigeria
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 49 
Wilson Oruma
(Nigerian Former Professional Footballer Who Played as a Midfielder)
Wilson Oruma
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Birthdate: December 30, 1976
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Warri, Nigeria
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 50 
Kristine Anigwe
(Basketball player)
Kristine Anigwe
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Birthdate: March 31, 1997
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: London, England
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)