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List of famous people from Nigeria, including photos when available. The people below are listed by their popularity, so the most recognizable names are at the top of the list. Some of the people below are celebrities born in Nigeria, while others are simply notable locals. If you're from Nigeria you might already know that these prominent figures are also from your hometown, but some of the names below may really surprise you. This list includes people who were born and raised in Nigeria, as well as those who were born there but moved away at a young age.

Derek Van Rheenen and Prince Nico Mbarga are only the beginning of the people on this list.

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Nigeria?" or "Which celebrities were born in Nigeria?" then this list is a great resource for you.

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Kevin McDaid is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Nigeria
Kevin McDaid age 33 - Kevin McDaid was brought up in Newcastle, England. He was best known as member of the British boy band V, which he joined in 2003 along with four other boys. The band had three fairly successful ...more

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Cyril Nri is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Nigeria
Cyril Nri age 55 - Cyril Ikechukwu Nri is a British actor, writer and director who is best known for playing Superintendent Adam Okaro in the police TV series The Bill.

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Goodluck Jonathan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Nigeria
Goodluck Jonathan age 59 - Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan, GCFR, BNER, GCON is a Nigerian politician and the President of Nigeria from 2010 to 2015. He re-contested and lost the recently concluded Presidential election, ...more

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Fela Kuti is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Nigeria
Fela Kuti Died at 59 (1938-1997) - Fela Kuti, also known as Fela Anikulapo Kuti or simply Fela, was a Nigerian multi-instrumentalist, musician, composer, pioneer of the Afrobeat music genre, human rights activist, and political ...more

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Munachi Nwankwo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Nigeria
Munachi Nwankwo age 29 - Munachi Abii is a Nigerian rap / hip-hop artist, songwriter, pageant winner, television presenter and model who performs under the name Muna.

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Michael Olowokandi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Nigeria
Michael Olowokandi age 42 - Michael Olowokandi is a retired professional basketball player. Born in Nigeria, he attended college on a basketball scholarship in the United States, and was the number one pick in the 1998 NBA ...more

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Chinua Achebe is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Nigeria
Chinua Achebe Died at 83 (1930-2013) - Chinua Achebe was a Nigerian novelist, poet, professor, and critic. His first novel Things Fall Apart was considered his magnum opus, and is the most widely read book in modern African ...more

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Abubakar Tafawa Balewa is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Nigeria
Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Died at 54 (1912-1966) - Alhaji Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, KBE was a Nigerian politician, and the only prime minister of an independent Nigeria.

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Ibrahim Babangida is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Nigeria
Ibrahim Babangida age 74 - General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, also known as IBB, is a retired Nigerian Army officer who was a military ruler of Nigeria. He ruled Nigeria from 27 August 1985, when he overthrew Major ...more

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Mike omoighe is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Nigeria
Mike omoighe age 58 - Michael Akhaine Osebhajimete Omoighe, lives in Lagos, Nigeria; he is a Nigerian painter, curator, art critic and teacher of art. Mike Omoighe studied at Yaba College of Technology; at Auchi ...more

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Andy Akinwolere is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Nigeria
Andy Akinwolere age 34 - Andy Akinwolere is a British television presenter.

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Nigeria
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie age 39 - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a Nigerian novelist and short story writer. She has been called "the most prominent" of a "procession of critically acclaimed young anglophone authors ...more

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Aliko Dangote is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Nigeria
Aliko Dangote age 60 - Aliko Dangote GCON is a Nigerian billionaire businessman. who owns the Dangote Group, which has interests in commodities. The company operates in Nigeria and other African countries, including ...more

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Murtala Mohammed is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Nigeria
Murtala Mohammed Died at 38 (1938-1976) - General Murtala Ramat Muhammed was a military ruler of Nigeria from 1975 until his assassination in 1976.

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Francis Okaroh is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Nigeria
Francis Okaroh age 53 - Francis Okaroh is a retired Nigerian football defender. He played professionally in Major League Soccer.

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Alki David is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Nigeria
Alki David age 48 - Alkiviades "Alki" David is a Greek billionaire heir, a member of the Leventis family, whose holdings include manufacturing, bottling plants, property and shipping. In 2008 he was the ...more

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Nnamdi Azikiwe is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Nigeria
Nnamdi Azikiwe Died at 92 (1904-1996) - Chief Benjamin Nnamdi Azikiwe, P.C., usually referred to as Nnamdi Azikiwe, was one of the leading figures of modern Nigerian nationalism. He was head of state of Nigeria from 1963 to 1966. He ...more

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Ben Okri is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Nigeria
Ben Okri age 58 - Ben Okri OBE FRSL is a Nigerian poet and novelist. Okri is considered one of the foremost African authors in the post-modern and post-colonial traditions and has been compared favourably to ...more

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Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Nigeria
Hakeem Olajuwon age 54 - Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon, formerly known as Akeem Olajuwon, is a retired Nigerian-American professional basketball player. From 1984 to 2002, he played the center position in the National ...more

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Ola Rotimi is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Nigeria
Ola Rotimi Died at 62 (1938-2000) - Olawale Gladstone Emmanuel Rotimi, best known as Ola Rotimi, was one of Nigeria's leading playwrights and theatre directors. He has been called "a complete man of the theatre – an actor, ...more

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Sussan Ley is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Nigeria
Sussan Ley age 55 - Sussan Penelope Ley, Australian politician, has been a Liberal Party of Australia member of the Australian House of Representatives since November 2001, representing the Division of Farrer, New ...more

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Biyi Bandele is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Nigeria
Biyi Bandele age 49 - Biyi Bandele is a Nigerian novelist, playwright and filmmaker. Bandele is one of the most versatile and prolific of the UK-based Nigerian writers, having turned his hands to theatre, journalism, ...more

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Augustus Molade Akiwumi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Nigeria
Augustus Molade Akiwumi Justice Augustus Molade Akiwumi was a judge and also the second Speaker of the Parliament of Ghana.

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James Reyne is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Nigeria
James Reyne age 58 - James Reyne OAM is an Australian rock musician and singer/songwriter both in solo work and, until 1986, with the band Australian Crawl.

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Helen Oyeyemi is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Nigeria
Helen Oyeyemi age 32 - Helen Olajumoke Oyeyemi is a British novelist. Oyeyemi wrote her first novel, The Icarus Girl, while still at school studying for her A levels at Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School. While studying ...more

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Niyi Osundare is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People From Nigeria
Niyi Osundare age 70 - Niyi Osundare is a prolific poet, dramatist and literary critic. He gained degrees at the University of Ibadan, the University of Leeds and York University, Canada. Previously professor and Head ...more

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Toyin Falola is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People From Nigeria
Toyin Falola age 62 - Toyin Omoyeni Falola is a Nigerian historian and professor of African Studies. He is currently the Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities at the University of Texas at Austin. ...more

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Femi Fani-Kayode is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People From Nigeria
Femi Fani-Kayode age 56 - David Oluwafemi Adewunmi Abdulateef Fani-Kayode is a Nigerian politician, essayist, poet and lawyer. He was a member of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party. He was with the opposition's All ...more

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Abdul Buhari is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People From Nigeria
Abdul Buhari age 33 - Abdul Buhari is a British athlete who competes in the discus throw. He was born in Nigeria.

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C. Odumegwu Ojukwu is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People From Nigeria
C. Odumegwu Ojukwu Died at 78 (1933-2011) - Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu was a Nigerian military officer and politician. Ojukwu served as the military governor of the Eastern Region of Nigeria in 1966, the leader of the breakaway Republic ...more

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Anthony Enahoro is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People From Nigeria
Anthony Enahoro Died at 87 (1923-2010) - Anthony Eromosele Enahoro was Nigeria's foremost anti-colonial and pro-democracy activists. He was born the eldest of twelve children in Uromi in the present Edo State of Nigeria. His Esan ...more

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Ibrahim Gambari is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People From Nigeria
Ibrahim Gambari age 72 - Ibrahim Agboola Gambari, CFR is a Nigerian scholar and diplomat. He was Minister for External Affairs between 1984 and 1985. Gambari has been appointed by the Secretary-General of United Nations ...more

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Kelvin Etuhu is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People From Nigeria
Kelvin Etuhu age 28 - Kelvin Peter Etuhu is a Nigerian footballer who currently plays for Bury following his release from Barnsley. Etuhu has two older brothers, Dickson Etuhu, also a professional footballer, and ...more

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Alex Ibru is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People From Nigeria
Alex Ibru Died at 66 (1945-2011) - Alex Ibru was a Nigerian businessman, founder and publisher of The Guardian newspaper, who was Minister of Internal Affairs from 1993 to 1995 during the military regime of General Sani Abacha.

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Iya Abubakar is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People From Nigeria
Iya Abubakar age 81 - Iya Abubakar is a Nigerian mathematician and politician who was Federal Minister of Defence during the Nigerian Second Republic, and Senator for Adamawa North from May 1999 to May 2007.

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Dr SID is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People From Nigeria
Dr SID age 35 - Sidney Onoriode Esiri, known commonly as, Dr SID is a Nigerian singer-songwriter and dentist, who is originally from Delta state, but was raised in Lagos. His mother a successful fashion ...more

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Buchi Emecheta is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People From Nigeria
Buchi Emecheta age 72 - Buchi Emecheta OBE is a Nigerian novelist who has published over 20 books, including Second-Class Citizen, The Bride Price, The Slave Girl and The Joys of Motherhood. Her themes of child ...more

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Buddhadeb Dasgupta is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People From Nigeria
Buddhadeb Dasgupta age 73 - Buddhadeb Dasgupta is a poet and prominent contemporary Indian filmmaker, most known for films like Bagh Bahadur, Tahader Katha, Charachar and Uttara. Five of his films have won the National ...more

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Vincent Chukwuemeka Ike is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People From Nigeria
Vincent Chukwuemeka Ike age 85 - Vincent Chukwuemeka Ike, born in Anambra state, Nigeria is a Nigerian writer known for a mixture of lampoon, humor and satire. He owes a little bit of his style to his Igbo cultural upbringing. ...more

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Akin Euba is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People From Nigeria
Akin Euba age 80 - Akin Euba is a Nigerian composer, musicologist, and pianist.

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Femi Osofisan is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People From Nigeria
Femi Osofisan age 69 - Babafemi Adeyemi Osofisan is a Nigerian writer known for his critique of societal problems and his use of African traditional performances and surrealism in some of his novels. A frequent theme ...more

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Kole Omotosho is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People From Nigeria
Kole Omotosho age 73 - Bankole Ajibabi Omotosho, also known as Kole Omotoso, is a Nigerian writer and intellectual best known for his works of fiction and in South Africa as the "Yebo Gogo man" in adverts ...more

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Dele Olojede is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People From Nigeria
Dele Olojede age 56 - Dele Olojede is a Nigerian journalist and former foreign editor for Newsday. Olojede was the first African-born winner of the Pulitzer Prize and he is a patron of the Etisalat Prize for

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Daniel Amokachi is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People From Nigeria
Daniel Amokachi age 43 - Daniel Owefin Amokachi is a Nigerian former professional footballer of Idoma descent and assistant manager of the Nigeria national football team. As a player he was a striker from 1989 until ...more

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Joseph Yobo is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People From Nigeria
Joseph Yobo age 36 - Joseph Phillip Yobo is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a centre back. He was the captain of the Nigerian national team until his international football retirement in June 2014, ...more

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Stella Obasanjo is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People From Nigeria
Stella Obasanjo Died at 60 (1945-2005) - Stella Obasanjo was the First Lady of Nigeria from 1999 until her death. She was the wife of former president Olusegun Obasanjo. She was not the First Lady in 1976, when Obasanjo was military ...more

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Kema Chikwe is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People From Nigeria
Kema Chikwe Kemafo Nonyerem "Kema" Chikwe, Ph. D. is a former Nigerian Federal Minister of Aviation. She currently holds the position of National Women Leader of the ruling party PDP. Chikwe ...more

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David Reyne is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People From Nigeria
David Reyne age 56 - David Nicholas Reyne is an Australian actor, musician and television presenter. He was educated at The Peninsula School, Mount Eliza.

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Audu Maikori is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People From Nigeria
Audu Maikori age 41 - Audu Maikori is a Nigerian lawyer, entrepreneur, social activist, poet, founder and CEO of the Chocolate City Entertainment, and is well known in Nigeria as a former Nigerian Idol. He worked as ...more

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Ernest Shonekan is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People From Nigeria
Ernest Shonekan Died at 62 (1936-1998) - Ernest Adegunle Oladeinde Shonekan is a British-trained Nigerian lawyer, industrialist, politician and traditional chieftain. He was appointed as interim president of Nigeria by General Ibrahim ...more