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List of famous athletes from Nigeria, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Nigeria has seen some very talented athletes over the years, many of who have gone on to represent their country in the Olympics. These are some of the best Nigerian athletes of all time, so if you're a native of Nigeria and are aspiring to compete in sports professionally then these are people you should look up to. If you're searching for a particular popular athlete from Nigeria then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

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This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest Nigerian athletes?" and "Which athletes are from Nigeria?"

You can click on the names of these legendary athletes of Nigeria in order to get more information about each one.

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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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New Orleans Hornets Chukwuemeka Ndubuisi "Emeka" Okafor is an American professional basketball player who is currently a free agent. Prior to the National Basketball Association, Okafor attended Bellaire ...more

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FC Lokomotiv Moscow Peter Osaze Odemwingie is a Nigerian footballer who plays as a forward for Premier League club Stoke City. Odemwingie grew up in Russia and Nigeria and began his career with Bendel Insurance in ...more

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Everton F.C. Victor Chinedu Anichebe is a Nigerian footballer who plays for West Bromwich Albion. He has been described as a fast and powerful player, in the mould of a "traditional" centre ...more

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Florence Ekpo-Umoh is a Nigerian-German sprinter, who specializes in the 400 m.

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Francis Obiorah Obikwelu is a Portuguese sprinter specialized in 100 metres and 200 metres. He obtained Portuguese citizenship in 2001.

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Julius Berger FC Emmanuel Amuneke is a Nigerian retired footballer who played as a left winger, and a current coach. His professional career was blighted by injury. He represented Nigeria at the 1994 World Cup.

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New Orleans Hornets Al-Farouq Ajiede Aminu is an American-Nigerian professional basketball forward with the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association. He plays internationally with the Nigeria ...more

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Josephine Onyia Josephine Onyia Nnkiruka is a Nigerian-born Spanish track and field athlete who specializes in the 100 metres hurdles. She represented Spain at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. She changed nationality ...more

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Amobi Okoye is an American football defensive tackle of Nigerian descent that is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Houston Texans tenth overall in the 2007 NFL Draft. He played ...more

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Chelsea L.F.C. Eniola "Eni" Aluko is an English football forward who plays for Chelsea Ladies of the FA WSL. Aluko moved with her family to Birmingham when she was one year old. Since she grew up in ...more

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Blessing Okagbare is a Nigerian track and field athlete who specializes in long jumping and short sprints. She is an Olympic and World Championships medalist in the long jump, and a world ...more

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Augustine Azuka "Jay-Jay" Okocha is a Nigerian former professional footballer. He is widely regarded as the best Nigerian player of his generation. He is also known for his stepovers, ...more

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Falkirk F.C. Enoch Olusesan Showunmi a professional footballer who plays as a striker and is currently playing for Canvey Island, on loan from Wealdstone. Born in England, he played for Nigeria at ...more

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Kelenna David Azubuike is an American professional basketball player. Born in London, England and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Azubuike became a standout player during his play at Victory ...more

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Heartland F.C. Nathaniel "Austin" Brown, is an American singer-songwriter. He is a member of the Jackson family and only son to singer Rebbie Jackson and her late husband Nathaniel Brown.

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David Dejiro Defiagbon is a retired Nigerian boxer. Nicknamed "The Dream", Defiagbon fought for Canada and won the heavyweight silver medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics.

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Henry Akinwande is a retired English professional heavyweight boxer and former WBO heavyweight champion.

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Nigeria national football team Victor Moses is a professional footballer who plays for Stoke City on loan from Chelsea. He can play in a variety of positions, primarily as a winger, but also as a forward. Moses began his ...more

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Falilat Ogunkoya is a Nigerian former track and field athlete. Ogunkoya has won a number of national championships, including a gold medal in 1996 in the 400 metres, gold in the 200 metres and ...more

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Celestine Hycieth Babayaro is a former Nigerian footballer. He was named after Pope Celestine V.

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Oludamola Bolanle Osayomi is a Nigerian sprinter who specializes in the 100 metres and 200 metres. She is a four-time gold medallist at the African Championships in Athletics and won an Olympic ...more

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FC Lokomotiv Moscow Sani Haruna Kaita is a Nigerian footballer he currently plays for FC Saxan but played for a number of Nigeria Premier League teams, latest of which was Enyimba F.C..

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Manchester City F.C. Chinedum "Nedum" Onuoha is a professional footballer who plays for Queens Park Rangers. He is a defender, typically a centre back, but he can also play at right back or left back.

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Sparta Rotterdam Ayodele "Dele" Adeleye is a Nigerian football defender who plays for FC Aktobe in the Kazakhstan Premier League.

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Portsmouth F.C. Nwankwo Kanu, OON, or simply Kanu, is a retired Nigerian footballer who played as a striker. He was a member of and later captained the Nigerian national team for 16 years from 1994 until 2010. ...more

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Burnley F.C. Adeola Oluwatoyin "Ade" Akinbiyi is a footballer who is currently a player-coach at Colwyn Bay. Akinbiyi has had a much-travelled career with many different clubs with transfer fees ...more

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Henan Jianye Emmanuel Olisadebe is a retired Nigerian-born Polish football striker. After moving to Poland and having a successful career with Polonia Warszawa where he won the championship title as well as ...more

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Akbar Oluwakemi-Idowu Gbajabiamila is a former American football defensive end, who currently is the co-host for American Ninja Warrior and works as a sports analyst for the NFL Network. He was ...more

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Aloysius Anagonye is a Nigerian-American professional basketball player who plays for SOMB Boulogne-sur-Mer of the LNB Pro A. A graduate of Michigan State University in 2003, Anagonye has also ...more

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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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K.R.C. Genk Marvin Ogunjimi is a Belgian football forward of Nigerian descent, who currently plays for Strømsgodset in Norwegian Premier League. Until 2011, he played for the Belgian national team ...more

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Tijani Babangida is a retired Nigerian footballer, who played as a winger. Known for his pace, his playing style was sometimes compared to that of Marc Overmars. Babangida spent the majority of ...more

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F.C. Internazionale Milano Victor Nsofor Obinna is a Nigerian footballer who plays as a second striker for FC Lokomotiv Moscow of the Russian Premier League. He is not currently registered to play with the league office.

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1. FC Saarbrücken Cynthia Uwak is a Nigerian football striker who currently plays for Åland United in the Women's League in Finland.

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Beitar Jerusalem FC Toto Adaruns Tamuz Temile, commonly known as Toto Tamuz, is a Nigerian-born Israeli professional footballer who plays for Liga I club Petrolul Ploiești and the Israel national team, as a

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Ndudi Hamani Ebi is a Nigerian/British professional basketball player currently playing for Virtus Roma of the Italian Serie A. He committed to the University of Arizona, in the U.S., but ...more

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Al-Nasr Razak Omotoyossi is a Nigerian-born Beninese footballer who plays for Kahramanmaraşspor and also for the Benin national football team. Omotoyossi who plays as a striker, has played in Nigeria, ...more

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Ocean Boys FC Uche Alozie Okechukwu, known as Uche for short, is a Nigerian retired footballer who played as a central defender. "Uche" is a nickname for the Igbo name "Uchechukwu". He was ...more

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Everton F.C. Yakubu Aiyegbeni, known as Yakubu, is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Reading and the Nigeria national team. His nickname is "The Yak". His performances ...more

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Taribo West is a Nigerian former professional footballer who played as a defender. West represented the Nigerian national team in the 1998 and 2002 FIFA World Cups. He is also known for the ...more

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En Avant Guingamp Mouritala Ogunbiyi is a Nigeria-born, Beninese football midfielder. He currently plays in France for Nîmes Olympique. Ogunbiyi was part of the Beninese 2004 African Nations Cup team, who ...more

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Mary Onyali-Omagbemi is a Nigerian sprinter, who won the bronze medal in the 4 x 100 m relay at the 1992 Olympic Games and in the 200 m at the 1996 Olympic Games. She also won the 1994 ...more

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Nea Salamis FC Lewis Aniweta Iteanychukwu is a Nigerian born-Rwandan footballer, currently playing as Defensive midfielder for APEP in Cypriot Second Division.

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Dela Yampolsky Maccabi Netanya Dele Yampolsky is a Nigerian-born Israeli footballer who plays as a midfielder for Israeli club Hapoel Ra'anana. His first name "Bamidele" means "Follow me home" in Yoruba. ...more

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Doreen Amata is a female track and field athlete from Nigeria. She specialised in the high jump event. Amata represented Nigeria at the 2008 Olympic Games, finishing in 16th place in the ...more

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En Avant Guingamp Wilson Oruma is a former football midfielder from Nigeria.

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Hereford United F.C. Moses Ashikodi is a footballer who plays for Cray Wanderers as a striker.

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Nojim Maiyegun is a retired Nigerian boxer, who won the bronze medal in the men's Light Middleweight category at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. He was Nigeria's first Olympic

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Ruth Ogbeifo Ruth Ogbeifo is a Nigerian weightlifter. At the 1999 World Championships in the 75 kg category she won bronze medals in snatch, clean and jerk, and overall. She competed in the 75 kg weight ...more