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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.