Famous People From Nigeria

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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    • Birthplace: Nigeria
    Kevin McDaid (born 7 March 1984) is a British singer. Born in Nigeria, he was brought up in England in Newcastle upon Tyne. He was best known as member of the British boy band V, which he joined in ...more
  • Cyril Nri
    Age: 61
    • Birthplace: Nigeria
    Cyril Ikechukwu Nri (born 25 April 1961) is a Nigerian British actor, writer and director who is best known for playing Superintendent Adam Okaro in the police TV series The Bill.
    • Birthplace: Nigeria
    Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan (born 20 November 1957) is a Nigerian politician who served as the President of Nigeria from 2010 to 2015. Prior to that he served as Vice-President of Nigeria from ...more
  • Fela Kuti
    Dec. at 58 (1938-1997)
    • Birthplace: Abeokuta, Nigeria
    Fela Anikulapo Kuti (15 October 1938 – 2 August 1997), also professionally known as Fela Kuti, or simply Fela, was a Nigerian multi-instrumentalist, musician, composer, pioneer of the Afrobeat music ...more
    • Birthplace: Port Harcourt, Nigeria
    Munachi Abii (born Munachi Gail Teresa Abii Nwankwo) is a Nigerian rapper / hip-hop artist, songwriter, pageant winner, television presenter and model who performs under the name Muna.. She is the ...more
  • Michael Olowokandi

    Michael Olowokandi

    Age: 47
    • Birthplace: Lagos, Nigeria
    Michael Olowokandi (born 3 April 1975) is a British Nigerian former professional basketball player. Born in Lagos and raised in London, he attended college on a basketball scholarship at the ...more