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Famous People From Nigeria

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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.
Kevin McDaid is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Nigeria
Age: 34

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 ...more
Cyril Nri is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Nigeria
Age: 57

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.
Goodluck Jonathan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Nigeria
Age: 61

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 ...more
Fela Kuti is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Nigeria
Dec. at 59 (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 ...more

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Munachi Nwankwo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Nigeria
Age: 31

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 ...more
Michael Olowokandi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Nigeria
Michael Olowokandi Age: 43

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

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Chinua Achebe is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Nigeria
Dec. at 83 (1930-2013)

Birthplace: Ogidi, Anambra, Nigeria

Chinua Achebe (; born Albert Chinụalụmọgụ Achebe, 16 November 1930 – 21 March 2013) was a Nigerian novelist, poet, professor, and critic. His first novel Things Fall Apart (1958), often ...more

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Abubakar Tafawa Balewa ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Nigeria
Dec. at 54 (1912-1966)

Birthplace: Bauchi, Nigeria

Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, KBE (December 1912 – 15 January 1966) was a Nigerian politician, and the first prime minister of an independent Nigeria.
Ibrahim Babangida is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Nigeria
Age: 77

Birthplace: Minna, Nigeria

Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (born 17 August 1941), is a retired Nigerian Army General who was President of Nigeria from 27 August 1985 to 26 August 1993. He previously served as the chief of army ...more
Mike omoighe is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Nigeria
Age: 60

Birthplace: Nigeria

Michael Akhaine Osebhajimete Omoighe (born October 11, 1958) is a Nigerian painter, curator, art critic and teacher of art. He lives in Lagos, Nigeria. Omoighe studied at Yaba College of ...more
Andy Akinwolere is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Nigeria
Age: 36

Birthplace: Nigeria

Odunayo Andrew Akinwolere (born 30 November 1982), previously known as Andy Akinwolere, is a British television presenter.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Nigeria
Age: 41

Birthplace: Enugu, Nigeria

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie ( (listen); (born on 15 September 1977 in Enugu, Nigeria) is a Nigerian novelist as well as a writer of short stories and of nonfiction. Adichie, who was born in the ...more
Aliko Dangote is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Nigeria
Age: 61

Birthplace: Kano, Nigeria

Aliko Dangote GCON (born 10 April 1957) is a Nigerian business magnate, investor, and owner of the Dangote Group, which has interests in commodities in Nigeria and other African countries. As of ...more
Murtala Mohammed is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Nigeria
Dec. at 38 (1938-1976)

Birthplace: Kano, Nigeria

Murtala Rufai Ramat Muhammed (8 November 1938 – 13 February 1976) was the military ruler (Head of the Federal Military Government) of Nigeria from 1975 until his assassination in 1976.
Francis Okaroh is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Nigeria
Age: 55

Birthplace: Enugu, Nigeria

Francis Okaroh (born August 25, 1963 in Enugu, Nigeria) is a retired Nigerian football (soccer) defender. Playing professionally in the United States, he began his career indoors with the ...more
Alki David is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Nigeria
Age: 50

Birthplace: Lagos, Nigeria

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Nnamdi Azikiwe is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Nigeria
Dec. at 92 (1904-1996)

Birthplace: Northern Nigeria Protectorate

Nnamdi Azikiwe, PC (16 November 1904 – 11 May 1996), usually referred to as "Zik", was a Nigerian statesman who was Governor General of Nigeria from 1960 to 1963 and the first ...more
Ben Okri is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Nigeria
Age: 59

Birthplace: Minna, Nigeria

Ben Okri OBE FRSL (born 15 March 1959) 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 ...more
Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Nigeria
Age: 56

Birthplace: Lagos, Nigeria

Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon (; Yoruba: [olaɟuwɔ̃]; born January 21, 1963), formerly spelled (& still pronounced as) Akeem Olajuwon, is a Nigerian-American former professional basketball player. ...more

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Ola Rotimi is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Nigeria
Dec. at 62 (1938-2000)

Birthplace: Ilesa, Nigeria

Olawale Gladstone Emmanuel Rotimi, best known as Ola Rotimi (13 April 1938 – 18 August 2000), was one of Nigeria's leading playwrights and theatre directors. He has been called "a complete ...more
Sussan Ley is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Nigeria
Age: 57

Birthplace: Kano, Nigeria

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Biyi Bandele is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Nigeria
Age: 51

Birthplace: Kafanchan, Nigeria

Biyi Bandele (born Biyi Bandele-Thomas; 13 October 1967) is a Nigerian novelist, playwright and filmmaker. Bandele is a UK-based Nigerian writer for fiction, theatre, journalism, television, ...more
Augustus Molade Akiwumi ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Nigeria

Birthplace: Lagos, Nigeria

Justice Augustus Molade Akiwumi (7 April 1891 – ?) was a judge and also the second Speaker of the Parliament of Ghana.
James Reyne is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Nigeria
Age: 61

Birthplace: Lagos, Nigeria

James Michael Nugent Reyne OAM (born 19 May 1957) is an Australian rock musician and singer/songwriter both in solo work and, until 1986, with the band Australian Crawl.
Helen Oyeyemi is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Nigeria
Age: 34

Birthplace: Nigeria

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