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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
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
Cyril Nri is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Nigeria
age 57
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.
Goodluck Jonathan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Nigeria
age 61
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
Fela Kuti is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Nigeria
Dec. 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
Munachi Nwankwo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Nigeria
age 31
Munachi Abii is a Nigerian rap / hip-hop artist, songwriter, pageant winner, television presenter and model who performs under the name Muna.
Michael Olowokandi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Nigeria
age 43
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
Chinua Achebe is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Nigeria
Dec. 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
Abubakar Tafawa Balewa is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Nigeria
Dec. at 54 (1912-1966)
Alhaji Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, KBE was a Nigerian politician, and the only prime minister of an independent Nigeria.
Ibrahim Babangida is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Nigeria
age 77
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
Mike omoighe is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Nigeria
age 60
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
Andy Akinwolere is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Nigeria
age 36
Andy Akinwolere is a British television presenter.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Nigeria
age 41
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
Aliko Dangote is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Nigeria
age 61
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
Murtala Mohammed is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Nigeria
Dec. at 38 (1938-1976)
General Murtala Ramat Muhammed was a military ruler 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
Francis Okaroh is a retired Nigerian football defender. He played professionally in Major League Soccer.
Alki David is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Nigeria
age 47
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
Nnamdi Azikiwe is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Nigeria
Dec. 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
Ben Okri is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Nigeria
age 59
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
Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Nigeria
age 56
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
Ola Rotimi is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Nigeria
Dec. 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
Sussan Ley is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Nigeria
age 57
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
Biyi Bandele is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Nigeria
age 51
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
Augustus Molade Akiwumi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Nigeria
Justice Augustus Molade Akiwumi 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
James Reyne OAM 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
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