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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


    Kevin McDaid (born 7 March 1984) is a British singer. Born in Nigeria, he was brought up in...  more
  • Cyril Nri

    Cyril Nri

    Age: 59


    Cyril Ikechukwu Nri (born 25 April 1961) is a Nigerian British actor, writer and director who...  more
  • Goodluck Jonathan


    Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan (born 20 November 1957) is a Nigerian politician who served...  more
  • Fela Kuti

    Fela Kuti

    Dec. at 59 (1938-1997)

    BirthplaceAbeokuta, Nigeria

    Fela Anikulapo Kuti (15 October 1938 – 2 August 1997), also professionally known as Fela Kuti,...  more

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  • Munachi Nwankwo

    BirthplacePort Harcourt, Nigeria

    Munachi Abii (born Munachi Gail Teresa Abii Nwankwo) is a Nigerian rapper / hip-hop artist,...  more
  • Michael Olowokandi

    Michael Olowokandi

    Age: 45

    BirthplaceLagos, Nigeria

    Michael Olowokandi (born 3 April 1975) is a British Nigerian former professional basketball...  more
  • Chinua Achebe

    Chinua Achebe

    Dec. at 83 (1930-2013)

    BirthplaceOgidi, Anambra, Nigeria

    Chinua Achebe (; born Albert Chinụalụmọgụ Achebe, 16 November 1930 – 21 March 2013) was a...  more
  • Abubakar Tafawa Balewa

    Abubakar Tafawa Balewa

    Dec. at 54 (1912-1966)

    BirthplaceBauchi, Nigeria

    Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, KBE (December 1912 – 15 January 1966) was a Nigerian politician, and...  more
  • Ibrahim Babangida

    BirthplaceMinna, Nigeria

    Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (born 17 August 1941), is a retired Nigerian Army General who was...  more
  • Mike omoighe


    Michael Akhaine Osebhajimete Omoighe (born October 11, 1958) is a Nigerian painter, curator,...  more
  • Andy Akinwolere


    Odunayo Andrew Akinwolere (born 30 November 1982), previously known as Andy Akinwolere, is a ...  more
  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

    BirthplaceEnugu, Nigeria

    Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie ( (listen); (born on 15 September 1977 in Enugu, Nigeria) is a...  more
  • Aliko Dangote

    BirthplaceKano, Nigeria

    Aliko Dangote GCON (born 10 April 1957) is a Nigerian business magnate, investor, and owner of...  more
  • Murtala Mohammed

    Murtala Mohammed

    Dec. at 38 (1938-1976)

    BirthplaceKano, Nigeria

    Murtala Rufai Ramat Muhammed (8 November 1938 – 13 February 1976) was the military ruler (Head...  more
  • BirthplaceEnugu, Nigeria

    Francis Okaroh (born August 25, 1963 in Enugu, Nigeria) is a retired Nigerian football...  more
  • Alki David

    Alki David

    Age: 52

    BirthplaceLagos, Nigeria

    Alkiviades David (born May 1968; pronounced AL-kee) is a Greek billionaire heir, a member of...  more
  • Nnamdi Azikiwe

    Nnamdi Azikiwe

    Dec. at 92 (1904-1996)

    BirthplaceNorthern Nigeria Protectorate

    Nnamdi Azikiwe, PC (16 November 1904 – 11 May 1996), usually referred to as "Zik", was a...  more
  • Ben Okri

    Ben Okri

    Age: 61

    BirthplaceMinna, Nigeria

    Ben Okri OBE FRSL (born 15 March 1959) is a Nigerian poet and novelist. Okri is considered one...  more
  • Hakeem Olajuwon

    BirthplaceLagos, Nigeria

    Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon (; Yoruba: [olaɟuwɔ̃]; born January 21, 1963), formerly spelled (& still...  more

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  • Ola Rotimi

    Ola Rotimi

    Dec. at 62 (1938-2000)

    BirthplaceIlesa, Nigeria

    Olawale Gladstone Emmanuel Rotimi, best known as Ola Rotimi (13 April 1938 – 18 August 2000),...  more
  • Sussan Ley

    Sussan Ley

    Age: 58

    BirthplaceKano, Nigeria

    Sussan Penelope Ley (née Susan Penelope Braybrooks; born 14 December 1961) is an Australian...  more
  • Biyi Bandele

    BirthplaceKafanchan, Nigeria

    Biyi Bandele (born Biyi Bandele-Thomas; 13 October 1967) is a Nigerian novelist, playwright...  more
  • Augustus Molade Akiwumi
    Justice Augustus Molade Akiwumi (7 April 1891 – ?) was a judge and also the second Speaker of...  more
  • James Reyne

    BirthplaceLagos, Nigeria

    James Michael Nugent Reyne OAM (born 19 May 1957) is an Australian rock musician and...  more
  • Helen Oyeyemi


    Helen Olajumoke Oyeyemi (born 10 December 1984) is a British novelist and writer of short...  more