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Famous Nigerians

People listed are almost always native to the country. We do (on occasion) include those that have either lived within the country for most of their adult life, or have made a significant contribution to the country in their personal endeavors.

A

  • Maryam Abacha former first lady
  • Christopher "Chris" Abani author
  • Oyinkansola Abayomi nationalist, feminist
  • Sadiq Abdullahi tennis player
  • Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab "underwear bomber"
  • Tajudeen Abdul-Raheem politician
  • Khairat Abdulrazaq-Gwadabe politician
  • Salawa Abeni singer
  • Bola Abimbola singer, record producer
  • Wande Abimbola academician, politician
  • Hafsat Abiola human rights, civil rights, democracy activist
  • Iya Abubakar mathematician, politician
  • Muhammadu Kudu Abubakar etsu (ruler)
  • Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar etsu (ruler)
  • Sadiq Abdullahi tennis player
  • Albert Chinualumogu "Chinua" Achebe novelist, poet, critic
  • Catherine Obianuju Acholonu writer, researcher, lecturer
  • Ladipo Adamolekun public administration scholar
  • Simeon Olaosebikan Abedo administrator, lawyer, diplomat
  • "King" Sunny Ade singer, musician
  • Olubayo Adefemi Olympic medalist, footballer
  • Aderemi Adegbite photographer, filmmaker
  • Oyin Adejobi dramatist, actor
  • Elizabeth Adekogbe nationalist, politician, women's rights leader
  • Mojisola Adekunle-Obasanjo army officer, politician
  • Abu-Abdullah Adelabu scholar, writer, academic, publisher
  • Tayo Adenaike painter
  • Olapade Adeniken Olympic medalist, sprinter
  • Peter Adeniyi academician, administrator
  • Olajumoke Olufunmilola Adenowo architect, author
  • Wale Adenuga cartoonist, publisher
  • Olywayemi "Yemi" Adenuga television broadcaster
  • Titus Martins Adesoji Tadeniawo Aderemi I politician, traditional ruler
  • Adekundo Adesoji Paralympic medalist, athlete
  • Kunle Adeyemi architect, urbanist
  • Yinka Adeyemi artist
  • Abdul Hamid Adiamoh journalist, publisher
  • Adiele Eberechukwu Afigbo historian
  • Olabisi "Bisi" Afolabi Olympic medalist, track and field
  • Segun A. "S.A." Afolabi novelist, writer
  • Adebiyi Adegboye Adesida Afunbiowo II traditional ruler
  • Kanu Godwin Agabi lawyer, politician
  • Olisa Agbakoba lawyer, human rights activist
  • Biko Agozino criminologist
  • Chiwetalu Agu actor, comedian, movie producer
  • Francis Agu actor
  • Akinola Aguda jurist
  • Jacob Festus "J. F." Ade Ajayi historian
  • Toluwalogo "Tolu" Ajayi physician, poet, writer
  • Michael Collins "Don Jazzy" Ajereh singer, songwriter, musician
  • Yemi Ajibade actor, playwright
  • Chioma Ajunwa-Opara Olympic medalist, long jumper
  • Muhammad Mustapha Adebayo Akanbi lawyer, jurist
  • Claude Ake political scientist
  • John Oni Akerele first indigenous surgeon
  • Mercy Akide footballer
  • Funke Akindele actress
  • Oladejo "Dejak" Victor Akinlonu artist, sculptor, philosopher
  • Samuel Akinsanya trade unionist, nationalist
  • Hassanat Taiwo Akinwande actress
  • Isaac Babalola Akinyele traditional ruler
  • Akinwande Bolaji Akinyemi professor, politician
  • Mobolaji Akiode basketball player
  • Rita Akpan teacher, politician
  • Sunday Jack Akpansculptor
  • Uwem Akpan author
  • Dora Knem Akunyili pharmacist, politician
  • Patricia Naomi Akwashiki politician
  • Raphael Adeola "Ralph" Alabi engineer, industrialist
  • Dare Art "Darey" Alade singer, songwriter, musician
  • Kehinde "Kenny" Aladefa track and field athlete
  • Adeyemo Alakija lawyer, politician
  • Abimbola Gbemi Alao storyteller, author, translator
  • Halima Tayo Alao civil servant
  • Ibiyinka Olufemi Alao artist
  • Bisi Alimi gay rights activist, public speaker, blogger
  • Diezani Alison-Madueke politician
  • Tony Aladipo Allen musician, composer, songwriter
  • Taiwo Olubowale Allimi journalist
  • Olajide Aluko scholar, professor
  • Mactabene Amachree basketball player
  • Ifi Amadiume poet, anthropologist, essayist
  • Judith Amaechi women's, children's rights advocate
  • Abdulkareem Baba Aminu journalist, cartoonist, comic book artist
  • Awan Amkpa actor, playwright
  • Josephine Anenih politician
  • Chet Anekwe actor, filmmaker
  • Chike Aniakor painter
  • Victor Chinedu Anichebe Olympic medalist, footballer
  • Alexander Obiefoka Enukora Animalu scientist, physicist
  • Mustapha Adamu Animashaun author, publisher
  • Christiana "Chris" Anyanwu journalist, publisher, author
  • Emeka Anyaoku diplomat
  • Peace Anyiam-Osigwe film critic, producer, author
  • Asa singer-songwriter
  • Regina Askia-Williams actress, activist, television producer
  • Nana Asma'u princess, poet, teacher
  • Pascal Atuma actor, screenwriter, director, producer
  • Ishaya Sha'aibu Aubu doctor, professor, politician
  • Musa Audu Olympic medalist, athlete
  • Olutoyin "Toyin" Augustus hurdler
  • Nduka Awazie Olympic medalist, athlete
  • Ayodele Oluwatuminu Awojobi academic, author, inventor, activist
  • Hannah Idowu Dideolu Awolowo politician
  • Jeremiah Obafemi Awolowo nationalist, political writer, statesman
  • Adewale Ayuba singer, songwriter
  • Benjamin Nnamdi "Zik" Azikiwe first president

B

  • Maryam Babangida former first lady
  • Rotimi Babatunde writer, playwright
  • Emmanuel Hyacinth Babayaro Olympic medalist, footballer
  • Sunday Bada Olympic medalist, sprinter
  • Felix Kolawole Bajomo politician
  • Ishaya Bako film director, screenwriter
  • Abubakar Tafawa Balewa former prime minister
  • Ayodeji Ibrahim "Wizkid" Balogun singer, songwriter
  • Lekan Balogun dramatist, theater director
  • Ola Balogun filmmaker, scriptwriter
  • Ayo Bankole composer, musician
  • Oladimeji Sabur Bankole politician
  • Bassey Ekpo Bassey II journalist, politician, traditional ruler
  • Nnimmo Bassey environmental activist, poet
  • Olumbe Bassir scientist, author, academic
  • Philip Begho author, dramatist
  • Bella Bell-Gam pentathlete
  • Bernard Olabinjo "Bobby" Benson musician
  • Elizabeth "Liz" Benson actress
  • Grace Folashade Bent politician
  • Saburi Oladerni Biobaku scholar, historian
  • Minah Ogbeneyealu Bird actress
  • Yinka Bode-George model
  • Rosaline Patricia Irorefe Bozimo lawyer, jurist
  • Saudatu Usman Bungudu politician
  • JJ Bunny actress
  • Jimoh Buraimoh artist
  • Lanre Buraimoh artist

C
  • Sokari Douglas Camp artist
  • Kemafo Nonyerem "Kema" Chikwe politician, ambassador
  • Lynda Chuba-Ikpeazu politician
  • Clement Chukwu Olympic medalist, athlete
  • Chioma Chukwuka actress
  • Chika Yagazie Chukwumerije Olympic medalist, taekwondo practitioner
  • Chinwe Chukwuogo-Roy artist
  • Maryam Ciroma politician
  • John Pepper "J. P." Clark poet, playwright

D
  • Abike Dabiri-Erewa politician
  • Noel G. DaCosta composer, musician, conductor
  • Stella Damasus-Aboderin actress, singer
  • Richard Mofe Damijo actor, politician
  • Isioma Daniel journalist
  • Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma army soldier, politician
  • Andrew Dan-Jumbo television host
  • Ganiyu Olawale Dawodu politician, democracy activist
  • David Dejiro Defiagbon Olympic medalist, boxer
  • Jude Dibia novelist
  • Andrew Adibo Dick wrestler
  • Kenneth Dike historian
  • Ndidi Dike artist
  • Tonto Charity Dikeh actress, singer
  • Duncan Dokiwari Olympic medalist, boxer
  • Rita Domonic actress
  • Joseph Dosu Olympic medalist, footballer
  • Andrew Dosunmu photographer, filmmaker
  • Antera Duke Efik chief, slave trader

E
  • Onome Ebi footballer
  • Offiong Edem table tennis player
  • Ini Edo actress
  • Pete Edochie actor
  • George Edozie painter
  • Shafi Lawal Edu conservationist, politician
  • Adetomiwa Edun actor
  • Jake Okechukwu Effoduh lawyer, human rights activist, actor
  • Nneka Egbuna singer, songwriter
  • Aaron Egbele Olympic medalist, sprinter
  • Innocent Egbunike Olympic medalist, sprinter
  • Joseph N. C. Egemonye Journalist, writer
  • Augustine Owen Eguavoen footballer, manager
  • Mike "Gentlemen" Ejeagha musician
  • Ufuoma Stacey Ejenobor actress
  • Lucy Ogecukwu Ejike Paralympic medalist, powerlifter
  • Eme Ufot Ekaette politician
  • Omotola Jalade Ekeinde actress, singer
  • Grace Ekpiwhre civil servant
  • Efioanwan Ekpo footballer
  • Felix Ekpo weightlifter
  • Margaret Ekpo women's rights activist, politician
  • Cyprian Ekwensi author
  • Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme architect, politician
  • Lazarus Ekwueme musicologist, composer
  • Taslim Olawale Elias jurist
  • Desmond Elliott actor, director
  • Buchi Emecheta novelist
  • Uchenna Emedolu Olympic medalist, athlete
  • Uwechue "Hao Ge" Emmanuel singer
  • Joy Emodi politician
  • Chief Anthony Enahoro anti-colonial, pro-democracy activist
  • Benedict "Ben" Chuka Enwonwu painter, sculptor
  • Wuraola Esan teacher, politician
  • Eyo Ita Esau teacher, trade unionist

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