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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.

N continued

  • Onyeka Nwelue writer, filmmaker
  • Chike C. Nwoffiah actor, theater director, filmmaker
  • Demas Nwoko artist, architect
  • Gogo Chu Nzeribe trade unionist
O
  • Abiodun Obafemi Olympic medalist, footballer
  • Alhaji Aliyu Ocheja Obaje paramount ruler
  • Chinwe Obaji lecturer, teacher, politician
  • Olusegun Obasanjo former Nigerian Army general, president
  • Stella Obasanjo former first lady
  • Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello politician
  • Chinedu Ogbuke Obasi Olympic medalist, footballer
  • Lenient Obia swimmer
  • Amarachi Favour Obiajunwa wrestler
  • Francis Obiorah Obikwelu Olympic medalist, sprinter
  • Kingsley Obiekwu Olympic medalist, footballer
  • Omoni Oboli actress, scriptwriter, producer
  • Blessing Oborududu wrestler
  • Pa Benedict Odiase composer national anthem
  • Nduka Odizor tennis player
  • Pastor Taiwo Odubiyi author, speaker
  • Eze Igwegbe Odum politician
  • Cecilia Otu Offiong table tennis player
  • Gentle Offoin swimmer
  • Ruth Ogbeifo Olympic medalist, weightlifter
  • Kingsley Ogoro film director, screenwriter, film producer
  • Olu Oguibe artist
  • Hubert Adedeji Ogunde actor, playwright, theater manager, musician
  • Funsho Ogundipe musician, music director, composer
  • Omolara Ogundipe poet, critic, editor, feminist, activist
  • Tanimowo Ogunlesi women's rights activist
  • Falilat Ogunkoya Olympic medalist, athlete
  • Elijah Kolawold "Kola" Ogunmola actor, dramatist, mime, playwright
  • Wole Oguntokun playwright, stage and film director
  • Joy Uche Angela Ogwu politician
  • Tanure Ojaide poet, writer
  • Izu Ojukwa film director
  • John "Mr. Ibu" Okafor actor, comedian
  • Ngoli "Ngo" Onyeka Okafor model, actor, boxer
  • Blessing Okagbare Olympic medalist, athlete
  • Uche Alozie Okechukwu Olympic medalist, footballer
  • Edward Ikem Okeke politician, trade union leader
  • Patrick Nwokoye "P. N." Okeke-Ojiudu politician, teacher, philanthropist
  • Uche Okeke artist
  • Chika Okeke-Agulu artist, historian, curator
  • Oladayo "Dayo" Okeniyi actor
  • Odoh Diego Okenyodo writer, pharmacist, poet, journalist
  • Stephanie Onyekachi Okereke actress, film director
  • Pius Okigbo economist
  • Ogbidi Okojie traditional ruler
  • Chinedu "Flavour N'abania" Okoli singer, songwriter
  • Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala economist, politician
  • Nnenna Okore artist
  • Solomon Okoronkwo Olympic medalist, footballer
  • Samuel Ejikeme Okoye astrophysicist
  • Ben Okri poet, novelist
  • Baba Ken Okulolo musician, bandleader
  • Ikenna Bryan Okwara model
  • Moses "Buba Sala" Olaiya comedian, dramatist, actor
  • Gbenga Toyosi Olawepo human rights activist
  • Olufunmilayo Aduni Olayinka banker, politician
  • Andy Ologun boxer, martial artist, kickboxer, actor
  • Dele Olojede journalist, editor, first African-born Pulitzer Prize winner
  • Olowe of Ise wood sculptor, artist
  • Bola Kuforiji Olubi noblewoman, banker, politician
  • Nkiruka "Kiki" Omeili actress
  • Michael Akhaine Omoighe painter, curator, art critic
  • Bankole "Kole" Ajibabi Omotosho writer
  • Stella Omu politician
  • Aina Onabolu art teacher, painter
  • Bruce Obomeyoma Onabrakpeya printmaker, painter, sculptor
  • Nathaniel Kolawole "Kola" Onadipe author
  • Onyeka Onwenu actress
  • Ebere Onwudiwe economist, political scientist
  • Mary Onyali-Omagbemi Olympic medalist, sprinter
  • Ifeoma Onyefulu author, novelist, photographer
  • Charity Opara Olympic medalist, relay runner
  • Mobi Patrick Oparaku Olympic medalist, footballer
  • Christy Opara-Thompson Olympic medalist, sprinter
  • Igwe Kenneth Onyeneke Orizu III traditional ruler, spiritual leader
  • Stephen Osagiede Oronsaye accountant, civil servant
  • Wilson Oruma Olympic medalist, footballer
  • Chief Stephen Osita Osadebe singer, songwriter
  • Dennis Chukude Osadebay politician, poet, journalist
  • Oludamola Bolanie "Damola" Osayomi Olympic medalist, sprinter
  • Agnes Osazuwa Olympic medalist, track and field sprinter
  • Olufunke Oshonaike table tennis player
  • Babafemi "Femi" Adeyemi Osofisan writer
  • Niyi Osundare poet, dramatist, literary critic
  • Oluwakayode Osuntokun tropical neurology researcher
  • Helen Aiyeohusa Ovbiagele novelist
  • Dapo Daniel "D'banj" Oyebanjo singer, songwriter
  • Nkem Owoh actor, comedian
  • Patience Ozokwor actress
P
  • Helen Paul actress, comedienne
  • Rotimi Peters Olympic medalist, athlete
  • Susan Peters actress
  • Isaac Promise Olympic medalist, footballer

R

  • Runilayo Ransome-Kuti teacher, women's rights activist
  • Christopher Oluwole Rotimi army officer, diplomat, politician
  • Olawale "Ola" Gladstone Emmanuel Rotimi playwright, theater director
  • Ruqayyah Ahmed Rufa'i politician
S
  • Oluwagbenga Abedoyin "Gbenga" Salu film director, editor, visual effects artist
  • Mohammed Namadi Sambo architect, politician
  • Samsong singer, songwriter
  • Abidemi Sanusi author
  • Sanusi Lamido Sanusi banker, nobleman, scholar
  • Gbemisola Ruqayyah Saraki politician
  • Kenule "Ken" Beeson Saro-Wiwa writer, television producer
  • Zina Saro-Wiwa video artist, filmmaker
  • Mabel Segun writer, poet
  • Taiye Selasi writer, photographer
  • Twins Seven Seven painter, sculptor, musician
  • Agboola Shadare songwriter, composer, producer
  • Herzekiah Andrew Shanu photographer
  • Tidiana Shitou photographer
  • Mercy Johnson Shola actress
  • Ayo Shonaiya filmmaker, tv producer
  • Lola Shoneyin poet, author
  • Wilson Siewari wrestler
  • Bisi Silva curator
  • Joke Silva actress, director
  • Doris Simeon-Ademinokan actress
  • Max Siollun military historian
  • Zulu Sofola playwright, dramatist, professor
  • Augustus Taiwo "Tai" Solarin educator, social activist, author
  • Sarah Adebisi Sosan teacher, politician
  • Bode Sowande writer, dramatist
  • Olufela "Fela" Obafunmilaro Sowande musician, composer
  • Akinwande Oluwole "Wole" Soyinka Nobel laureate, playwright, poet
  • Salamatu Hussaini Suleiman lawyer, politician
  • Baba Suwe actor
T
  • Aminu Waziri Tambuwal politician
  • John Idowu Conrad Taylor jurist
  • Timaya singer, songwriter
  • Oluremi Tinubu former first lady, politician
  • Dapo Torimiro singer, songwriter, musician
  • Segun Moses Toriola table tennis player
  • Fatimah Tuggar artist
  • Amos Tutuola writer
U
  • James Iroha Uchechukwu photographer
  • Ada Udechukwu artist, poet
  • Obiora Udechukwu painter, poet
  • Fabian Udekwu cardiac surgeon, pioneer of open heart surgery in Africa
  • Enefiok Udo-Obong Olympic medalist, sprinter
  • Egbert Udo Udoma lawyer, jurist
  • Moses Ugbusien Olympic medalist, athlete
  • Onyema Ugochwkwu economist, journalist, politician
  • Frederick Nnabuenyi Ugonna ethnologist, linguist, writer
  • O. C. Ukeje actor
  • Adaora Lily Ulasi novelist, journalist
  • Benedict Uloko weightlifter
  • Ibrahim H. Umar scientist
  • Becky Umeh artistic director, choreographer, dancer
  • Uchechukwu Peter Umezurike author, poet
  • Dolly Unachukwu actress, writer, producer, film director
  • Chika Unigwe author
  • Mariam Usman weightlifter
  • Nenadi Esther Usman politician
  • Sunday Uti Olympic medalist, sprinter
  • Beatrice Utondu Olympic medalist, sprinter
  • Cynthia Uwak footballer
  • Okon Uya ambassador, professor
  • Okey Uzoeshi actor
  • Joshua Uzoigwe composer, ethnomusicologist
V - Y
  • Ambruse Vanzekin Olympic medalist, footballer
  • Jaja Anucha Wachuku statesman, lawyer, politician, diplomat, humanitarian
  • Saul Weigopwa Olympic medalist, athlete
  • Adim Williams film director
  • Eric Williams swimmer
  • Ken Wiwa journalist, author
  • Wunmi singer, dancer, fashion designer
  • Balaraba Ramat Yakubu author
  • Shehu Musa Yar'Adua military officer, politician
  • Turai Yar'Adua former first lady
  • Umaru Musa Yar'Adua former president
  • Yellow Yeiyah swimmer
  • Fatima Yusuf-Olukoju Olympic medalist, athlete

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This page was last updated on April 7, 2017.