Bukky Ajayi Actress Entertainment

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Bukky Ajayi

Zainab Bukky Ajayi (2 February 1934 – 6 July 2016) was a Nigerian actress.Life and careerShe was born and bred in Nigeria but completed her higher education in England, United Kingdom on the back of a federal government scholarship. In 1965, she left England for Nigeria where her career began as a presenter and newscaster for Nigerian Television Authority in 1966.She made her film debut in the television series Village Headmaster during the '70s before she...
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Adekunle Fajuyi Former Military governor Politics

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Adekunle Fajuyi RIP (26/06/1926 - 29/07/1966)
Adekunle Fajuyi

Francis Adekunle Fajuyi, BEM (26 June 1926 – 29 July 1966) was a Nigerian soldier of Yoruba origin and the first military governor of the former Western Region, Nigeria.Originally a clerk, Fajuyi of Ado Ekiti joined the Army in 1943 and as a Sergeant in the Nigeria Signal Squadron, Royal West African Frontier Force, was awarded the British Empire Medal in 1951 for helping to contain a mutiny in his unit over food rations. He was...
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Umaru Musa Yar'Adua Former Nigerian President Politics

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Umaru Musa Yar'Adua

Umaru Musa Yar'Adua (16 August 1951 – 5 May 2010) was the 13th President of Nigeria. He served as governor of Katsina State in northern Nigeria from 29 May 1999 to 28 May 2007. He was declared the winner of the controversial Nigerian presidential election held on 21 April 2007, and was sworn in on 29 May 2007. He was a member of the People's Democratic Party (PDP). In 2009, Yar'Adua left for Saudi Arabia to...
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Yakubu Gowon Former Nigerian leader Politics

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Yakubu Gowon
Yakubu Gowon

General Yakubu "Jack" Dan-Yumma Gowon (born 19 October 1934) is the former head of state (Head of the Federal Military Government) of Nigeria from 1966 to 1975. He took power after one military coup d'état and was overthrown in another. During his rule, the Nigerian government successfully prevented Biafran secession during the 1967–70 Nigerian Civil War.Gowon is an Ngas (Angas) from Lur, a small village in the present Kanke Local Government Area of Plateau State. His...
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Stephen Keshi Footballer and coach Sports

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Stephen Keshi RIP (23/01/1962 - 07/06/2016)
Stephen Keshi

Stephen Okechukwu Keshi (23 January 1962 – 7 June 2016) was a Nigerian football defender. He was also a football manager of the Nigeria national team. He was one of only two people, along with Egypt's Mahmoud El-Gohary, to have won the Africa Cup of Nations as both a player and a coach.After a playing career mostly with Belgian clubs, Keshi went to the United States to be educated in coaching.Coaching careerIn 1996 he was joined...
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Rashidi Yekini Footballer Sports

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Rashidi Yekini RIP (23/10/1963 - 04/05/2012)
Rashidi Yekini

Rashidi Yekini (23 October 1963 – 4 May 2012) was a Nigerian footballer who played as a striker.His professional career, which spanned more than two decades, was mainly associated with Vitória de Setúbal in Portugal, but he also played in six other countries his own notwithstanding.Yekini scored 37 goals as a Nigerian international, and represented the nation in five major tournaments, including two World Cups where he scored the country's first-ever goal in the competition. He...
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Sunny Ade Musician Entertainment

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Sunny Ade
Sunny Ade

"King" Sunny Adé (born Sunday Adeniyi, 22 September 1946) is a Nigerian musician, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and a pioneer of modern world music. He has been classed as one of the most influential musicians of all time.BackgroundAdé was born to a Nigerian royal family in Ondo, thus making him an Omoba of the Yoruba people. His father was a church organist, while his mother was a trader. Adé left grammar school in Ondo under the pretense of...
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Oliver De Coque Musician Entertainment

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Oliver De Coque RIP (14/04/1947 - 21/06/2008)
Oliver De Coque

Chief Dr. Oliver Sunday Akanite, Popularly referred to as Oliver De Coque (April 14, 1947 – June 21, 2008) was a Nigerian highlife musician and guitarist, he recorded more than 73 albums to his credit making him the most popular Highlife king of Africa, his music band group are known as ogene sound super of Africa, which blended modern high life and traditional Igbo music. His music paints a picture of the affluence enjoyed by the...
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Onyeka Onwenu Musician Entertainment

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Onyeka Onwenu
Onyeka Onwenu

Onyeka Onwenu (born 17 May 1952 ) is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, actress, journalist, politician, and X Factor series judge. She is the youngest daughter of the Nigerian educationist and politician D.K Onwenu. Dubbed the "Elegant Stallion" by the Nigerian press, she is a former chairperson of the Imo State Council for Arts and Culture, and currently the Executive Director/chief executive officer of the National Centre for Women Development.BroadcastingOnwenu possess a BA in International Relations and...
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Bright Chimezie Musician Entertainment

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Bright Chimezie
Bright Chimezie

Bright Chimezie Ironmuo, also called Okoro Junior was born on the day of Nigerian independence i.e October 1, 1960. He is a musician who hails from Ekeoba, Umuahia in Imo State of Nigeria.Bright Chimezie was born and bred in his village. He grew up with the image of a beautiful African village in his mind. At the time he was growing-up, there were still tales by moonlight, moon dances, folk tales and so on. He was...
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Wole Soyinka Nobel Prize Winner Literature

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Wole Soyinka
Wole Soyinka

Akinwande Oluwole "Wole" Babatunde Soyinka (born 13 July 1934) is a Nigerian playwright and poet. He was awarded the 1986 Nobel Prize in Literature, the first African to be honored in that category.Soyinka was born into a Yoruba family in Abeokuta. After study in Nigeria and the UK, he worked with the Royal Court Theatre in London. He went on to write plays that were produced in both countries, in theatres and on radio. He took...
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Michael Adenuga Business Tycoon Business

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Michael Adenuga
Michael Adenuga

Michael Adeniyi Agbolade Ishola Adenuga Jr (born 29 April 1953) is a Nigerian business tycoon, and the second richest person in Nigeria. His company Globacom is Nigeria's second-largest telecom operator, and also has a presence in Ghana and Benin. He also owns stakes in the Equitorial Trust Bank and the oil exploration firm Conoil (formerly Consolidated Oil Company). Forbes has estimated his net worth at $10 billion as of 2016, which makes him second wealthiest Nigerian...
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Christian Onoh Former Anambra governor Politics

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Christian Onoh

Christian Onoh, popularly known as CC Onoh, (27 April 1927 – 5 May 2009) was a Nigerian businessman and lawyer who became governor of Anambra State in 1983 at the end of the Nigerian Second Republic. He was also the father-in-law of Emeka Ojukwu.BackgroundOnoh was born on 27 April 1927 in Enugu Ngwo, in coal country in what is now Enugu State. His father died when he was 8 years old and he was brought up...
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Sonny Okosun Musician Entertainment

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Sonny Okosun

Sonny Okosun (1 January 1947 [1] – 24 May 2008 in Washington DC) was a musician from Nigeria. He is best known as the leader of the Ozzidi band. A native of Edo State in southern Nigeria and of Esan heritage. He named his band Ozzidi after a renowned Ijaw river god, but to Okosun the meaning was "there is a message". His surname is sometimes spelled Okosuns and his first name Sunny. He was one...
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Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida Former Military President Politics

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Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida
Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida

Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (born 17 August 1941), also known as IBB, is a retired Nigerian Army General who was President of Nigeria under military rule. He ruled Nigeria from 27 August 1985, when he overthrew Major General Muhammadu Buhari in a coup, until his departure from office on 27 August 1993, having annulled the elections held on 12 June that year. General Babangida was a key player in most of the military coups in Nigeria (July...
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Chike Obi Mathematician & Activist Education

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Chike Obi

Chike Obi (April 17, 1921 – March 13, 2008) was a Nigerian politician, mathematician and professor.The African Mathematics Union suggests that he was the first sub-Saharan African to hold a doctorate in mathematics. Dr. Obi's early research dealt mainly with the question of the existence of periodic solutions of non-linear ordinary differential equations. He successfully used the perturbation technique, and several of his publications greatly helped to stimulate research interest in this subject throughout the world...
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Moshood Abiola Businessman and Philantropist Business

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Moshood Abiola

Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola, CFR (24 August 1937 – 7 July 1998), often referred to as M. K. O. Abiola, was a popular Nigerian Yoruba businessman, publisher, politician and aristocrat of the Yoruba Egba clan. He ran for the presidency in 1993, and is widely regarded as the presumed winner of the inconclusive election since no official final results were announced. He died in 1998, after being denied victory when the entire election results were...
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Alex Ekwueme Former Vice President Politics

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Alex Ekwueme
Alex Ekwueme

Dr. Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme GCON (born October 21, 1932) was the first elected Vice-President of Nigeria, in office from 1979 to 1983.EducationHe started primary school at the St John's Anglican Central School, at Ekwulobia, then he proceeded to King's College, Lagos. As an awardee of the Fulbright Scholarship in the United States America (being one of the first Nigerians to gain the award), Alex attended the University of Washington where he earned bachelor's degree in architecture...
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Isaac Iweka II Igwe Obosi Traditional Rulers

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Isaac Iweka II

Life and Times of Engr. Isaac Iweka: The First Igbo Engineer is the biography of H.R.H. Igwe Isaac Emenike Iweka II (Eze Obosi), the king who ruled Obosi, a community in Anambra State, Nigeria, from 1974 to 1996. He grew up as a young man with undaunted dream of becoming a leader, served his country as an innovative engineer, the first of his kind, and died as a king who revolutionized his community, Obosi.Engr. Isaac Iweka...
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Sam Mbakwe Former Imo governor Politics

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Sam Mbakwe

Samuel "Sam" Onunaka Mbakwe (1929 – 5 January 2004) was an Igbo politician and governor of Imo State, southern Nigeria from 1 October 1979[1] until 31 December 1983. The Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport, which is located in Owerri, the state capital, was renamed after him.In 1981, Sam Mbakwe set up Imo State University. The campus was located in a territory that was ceded to Abia State in 1991 and was re-christened Abia State University. However,...
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Jim Nwobodo Former Enugu governor Politics

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Jim Nwobodo
Jim Nwobodo

James Ifeanyichukwu Nwobodo (Jim Nwobodo) (born May 9, 1940) is a Nigerian businessman and politician who was governor of Anambra State (1979–1983) during the Nigerian Second Republic and was Senator for Enugu East in Enugu State (1999–2003). In 2003, he ran unsuccessfully in the Nigerian Presidential elections.James Ifeanyichukwu Nwobodo was born on 9 May 1940 in Agyaragu, Lafia, Nassarawa State. He completed his secondary school education in 1956 at Government School, Awka in what is now...
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Jim Nwobodo
Shehu Shagari Former Nigerian President Politics

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Shehu Shagari
Shehu Shagari

Shehu Usman Aliyu Shagari, Turakin Sakkwato (born February 25, 1925) served as the second President of Nigeria’s Second Republic (1979–1983), after the handover of power by General Olusegun Obasanjo's military government.Shagari is a northerner of Fulani extraction and holds the aristocratic title of Turakin Sakkwato in the Sokoto Caliphate. He worked as a teacher for a brief period before entering politics in 1954 upon his election to the federal House of Representatives.Shehu Usman Shagari was born...
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Shehu Shagari
Omo n'Oba Erediauwa I Oba of Benin Traditional Rulers

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Omo n'Oba Erediauwa I

Erediauwa (22 June 1923 – 2016) was the 38th Oba of Benin, traditional ruler of the Edo people in Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria. Formerly known as Prince Solomon Akenzua, Oba Erediauwa's full title was His Royal Majesty Omo n'Oba n'Edo Uku Akpolokpolo Erediauwa I.Oba Erediauwa took on the title and duties as traditional head of state and rightful heir of the extinct Benin Empire when he was crowned, succeeding his father, Oba Akenzua II, in...
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Goodluck Jonathan Former Nigerian President Politics

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Goodluck Jonathan
Goodluck Jonathan

Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan, GCFR, BNER, GCON (born 20 November 1957) is the former President of Nigeria, having served from 2010 to 2015. He served as Vice-President of Nigeria from 2007 to 2010 and as Governor of Bayelsa State from 2005 to 2007.He contested and lost the 2015 presidential election, upon which he conceded defeat and became the first sitting Nigerian president to do so. Jonathan's term as President of Nigeria ended on 29 May 2015,...
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Obafemi Awolowo Former Western Region leader Politics

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Obafemi Awolowo

Chief Obafemi Jeremiah Oyeniyi Awolowo, GCFR (6 March 1909 – 9 May 1987), was a Nigerian nationalist and statesman who played a key role in Nigeria's independence movement, the First and Second Republics and the Civil War. He is most notable as the outstanding first premier of the Western Region but was also a successful federal commissioner for finance and vice chairman of the Federal Executive Council in the Civil War and was thrice a major...
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Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Former Prime Minister Politics

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Abubakar Tafawa Balewa

Alhaji Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, KBE (December 1912 – 15 January 1966) was a Nigerian politician, and the only prime minister of an independent Nigeria.Early life and careerAbubakar Balewa was born late in 1912 in Bauchi, the son of a district head in the Bauchi divisional district of Lere. Balewa's father Yakubu Dan Zala was of Bageri Baggara ethnicity, and his mother Fatima Inna was Fulani.He started early education at the Koranic School in Bauchi and...
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Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi Former Nigerian leader Politics

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Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi RIP (03/03/1924 - 29/07/1966)
Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi

Major General Johnson Thomas Umunnakwe Aguiyi-Ironsi (3 March 1924 – 29 July 1966) was a senior Nigerian military officer and second Nigerian Head of State. He seized power in the ensuing chaos following the 15 January 1966 military coup, serving as the Nigerian Head of State from 16 January 1966 until his murder on 29 July 1966 by a group of mutinous Northern army soldiers who revolted against his government in what was popularly called the...
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Olusegun Obasanjo Former Nigerian president Politics

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Olusegun Obasanjo
Olusegun Obasanjo

Olusegun Mathew Okikiola Aremu Obasanjo, GCFR born circa 5 March 1937) is a former Nigerian Army general who was President of Nigeria from 1999 to 2007. A Nigerian of Yoruba descent, Obasanjo was a career soldier before serving twice as his nation's head of state, as a military ruler from 13 February 1976 to 1 October 1979 and as a democratically elected president from 29 May 1999 to 29 May 2007. From July 2004 to January...
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Olusegun Obasanjo
Muhammadu Buhari Current President of Nigeria Politics

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Muhammadu Buhari

Muhammadu Buhari GCFR (born 17 December 1942) is the President of Nigeria, in office since 2015. He is a retired Major General in the Nigerian Army and previously served as the nation's Head of State from 31 December 1983 to 27 August 1985, after taking power in a military coup d'état. The term Buharism is ascribed to the Buhari military government.He unsuccessfully ran for the office of President in the 2003, 2007 and 2011 general elections....
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Muhammadu Buhari
Samuel Okwaraji Professional footballer Sports

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Samuel Okwaraji

Samuel Sochukwuma Okwaraji (19 May 1964 – 12 August 1989) was a professional footballer who played internationally for Nigeria. He was also a qualified lawyer who had a masters in international law from the University of Rome. He collapsed and died of congestive heart failure in the 77th minute of a World Cup qualification match against Angola at the Lagos National Stadium in Surulere, Lagos State on 12 August 1989.CareerOkwaraji had a career in Europe which...
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Funmilayo Ransome Kuti Women's rights activist Politics

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Funmilayo Ransome Kuti RIP (25/10/1900 - 13/04/1978)
Funmilayo Ransome Kuti

Funmilayo Ransome Kuti, MON (25 October 1900 Abeokuta, Nigeria - 13 April 1978 Lagos, Nigeria), born Francis Abigail Olufunmilayo Thomas to Daniel Olumeyuwa Thomas and Lucretia Phyllis. Omoyeni Adeosolu, was a teacher, political campaigner, women's rights activist and traditional aristocrat. She served with distinction as one of the most prominent leaders of her generation. She was also the first woman in Nigeria to drive a car.Ransome-Kuti's political activism led to her being described as the doyen...
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Aliko Dangote Africa's richest man Business

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Aliko Dangote
Aliko Dangote

Aliko Dangote GCON (born 10 April 1957) is a Nigerian billionaire, who owns the Dangote Group, which has interests in commodities. The company operates in Nigeria and other African countries, including Benin, Ethiopia, Senegal, Cameroon, Ghana, South Africa, Togo, Tanzania, and Zambia. As of June 2016, he had an estimated net worth of US$14.9 billion.Dangote is ranked by Forbes magazine as the 67th richest person in the world and the richest in Africa; he peaked on...
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Aliko Dangote
Dan Maraya Jos Kontigi playing musician Entertainment

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Dan Maraya Jos RIP (01/01/1946 - 20/06/2015)
Dan Maraya Jos

Dan Maraya Jos (born Adamu Wayya in 1946 - 20 June 2015) was a Nigerian Hausa Griot best known for playing the kontigi. Dan Maraya Jos, whose name means "The Orphan of Jos", was born in 1946 and Died Saturday, 20 June 2015 in Bukuru, near Jos in Plateau State, Nigeria. His Islamic name is Adamu, but his father died shortly after his birth and his mother died while he was still an infant, hence the...
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Abdulsalami Abubakar Former Nigerian leader Politics

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Abdulsalami Abubakar
Abdulsalami Abubakar

Abdulsalami Alhaji Abubakar (born June 13, 1942) is a retired Nigerian Army General who was military President of Nigeria from 9 June 1998 until 29 May 1999. He succeeded Sani Abacha upon Abacha's death. It was during Abubakar's leadership that Nigeria adopted its new constitution on 5 May 1999, which provided for multiparty elections. Abubakar transferred power to president-elect Olusegun Obasanjo on 29 May 1999.Early life and military careerAbdulsalami Alhaji Abubakar hails from the Hausa ethnic...
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Fela Anikulapo Kuti Afrobeat Legend Entertainment

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Fela Anikulapo Kuti

Fela Kuti (born Olufela Olusegun Oludotun Ransome-Kuti 15 October 1938 – 2 August 1997), 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 maverick.Early life and careerReverend Israel and Funmilayo beside him, Dolu is behind and Fela in foreground, baby in arms is not named (most likely Beko), Olikoye is to the rightFela was born Olufela Olusegun Oludotun Ransome-Kuti...
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Christy Uduak Essien-Igbokwe Musician Entertainment

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Christy Uduak Essien-Igbokwe RIP (11/11/1960 - 30/06/2011)
Christy Uduak Essien-Igbokwe

Christy Uduak Essien-Igbokwe MFR (11 November 1960 – 30 June 2011) was a Nigerian musician and actress. Sometimes called Nigeria's Lady of Songs, she was known for her song "Seun Rere". She was the first female president of the Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria (PMAN). She was also the chairwoman and managing director of Soul Train entertainment limited.Essien-Igbokwe sang her songs in Igbo, Ibibio, Efik, Hausa and Yoruba, and as well as in English. Essien's fluency...
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Bukky Ajayi
Actress Category: Entertainment

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Bukky Ajayi (02/02/1934 - 06/07/2016)
Bukky Ajayi

Zainab Bukky Ajayi (2 February 1934 – 6 July 2016) was a Nigerian actress.Life and careerShe was born and bred in Nigeria but completed her higher education in England, United Kingdom on the back of a federal government scholarship. In 1965, she left England for Nigeria where her career began as a presenter and newscaster for Nigerian Television Authority in 1966.She made her film debut in the television series Village Headmaster during the '70s before she...
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Adekunle Fajuyi
Former Military governor Category: Politics

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Adekunle Fajuyi (26/06/1926 - 29/07/1966)
Adekunle Fajuyi

Francis Adekunle Fajuyi, BEM (26 June 1926 – 29 July 1966) was a Nigerian soldier of Yoruba origin and the first military governor of the former Western Region, Nigeria.Originally a clerk, Fajuyi of Ado Ekiti joined the Army in 1943 and as a Sergeant in the Nigeria Signal Squadron, Royal West African Frontier Force, was awarded the British Empire Medal in 1951 for helping to contain a mutiny in his unit over food rations. He was...
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Umaru Musa Yar'Adua
Former Nigerian President Category: Politics

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Umaru Musa Yar'Adua (16/08/1951 - 05/05/2010)
Umaru Musa Yar'Adua

Umaru Musa Yar'Adua (16 August 1951 – 5 May 2010) was the 13th President of Nigeria. He served as governor of Katsina State in northern Nigeria from 29 May 1999 to 28 May 2007. He was declared the winner of the controversial Nigerian presidential election held on 21 April 2007, and was sworn in on 29 May 2007. He was a member of the People's Democratic Party (PDP). In 2009, Yar'Adua left for Saudi Arabia to...
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Yakubu Gowon
Former Nigerian leader Category: Politics

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Yakubu Gowon
Yakubu Gowon

General Yakubu "Jack" Dan-Yumma Gowon (born 19 October 1934) is the former head of state (Head of the Federal Military Government) of Nigeria from 1966 to 1975. He took power after one military coup d'état and was overthrown in another. During his rule, the Nigerian government successfully prevented Biafran secession during the 1967–70 Nigerian Civil War.Gowon is an Ngas (Angas) from Lur, a small village in the present Kanke Local Government Area of Plateau State. His...
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Stephen Keshi
Footballer and coach Category: Sports

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Stephen Keshi (23/01/1962 - 07/06/2016)
Stephen Keshi

Stephen Okechukwu Keshi (23 January 1962 – 7 June 2016) was a Nigerian football defender. He was also a football manager of the Nigeria national team. He was one of only two people, along with Egypt's Mahmoud El-Gohary, to have won the Africa Cup of Nations as both a player and a coach.After a playing career mostly with Belgian clubs, Keshi went to the United States to be educated in coaching.Coaching careerIn 1996 he was joined...
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Rashidi Yekini
Footballer Category: Sports

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Rashidi Yekini (23/10/1963 - 04/05/2012)
Rashidi Yekini

Rashidi Yekini (23 October 1963 – 4 May 2012) was a Nigerian footballer who played as a striker.His professional career, which spanned more than two decades, was mainly associated with Vitória de Setúbal in Portugal, but he also played in six other countries his own notwithstanding.Yekini scored 37 goals as a Nigerian international, and represented the nation in five major tournaments, including two World Cups where he scored the country's first-ever goal in the competition. He...
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Sunny Ade
Musician Category: Entertainment

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Sunny Ade
Sunny Ade

"King" Sunny Adé (born Sunday Adeniyi, 22 September 1946) is a Nigerian musician, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and a pioneer of modern world music. He has been classed as one of the most influential musicians of all time.BackgroundAdé was born to a Nigerian royal family in Ondo, thus making him an Omoba of the Yoruba people. His father was a church organist, while his mother was a trader. Adé left grammar school in Ondo under the pretense of...
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Sunny Ade
Oliver De Coque
Musician Category: Entertainment

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Oliver De Coque (14/04/1947 - 21/06/2008)
Oliver De Coque

Chief Dr. Oliver Sunday Akanite, Popularly referred to as Oliver De Coque (April 14, 1947 – June 21, 2008) was a Nigerian highlife musician and guitarist, he recorded more than 73 albums to his credit making him the most popular Highlife king of Africa, his music band group are known as ogene sound super of Africa, which blended modern high life and traditional Igbo music. His music paints a picture of the affluence enjoyed by the...
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Oliver De Coque
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Onyeka Onwenu
Musician Category: Entertainment

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Onyeka Onwenu
Onyeka Onwenu

Onyeka Onwenu (born 17 May 1952 ) is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, actress, journalist, politician, and X Factor series judge. She is the youngest daughter of the Nigerian educationist and politician D.K Onwenu. Dubbed the "Elegant Stallion" by the Nigerian press, she is a former chairperson of the Imo State Council for Arts and Culture, and currently the Executive Director/chief executive officer of the National Centre for Women Development.BroadcastingOnwenu possess a BA in International Relations and...
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Onyeka Onwenu
Bright Chimezie
Musician Category: Entertainment

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Bright Chimezie
Bright Chimezie

Bright Chimezie Ironmuo, also called Okoro Junior was born on the day of Nigerian independence i.e October 1, 1960. He is a musician who hails from Ekeoba, Umuahia in Imo State of Nigeria.Bright Chimezie was born and bred in his village. He grew up with the image of a beautiful African village in his mind. At the time he was growing-up, there were still tales by moonlight, moon dances, folk tales and so on. He was...
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Bright Chimezie
Wole Soyinka
Nobel Prize Winner Category: Literature

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Wole Soyinka
Wole Soyinka

Akinwande Oluwole "Wole" Babatunde Soyinka (born 13 July 1934) is a Nigerian playwright and poet. He was awarded the 1986 Nobel Prize in Literature, the first African to be honored in that category.Soyinka was born into a Yoruba family in Abeokuta. After study in Nigeria and the UK, he worked with the Royal Court Theatre in London. He went on to write plays that were produced in both countries, in theatres and on radio. He took...
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Michael Adenuga
Business Tycoon Category: Business

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Michael Adenuga
Michael Adenuga

Michael Adeniyi Agbolade Ishola Adenuga Jr (born 29 April 1953) is a Nigerian business tycoon, and the second richest person in Nigeria. His company Globacom is Nigeria's second-largest telecom operator, and also has a presence in Ghana and Benin. He also owns stakes in the Equitorial Trust Bank and the oil exploration firm Conoil (formerly Consolidated Oil Company). Forbes has estimated his net worth at $10 billion as of 2016, which makes him second wealthiest Nigerian...
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Christian Onoh
Former Anambra governor Category: Politics

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Christian Onoh (27/04/1927 - 05/05/2009)
Christian Onoh

Christian Onoh, popularly known as CC Onoh, (27 April 1927 – 5 May 2009) was a Nigerian businessman and lawyer who became governor of Anambra State in 1983 at the end of the Nigerian Second Republic. He was also the father-in-law of Emeka Ojukwu.BackgroundOnoh was born on 27 April 1927 in Enugu Ngwo, in coal country in what is now Enugu State. His father died when he was 8 years old and he was brought up...
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Sonny Okosun
Musician Category: Entertainment

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Sonny Okosun (01/01/1947 - 24/05/2008)
Sonny Okosun

Sonny Okosun (1 January 1947 [1] – 24 May 2008 in Washington DC) was a musician from Nigeria. He is best known as the leader of the Ozzidi band. A native of Edo State in southern Nigeria and of Esan heritage. He named his band Ozzidi after a renowned Ijaw river god, but to Okosun the meaning was "there is a message". His surname is sometimes spelled Okosuns and his first name Sunny. He was one...
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Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida
Former Military President Category: Politics

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Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida
Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida

Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (born 17 August 1941), also known as IBB, is a retired Nigerian Army General who was President of Nigeria under military rule. He ruled Nigeria from 27 August 1985, when he overthrew Major General Muhammadu Buhari in a coup, until his departure from office on 27 August 1993, having annulled the elections held on 12 June that year. General Babangida was a key player in most of the military coups in Nigeria (July...
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Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida
Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida
Chike Obi
Mathematician & Activist Category: Education

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Chike Obi (17/04/1921 - 13/03/2008)
Chike Obi

Chike Obi (April 17, 1921 – March 13, 2008) was a Nigerian politician, mathematician and professor.The African Mathematics Union suggests that he was the first sub-Saharan African to hold a doctorate in mathematics. Dr. Obi's early research dealt mainly with the question of the existence of periodic solutions of non-linear ordinary differential equations. He successfully used the perturbation technique, and several of his publications greatly helped to stimulate research interest in this subject throughout the world...
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Moshood Abiola
Businessman and Philantropist Category: Business

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Moshood Abiola (24/08/1937 - 07/07/1998)
Moshood Abiola

Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola, CFR (24 August 1937 – 7 July 1998), often referred to as M. K. O. Abiola, was a popular Nigerian Yoruba businessman, publisher, politician and aristocrat of the Yoruba Egba clan. He ran for the presidency in 1993, and is widely regarded as the presumed winner of the inconclusive election since no official final results were announced. He died in 1998, after being denied victory when the entire election results were...
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Alex Ekwueme
Former Vice President Category: Politics

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Alex Ekwueme
Alex Ekwueme

Dr. Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme GCON (born October 21, 1932) was the first elected Vice-President of Nigeria, in office from 1979 to 1983.EducationHe started primary school at the St John's Anglican Central School, at Ekwulobia, then he proceeded to King's College, Lagos. As an awardee of the Fulbright Scholarship in the United States America (being one of the first Nigerians to gain the award), Alex attended the University of Washington where he earned bachelor's degree in architecture...
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Alex Ekwueme
Isaac Iweka II
Igwe Obosi Category: Traditional Rulers

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Isaac Iweka II (23/01/1911 - 01/01/1996)
Isaac Iweka II

Life and Times of Engr. Isaac Iweka: The First Igbo Engineer is the biography of H.R.H. Igwe Isaac Emenike Iweka II (Eze Obosi), the king who ruled Obosi, a community in Anambra State, Nigeria, from 1974 to 1996. He grew up as a young man with undaunted dream of becoming a leader, served his country as an innovative engineer, the first of his kind, and died as a king who revolutionized his community, Obosi.Engr. Isaac Iweka...
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Sam Mbakwe
Former Imo governor Category: Politics

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Sam Mbakwe (01/01/1929 - 05/01/2004)
Sam Mbakwe

Samuel "Sam" Onunaka Mbakwe (1929 – 5 January 2004) was an Igbo politician and governor of Imo State, southern Nigeria from 1 October 1979[1] until 31 December 1983. The Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport, which is located in Owerri, the state capital, was renamed after him.In 1981, Sam Mbakwe set up Imo State University. The campus was located in a territory that was ceded to Abia State in 1991 and was re-christened Abia State University. However,...
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Jim Nwobodo
Former Enugu governor Category: Politics

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Jim Nwobodo
Jim Nwobodo

James Ifeanyichukwu Nwobodo (Jim Nwobodo) (born May 9, 1940) is a Nigerian businessman and politician who was governor of Anambra State (1979–1983) during the Nigerian Second Republic and was Senator for Enugu East in Enugu State (1999–2003). In 2003, he ran unsuccessfully in the Nigerian Presidential elections.James Ifeanyichukwu Nwobodo was born on 9 May 1940 in Agyaragu, Lafia, Nassarawa State. He completed his secondary school education in 1956 at Government School, Awka in what is now...
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Shehu Shagari
Former Nigerian President Category: Politics

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Shehu Shagari
Shehu Shagari

Shehu Usman Aliyu Shagari, Turakin Sakkwato (born February 25, 1925) served as the second President of Nigeria’s Second Republic (1979–1983), after the handover of power by General Olusegun Obasanjo's military government.Shagari is a northerner of Fulani extraction and holds the aristocratic title of Turakin Sakkwato in the Sokoto Caliphate. He worked as a teacher for a brief period before entering politics in 1954 upon his election to the federal House of Representatives.Shehu Usman Shagari was born...
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Omo n'Oba Erediauwa I
Oba of Benin Category: Traditional Rulers

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Omo n'Oba Erediauwa I (22/06/1923 - 29/04/2016)
Omo n'Oba Erediauwa I

Erediauwa (22 June 1923 – 2016) was the 38th Oba of Benin, traditional ruler of the Edo people in Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria. Formerly known as Prince Solomon Akenzua, Oba Erediauwa's full title was His Royal Majesty Omo n'Oba n'Edo Uku Akpolokpolo Erediauwa I.Oba Erediauwa took on the title and duties as traditional head of state and rightful heir of the extinct Benin Empire when he was crowned, succeeding his father, Oba Akenzua II, in...
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Goodluck Jonathan
Former Nigerian President Category: Politics

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Goodluck Jonathan
Goodluck Jonathan

Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan, GCFR, BNER, GCON (born 20 November 1957) is the former President of Nigeria, having served from 2010 to 2015. He served as Vice-President of Nigeria from 2007 to 2010 and as Governor of Bayelsa State from 2005 to 2007.He contested and lost the 2015 presidential election, upon which he conceded defeat and became the first sitting Nigerian president to do so. Jonathan's term as President of Nigeria ended on 29 May 2015,...
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Obafemi Awolowo
Former Western Region leader Category: Politics

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Obafemi Awolowo (06/03/1909 - 09/05/1987)
Obafemi Awolowo

Chief Obafemi Jeremiah Oyeniyi Awolowo, GCFR (6 March 1909 – 9 May 1987), was a Nigerian nationalist and statesman who played a key role in Nigeria's independence movement, the First and Second Republics and the Civil War. He is most notable as the outstanding first premier of the Western Region but was also a successful federal commissioner for finance and vice chairman of the Federal Executive Council in the Civil War and was thrice a major...
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Abubakar Tafawa Balewa
Former Prime Minister Category: Politics

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Abubakar Tafawa Balewa (01/12/1912 - 15/01/1966)
Abubakar Tafawa Balewa

Alhaji Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, KBE (December 1912 – 15 January 1966) was a Nigerian politician, and the only prime minister of an independent Nigeria.Early life and careerAbubakar Balewa was born late in 1912 in Bauchi, the son of a district head in the Bauchi divisional district of Lere. Balewa's father Yakubu Dan Zala was of Bageri Baggara ethnicity, and his mother Fatima Inna was Fulani.He started early education at the Koranic School in Bauchi and...
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Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi
Former Nigerian leader Category: Politics

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Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi (03/03/1924 - 29/07/1966)
Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi

Major General Johnson Thomas Umunnakwe Aguiyi-Ironsi (3 March 1924 – 29 July 1966) was a senior Nigerian military officer and second Nigerian Head of State. He seized power in the ensuing chaos following the 15 January 1966 military coup, serving as the Nigerian Head of State from 16 January 1966 until his murder on 29 July 1966 by a group of mutinous Northern army soldiers who revolted against his government in what was popularly called the...
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Olusegun Obasanjo
Former Nigerian president Category: Politics

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Olusegun Obasanjo
Olusegun Obasanjo

Olusegun Mathew Okikiola Aremu Obasanjo, GCFR born circa 5 March 1937) is a former Nigerian Army general who was President of Nigeria from 1999 to 2007. A Nigerian of Yoruba descent, Obasanjo was a career soldier before serving twice as his nation's head of state, as a military ruler from 13 February 1976 to 1 October 1979 and as a democratically elected president from 29 May 1999 to 29 May 2007. From July 2004 to January...
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Olusegun Obasanjo
Muhammadu Buhari
Current President of Nigeria Category: Politics

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Muhammadu Buhari
Muhammadu Buhari

Muhammadu Buhari GCFR (born 17 December 1942) is the President of Nigeria, in office since 2015. He is a retired Major General in the Nigerian Army and previously served as the nation's Head of State from 31 December 1983 to 27 August 1985, after taking power in a military coup d'état. The term Buharism is ascribed to the Buhari military government.He unsuccessfully ran for the office of President in the 2003, 2007 and 2011 general elections....
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Muhammadu Buhari
Muhammadu Buhari
Samuel Okwaraji
Professional footballer Category: Sports

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Samuel Okwaraji (19/05/1964 - 12/08/1989)
Samuel Okwaraji

Samuel Sochukwuma Okwaraji (19 May 1964 – 12 August 1989) was a professional footballer who played internationally for Nigeria. He was also a qualified lawyer who had a masters in international law from the University of Rome. He collapsed and died of congestive heart failure in the 77th minute of a World Cup qualification match against Angola at the Lagos National Stadium in Surulere, Lagos State on 12 August 1989.CareerOkwaraji had a career in Europe which...
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Funmilayo Ransome Kuti
Women's rights activist Category: Politics

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Funmilayo Ransome Kuti (25/10/1900 - 13/04/1978)
Funmilayo Ransome Kuti

Funmilayo Ransome Kuti, MON (25 October 1900 Abeokuta, Nigeria - 13 April 1978 Lagos, Nigeria), born Francis Abigail Olufunmilayo Thomas to Daniel Olumeyuwa Thomas and Lucretia Phyllis. Omoyeni Adeosolu, was a teacher, political campaigner, women's rights activist and traditional aristocrat. She served with distinction as one of the most prominent leaders of her generation. She was also the first woman in Nigeria to drive a car.Ransome-Kuti's political activism led to her being described as the doyen...
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Aliko Dangote
Africa's richest man Category: Business

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Aliko Dangote
Aliko Dangote

Aliko Dangote GCON (born 10 April 1957) is a Nigerian billionaire, who owns the Dangote Group, which has interests in commodities. The company operates in Nigeria and other African countries, including Benin, Ethiopia, Senegal, Cameroon, Ghana, South Africa, Togo, Tanzania, and Zambia. As of June 2016, he had an estimated net worth of US$14.9 billion.Dangote is ranked by Forbes magazine as the 67th richest person in the world and the richest in Africa; he peaked on...
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Aliko Dangote
Dan Maraya Jos
Kontigi playing musician Category: Entertainment

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Dan Maraya Jos (01/01/1946 - 20/06/2015)
Dan Maraya Jos

Dan Maraya Jos (born Adamu Wayya in 1946 - 20 June 2015) was a Nigerian Hausa Griot best known for playing the kontigi. Dan Maraya Jos, whose name means "The Orphan of Jos", was born in 1946 and Died Saturday, 20 June 2015 in Bukuru, near Jos in Plateau State, Nigeria. His Islamic name is Adamu, but his father died shortly after his birth and his mother died while he was still an infant, hence the...
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Abdulsalami Abubakar
Former Nigerian leader Category: Politics

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Abdulsalami Abubakar
Abdulsalami Abubakar

Abdulsalami Alhaji Abubakar (born June 13, 1942) is a retired Nigerian Army General who was military President of Nigeria from 9 June 1998 until 29 May 1999. He succeeded Sani Abacha upon Abacha's death. It was during Abubakar's leadership that Nigeria adopted its new constitution on 5 May 1999, which provided for multiparty elections. Abubakar transferred power to president-elect Olusegun Obasanjo on 29 May 1999.Early life and military careerAbdulsalami Alhaji Abubakar hails from the Hausa ethnic...
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Abdulsalami Abubakar
Fela Anikulapo Kuti
Afrobeat Legend Category: Entertainment

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Fela Anikulapo Kuti (15/10/1938 - 02/08/1997)
Fela Anikulapo Kuti

Fela Kuti (born Olufela Olusegun Oludotun Ransome-Kuti 15 October 1938 – 2 August 1997), 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 maverick.Early life and careerReverend Israel and Funmilayo beside him, Dolu is behind and Fela in foreground, baby in arms is not named (most likely Beko), Olikoye is to the rightFela was born Olufela Olusegun Oludotun Ransome-Kuti...
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Christy Uduak Essien-Igbokwe
Musician Category: Entertainment

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Christy Uduak Essien-Igbokwe (11/11/1960 - 30/06/2011)
Christy Uduak Essien-Igbokwe

Christy Uduak Essien-Igbokwe MFR (11 November 1960 – 30 June 2011) was a Nigerian musician and actress. Sometimes called Nigeria's Lady of Songs, she was known for her song "Seun Rere". She was the first female president of the Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria (PMAN). She was also the chairwoman and managing director of Soul Train entertainment limited.Essien-Igbokwe sang her songs in Igbo, Ibibio, Efik, Hausa and Yoruba, and as well as in English. Essien's fluency...
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Bukky Ajayi
Actress Category: Entertainment

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Bukky Ajayi (02/02/1934 - 06/07/2016)
Bukky Ajayi

Zainab Bukky Ajayi (2 February 1934 – 6 July 2016) was a Nigerian actress.Life and careerShe was born and bred in Nigeria but completed her higher education in England, United Kingdom on the back of a federal government scholarship. In 1965, she left England for Nigeria where her career began as a presenter and newscaster for Nigerian Television Authority in 1966.She made her film debut in the television series Village Headmaster during the '70s before she...
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Adekunle Fajuyi
Former Military governor Category: Politics

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Adekunle Fajuyi (26/06/1926 - 29/07/1966)
Adekunle Fajuyi

Francis Adekunle Fajuyi, BEM (26 June 1926 – 29 July 1966) was a Nigerian soldier of Yoruba origin and the first military governor of the former Western Region, Nigeria.Originally a clerk, Fajuyi of Ado Ekiti joined the Army in 1943 and as a Sergeant in the Nigeria Signal Squadron, Royal West African Frontier Force, was awarded the British Empire Medal in 1951 for helping to contain a mutiny in his unit over food rations. He was...
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Umaru Musa Yar'Adua
Former Nigerian President Category: Politics

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Umaru Musa Yar'Adua (16/08/1951 - 05/05/2010)
Umaru Musa Yar'Adua

Umaru Musa Yar'Adua (16 August 1951 – 5 May 2010) was the 13th President of Nigeria. He served as governor of Katsina State in northern Nigeria from 29 May 1999 to 28 May 2007. He was declared the winner of the controversial Nigerian presidential election held on 21 April 2007, and was sworn in on 29 May 2007. He was a member of the People's Democratic Party (PDP). In 2009, Yar'Adua left for Saudi Arabia to...
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Yakubu Gowon
Former Nigerian leader Category: Politics

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Yakubu Gowon
Yakubu Gowon

General Yakubu "Jack" Dan-Yumma Gowon (born 19 October 1934) is the former head of state (Head of the Federal Military Government) of Nigeria from 1966 to 1975. He took power after one military coup d'état and was overthrown in another. During his rule, the Nigerian government successfully prevented Biafran secession during the 1967–70 Nigerian Civil War.Gowon is an Ngas (Angas) from Lur, a small village in the present Kanke Local Government Area of Plateau State. His...
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Yakubu Gowon
Stephen Keshi
Footballer and coach Category: Sports

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Stephen Keshi (23/01/1962 - 07/06/2016)
Stephen Keshi

Stephen Okechukwu Keshi (23 January 1962 – 7 June 2016) was a Nigerian football defender. He was also a football manager of the Nigeria national team. He was one of only two people, along with Egypt's Mahmoud El-Gohary, to have won the Africa Cup of Nations as both a player and a coach.After a playing career mostly with Belgian clubs, Keshi went to the United States to be educated in coaching.Coaching careerIn 1996 he was joined...
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Rashidi Yekini
Footballer Category: Sports

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Rashidi Yekini (23/10/1963 - 04/05/2012)
Rashidi Yekini

Rashidi Yekini (23 October 1963 – 4 May 2012) was a Nigerian footballer who played as a striker.His professional career, which spanned more than two decades, was mainly associated with Vitória de Setúbal in Portugal, but he also played in six other countries his own notwithstanding.Yekini scored 37 goals as a Nigerian international, and represented the nation in five major tournaments, including two World Cups where he scored the country's first-ever goal in the competition. He...
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Sunny Ade
Musician Category: Entertainment

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Sunny Ade
Sunny Ade

"King" Sunny Adé (born Sunday Adeniyi, 22 September 1946) is a Nigerian musician, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and a pioneer of modern world music. He has been classed as one of the most influential musicians of all time.BackgroundAdé was born to a Nigerian royal family in Ondo, thus making him an Omoba of the Yoruba people. His father was a church organist, while his mother was a trader. Adé left grammar school in Ondo under the pretense of...
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Sunny Ade
Oliver De Coque
Musician Category: Entertainment

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Oliver De Coque (14/04/1947 - 21/06/2008)
Oliver De Coque

Chief Dr. Oliver Sunday Akanite, Popularly referred to as Oliver De Coque (April 14, 1947 – June 21, 2008) was a Nigerian highlife musician and guitarist, he recorded more than 73 albums to his credit making him the most popular Highlife king of Africa, his music band group are known as ogene sound super of Africa, which blended modern high life and traditional Igbo music. His music paints a picture of the affluence enjoyed by the...
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Onyeka Onwenu
Musician Category: Entertainment

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Onyeka Onwenu
Onyeka Onwenu

Onyeka Onwenu (born 17 May 1952 ) is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, actress, journalist, politician, and X Factor series judge. She is the youngest daughter of the Nigerian educationist and politician D.K Onwenu. Dubbed the "Elegant Stallion" by the Nigerian press, she is a former chairperson of the Imo State Council for Arts and Culture, and currently the Executive Director/chief executive officer of the National Centre for Women Development.BroadcastingOnwenu possess a BA in International Relations and...
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Onyeka Onwenu
Bright Chimezie
Musician Category: Entertainment

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Bright Chimezie
Bright Chimezie

Bright Chimezie Ironmuo, also called Okoro Junior was born on the day of Nigerian independence i.e October 1, 1960. He is a musician who hails from Ekeoba, Umuahia in Imo State of Nigeria.Bright Chimezie was born and bred in his village. He grew up with the image of a beautiful African village in his mind. At the time he was growing-up, there were still tales by moonlight, moon dances, folk tales and so on. He was...
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Bright Chimezie
Wole Soyinka
Nobel Prize Winner Category: Literature

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Wole Soyinka
Wole Soyinka

Akinwande Oluwole "Wole" Babatunde Soyinka (born 13 July 1934) is a Nigerian playwright and poet. He was awarded the 1986 Nobel Prize in Literature, the first African to be honored in that category.Soyinka was born into a Yoruba family in Abeokuta. After study in Nigeria and the UK, he worked with the Royal Court Theatre in London. He went on to write plays that were produced in both countries, in theatres and on radio. He took...
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Wole Soyinka
Michael Adenuga
Business Tycoon Category: Business

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Michael Adenuga
Michael Adenuga

Michael Adeniyi Agbolade Ishola Adenuga Jr (born 29 April 1953) is a Nigerian business tycoon, and the second richest person in Nigeria. His company Globacom is Nigeria's second-largest telecom operator, and also has a presence in Ghana and Benin. He also owns stakes in the Equitorial Trust Bank and the oil exploration firm Conoil (formerly Consolidated Oil Company). Forbes has estimated his net worth at $10 billion as of 2016, which makes him second wealthiest Nigerian...
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Michael Adenuga
Michael Adenuga
Christian Onoh
Former Anambra governor Category: Politics

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Christian Onoh (27/04/1927 - 05/05/2009)
Christian Onoh

Christian Onoh, popularly known as CC Onoh, (27 April 1927 – 5 May 2009) was a Nigerian businessman and lawyer who became governor of Anambra State in 1983 at the end of the Nigerian Second Republic. He was also the father-in-law of Emeka Ojukwu.BackgroundOnoh was born on 27 April 1927 in Enugu Ngwo, in coal country in what is now Enugu State. His father died when he was 8 years old and he was brought up...
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Sonny Okosun
Musician Category: Entertainment

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Sonny Okosun (01/01/1947 - 24/05/2008)
Sonny Okosun

Sonny Okosun (1 January 1947 [1] – 24 May 2008 in Washington DC) was a musician from Nigeria. He is best known as the leader of the Ozzidi band. A native of Edo State in southern Nigeria and of Esan heritage. He named his band Ozzidi after a renowned Ijaw river god, but to Okosun the meaning was "there is a message". His surname is sometimes spelled Okosuns and his first name Sunny. He was one...
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Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida
Former Military President Category: Politics

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Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida
Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida

Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (born 17 August 1941), also known as IBB, is a retired Nigerian Army General who was President of Nigeria under military rule. He ruled Nigeria from 27 August 1985, when he overthrew Major General Muhammadu Buhari in a coup, until his departure from office on 27 August 1993, having annulled the elections held on 12 June that year. General Babangida was a key player in most of the military coups in Nigeria (July...
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Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida
Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida
Chike Obi
Mathematician & Activist Category: Education

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Chike Obi (17/04/1921 - 13/03/2008)
Chike Obi

Chike Obi (April 17, 1921 – March 13, 2008) was a Nigerian politician, mathematician and professor.The African Mathematics Union suggests that he was the first sub-Saharan African to hold a doctorate in mathematics. Dr. Obi's early research dealt mainly with the question of the existence of periodic solutions of non-linear ordinary differential equations. He successfully used the perturbation technique, and several of his publications greatly helped to stimulate research interest in this subject throughout the world...
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Chike Obi
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Moshood Abiola
Businessman and Philantropist Category: Business

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Moshood Abiola (24/08/1937 - 07/07/1998)
Moshood Abiola

Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola, CFR (24 August 1937 – 7 July 1998), often referred to as M. K. O. Abiola, was a popular Nigerian Yoruba businessman, publisher, politician and aristocrat of the Yoruba Egba clan. He ran for the presidency in 1993, and is widely regarded as the presumed winner of the inconclusive election since no official final results were announced. He died in 1998, after being denied victory when the entire election results were...
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Alex Ekwueme
Former Vice President Category: Politics

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Alex Ekwueme
Alex Ekwueme

Dr. Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme GCON (born October 21, 1932) was the first elected Vice-President of Nigeria, in office from 1979 to 1983.EducationHe started primary school at the St John's Anglican Central School, at Ekwulobia, then he proceeded to King's College, Lagos. As an awardee of the Fulbright Scholarship in the United States America (being one of the first Nigerians to gain the award), Alex attended the University of Washington where he earned bachelor's degree in architecture...
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Alex Ekwueme
Alex Ekwueme
Isaac Iweka II
Igwe Obosi Category: Traditional Rulers

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Isaac Iweka II (23/01/1911 - 01/01/1996)
Isaac Iweka II

Life and Times of Engr. Isaac Iweka: The First Igbo Engineer is the biography of H.R.H. Igwe Isaac Emenike Iweka II (Eze Obosi), the king who ruled Obosi, a community in Anambra State, Nigeria, from 1974 to 1996. He grew up as a young man with undaunted dream of becoming a leader, served his country as an innovative engineer, the first of his kind, and died as a king who revolutionized his community, Obosi.Engr. Isaac Iweka...
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Sam Mbakwe
Former Imo governor Category: Politics

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Sam Mbakwe (01/01/1929 - 05/01/2004)
Sam Mbakwe

Samuel "Sam" Onunaka Mbakwe (1929 – 5 January 2004) was an Igbo politician and governor of Imo State, southern Nigeria from 1 October 1979[1] until 31 December 1983. The Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport, which is located in Owerri, the state capital, was renamed after him.In 1981, Sam Mbakwe set up Imo State University. The campus was located in a territory that was ceded to Abia State in 1991 and was re-christened Abia State University. However,...
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Jim Nwobodo
Former Enugu governor Category: Politics

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Jim Nwobodo
Jim Nwobodo

James Ifeanyichukwu Nwobodo (Jim Nwobodo) (born May 9, 1940) is a Nigerian businessman and politician who was governor of Anambra State (1979–1983) during the Nigerian Second Republic and was Senator for Enugu East in Enugu State (1999–2003). In 2003, he ran unsuccessfully in the Nigerian Presidential elections.James Ifeanyichukwu Nwobodo was born on 9 May 1940 in Agyaragu, Lafia, Nassarawa State. He completed his secondary school education in 1956 at Government School, Awka in what is now...
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Jim Nwobodo
Shehu Shagari
Former Nigerian President Category: Politics

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Shehu Shagari
Shehu Shagari

Shehu Usman Aliyu Shagari, Turakin Sakkwato (born February 25, 1925) served as the second President of Nigeria’s Second Republic (1979–1983), after the handover of power by General Olusegun Obasanjo's military government.Shagari is a northerner of Fulani extraction and holds the aristocratic title of Turakin Sakkwato in the Sokoto Caliphate. He worked as a teacher for a brief period before entering politics in 1954 upon his election to the federal House of Representatives.Shehu Usman Shagari was born...
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Shehu Shagari
Shehu Shagari
Omo n'Oba Erediauwa I
Oba of Benin Category: Traditional Rulers

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Omo n'Oba Erediauwa I (22/06/1923 - 29/04/2016)
Omo n'Oba Erediauwa I

Erediauwa (22 June 1923 – 2016) was the 38th Oba of Benin, traditional ruler of the Edo people in Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria. Formerly known as Prince Solomon Akenzua, Oba Erediauwa's full title was His Royal Majesty Omo n'Oba n'Edo Uku Akpolokpolo Erediauwa I.Oba Erediauwa took on the title and duties as traditional head of state and rightful heir of the extinct Benin Empire when he was crowned, succeeding his father, Oba Akenzua II, in...
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Goodluck Jonathan
Former Nigerian President Category: Politics

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Goodluck Jonathan
Goodluck Jonathan

Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan, GCFR, BNER, GCON (born 20 November 1957) is the former President of Nigeria, having served from 2010 to 2015. He served as Vice-President of Nigeria from 2007 to 2010 and as Governor of Bayelsa State from 2005 to 2007.He contested and lost the 2015 presidential election, upon which he conceded defeat and became the first sitting Nigerian president to do so. Jonathan's term as President of Nigeria ended on 29 May 2015,...
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Goodluck Jonathan
Goodluck Jonathan
Obafemi Awolowo
Former Western Region leader Category: Politics

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Obafemi Awolowo (06/03/1909 - 09/05/1987)
Obafemi Awolowo

Chief Obafemi Jeremiah Oyeniyi Awolowo, GCFR (6 March 1909 – 9 May 1987), was a Nigerian nationalist and statesman who played a key role in Nigeria's independence movement, the First and Second Republics and the Civil War. He is most notable as the outstanding first premier of the Western Region but was also a successful federal commissioner for finance and vice chairman of the Federal Executive Council in the Civil War and was thrice a major...
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Obafemi Awolowo
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Abubakar Tafawa Balewa
Former Prime Minister Category: Politics

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Abubakar Tafawa Balewa (01/12/1912 - 15/01/1966)
Abubakar Tafawa Balewa

Alhaji Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, KBE (December 1912 – 15 January 1966) was a Nigerian politician, and the only prime minister of an independent Nigeria.Early life and careerAbubakar Balewa was born late in 1912 in Bauchi, the son of a district head in the Bauchi divisional district of Lere. Balewa's father Yakubu Dan Zala was of Bageri Baggara ethnicity, and his mother Fatima Inna was Fulani.He started early education at the Koranic School in Bauchi and...
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Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi
Former Nigerian leader Category: Politics

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Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi (03/03/1924 - 29/07/1966)
Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi

Major General Johnson Thomas Umunnakwe Aguiyi-Ironsi (3 March 1924 – 29 July 1966) was a senior Nigerian military officer and second Nigerian Head of State. He seized power in the ensuing chaos following the 15 January 1966 military coup, serving as the Nigerian Head of State from 16 January 1966 until his murder on 29 July 1966 by a group of mutinous Northern army soldiers who revolted against his government in what was popularly called the...
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Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi
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Olusegun Obasanjo
Former Nigerian president Category: Politics

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Olusegun Obasanjo
Olusegun Obasanjo

Olusegun Mathew Okikiola Aremu Obasanjo, GCFR born circa 5 March 1937) is a former Nigerian Army general who was President of Nigeria from 1999 to 2007. A Nigerian of Yoruba descent, Obasanjo was a career soldier before serving twice as his nation's head of state, as a military ruler from 13 February 1976 to 1 October 1979 and as a democratically elected president from 29 May 1999 to 29 May 2007. From July 2004 to January...
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Olusegun Obasanjo
Olusegun Obasanjo
Muhammadu Buhari
Current President of Nigeria Category: Politics

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Muhammadu Buhari
Muhammadu Buhari

Muhammadu Buhari GCFR (born 17 December 1942) is the President of Nigeria, in office since 2015. He is a retired Major General in the Nigerian Army and previously served as the nation's Head of State from 31 December 1983 to 27 August 1985, after taking power in a military coup d'état. The term Buharism is ascribed to the Buhari military government.He unsuccessfully ran for the office of President in the 2003, 2007 and 2011 general elections....
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Muhammadu Buhari
Muhammadu Buhari
Samuel Okwaraji
Professional footballer Category: Sports

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Samuel Okwaraji (19/05/1964 - 12/08/1989)
Samuel Okwaraji

Samuel Sochukwuma Okwaraji (19 May 1964 – 12 August 1989) was a professional footballer who played internationally for Nigeria. He was also a qualified lawyer who had a masters in international law from the University of Rome. He collapsed and died of congestive heart failure in the 77th minute of a World Cup qualification match against Angola at the Lagos National Stadium in Surulere, Lagos State on 12 August 1989.CareerOkwaraji had a career in Europe which...
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Samuel Okwaraji
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Funmilayo Ransome Kuti
Women's rights activist Category: Politics

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Funmilayo Ransome Kuti (25/10/1900 - 13/04/1978)
Funmilayo Ransome Kuti

Funmilayo Ransome Kuti, MON (25 October 1900 Abeokuta, Nigeria - 13 April 1978 Lagos, Nigeria), born Francis Abigail Olufunmilayo Thomas to Daniel Olumeyuwa Thomas and Lucretia Phyllis. Omoyeni Adeosolu, was a teacher, political campaigner, women's rights activist and traditional aristocrat. She served with distinction as one of the most prominent leaders of her generation. She was also the first woman in Nigeria to drive a car.Ransome-Kuti's political activism led to her being described as the doyen...
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Funmilayo Ransome Kuti
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Aliko Dangote
Africa's richest man Category: Business

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Aliko Dangote
Aliko Dangote

Aliko Dangote GCON (born 10 April 1957) is a Nigerian billionaire, who owns the Dangote Group, which has interests in commodities. The company operates in Nigeria and other African countries, including Benin, Ethiopia, Senegal, Cameroon, Ghana, South Africa, Togo, Tanzania, and Zambia. As of June 2016, he had an estimated net worth of US$14.9 billion.Dangote is ranked by Forbes magazine as the 67th richest person in the world and the richest in Africa; he peaked on...
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Aliko Dangote
Aliko Dangote
Dan Maraya Jos
Kontigi playing musician Category: Entertainment

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Dan Maraya Jos (01/01/1946 - 20/06/2015)
Dan Maraya Jos

Dan Maraya Jos (born Adamu Wayya in 1946 - 20 June 2015) was a Nigerian Hausa Griot best known for playing the kontigi. Dan Maraya Jos, whose name means "The Orphan of Jos", was born in 1946 and Died Saturday, 20 June 2015 in Bukuru, near Jos in Plateau State, Nigeria. His Islamic name is Adamu, but his father died shortly after his birth and his mother died while he was still an infant, hence the...
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Abdulsalami Abubakar
Former Nigerian leader Category: Politics

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Abdulsalami Abubakar
Abdulsalami Abubakar

Abdulsalami Alhaji Abubakar (born June 13, 1942) is a retired Nigerian Army General who was military President of Nigeria from 9 June 1998 until 29 May 1999. He succeeded Sani Abacha upon Abacha's death. It was during Abubakar's leadership that Nigeria adopted its new constitution on 5 May 1999, which provided for multiparty elections. Abubakar transferred power to president-elect Olusegun Obasanjo on 29 May 1999.Early life and military careerAbdulsalami Alhaji Abubakar hails from the Hausa ethnic...
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Abdulsalami Abubakar
Fela Anikulapo Kuti
Afrobeat Legend Category: Entertainment

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Fela Anikulapo Kuti (15/10/1938 - 02/08/1997)
Fela Anikulapo Kuti

Fela Kuti (born Olufela Olusegun Oludotun Ransome-Kuti 15 October 1938 – 2 August 1997), 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 maverick.Early life and careerReverend Israel and Funmilayo beside him, Dolu is behind and Fela in foreground, baby in arms is not named (most likely Beko), Olikoye is to the rightFela was born Olufela Olusegun Oludotun Ransome-Kuti...
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Christy Uduak Essien-Igbokwe
Musician Category: Entertainment

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Christy Uduak Essien-Igbokwe (11/11/1960 - 30/06/2011)
Christy Uduak Essien-Igbokwe

Christy Uduak Essien-Igbokwe MFR (11 November 1960 – 30 June 2011) was a Nigerian musician and actress. Sometimes called Nigeria's Lady of Songs, she was known for her song "Seun Rere". She was the first female president of the Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria (PMAN). She was also the chairwoman and managing director of Soul Train entertainment limited.Essien-Igbokwe sang her songs in Igbo, Ibibio, Efik, Hausa and Yoruba, and as well as in English. Essien's fluency...
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