Some of Nigeria’s most influential individuals

Nigeria is blessed with different people who are into various works of life. As a nation, the country is known for entertainment, education, business, culture and politics. Below are some of the individuals who are some individuals who have boosted the country’s rep in varying ways.


Asa was born in the year 1982 in Paris, France with the name Bukola Elemide and she was there for about two years before she moved to Lagos. The name Asa literally means, “little hawk” and she got the name because she frequently ran away as a kid towards different directions just as a hawk does.

Her mother was a trader owning a shop while her father was into shooting videos for weddings and this led her to visit music especially music from Bob Marley and Fela Kuti.

She earned recognition because of her lyrics that detail life occurrences and experiences in Africa and how much ironical features they possess. Her music has at one time been compared with Tracy Chapman. Her genre of music is soul, pop and reggae.

Chimanada Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was born on the 15th of September, 1977. The foremost novels she wrote both won literary awards. She studied communications and political science in Eastern Connecticut State University and she graduated with a first class. She got a master’s degree in creative writing in Johns Hopkins in 2003.
Purple Hibiscus, her first novel was published in the year 2003 and in the year 2005, she won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book. However, Half of a Yellow Sun, her second novel, was named after the flag of the nation of Biafra (this book was written during the Biafran War) and was published in 2006. In 2007, the book won her the Orange Prize for Fiction. Her third book titled The Thing Around Your Neck was published in April 2009.

Mallam Nuhu Ribadu

Mallam Nuhu Ribadu was born on the 21st of November, 1960. He studied Law in Zaria at the Ahmadu Bello University in Kaduna State from 1980 up until the year 1983 after which he went to Law School and a year later in 1984, he was called to Bar.

He was formerly an anti-corruption official for the Nigerian government. When the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) – a commission whose job is to checkmate corruption in Nigeria – was first founded, he was its first Chairman. As at April 2009, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu visited the Centre for Global Development and he didn’t return until the following year to run for the post of Presidency in Nigeria under the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN).

Deola Sagoe

Deola Sagoe is a famous fashion designer as well as entrepreneur from Ondo State, Nigeria. She is from a family that is well known for entrepreneurship. She studied Business Administration at the University of Miami, Florida, in the United States after which she came back to Nigeria for a Masters Degree in Finance and Management, UNILAG. She started to design in the year 1989 and has since then gained renown internationally as a result of her designs.

She makes use of African materials that are handwoven to express various cultures and she even employs traditional African techniques that are almost lost in a modern-day style to her designs. She won the MNET Anglo Gold African Design Award. She was the first black woman to present a collection at AltaRoma which happens to be Rome’s fashion week in the year 2004. She was also the first Nigerian to have her own standalone show at the New York Fashion Week in September, 2014.

Phillip Emeagwali


Philip Emeagwali was born on the 23rd of August, 1954 in Akure, Ondo State to an Igbo family. In the year 1967, Emeagwali dropped out of school as a result of the Biafra war going on in Nigeria at the time. At the age of 14, he was conscripted into the Biafran army, but when the war ended he studied by himself to a level that could be deemed equivalent to a high school graduate. After that, he travelled to the United States to study on scholarship after he had taken a correspondence course in the University of London.

He ended up being an engineer and computer scientist and geologist. In 1989, he was one of the two people who won the Gordon Bell Prize which happened to be a prize from the IEEE. He got the award because of his genius of using a Connection Machine supercomputer to aid in analyzing petroleum fields.

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