In Nigeria, we suffer a lot of troubles. Erratic power supply, bad roads, corruption, fraud, devaluation of the naira, are only a few of the things we go through daily.
However, we are still proud to be Nigerians, and this is not only because we are a resilient people, but also because we have some Nigerians who are making us proud always.
Here they are:
1) Nwankwo Kanu
Nwankwo Kanu, was born August 1, 1976 he is a retired Nigerian footballer who played as a forward. He was a member of and later captained the Nigerian national team for 16 years from 1994 until 2010.
He is one of the most decorated Nigerian players. He has also founded the Kanu Heart Foundation.
The Kanu Heart Foundation was founded in 2000 by Kanu partly because he had a heart defect too. The primary aim of the foundation is to “put back smiles to the faces of Nigerians and Africa’s “blue children” who suffer from various heart defects.”
2) Harrison Chinedu
A Nigerian footballer, Harrison Chinedu has gotten himself and Nigeria into the Guinness World Records for the ‘farthest distance walked with a ball on the head’.
He might not be a popular Nigerian, but he is a clear example of the never say die spirit of Nigeria.
3) Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was born on September 15, 1977 is a Nigerian novelist, nonfiction writer and short story writer.
She is a MacArthur Genius Grant recipient, Adichie has been called the most prominent Nigerian woman in literature.
4) Aliko Dangote
Aliko Dangote was born on April 10, 1957. He is a Nigerian billionaire,who owns the Dangote Group, which has interests in commodities.
His company operates in Nigeria and other African countries, including Benin, Ethiopia, Senegal, Cameroon, Ghana, South Africa, Togo, Tanzania, and Zambia. He is Africa’s richest man, employs millions of people in his various companies and also gives to several philanthropic causes.
Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun was born July 16, 1990, he is better known by his stage name Wizkid. He is a Nigerian recording artist, songwriter and performer.
He started his musical career at age 11, releasing a collaborative album with Glorious Five entitled Lil Prinz in 2001 and has been on the rise since then. 2015 and 2016 saw Wizkid rise to the very peak of his career with several international collaborations and endorsements.
6) Uzodinma Iweala
Uzodinma Iweala was born on November 5, 1982 to Dr Ngozi Okonjo Iweala and he is an author and a physician. His debut novel, Beasts of No Nation, is a formation of his thesis work (in creative writing) at Harvard.
It was published in 2005 and adapted as an award-winning film in 2015, that was mentioned by Time Magazine, The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, The Times, and Rolling Stone and has critical acclaim.
7) Wole Soyinka
Akinwande Oluwole Babatunde Soyinka was born on July 13, 1934. He is a Nigerian playwright and poet. He was the first African awarded the 1986 Nobel Prize in Literature, and he is regarded as one of the founding fathers of Nigerian literature.
8) Fela Kuti
Olufela Olusegun Oludotun Ransome-Kuti was born on October 15 1938 and he died on August 2, 1997. His stage name was Fela Kuti or simply Fela.
He will forever be remembered as a Nigerian multi-instrumentalist, musician, composer, pioneer of the Afrobeat music genre, human rights activist, and political maverick.
9) Phillip Emeagwali
Philip Emeagwali is a Nigerian inventor and scientist. He has been living in the United States for many years. He won the 1989 Gordon Bell Prize ($1,000) for price-performance in high-performance computing applications, in an oil reservoir modeling calculation using a novel mathematical formulation and implementation.
He was voted the “35th-greatest African (and greatest African scientist) of all time” in a survey by New African magazine.