Nigeria at 53: Celebrating Naija's Notable Figures

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  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Fela Kuti
  • Seal
  • Seun Kuti
  • Chinua Achebe
  • Femi Kuti
  • King Sunny Ade
  • Sophie Okonedo
  • Ben Okri
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor
  • Genevieve Nnaji
  • Ken Saro-Wiwa
  • Wole Soyinka
  • Sade
  • Nwankwo Kanu
  • Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon
  • Some of Nigeria's Best


British R&B and soul singer-songwriter Seal was born to a Nigerian mother and Brazilian father, but he was raised by a foster family. The multiple award-winning performer sang the major hit song “Kiss From a Rose” among others and has won four Grammys.

(Photo: Ragnar Singsaas/Getty Images)

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