Nigeria at 53: Celebrating Naija's Notable Figures

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


This Nigerian-born British singer-song writer is an international household name. Born Helen Folasade Adu, but better known as Sade, she is the frontwoman and lead vocalist of the Grammy Award winning British group Sade. In 2012, VH1 placed the singer at number 30 on its list of 100 greatest women in music. Her widely acclaimed talents even earned her an an order of chivalry from Prince Charles in 2002.

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