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

Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon

At 7 feet tall, retired Nigerian-American professional basketball player Hakeem Abdul “The Dream” Olajuwon used his towering stature and his versatile skills to cement his status as one of the greatest players in history. He played the center positions for the Houston Rockets and Toronto Raptors from 1984 to 2002, during which he became the only player to win the NBA MVP, Defensive Player of the Year and Finals MVP awards in the same season.

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