Nigeria at 53: Celebrating Naija's Notable Figures

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  • 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
  • Ken Saro-Wiwa
  • Wole Soyinka
  • Sade
  • Nwankwo Kanu
  • Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon

Fela Kuti

Multi-instrumentalist musician and composer Fela Anikulapo Kuti, better known as Fela, blazed the trail for Afrobeat music, a vibrant genre that ignited a generation. The legendary musician was also a human rights activist and political rebel. Fela died of AIDS at age 58 on Aug. 2, 1997.

(Photo: Reuters)

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