Nigeria at 53: Celebrating Naija's Notable Figures

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  • 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
  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Fela Kuti
  • Seal
  • Seun Kuti
  • Chinua Achebe

Sophie Okonedo

Born to a Nigerian father and an Ashkenazi Jewish mother in London, U.K., actress Sophie Okonedo has starred in several critically acclaimed British and American productions. Her performance in the 2004 film Hotel Rwanda earned her an Academy Award nomination.

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