Nigeria at 53: Celebrating Naija's Notable Figures

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  • 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
  • Femi Kuti

Ben Okri

Poet and novelist Ben Okri has been placed in the same canonized category of renowned authors like Salman Rushdie and Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Best known for his novel The Famished Road, for which he received the Booker Prize in 1991, Okri rose to international acclaim thanks to his distinctively nuanced portrayals of post-modern and post-colonial traditions.

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