Nigeria at 53: Celebrating Naija's Notable Figures

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  • 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
  • King Sunny Ade
  • Sophie Okonedo
  • Ben Okri

Ken Saro-Wiwa

A jack of all trades, Ken Saro-Wiwa was a Nigerian writer and television producer whose extensive work as an environmental activist in his homeland won him the Right Livelihood Award and the Goldman Environmental Prize. He was arrested and ultimately hanged at age 54 by the military government in 1995 on unfounded and widely contested charges. Nigeria was consequently suspended from the Commonwealth of Nations for more than three years.

(Photo: Wikicommons)

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