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

Nwankwo Kanu

Known simply as Kanu, this retired football player was a member and captain of the Nigerian national team for 16 years from 1994 through 2010. A highly decorated athlete, he has won medals and titles in both Africa and Europe, including two African Player of the Year awards, three FA Cup Winner medals and an Olympic gold medal.

(Photo: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

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