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100 Most Important Nigerians - Dead and Alive


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Here is the definitive list of the most important Nigerians of all times. This list includes dead and living Nigerians from all works of life.


This list evaluates importance based on the positive, negative or transformative imprint of the individual on their time or future generations. It is a judgment of impact and not merely popularity.

 

Rank Name Role Status Impact Influence Popularity Score
1 Nnamdi Azikiwe Nationalist Dead 10 10 10 30
2 Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu Military Dead 9 9 10 28
3 Alvan Azinwa Ikoku Politician Dead 9 9 10 28
4 Herbert Maculay Nationalist Dead 9 9 9.5 27.5
5 Goodluck Ebele Jonathan Politician Alive 8 8 8 26
6 Fela Kuti Multi-Role Dead 8 8 10 26
7 Olusegun Obasanjo Multi-Role Dead 9 7 10 26
8 David Oyedepo Religious Leader Alive 8 8 9 25
9 Sir Ahmadu Bello Nationalist Dead 9 8 8 25
10 Mohammadu Buhari Head of State Alive 9 6 10 25
11 Flora Nwapa Nationalist Dead 9 8 8 25
12 IBB Head of State Alive 9 8 7 24
13 Mike Adenuga Entreprenuer Alive 10 7 6 23
14 T.B Joshua Religious Leader Alive 7 7 9 23
15 Enoch A. Adeboye Religious Leader Alive 7 7 9 23
16 Sultan of Sokoto Religious Leader Alive 7 7 7 21
17 Aliko Dangote Entreprenuer Alive 7 6 8 21
18 Innocent Chukwuma Entreprenuer Alive 8 6 7 21
19 M.K.O Abiola Entreprenuer Dead 6 7 8 21
20 Don Jazzy Musician Alive 6 6 9 21
21 Chinua Achebe Author Dead 6 7 8 21
22 Nnamdi Kanu Organiser Alive 7 5 8.5 20.5
23 Queen Amina Royalty Dead 7 7 6 20
24 Sani Abacha Head of State Dead 9 5 6 20
25 J.J Okocha Athlete Alive 5 6 9 20
26 Nkem Owoh Actor Alive 6 6 8 20
27 Genevieve Nnaji Actress Alive 5 6 9 20
77 Peter Obi Multi-Role Alive 5 7 8 20
28 Jaja of Opobo Royalty Dead 5 6 8 19
29 Ajayi Crowther Religious Leader Dead 5 6 8 19
30 Raymond Dokpesi Entreprenuer Dead 7 7 5 19
31 Gabriel Osawaru Igbinedion Entreprenuer Alive 7 6 6 19
32 Oliver De Coque Musician Dead 6 6 7 19
33 Sanusi Dantata Entreprenuer Dead 6 6 7 19
34 Sir Louis Ojukwu Entreprenuer Dead 6 6 7 19
35 Arthur Eze Philantropist Alive 5 6 8 19
36 Bola Ahmed Tinubu Politician Alive 7 5 7 19
37 Olauda Equiana Abolitionist Dead 5 5 8 18
38 Ngozi Okonjo Iweala Economist Alive 5 6 7 18
39 Rev. Fr. Ede Educator Dead 7 7 4 18
40 Wole Soyinka Multi-Role Dead 6 5 7 18
41 Fumilayo Ransom-Kuti Activist Dead 6 6 6 18
42 Kenneth Okonkwo Actor Dead 6 5 7 18
43 Flavour N'abania Musician Dead 5 5 8 18
44 Olamide Musician Dead 5 5 8 18
45 Jim Nwobodo Politician Dead 7 6 5 18
46 King Sunny Ade Musician Alive 5 5 8 18
47 Emmanuel Nwude Criminal Dead 6 6 6 18
48 Arthur Nzeribe Multi-Role Alive 6 6 6 18
49 Obafemi Awolowo Politician Dead 5 6 6 17
50 Leo Stan Eke Entreprenuer Alive 6 6 5 17
51 Gani Fawehinmi Activist Dead 6 5 6 17
52 Kumiyi Religious Leader Dead 5 5 7 17
53 Onyeka Onwenu Musician Dead 5 5 7 17
54 Kunle Afolayan Movie Producer Alive 6 5 6 17
55 Emem Isong Movie Producer Alive 6 6 5 17
56 Sanusi Lamido Sanusi Multi-Role Dead 5 5 7 17
57 El Zakasy Religious Leader Alive 6 6 5 17
58 Ben Murray-Bruce Entreprenuer Alive 6 5 6 17
59 Osita Osadebe Musician Dead 5 5 7 17
60 Folorunsho Alakija Entreprenuer Alive 4 7 6 17
61 Wale Adenuga Television Producer Alive 6 6 5 17
62 Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu Military Dead 5 5 6 16
63 Ken Saro-Wiwa Activist Dead 5 5 6 16
64 Michael Okpara Politician Dead 6 5 5 16
65 Lawrence Anini Criminal Dead 6 5 5 16
66 Kanu Nwankwo Athlete Alive 5 4 7 16
67 Dele Giwa Activist Dead 4 6 6 16
68 Pascal G. Dozie Entreprenuer Dead 6 6 4 16
69 Nwafor Orizu Politician Dead 5 5 6 16
70 Ayo Makun Entertainer Alive 5 5 6 16
71 T.Y Danjuma Military Alive 6 5 5 16
72 Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi Head of State Dead 5 5 5 15
73 Yakubu Gowon Head of State Alive 7 4 4 15
74 Tony Ezenna Entreprenuer Alive 6 5 4 15
75 Chuba Okadigbo Politician Dead 5 5 5 15
76 Illodibe Entreprenuer Dead 5 5 5 15
78 Basketmouth Comedian Alive 5 4 6 15
79 Shehu Musa Yar'Adua Military Dead 5 5 5 15
80 Abdusalam Abubakar Statesman Alive 5 5 5 15
81 Josiah Olunowo Oshitelu Religious Leader Alive 5 5 5 15
82 Benson Idahose Religious Leader Dead 5 5 5 15
83 Joseph Ayo Babalola  Religious Leader Dead 5 5 5 15
84 Moses Orimolade Tunolase Religious Leader Dead 5 5 5 15
85 Omu Okwei Entreprenuer Dead 5 5 5 15
86 Ralph Uwazurike Activist Alive 5 5 5 15
87 Anthony Enahoro   Dead 5 5 5 15
88 John Ejikeme Nebeolisa Philantropist Dead 5 5 5 15
89 Emeka Anyaoku Politician Alive 5 5 5 15
90 Michael Ibru Entreprenuer Dead 5 5 5 15
91 Murtala Mohammed Head of State Dead 5 5 4 14
92 Alex Ekwueme Politician Dead 4 5 5 14
94 Aniene (BOT)   Dead 5 5 4 14
95 Kenny Ogungbe   Alive 6 4 4 14
96 Government Ekpemupolo (Tompolo) Activist Dead 5 5 4 14
97 Joseph Arumemi-Ikhide Entreprenuer Alive 5 5 4 14
93 Michael Ade Ojo Entreprenuer Dead 5 4 4 13
98 Francis Akanu Ibiam Politician Dead 5 4 4 13
99 Admiral Allison Maduke Military Dead 5 4 4 13
100 Cosmos Maduka Entreprenuer Alive 5 4 4 13

 

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Updated 25 Days ago
 

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