This list contained some of Nigeria’s most renown celebrities. They range from musicians to authors, to sporting stars to actresses.
Nigerian Hakeem “The Dream” Olajuwon’s domination on the basketball court between 1984 and 2002 has led him to become one of the most celebrated Nigerians. Olajuwon spent his formative years in Nigeria but migrated to the US in order to play basketball at the University of Houston. He had somewhat of a rough start but soon became the star player on his college team.
In the 1984 NBA Draft, the Houston Rockets drafted him to play on their team. In 1994 and 1995, he led the Rockets to NBA Championships. The Dream retired in 2002 as the league’s all-time leader in blocks. He is also one of four NBA players to record a quadruple-double. He is the only player to win the NBA MVP, Finals MVP and Defensive Player of the Year. In 2008, he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame, and in 2016, the FIBA Hall of Fame.