List of Igbo people


List of Igbo people

This is a list of notable Igbo people. The list includes those who have full or significant Igbo ancestry. Each are listed under the heading which makes them notable, for example their occupation.

Actors and Actresses

* Stella Damasus-Aboderin (born April 24, 1978)
* Francis Agu (February 18, 1965 - March 20, 2007)
* Ifeanyi Chijindu
* Caroline Chikezie
* Chioma Chukwuka (born 12 March 1980)
* Rita Dominic (born 12 July 1975)
* Megalyn Echikunwoke (born May 28, 1983)
* Pete Edochie
* Chiwetel Ejiofor (10 July 1974)
* Osita Iheme
* Emeka Ike
* Chinedu Ikedieze
* Jim Iyke
* Cyril Nri (born 1961)
* Kanayo O. Kanayo (born March 1, 1962)
* Oby Kechere
* Michael Ezuruonye
* Genevieve Nnaji
* Antonia Okonma (born 24 July 1984)
* Oge Okoye
* John Okafor
* Ngoli Onyeka Okafor (born December 30, 1979)
* Zack Orji
* Phina Oruche (born August 31, 1975)
* Nkem Owoh
* Patience Ozokwor
* Paul Robeson (April 9, 1898 – January 23, 1976)
* Forest Whitaker (born July 15, 1961)
* Blair Underwood (born August 25, 1964)
* Ikechukwu Onyeka

Academics

*Kenneth Dike (1917-1983)
*John Ogbu (May 9, 1939 – 20 August 2003)

Activists

*Gogo Chu Nzeribe
*Okey Ndibe (born 1960)

Artists

*Chike Aniakor (born 1939)
*Ben Enwonwu (1921 - 1994)
*Ifeanyi Chijindu
*Mendi & Keith Obadike (both born 1973)
*Uche Okeke (born 1933)
*Dawn Okoro (born in 1980)
*Ada Udechukwu (born 1960)
*Obiora Udechukwu (born 1946)

Businesspeople

*C. T. Onyekwelu (born 1898)
*Leo Stan Ekeh (born February 22, 1956)
*Ikechukwu Ndefo (born 1957)
*Joe Maduekwe
*Mathias Ugochukwu (1926-1990)
*Louis Odumegwu Ojukwu (1909-1966)
*P. N. Okeke-Ojiudu (1914-1995)

Economists

*Pius Okigbo (February 6, 1924)
*Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (born June 13, 1954)
*Chukwuma Charles Soludo (born 28 July 1960)
*Onyema Ugochukwu (born November 9, 1944)

Educators

*Michael Echeruo (born March 14, 1937)
*E. Nolue Emenanjo (born 1943)
*Okwui Enwezor
*Uche Nduka (born 14 October 1963)
*Onuora Nzekwu (born February 19, 1928)
*P. N. Okeke-Ojiudu (1914-1995)

Film

Film directors

*Chico Ejiro
*Oby Kechere
*Kingsley Ogoro
*Izu Ojukwu
*Uzo
* Ikechukwu Onyeka

Producers

*Kingsley Ogoro
* Ikechukwu Onyeka

Screenwriters

*Kingsley Ogoro

Historians

* Adiele Afigbo (born 22 November 1937)
* Kenneth Dike (1917-1983)
* Victor Uchendu (1930-2006)

Journalists

*Chinweizu
*Christina Anyanwu (born in 1951)
*Kizzi Nkwocha
*Michael Okwu
*Adaora Udoji (born 1967)

Jurists

*Pats Acholonu

Models

*Munachi Nwanknwo
*Ngoli Onyeka Okafor (born December 30, 1979)
*Ikenna Bryan Okwara
*Oluchi Onweagba (born August 1, 1980)
*Ebuka Obi-Uchendu (born July 14, 1982)

Musicians

* Stella Damasus-Aboderin (born April 24, 1978)
* Oliver De Coque
* Bright Chimezie
* Chikezie
* Faze
* Nnenna Freelon (born July 28, 1954)
* Ego Ihenacho
* Lachi
* Lemar (born 4 April 1978)
* Prince Nico Mbarga
* Morocco Maduka
* Shaffer Chimere Smith (born October 18, 1982)
* Mendi & Keith Obadike
* Jide Obi
* Ezebuiro Obinna
* Kele Okereke (born October 13, 1981)
* Onyeka Onwenu
* Chief Stephen Osita Osadebe
* P-Square
* Ruggedman
* Celestine Ukwu
* Joshua Uzoigwe

Philosophers

*Emmanuel Chukwudi Eze (1963-2007)

Politicians

A - C

* Enyinnaya Abaribe
* Catherine Obianuju Acholonu
* Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi (March 3, 1924 - July 29, 1966)
* Igwe Aja-Nwachukwu
* Frank Ajobena
* Emeka Anyaoku
* Nnamdi Azikiwe
* Uche Chukwumerije
* Edward Wilmot Blyden (3 August 1832 – 7 February 1912), an Americo-Liberian educator, writer, diplomat, and politician in Liberia and Sierra Leone.
* Dabo Aliyu
* Kema Chikwe
* Enyinna Victor Onuegbu

D - F

* Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme
* Martin Elechi
* Evan Enwerem (October 29, 1935 - August 2, 2007)
* Virginia Etiaba

G - I

* Akanu Ibiam
* Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu (born September 4, 1942)

M - O

* Igwegbe Odum
* Orji Uzor Kalu
* K. O. Mbadiwe
* Ojo Maduekwe
* Chinwoke Mbadinuju
* Sam Mbakwe
* Chris Ngige
* Nkechi Nwaogu
* Chimaroke Nnamani
* Ike Nwachukwu
* Zacheus Chukwukaelo Obi
* Peter Obi
* George Obiozor
* Peter Odili
* Frank Ogbuewu
* Vincent Eze Ogbulafor
* Joy Ogwu
* Chuba Okadigbo
* Edward Ikem Okeke
* P. N. Okeke-Ojiudu
* Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (born June 13, 1954)
* Richard Okonye (1943-1999)
* Michael Okpara
* Jaycee Okwunwanne (born on October 8, 1985)
* Ogbonnaya Onu
* Nwafor Orizu
* Theodore Orji

P - R

* Edward James Roye (February 3, 1815 - February 11, 1872), fifth President of Liberia from 1870 to his overthrow and subsequent death in 1871.

S - U

* Andy Uba
* Achike Udenwa
* Onyema Ugochukwu
* Sylvester Ugoh
* Charles Ugwuh
* Emmanuel Ukaegbu
* Jaja Wachuku (1918 - 1996)

Scientists

*Philip Emeagwali (born 1954)
*Bartholomew Nnaji
*John Ogbu (May 9, 1939 – 20 August 2003)
*F. Nnabuenyi Ugonna (October 12, 1936 - June 5, 1990)

Sports people

American football players

*Victor Abiamiri, (born January 14, 1986) is a defensive end for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League.
*Obed Ariri, (born April 4, 1956) was an American football placekicker in the National Football League.
*Nnamdi Asomugha (born July 6, 1981) is an American football cornerback for the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League.
*Patrick Chukwurah (born March 1, 1979)
*Adimchinobi Echemandu (born November 21, 1980)
*Isaiah Ekejiuba (born October 5, 1981)
*Buchie Ibeh (born August 4, 1983)
*Chidi Iwuoma (born February 19, 1978)
*N. D. Kalu (born August 3, 1975)
*Chinedum Ndukwe (born March 4, 1985)
*Ike Ndukwe (born July 17, 1982)
*Chike Okeafor (born March 27, 1976)
*Chukky Okobi (born November 18, 1978)
*Amobi Okoye (born June 10, 1987)
*Christian Okoye (born August 16, 1961)
*Tony Ugoh (born November 17, 1983)
*Osi Umenyiora (born November 16, 1981)
*Iheanyi Uwaezuoke (born July 24, 1973)

Athletes

* Onochie Achike (born on January 31, 1975)
* Kriss Akabusi (born 28 November 1958)
* Chinaza Amadi (born 12 September 1987)
* Clement Chukwu (born July 7, 1973)
* Vivian Chukwuemeka (born May 4, 1975)
* Uchenna Emedolu (born September 17, 1976)
* Obinna Eregbu (born 9 November 1969)
* Joy Eze (born 23 April 1988)
* Davidson Ezinwa (born November 22, 1971)
* Osmond Ezinwa (born November 22, 1971)
* Chidi Imoh (born August 27, 1963)
* Obinna Metu (born 12 July 1988)
* Ogonna Nnamani (born July 29, 1983)
* Francis Obikwelu (born November 22, 1978)
* Chinonye Ohadugha (born 24 March 1986)
* Christine Ohuruogu (born May 17, 1984)
* Emmanuel Okoli (born 13 November 1973)
* Christy Opara-Thompson (born December 24, 1971)
* Charity Opara (born May 20, 1972)
* Chima Ugwu (born 19 July 1973)

Basketball players

* John Amaechi (born November 26, 1970)
* Aloysius Anagonye (born February 10, 1981)
* Kelenna Azubuike (born December 16, 1983)
* Ike Diogu (born September 11, 1983)
* Obinna Ekezie (born August 22, 1975)
* Benjamin Eze (born 8 February 1981)
* Ekene Ibekwe
* Andre Iguodala (born January 28, 1984)
* Ike Nwankwo (born 27 December 1973)
* Julius Nwosu (born May 1, 1971)
* Chamberlain Oguchi (born April 28, 1986)
* Emeka Okafor (born September 28, 1982)
* Daniel Okonkwo (born 1975)
* Ime Udoka (born August 9, 1977)
* Mfon Udoka (born 16 June 1976)

Boxers

* Ijeoma Egbunine (born December 30, 1980)
* Ike Ibeabuchi (born February 2, 1973)
* Emmanuel Nwodo (born 19 February 1974)
* Ngoli Onyeka Okafor (born December 30, 1979)
* Dick Tiger (born Richard Ihetu August 14, 1929 - December 14, 1971)

Footballers

A - C

* Victor Agali (born December 29, 1978
* Chioma Ajunwa, (born December 25, 1970)
* Lawrence Akandu (born December 10, 1974)
* Michael Chidi Alozi
* Shola Ameobi, (born October 12, 1981)
* Tomi Ameobi, (born August 16, 1988)
* Victor Anichebe, (born April 23, 1988)
* Peter Anosike (born December 24, 1976)
* Chibuzor Chilaka (born October 21, 1986)
* Christian Chukwu
* Eric Obinna Chukwunyelu (born 10 June 1981)

D - F

* Ugo Ehiogu (born November 3, 1972)
* Eric Ejiofor (born December 17, 1979)
* Chijioke Ejiogu (born November 22, 1984)
* Caleb Ekwenugo (born August 1, 1988)
* Ifeanyi Emeghara (born March 24, 1984)
* Hugo Enyinnaya (born May 8, 1981)
* Dino Eze (born June 1, 1984)
* Victor Ezeji (born June 9, 1981)

G - I

*Emeka Ifejiagwa (born 30 October 1977)
*Amaechi Igwe (born May 20, 1988)
*Ugo Ihemelu (born April 3, 1983)

J - L

* Ikechukwu Kalu (born 18 April 1984)
* Maxwell Kalu (born 23 March 1976)
* Christopher Kanu (born December 4, 1979)
* Nwankwo Kanu (born 1 August 1976)

M - O

* Ndubuisi Eze (born May 10, 1984)
* Usim Nduka (born September 23, 1985)
* Chukwuemeka Nwadike (born 9 August 1978)
* Obinna Nwaneri (born March 19, 1982)
* Mikel John Obi (born April 22, 1987)
* Victor Nsofor Obinna (born March 25, 1987)
* Chinedu Obasi (born June 1, 1986)
* Ibezito Ogbonna (born March 27, 1983)
* Uche Okafor (born August 8, 1967)
* Uche Okechukwu (born September 27, 1967)
* Jay-Jay Okocha, (born 14 August 1973)
* Digger Okonkwo (born 30 August 1977)
* Onyekachi Okonkwo (born 13 May 1982)
* Isaac Okoronkwo (born May 1, 1978)
* Nedum Onuoha (born 12 November 1986)
* Iffy Onuora (born 28 July 1967)
* Oguchi Onyewu (born May 13, 1982)

S - U

* Oguchi Uche (born 1987)
* Eke Uzoma (born July 19, 1989)

Theologians

*Francis Arinze (born 1 November 1932)
*Cyprian Michael Iwene Tansi (September 1903 - January 24, 1964)

Writers

* Chris Abani (born December 27, 1966)
* Chinua Achebe (born November 16, 1930) is a novelist, poet and critic, best known for his award wining novel, Things Fall Apart.
* Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (born September 15, 1977), best known for Half of a Yellow Sun
* Elechi Amadi (born May 12, 1934)
* Nnorom Azuonye (born July, 1967)
* Edward Wilmot Blyden (3 August 1832 – 7 February 1912)
* Ifeanyi Chijindu
* Chinweizu Ibekwe
* Michael Echeruo (born March 14, 1937)
* Buchi Emecheta
* E. Nolue Emenanjo
* Okwui Enwezor (born 1963)
* Cyprian Ekwensi (September 26, 1921–November 4, 2007)
* Olaudah Equiano (c. 1745 – 31 March 1797), also known as Gustavus Vassa, was a writer and abolitionist.
* Africanus Horton (1835-1883), also known as James Beale, was a writer and folklorist from Sierra Leone.
* Vincent Chukwuemeka Ike
* Uzodinma Iweala (born November 5, 1982)
* T.D. Jakes (born June 9, 1957)
* Uchechi Kalu
* Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu
* Uche Nduka (born 14 October 1963)
* Nkem Nwankwo ( June 12, 1936 - June 12, 2001)
* Flora Nwapa
* Okey Ndibe
* Onuora Nzekwu (born February 19, 1928)
* Ike Oguine
* Christopher Okigbo
* Rudolf Ogoo Okonkwo
* Ben Okri (born on March 15, 1959)
* Obinna Charles Okwelume
* Ifeoma Onyefulu
* Ada Udechukwu
* F. Nnabuenyi Ugonna
* Chuka Umunna
* Chika Unigwe (1974)


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