List of Igbo people

The list of Igbo people includes notable individuals who have full or significant ancestry traced back to the Igbo people of South-East and South-South geopolitical regions of Nigeria.

This page also contains names of people who traced their African heritage through DNA testing to the Igbo ethnic group.

Beauty pageant winners and modelsEdit

Miss Nigeria & Most Beautiful Girl in NigeriaEdit

Mister NigeriaEdit

Runway models and magazine coversEdit

More pageant winnersEdit

Music producersEdit

Actors and actressesEdit

ForeignEdit

Traced heritageEdit

NollywoodEdit

ComediansEdit

TV/Radio hosts and journalistsEdit

Artists and illustratorsEdit

AuthorsEdit

Film makers, producers and directorsEdit

Singers and musiciansEdit

Gospel singersEdit

Pre-2000sEdit


2000sEdit

EducationEdit

 
Botanist Dr. Eni Njoku and Dr. Edward Ayensu
Name Born Death Notability Reference
Maria Louisa Bustill 8 November 1853 20 January 1904 Quaker schoolteacher; the mother of Paul Robeson; and the wife of the Reverend William Drew Robeson. [57]
Michael Echeruo 14 March 1937
Tessy Okoli
E. Nolue Emenanjo 1943
Uche Nduka 14 October 1963
Eni Njoku 6 November 1917 22 December 1974 The first Nigerian Vice Chancellor
Onuora Nzekwu 19 February 1928
P. N. Okeke-Ojiudu 1914 1995
Kenneth Dike 17 December 1917 26 October 1983 The pioneer Vice Chancellor of University of Lagos and University of Nigeria Nsukka
John Ogbu 9 May 1939 20 August 2003

HistoriansEdit

Name Born Death Notability Reference
Adiele Afigbo 22 November 1937 9 March 2009 Historian known for the history and historiography of Africa, more particularly Igbo history
Kenneth Dike 17 December 1917 26 October 1983
Paul Robeson, Jr. 2 November 1927 26 April 2014 [22]

PhilosophersEdit

Name Born Death Notability Reference
Emmanuel Chukwudi Eze 18 January 1963 30 December 2007

Heads of organizations and business executivesEdit

Pearlena Igbokwe President of Universal Television, a subsidiary of NBCUniversal Television Group, first woman of African descent to head a major U.S. television studio [58][59][60]
Nduka Obaigbena Media mogul, founder of Nigerian-based African newspaper THISDAY, African -focused style & culture magazine Arise and Lagos-based Nigerian 24-hour international news channel Arise News
Jim Ovia Nigerian businessman; founder of Zenith Bank
Jerome Udoji
Louis Odumegwu Ojukwu 1909 1966 Business mogul and father of Chukwuemeka Ojukwu, the former governor of the Eastern Region and leader of Biafra
P. N. Okeke-Ojiudu 1914 1995
Omu Okwei 1872 1943 Merchant queen of the River Niger [61]
C. T. Onyekwelu 1898
Mathias Ugochukwu 1926 1990
Evelyn Okere 4 November 1973 Nigerian businesswoman, publisher, fashion designer and the Managing Director/CEO of St. Eve Concepts.
Godwin Maduka Nigerian doctor, businessman, philanthropist and the founder of Las Vegas Pain Institute and Medical Center
Arinze Madueke Doctor, businessman and philanthropist
Emeka Offor Businessman and Philanthropist. The founder and Chairman and The Sir Emeka Of for Foundation of Chrome Group
Kennedy Okonkwo Businessman and philanthropist

EconomistsEdit

BloggersEdit

JournalistsEdit

Name Born Death Notability Reference
Adaora Udoji 1967
Chinweizu 1943
Christina Anyanwu 1951
Chude Jideonwo
Chima Simone 28 July 1976
Joseph Egemonye 1933 2011

JudgesEdit

Political figuresEdit

ActivistsEdit

Name Born Death Notability Reference
Gogo Chu Nzeribe
Okey Ndibe 1960 Novelist, poet, political activist from Yola, Nigeria. He is the author of Arrows of Rain, a critically well-reviewed novel published in 2000.

Military rulersEdit

MonarchsEdit

PoliticiansEdit

Name Born Death Notability Reference
Enyinnaya Abaribe
Chuka Umunna 17 October 1978
Catherine Obianuju Acholonu
Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi 3 March 1924 29 July 1966 First military and second substantial Head of State of Nigeria
Igwe Aja-Nwachukwu
Frank Ajobena
Dora Akunyili 14 July 1954 7 June 2014 Former Director General of National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) of Nigeria and current (since 17 December 2008) Nigerian Minister of Information and Communications.
Rotimi Amaechi 27 May 1965 former Governor of Rivers State and current minister of transportation
Bonaventure Enemali 21 June 1984 Commissioner for Youth Empowerment and Creative Economy in Anambra State
Chris Okewulonu 24 December 1960 Current Chief of Staff to Imo State Government
Collins Nweke 14 July 1965 Municipal Legislator Ostend City Council Belgium and former Chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora Europe
Emeka Anyaoku 18 January 1933 Former Secretary-General of the Commonwealth of Nations
Nnamdi Azikiwe 16 November 1904 11 May 1996 Nigeria's foremost President and the Owelle of Onitsha
Chukwuemeka Chikelu
Uche Chukwumerije
Edward Wilmot Blyden 3 August 1832 7 February 1912 Americo-Liberian educator, writer, diplomat, and politician in Liberia and Sierra Leone. [64]
Kema Chikwe Academic and politician; former federal minister of transport and later minister of aviation; and former Nigeria's ambassador to Ireland
Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme 1932 Renowned architect, lawyer, and politician. Formerly, vice-president of the 2nd federal republic of Nigeria (1979 - 1983)
Martin Elechi Former Governor of Ebonyi State
Dave Umahi Current Governor of Ebonyi State
Evan Enwerem 29 October 1935 2 August 2007
Virginia Etiaba Educator; politician; former deputy governor (and briefly governor) of Anambra State.
Herbert Eze
Akanu Ibiam 29 November 1906 December 1995 Medical missionary who later became the first governor of the Eastern Region from 1960–66. The Enugu International Airport is named after him.
Toni Iwobi
Maurice Iwu 21 April 1950 Former head of INEC
Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu 4 September 1942
Orji Uzor Kalu 21 April 1960 Oligarch and former governor of Abia State
K. O. Mbadiwe
Ojo Maduekwe 6 May 1945 Former Federal Minister under Obasanjo and Yar'Adua administrations.
Chinwoke Mbadinuju
Sam Mbakwe 1929 5 January 2004 One of the chief former governors of Imo State. The international cargo airport in Owerri is named after him.
Chris Ngige 8 August 1952 Former governor of Anambra State
Akachukwu Sullivan Nwankpo 1962 Former Special Advisor to the President Goodluck Jonathan on Technical Matters
Nkechi Justina Nwaogu 1956 Senator who represents the People's Democratic Party in Abia State.
Chimaroke Nnamani 10 April 1959 Former governor of Enugu State
Obiageli Ezekwesili 28 April 1963 Former Vice President of the World Bank and Education Minister as well as a co-founder of Transparency International.
Ike Nwachukwu
Frank Nweke
Chinyere Ike Nwosu
Zacheus Chukwukaelo Obi
Peter Obi 19 July 1961 Former Governor of Anambra State, the Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Governors' Forum and the Chairman of the Southeast Governors' Forum.
George Obiozor
Peter Odili 15 August 1948 Former governor of Rivers State.
Igwegbe Odum
Frank Ogbuewu
Vincent Eze Ogbulafor
Joy Ogwu
Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu 4 November 1933 26 November 2011 Military officer and politician who served as the military governor of the Eastern Region of Nigeria in 1966 and the leader of the breakaway Republic of Biafra from 1967 to 1970.
Chuba Okadigbo
Edward Ikem Okeke
P. N. Okeke-Ojiudu
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala 13 June 1954 Current Finance Minister and former Foreign Minister of Nigeria, notable for being the first woman to hold either of those positions. [62]
Richard Okonye 1943 1999
Ifeanyi Okowa Governor of Delta State, fmr senator of Nigeria
Jaycee Okwunwanne 8 October 1985
Nwafor Orizu
Theodore Orji 11 November 1950 Current governor of Abia State.
Dennis Osadebay 29 June 1911 26 December 1994 Nigerian politician, poet, journalist and former premier of the now defunct Mid-Western Region of Nigeria, which now comprises Edo and Delta State.
Edward James Roye 3 February 1815 11 February 1872 Fifth President of Liberia from 1870 to his overthrow and subsequent death in 1871. [65]
Andy Uba
Achike Udenwa 1948 Former governor of Imo State.
Onyema Ugochukwu
Sylvester Ugoh
Victor Ngumah
Charles Ugwuh
Emmanuel Ukaegbu
Jaja Wachuku 1918 1996
Chukwuemeka Ngozichineke Wogu

MilitaryEdit

Name Born Death Notability Reference
Okoro Idozuka
Emeka Onwuamaegbu
Aguiyi Ironsi 1924 1966 The first military head of state of Nigeria. He assumed power after the 1966 military coup that killed the then Prime Minister, Sir Alhaji Abubakar Tafawa Balewa. After 6 months in power, he was killed in a counter coup led by his eventual successor, General Yakubu Gowon and General Theophilus Danjuma.
Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu
Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu
Azubuike Ihejirika
Ebitu Ukiwe
Ejike Obumneme Aghanya

Scientists & inventorsEdit

Name Born Death Notability Reference
Chigozie C. Asiabaka 29 September 1953 Agricultural Scientist
Charles Ejogo
Philip Emeagwali 1954 Computer scientist/geologist, one of two winners of the 1989 Gordon Bell Prize, a prize from the IEEE, for his use of the Connection Machine supercomputer
Bisi Ezerioha 6 Jan 1972 Engineer, entrepreneur
Bartholomew Nnaji
John Ogbu 9 May 1939 20 August 2003
Chike Obi 7 April 1921 13 March 2008 Mathematician
Ike Ferdinand Odimegwu Philosopher
Josephat Obi Oguejiofor Philosopher
F. Nnabuenyi Ugonna 12 October 1936 5 June 1990
Fabian Udekwu 1928 17 November 2006 Cardiac surgeon, distinguished professor of surgery at the University of Nigeria Nsukka, and a pioneer of open-heart surgery in Africa
Usim Odim 1923 25 December 1995 Physician on the Biafran side to save civilian victims of the Nigerian civil war in the late 1960s[66]

SportsEdit

American football playersEdit

Canadian football playersEdit

Name Born Death Notability Reference
Uzooma Okeke 3 September 1970 Canadian Football League tackle for the Montreal Alouettes.

AthletesEdit

Name Born Death Notability Reference
Chioma Ajunwa 25 December 1970
Onochie Achike on 31 January 1975
Kriss Akabusi 28 November 1958
Chinaza Amadi 12 September 1987
Clement Chukwu 7 July 1973
Vivian Chukwuemeka 4 May 1975
Innocent Egbunike 30 November 1961
Uchenna Emedolu 17 September 1976
Obinna Eregbu 9 November 1969
Joy Eze 23 April 1988
Davidson Ezinwa 22 November 1971
Osmond Ezinwa 22 November 1971
Chidi Imoh 27 August 1963
Obinna Metu 12 July 1988
Ngozi Monu 7 January 1981
Ogonna Nnamani 29 July 1983 [71]
Francis Obikwelu 22 November 1978
Chinonye Ohadugha 24 March 1986
Christine Ohuruogu 17 May 1984 MBE an English sprinter who specialises in the 400 metres – the event for which she is the current Commonwealth, World and Olympic Champion. [72][73][74]
Emmanuel Okoli 13 November 1973
Marilyn Okoro 23 September 1984 [75]
Christy Opara-Thompson 24 December 1971
Charity Opara 20 May 1972
Emeka Udechuku 10 July 1979
Chima Ugwu 19 July 1973

Basketball playersEdit

Name Born Death Notability Reference
John Amaechi 26 November 1970 Retired American-born English NBA basketball player who currently works as a broadcaster and political activist in the United Kingdom. [76]
Aloysius Anagonye 10 February 1981
Giannis Antetokounmpo 6 December 1994 Greek NBA player with the Milwaukee Bucks. Igbo mother and Yoruba father. [77]
Kelenna Azubuike 16 December 1983
Thanasis Antetokounmpo 18 July 1992
Kostas Antetokounmpo 20 November 1997
Ike Diogu 11 September 1983 [78]
Obinna Ekezie 22 August 1975
Benjamin Eze 8 February 1981
Ekene Ibekwe 19 July 1985
Ike Nwankwo 27 December 1973
Julius Nwosu 1 May 1971
Chamberlain Oguchi 28 April 1986
Emeka Okafor 28 September 1982 [79]
Daniel Okonkwo 1975
Ime Udoka 9 August 1977
Mfon Udoka 16 June 1976

BoxersEdit

Name Born Death Notability Reference
Friday Ahunanya 19 November 1971
Innocent Anyanwu 25 September 1982
Ijeoma Egbunine 30 December 1980
Herbie Hide
Ike Ibeabuchi 2 February 1973
Emmanuel Nwodo 19 February 1974
Dick Tiger (alias Richard Ihetu) 14 August 1929 14 December 1971 Boxer from Amaigbo, Orlu, Nigeria, was a migrant fighter to Liverpool (and later to America). [80]

FootballersEdit

Name Born Death Notability Reference
Samuel Okwaraji 19 May 1964 12 August 1989
Victor Agali 29 December 1978
Festus Agu 13 March 1975
Lawrence Akandu 10 December 1974
Chukwuma Akabueze 6 May 1989
Michael Chidi Alozi
Emmanuel Amuneke 25 December 1970
Kevin Amuneke 10 May 1986
Blessing Chinedu 22 November 1976
Kevin Amuneke 10 May 1986
Victor Anichebe 23 April 1988
Nduka Anyanwu 15 April 1980
Nnaemeka Anyanwu 21 August 1988
Onyekachi Apam 30 December 1986
Alex Iwobi 3 May 1996 -
Chibuzor Chilaka 21 October 1986
Chukwudi Chijindu 20 February 1986
Blessing Chinedu 22 November 1976
Christian Chukwu
Eric Obinna Chukwunyelu 10 June 1981
Carlton Cole
Ugo Ehiogu 3 November 1972
Eric Ejiofor 17 December 1979
Chijioke Ejiogu 22 November 1984
Caleb Ekwegwo 1 August 1988
Ifeanyi Emeghara 24 March 1984
Hugo Enyinnaya 8 May 1981
Dino Eze 1 June 1984
Ndubuisi Eze 10 May 1984
Victor Ezeji 9 June 1981
Emeka Ifejiagwa 30 October 1977
Amaechi Igwe 20 May 1988
Ugo Ihemelu 3 April 1983
Ikechukwu Kalu 18 April 1984
Maxwell Kalu 23 March 1976
Christopher Kanu 4 December 1979
Nwankwo Kanu 1 August 1976 Nwankwo Kanu (born 1 August 1976 in Owerri, Nigeria), usually known simply as Kanu and nicknamed Papilo, is a professional footballer who plays as a striker for the Nigerian national team and for English club Portsmouth. [81]
Henry Nwosu Kanu 14 February 1980
Stephen Keshi 1962 2016 Former Nigerian soccer team captain and coach, won the African Cup of Nations both as player and coach
Paul McGrath 4 December 1959 England-born Republic of Ireland international player. Irish mother and Igbo biological father.
Usim Nduka 23 September 1985
Chukwuemeka Nwadike 9 August 1978
Obinna Nwaneri 19 March 1982
Onyekachi Nwoha 28 February 1983
Chucks Nwoko 21 November 197
Udo Nwoko 15 October 1984
Henry Nwosu 14 June 1963
Mikel John Obi 22 April 1987 Won the UEFA Champions League with Chelsea in 2012 [82]
Victor Nsofor Obinna 25 March 1987
Chinedu Obasi 1 June 1986
Ibezito Ogbonna 27 March 1983
Bertrand Okafor 4 January 1990
Uche Okafor 8 August 1967 6 January 2011
Uche Okafor 10 February 1991
Uche Okechukwu 27 September 1967
Jay-Jay Okocha 14 August 1973 [81]
Chima Okorie 8 October 1968
Stanley Okoro 8 December 1992
Sunday Patrick Okoro 27 April 1986
Digger Okonkwo 30 August 1977
Onyekachi Okonkwo 13 May 1982
Isaac Okoronkwo 1 May 1978
Kelechi Okoye 1984
Sunday Oliseh
Tochukwu Oluehi 3 June 1988
Nedum Onuoha 12 November 1986
Iffy Onuora 28 July 1967
Chima Onyeike 21 June 1975
Obi Onyeike 25 June 1992
Daniel Onyekachi 23 August 1985
Oguchi Onyewu 13 May 1982 [83]
Henry Onyekuru 5 June 1997
Kelechi Osunwa 15 October 1984
Chioma Ubogagu 10 September 1992
Ikechukwu Uche 5 January 1984
Oguchi Uche 1987
Nduka Ugbade Former Nigerian football player, first African to lift the world cup
John Ugochukwu 20 April 1988
Magalan Ugochukwu 20 June 1990
Ugo Ukah 18 January 1984
Ejike Uzoenyi
Eke Uzoma 19 July 1989

RugbyEdit

Martial artsEdit

Name Born Death Notability Reference
Chika Chukwumerije 30 December 1983 Olympic silver medallist
Anthony Njokuani 1 March 1980
Jacob Martins Obiorah 27 March 1974
Chukwuemeka Onyemachi 28 July 1974

ReligionEdit

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