Who is the Greatest Nigerian of the Past 50 Years?

As Nigeria approaches its 50th Independence anniversary, who is the greatest Nigerian of the post independence era? Cast your vote at the link below.

22 responses

  1. I kenneth onyebolise is d greatest nigeria eva.even though im a smallboy i have been able to finish my sec edu successfully without failure n now almost finishing the university edu…..

    1. Well done Kenneth. You’ve joined an exclusive club with billions of members….

  2. […] who is the greatest Nigerian of the post independence era? Cast your vote at the link below. https://maxsiollun.wordpress.com/2010…past-50-years/ _______________________ To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or […]

  3. Too many qualities greats in your list. Any of them is the Greatest.

  4. Next time: classifiy the living and the deceased greatest Naijans? The living are still in the picture, while the death are not. So this kind of create confusion.

  5. Good work Max. Bless.

  6. Classify them into living and dead? Gosh Habu, you don’t ask for much do you?! ;-)

    1. Na so brother, Max.

  7. The 8 so far i have picked are the best people that have contributed Imensily to the history of Nigeria at 50.But i dont no why the formal president Olusegun Obasanjo Name and formal Minister of Fct Mallam El-Rufai are not included in the list.Back in the history Formal president handed over to civilian despensation and here in the new era of the democracy he started it in May 29 and handed over to another civilian, history for Nig. The two popular name in Formal President Cabinet that figure in who is the greatest Nig at 50 their contribution was during his tenure. What of El-rufal

  8. OBJ is a good shout to bee honest. Only man to have ruled the country twice. I didn’t put in El-Rufai as he is quite “recent” in the general scheme/history of the country.

    Gani still in the lead…


    Gani Fawehinmi 13.64%

    Nnamdi Azikiwe 12.73%

    Obafemi Awolowo 10.91%

    Fela Anikulapo Kuti 10%

    Chinua Achebe 7.27%

    Wole Soyinka 6.36%

    Yakubu Gowon 5.45%

    Ahmadu Bello 4.55%

    Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala 4.55%

    Chukwuemeka Odumuegwu-Ojukwu 4.55%

    Nuhu Ribadu 3.64%

    Abubakar Tafawa Balewa 3.64%

    Murtala Muhammed 3.64%

    Emeka Anyaoku 0.91%

    Nwankwo Kanu 2.73%

    Ken Saro-Wiwa 2.73%

    Aminu Kano 1.82%

    Tai Solarin 0.91%

  10. Interestingly you include Ojukwu in your list but fail to include Philip Efiong, the man that Ojukwu ran away and handed power to; the man who ended up saving thousands of lives and who is the main reason why we have had relative peace for 40 years. Clearly, your list is swayed by ethnic biases that fail to give due recognition to minorities.

    1. Pipe down James. Ethnic bias? Nigerians love to invent paranoid schizophrenic conspiracy theories when it comes to ethnicity. As for ignoring minorities….tell me, did you see Gowon and Saro-Wiwa on that list? What ethnic groups are they from?

      1. No, I’m not piping down. You deliberately avoid the point that I make and I’ll make it again. How can you include Ojukwu who ran away at the end of the war and exclude Efiong whose bravery saved several lives, especially Ibos and not even members of his own ethnic group? Call me schizophrenic or any other name but if you don’t know that ethnicity is a major issue in Nigeria, too bad. I’m not going to to be in that type of denial. I have a right to suspect such bigotry because it has and continues to exist and if you haven’t been a victim of it, some of us have!!! Also, where are the women on your list? Surely you must have heard of the likes of the Aba and Abeokuta women’s uprising. There are many other such women who we will continue to exclude from our biased delineation of history.

  11. I would like to say from your list that the greatest Nigerians in my opinion (can’t pull out one) they are
    Nnamdi Azikwe
    Abubakar Tafewa Balewa
    Yakubu Gowon
    Fela Anikulapo Kuti
    Wole Soyinka
    The greatest individuals within their tribes irresspective of other great Nigerians from their tribes are
    Ahmadu Bello (Greatest Hausa Man Of the past 50 years)
    Obafemi Awolowo (Greatest Yoruba Man Of the past 50 years)
    Chukwuemeka Odumuegwu-Ojukwu (Greatest Igbo Man Of the past 50 years)

    And for the one in all, the greatest still living Nigerian, whom if care is not taken will be the greatest Nigerian to ever walk this path called life is the three times former President Rtd Gen Olusegun Aremu Obasanjo, whose life and the country called Nigeria is like a trouser pant and your favorite belt, you only remove it(the belt) when you want to take of your pants.. Or in some cases to give your stomach room to breath after having a large meal….

    1. OBJ is the godfather of modern Nigeria..

  12. All the above mentioned names are well known in their own field, but there are more people who where also great or even greater than them. I still don’t understood why Obasanjo could be the greatest. Are you talking about longest serving president? What makes Obasanjo to be greatest? Till today our colonial masters are the greatest of all time.

  13. I still don’t get it why these Blood Thirstiers should be in the above list; Gowon, Ojukwu, Muritala Mohammed or the so called Obasanjo. The above writer should had also include Ironsi since his successors and predecessor were listed. Any Holy Bible book that does not have Genesis as the first chapter is incomplete likewise Nigeria millitary history is incomplete without that name “Ironsi” no matter how some Monkeys like T.Y. Danjuma potrayed him because he originated from the humiliated tribe. Even down to the Eastern Nigeria, I still respect Dr. Akanu Ibiam, Dr. M.I. Okpara, King Jaja of Opobo and the recent Oko Ebitu Ukiwe . These are the people who believed in their integrity and refused to be used by any force to achieve any selfish aim, they rather chose to suffer than tanishing their image and personality. Okpara, Ibiam, Ukiwe and Ironsi had strong believe on their intergrity while Ojukwu, Azikiwe and Ukpabi Asika had selfish interest. “One Person with belief is equal to the force of ten thousand with interest”

  14. all this ppl are old school

  15. Eze ndiigbo buru buru..

  16. Why is Olusegun Obasanjo left out? Nigeria’s history is totally incomplete without him. What is the criteria used for choosing those listed?

  17. I love Wale Soyinka so much,I call him my mentor because he is an intelect, you can imagine a student who’s assignments were hard for his lecturers to mark! Isn’t that a super story? I dream of even more intelligent and cordinatet than him.

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