100 OUTSTANDING NIGERIANS


None is more than 50 years old. All 100 of them. Each has, by an outstanding achievement or devotion to excellence and enterprise, signified the possibility of a greater Nigeria and the probability of an enriched international civilization. To mark the 37th anniversary of Nigeria's Independence, THE SOURCE presents SPECIAL EDITION THE SOURCE 100.

In asking for nominations, we specifically set out three criteria: the nominee should
- be a Nigerian citizen or a Nigerian by birth;
- not be more than 50 years old;
- has made outstanding positive contributions in any field of human endeavour, especially, but not only, geared towards uplifting the quality of Nigerian civilisation/development or has evidenced the triumph of the human spirit via an inspiring achievement.

The nominations could be any number, but the final list will be 100 persons. No more. From the many corners of Nigeria and beyond, across all divides, we present this week our selection of 100 NEW Nigerians who, in deed, evidence that ours is a great country - and could even be greater. Much greater....

  1. Adamu Dan Maraya Jos - Artiste
  2. Seal (Henry Olusegun Olumide Samuel) - Artiste
  3. Damian Anyanwu - developed a radio short-wave transmitter powered by herbs
  4. Chioma Ajunwa - Athelete
  5. Philip Emeagwali - computation
  6. Labarano Nuhu - businessman & philanthropist
  7. John Fashanu - Footballer
  8. Christy Essien-Igbokwe - Artiste
  9. Ogala Osoka - Insurance industry
  10. Bartholomew Nnaji - Automation & Robotics
  11. Chika Chukwunonso Okpala (Zebrudaya Okoroigwe Nwogbo) - Artiste
  12. Oliver Sunday Akanite (Oliver De Coque) - Artiste
  13. Chris Anyanwu - journalist
  14. Bisade Ologunde - Artiste
  15. Ray Ekpu - Journalist
  16. Aliko Dangote - businessman
  17. Atedo Peterside - banking
  18. Femi Anikulapo-Kuti - Artiste
  19. Mohammed Buba Marwa - Author, Military Administrator
  20. Hakeem Bello-Osagie - banking, discount houses
  21. Muhammed Kuchazi - a chain of hospitality businesses
  22. Kanu Nwankwo - footballer
  23. Lola Macaulay - Artiste
  24. Cyril Okiche - banking
  25. Matt Dadzie - Artiste
  26. Kenneth Nnebue - Movie producer
  27. Ndidi Okereke-Onyiuke - stock exchange
  28. Abdullahi Idris - water resources
  29. John Momoh- Channels Television
  30. Joshua Bernard Fumudoh - accountant, activist, philanthropist
  31. Onyeka Onwenu - Artiste
  32. Mohammed Bulama - banking
  33. Tunde Afolabi - petroleum exploitation
  34. Mao Arukwe Ohuabunwa - chemicals & reagents
  35. Nyaknno Osso - librarian, researcher, author
  36. Obong Ofonime Okon - traditional musicology
  37. Pat Utomi - policy analyst
  38. Richard Mofe-Damijo - Theatre Arts Practitioner
  39. Henrietta Ukwu - discovery of crixiuan for HIV/AIDS
  40. Abubakar Gimba - Author, administrator
  41. Abdulkadir Kure - engineer
  42. Odia Ofeimun - Author
  43. Nosa Igiebor - Journalist
  44. Olisa Agbakoba - lawyer, human rights activist
  45. Mohammed Kari - Insurance
  46. Uba Wada - tourism & hospitality management
  47. Ibrahim Galadima - sports enthusiast/innovator
  48. Tunde Kelani - Artiste
  49. Martin Anthony Chukwubuike Aghaji - heart surgeon
  50. Akeem Olajuwon - basketball
  51. Ngozi Anyaegbunam - media manager and consult
  52. Amma Ogan - Journalist
  53. Sunny Ojeagbaese - Journalist
  54. Austine Okon - pilot & owner ADC Plc
  55. Ben Okri - writer
  56. Tokunbo Awolowo-Dosunmu - medical practitioner & administrator
  57. Eka Esu-Williams - AIDS awareness campaign & political activism
  58. Obiefuna Nwankwo - medical doctor & video producer
  59. Ezekiel Izuogu - construction of a sallon car, Z-600
  60. Christian Chukwu - footballer & coach
  61. frank Nneji - transporter
  62. Sabo Babayaro - sports enthusiast/innovator
  63. Chris Okotie - Musician, preacher
  64. Abubakar Umar - former military administrator
  65. Raymond Dokpesi - first operator of a private radio
  66. Modibo Is-Haq Kawu - radio & television afrocentric programmes
  67. Nduka Obaigbena - Journalist
  68. Michael Adenuga Jnr - oil production
  69. Daniel Amokachi - footballer
  70. Nnamdi Ozobia - Chief Executive Nigerdock
  71. Fanny Amun - football coach
  72. Amatu Braide - Artiste & lecturer
  73. Patrick Anwuzia - preacher
  74. David Oyedepo - preacher
  75. Cosmas Maduka - philanthropist & manufacturer of automatic components
  76. Umaru Sule - policeman, claims cure to AIDS
  77. Mathew Hassan Kukah - priest, author, social exponent
  78. Chris Asoluka - public policy analysis
  79. Patrick Jimoh RashidAiyelengbe - medical practitioner & owns largest hospital equipment factory in norther Nigeria
  80. Lemmy Jackson - Artiste
  81. Oviemo Ovadje - produced a manual emergency autologous blood transfusion device
  82. Temitope Joshua - mriacle healing preacher
  83. Tony Okoroji - Artiste
  84. Henry Akinwande - pugilist
  85. Dominica Obukada Oneya - military administrator
  86. Frank Kokori - labour leader
  87. Boniface Okolo - fabricated a hand-operated printing machine
  88. Sade Adu - Artiste
  89. Okey Ndibe - writer
  90. Jide Kosoko - Artiste
  91. Kingsley Moghalu - human rights officer with the UN Transitional Authority in Cambodia (UNTAC)
  92. Panam Percy Paul - Religious Artiste & owner of Panam Music World
  93. Zaynab Alkali - Author
  94. Mone Dan Asisah-Assoh - lawyer for the downtrodden
  95. Chrysanthus Chukwuma Sr - medical practitioner, researcher, and environmental scientist, first Nigerian expert on Environmental Impact Assessment
  96. Oluwatosin Helen Otitoju- academic child prodigy
  97. George Ibikunle Wiliams - outstanding chem. eng. graduate
  98. Alban Nwapa (Dr. Alban) - Artiste
  99. Lawrence Osa-Afiana - banker
  100. Oliver Mobbison - pioneer of a computer prototype


      Reported in the THE SOURCE Vol. 1, No. 26, October 6, pp 3-50, 1997, Lagos.










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