There is no doubt that over the years, Nigerians have always held their own wherever they are found. If there were odds to bet on NetBet as to finding a Nigerian in every nation of the world, the odds will be as low as possible because one would easily be at risk betting against that probability. The talent, brilliance, ingenuity, and doggedness that characterize the Nigerian spirit always find a medium of expression no matter what. In the past, names like Philip Emeagwali, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Hakeem Olajuwon, Agbani Darego, and a host of others have prompted the world to beam a search light on Nigeria in a very positive way. In recent times, more Nigerians have taken up the responsibility of ensuring that Nigeria continues to get a positive mention in the committee of nations.
Here are some of the standout stars of Nigerian origin who are making waves around the world in the last three years.
One of the shinning lights of African music, Burna Boy has stepped into the limelight as a giant of not only Nigeria but also African origin. His music has now found its way to the ears of some of the most influential persons in the world that is if the former United States of America’s president Barak Obama commands such level of influence. The recent development is that his song will be featured in the Biden/Harris inauguration playlist. He is being nominated for a Grammy for the second year running. Indeed, his work is speaking for him and bringing more honour to his homeland.
The brutal world of the UFC is no place for lily-livered people to ply their trade, and more so, it takes guts to rise to the top and be named a world champion in any of the weight category. While Adesanya is not the only Nigerian champion in the UFC, he is the most talked about because of his feisty personality. His impressive record in mixed martial arts stands at 20 wins, 15 by knockout, and 5 by decision. He is currently the champion of the middleweight category.
The former finance minister and deputy president of the World Bank is a woman well known in diplomatic circles. Her fame has risen in recent times as she vies to become the first female Director General of the World Trade Centre. There is every indication that she will end up occupying that seat as the prominent opposition to her ambition may be giving way with a change of administration in the US. Her impeccable records are the envy of many people across the world. Indeed this legacy will live long after she has left the space.
Whether you call him a Briton or not, AJ remains a true-blooded Naija boy. The Heavyweight boxing champion of the world often show where his heart lies with his affectionate displays during his fights as his team members hoist the Nigerian flag high at those events. In several interviews, he has never used a left hand to point to his fatherland.
He is seen as the next big thing to happen to the movie screen since Denzel Washington. His appearance in one of the most iconic movies of all times, the Star War franchise has not only help him see his stock rise, but he has become the darling of many movies fans of the next generation as his role in the movie is not only endearing but popular and influential too. His ancestry is not hidden, as his father and mother are proud Nigerians. His bio carries an unmistakable Nigerian identity.