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Hakeem Kae-Kazim

Hollywood actor. He was born on October 1, 1962, in Lagos State to Nigerian parents from Abeokuta, Ogun State.

He has featured in several hit movies such as Hotel Rwandan, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End and many TV series: 24, Lost, Law & Order, Criminal Minds amongst others.


US Rapper Wale, real name Olubowale Victor Akintimehin, was born to Nigerian parents both from Yoruba tribe, Ogun State, but grew up in the USA.

Reuben Abati
Reuben Abati was born November 7, 1965 in Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria. He was the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity
to former President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria.

Reuben Abati studied Theater Arts at the University of Calabar, where he graduated with first class honors and won the Vice-Chancellor’s prize for the best overall graduating student.
Wale, aside being one of the top rappers in the US, has also become popular in Nigeria.

He has done collaborations with singers like Wizkid in ‘Nobody But You’, Olamide in ‘Make Us Proud’. The Maybach Music superstar, Wale, visited his motherland in December 2013.

Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti
Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, also known as Francis Abigail Olufunmilayo Thomas was born on October 25, 1900, in Abeokuta, Ogun State of Nigeria. Her father was a son of a Nigerian slave
who returned from Sierra Leone, and traced his ancestral history back to Abeokuta in what is today known as Ogun State, Nigeria.

Ladun Liadi
Oladunni Liadi is a native of Ijebun-Mushin in Ogun State of Nigeria and a one time Microbiology student of University of Lagos.
Oladunni Liadi is the founder of the popular blog, www.ladunliadinews.com which she founded in August 2010. She started her blog after she met a friend who convinced her that blogging business was lucrative.

Wole Soyinka
Akinwande Oluwole Soyinka popularly known as and called Wole Soyinka was born on July 13, 1934, into the Remo family of Isara-Remo of Abeokuta, Ogun State of Nigeria, in Yoruba Land.
Soyinka’s father, Samuel Ayodele Soyinka was a recognized member of the Anglican Church and the headmaster of St. Peters School, Abeokuta. His mother, Grace Eniola Soyinka was a trader and a member of the Ramsome-Kuti family.

Fela and His Family
Fela was born as Olufela Olusegun Oludotun Ransome-Kuti, also known as Fela Anikulapo Kuti, on October 15, 1938 in Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria in a family of upper middle class. His mother, Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti was a feminist and a strong
activist in the anti-colonial movement of those days. His father, Reverend Israel Ransome-Kuti Oludotun, a Protestant pastor and director of a school, was the first president of the Nigeria Union of Teachers. His brothers, Beko Ransome-Kuti and Olikoye Ransome-Kuti were very popular medical doctors in Nigeria. He was the first cousin of Wole Soyinka.

Kemi Adeosun
Kemi Adeosun was Born 9th March, 1967. She is an indigene of Ogun State. she is the Ministerial Nominee Representing Ogun State”. Prior to her nominaton, She was the Commissioner for Finance, Ogun State with 22 years experience gained internationally and within Nigeria.

Seun Osewa
Seun Osewa, a one-time Electrical Electronics student of Obafemi Awolowo Universities is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of the popular online forum, nairaland.
Seun is a Yoruba man from Ogun State Nigeria. NairaLand has over one million registered users and generates over 20 million page views monthly.

Olu Jacobs
Oludotun Baiyewu Jacobs popularly known as Olu Jacobs is a Nigerian actor who was born on July 11, 1942 to parents from Egba Alake in Abeokuta in Ogun State. Olu Jacobs had his Early Education at Holy Trinity School in Kano, Nigeria.

Obafemi Awolowo
Late Jeremiah Obafemi Awolowo was born in the year 1909 at his home town, Ikenne, Ogun State. After his earliest education, Obafemi Awolowo worked as a pupil teacher. Later he gained admission into Wesley college, Ibadan where he trained as a teacher. At Wesley college, Obafemi Awolowo studied shorthand and typing. Thereafter, he worked briefly in Lagos and later got employed in Wesley College as a Clerk.

Tunde Bakare
Pastor Tunde Bakare is a Nigerian Pastor, Televangelist and Politician. Pastor Tunde Bakare is the founder of Latter Rain Assembly(End Time Church), a church he founded in 1989.

Pastor Tunde Bakare was born to Muslim parents. His mother, Madam Abigail Eebudola Bakare raised him. Pastor Tunde Bakare got married to Mrs. Olayide Bakare in 1984 and their union is blessed with Five Children; two females and three males. Pastor Tunde Bakare’s wife has been a pillar of strength to him in his ministry, life and career.

Olusegun Obasanjo
Olusegun Ọbasanjọ was born on March 5, 1938 in Ogun State, but he was raised up in Owu Abeokuta. Olusegun Obasanjo joined the Nigerian Army in the year 1958 when he was 21 years old. He was trained at the Aldershot and Defence Service Staff College, Wellington. He also trained at the Indian Army School of Engineering.

Adewale Ayuba
Adewale Ayuba popularly known as Ayuba, Mr. Johnson and the Bonsue-fuji maestro was born May 6, 1966 in Ikenne Remo,Ogun State Nigeria. He grew up as a child singer. By the age of eight, he started singing at Local Musical Competitions and fiestas in Ikenne. This led to his option for music as a career after his secondary school education at Remo, Secondary School, Sagamu, Ogun State.

Da Grin
Oladapo Olaitan Olaonipekun, also known as Dagrin (21 October 1987 – 22 April 2010), was an award winning Nigerian rapper from Ogun, Nigeria. A film of his life entitled Ghetto Dreamz was released in April 2011.

Phillip Kayode Moses (born June 5, 1994) better known as Pheelz, is a Nigerian audio engineer and record producer[1] who produced the single by Olamide titled “Durosoke” which went on to get him nominated in the “Producer of The Year” category at The Headies 2013.[2] Born and raised in Lagos, Pheelz is credited to have produced all but one song in Olamide’s Baddest Guy Ever Liveth album.[3] He is currently affiliated to YBNL Nation.


D’banj was born in Zaria, Kaduna State, Nigeria to a military officer who commanded an artillery regiment and a church dignitary mother who hailed from Shagamu in Ogun State. Due to his father’s profession he moved several times within Nigeria and later moved to England. D’banj was expected to follow his father’s military career and was enrolled to the Nigerian Military School at age eleven. However, D’banj resisted the system and disenrolled from the school after three years. While at the Military school he was a member of the elite drum corp of the Nigerian Army. From the Nigerian Military School he proceeded to another military owned institution Nigerian Navy Secondary School, Ibara, Abeokuta where he completed his secondary school education.

Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello
Obasanjo-Bello attended Corona School in Victoria Island, Lagos, Capital School in Kaduna, and Queen’s College in Lagos. She obtained a degree in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Ibadan in 1988, a master’s degree in Epidemiology from University of California, Davis in Davis, California, United States, in 1990, and a PhD in the same subject from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, in 1994

Ebenezer Obey
Ebenezer Obey (born 3 April 1942 as Ebenezer Remilekun Aremu Olasupo Obey-Fabiyi in Idogo, Nigeria), nicknamed the “Chief Commander”, is a Nigerian jùjú musician.

Shina Peters
Sir Shina Peters (born 30 May 1958) is a Nigerian Jùjú musician. Born Oluwashina Akanbi Peters in Ogun State, he began his career while playing the guitar with General Prince Adekunle, later forming his own group with Juju Maestro Segun Adewale.[1] Shina Peters, after releasing many albums with Segun Adewale thru the 1980s, went on to form his own band “Sir Shina Peters & His International Stars”.

Remilekun Abdulkalid Safaru, known by his stage names Reminisce and ALAGA IBILE, is a Nigerian singer, rapper, and song writer from Ogun State. He performs in both English and his native language, Yoruba.[1]In the English language, the name Reminisce means to indulge in the enjoyable recollection of past events, and the first four letters are a shortened form of the name Remilekun.

TY Bello
Toyin Sokefun-Bello (born 14 January), better known as TY Bello, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, photographer and philanthropist.[2] Prior to pursuing a solo career, she was a member of the defunct gospel band Kush. TY Bello is also a member of the Nigerian photography collective, Depth of Field.[3] She is best known for her singles “Greenland”, “Ekundayo”, “This Man”, “Freedom” and “Funmise”.

Olanrewaju Ogunmefun, better known by his stage name Vector tha Viper, is a Nigerian Hip hop artist. Lanre was born in Ogun State, the fourth of five children. He schooled in Nigeria attending Command children school, Ijebu-ode grammar school, Government college Victoria Island & Saint Gregory’s college.

Kiss Daniel
Anidugbe Oluwatobiloba Daniel (born 1 May 1994), known as Kiss Daniel, is a Nigerian recording artist, performer and entertainer best known for his chart-topping single “Woju”.[1] He is currently signed to G-Worldwide Entertainment.

SHE WAS BORN INTO THE FAMILY OF MR AND MRS ODUSANYA which include her Mum, Dad and younger brother IN LAGOS STATE ALSO AN ORIGIN OF OGUN STATE ABEOKUTA.She attended ST. Benedits Nur and Pry Sch Akoka Lagos. She also went to Federal Government Girls College Akure from there went to Ogun State University now called Olabisi Onabanjo.She graduated with Bachelor of Art .She has been in the industry for 12 yrs with her boss OGA BELLO and has featured in some many movies.She also went to a drama school called AWADA KERIKERI founded by Oga Bello, Iya Awero and Aluwe, She has produce films like Ayoo mi (MY FAVOURITE) E.T.C.

Idowu Philips a.k.a. Iya Rainbow
Idowu Philips (born October 16, 1942) popularly known as Iya Rainbow, is a Nigerian veteran actress and wife of the late Femi Philips. She was born on October 16, 1942 at Ijebu Ode, a city in Ogun State southwestern Nigeria.[4] Her stage name Iya Rainbow stems from “Osumare” (meaning Rainbow in British English), the name of the theatre group of her late husband, Sir Hubert Ogunde who died in 1990.[5] She worked as a certified nurse in General hospitals in Nigeria for several years and occasionally acted in theatre. She ventured into full-time acting after her husband died.[2] She has featured in several Nigerian films including Apaadi, Eru, and Aje ni iya mi among others.[6] She has five children.

Bukky Wright
Bukky was born on the 31 March 1967 to a Christian father and Muslim mother in Abeokuta.[3] She attended the University of Lagos, earning a bachelors degee in Economics.

Ayo Adesanya
She hails from Ijagun, ijebu in Ogun State southwestern Nigeria.[3] She attended St. Ann school at Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State and later proceeded to the University of Ibadan where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in Mass communication.

Khabirat Kafidipe
Khabirat Kafidipe (born July 29, 1980) is a Nigerian film actress, director and producer. She is popularly known as “Araparegangan” for her role in Saworoide, a 1999 Nigerian film produced and directed by Tunde Kelani.Olamide
Nigerian music rapper Olamide, is popularly known as Olamide Badoo, but not everybody knows that his real name is Olamide Adeniyi and that he was born on15th of March, 1989.
Well, here are some information about Olamide that you might find interesting to know. Olamide grew up in Bariga, Lagos with 6 older siblings. His hometown is Ijebu in Ogun state. He was a part time student of mass communication at the Tai Solarin University.Dele Odule
Dele Odule is a Nigerian film actor, producer and thespian.[1] He was nominated in the “Best Supporting Actor (Yoruba)” category at the 2014 Best of Nollywood Awards for his role in the film Kori Koto.[2] He currently serves as the President of the Theatre Arts and Movie Practitioners Association of Nigeria.
Dele was born in the town of Oru Ijebu, in Ijebu North local government of Ogun State where he had his basic and secondary school education.[4] He holds a Grade II Certificate from the Teacher’s Training College, Oru before he proceeded to the University of Ibadan, Oyo State where he studied Theatre Arts

WIzKid (Now Big Wiz)

Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun (born 16 July 1990), known professionally as Wizkid (sometimes stylized as WizKid), Wizzy, Big Wiz or Starboy, is a Nigerian singer and songwriter. The recipient of received several international music award nominations and awards,[4] he began recording music at the age of 11 and managed to release a collaborative album with the Glorious Five, a group he and a couple of his church friends formed. Wizkid signed a record deal with Empire Mates Entertainment (E.M.E) in 2009.

He rose to prominence after releasing “Holla at Your Boy”, the lead single from his debut studio album, Superstar (2011). “Tease Me/Bad Guys”, “Don’t Dull”, “Love My Baby”, “Pakurumo”, and “Oluwa Lo Ni” were also released as singles from the Superstar album. Ayo, his self-titled second studio album, was released in September 2014. It was supported by six singles: “Jaiye Jaiye”, “On Top Your Matter”, “One Question”, “Joy”, “Bombay”, and “Show You the Money”. Wizkid left E.M.E after his contract expired.

In 2016, Wizkid achieved international recognition following his collaboration with Drake on the hit single “One Dance”, which reached number one in 15 countries, including the US Billboard Hot 100, the UK, Canada and Australia. He signed a multi-album deal with RCA Records in March 2017. His third studio album, Sounds from the Other Side, was released in July 2017. It serves as his major label debut and was primarily a Caribbean-influenced record. SFTOS was supported by five singles: “Daddy Yo”, “Sweet Love”, “Come Closer” featuring Drake, “African Bad Gyal” and “Naughty Ride”. Wizkid became the first Afrobeats artist to appear in the 2018 Guinness World Records for his contribution to “One Dance”.


Alhaji (Chief) Wasiu Ayinde K1 DE ULTIMATE
Alhaji (Chief) Wasiu Ayinde was born on March 3, 1957, in Agarawu, Lagos, Nigeria, but he is a native of Ogun state. By March 2021,Wasiu Ayinde age will be 64.His father was from Ijebu Ode,Ogun state while his mother is from Ilupeju,Ondo state.
Wasiu Ayinde Adewale Olasunkanmi Omogbolahan Anifowoshe also known as
K1 De Ultimate. In 1979, he released his first solo album titled Abode Mecca. Although,his parents didn’t initially surport him, he continued to pursue his passion. At the age of 15 he won several local musical competitions. In 1975, Wasiu Ayinde became a member of Ayinde Barrister’s band, the Supreme Fuji Commanders.In 1984, his most successful album Talazo 84 was released. During the whole KWAM1’s solo career this album became an instant hit and introducing a new, turbo-charged style of music that became widely popular as the Talazo system.
The same year, King Wasiu Ayinde Marshal made a global tour around North America and Europe which became a good tradition repeated annually. In 1994, K1 De Ultimate was crowned the King of Fuji music. He has also officially named as King Wasiu Ayinde Marshal the First (KWAM 1).
K1 De Ultimate is one musical act that is bestriding the Fuji music and entertainment scene like a colossus. With his works such as Talaso, Ile Kun Ayo, Fun Fusion, Orin D’owo, Let the Music Flow, Oluaye in Berlin, Ara Edide and others, no doubt, the Fuji maestro has paid his due in the Fuji music genre.
It is a known fact that Olasunkami Ishola Wasiu Anifowoshe popularised the fuji genre based on the work of the fuji creator Ayinde Barrister known as Talazo fuji that appeals to all age groups, combining juju, apala, Yoruba blues, and other styles and genres.
Considering his contribution to the media and entertainment in general and diligence in Fuji music specifically, Wasiu Ayinde was able to stand before the king. Not only that, he was honoured with one of the traditional titles in the Oduduwa enclave.
He was installed as Mayegun of Yoruba land by the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi. The king said the honour was in recognition of the artiste’s tremendous contribution to the media and entertainment industry.
KWAM 1, who is known to be a self-confessed polygamist, aside being the father of 38 children, the musician also has several wives who bore him kids. So far, he has been legally married to some of these women including Yewande, who lives in Canada with her children.
This list Goes On and on, Indeed Ogun state is blessed with Talent and Greatness

Odunlade Adekola
Though He is Originally from Otun Ekiti He was born on December 31, 1978 at Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun State southwestern Nigeria. He attended St John’s Primary School and St. Peter’s College in Abeokuta where he obtained the West African School Certificate Examination before he later proceeded to Moshood Abiola Polytechnic where he received a diploma certificate.

Odunlade Adekola started acting at a very early age. According to him, whenever any anniversary was to hold in his church (the Christ Apostolic Church, Lafenwa, Abeokuta), he and a friend, named “Tunde”, would request to play jesters, and this request was always granted. He would then write a “script” for a comedy play involving just two characters (him and his friend). That was how it all began for this professional actor, director and producer. Odunlade Adekola has featured in more than 100 Yoruba movies.

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