Nigeria At 63: Honoring 52 Global Ambassadors


As Nigeria marks its 63rd year of independence, it's essential to not only acknowledge our challenges and setbacks but also celebrate those who have achieved success despite these obstacles. This includes individuals from various fields like food, music, films, fashion, arts, and entrepreneurship, who have represented Nigeria globally through their creativity and talents.

BD Weekender has painstakingly selected 52 people across these sectors who exemplify the positive aspects of our country.

In the realm of food, Nigeria's diverse delicacies, influenced by various ethnic groups and cultures, have gained global recognition. Successful chefs like Hilda Baci, Chef Obehi, Funso Akinya, and the entrepreneurial couple Olusegun and Oyetola Akande have played significant roles in taking Nigerian cuisine worldwide.

Nigerian music, led by artists like Davido, Wizkid, Burna Boy, and others, has achieved international acclaim since 2015, with collaborations with foreign artists further boosting its global presence. Fireboy DML's performance at Wembley Stadium stands as a testament to this success.

The Nigerian film industry has also climbed the ranks of global recognition, with producers like Femi Adebayo, Funke Ayotunde Akindele, and Vincent Okonkwo making noteworthy contributions.

Nigeria's fashion industry has flourished despite challenges, with designers and entrepreneurs like Lexy Mojo-Eyes, Ronke Ademiluyi, and Sola Oyebade leaving their mark globally.

In the art world, curators like Bisi Silva, Okwui Enwezor, Ugochukwu-Smooth Nzewi, Kennen Anyabuike, and Temi Coker have promoted and preserved Nigerian art on the international stage.

Lastly, in the realm of entrepreneurship, individuals like Aliko Dangote, Mike Adenuga, Femi Otedola, Folorunso Alakija, Abdul Samad Rabiu, Theophilus Danjuma, Tony Elumelu, Orji Uzor Kalu, Jim Ovia, and Oba Otudeko have built successful businesses that contribute significantly to Nigeria's economy.

These individuals' stories inspire us all, showcasing what can be achieved with intelligence, ambition, determination, and perseverance, even in challenging economic circumstances.

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