15 Nigerians who Left Their Mark in 2015


Nigerians are noted for living to reach land marks. This is accepted as an average Nigerian will. The phrase “Victory is a son to many fathers, while failure is an orphan”, is a belief that makes Nigerians strive for excellence accompanied with grace and what we understand as divine favors.

Some Nigerians who have garnered both local and international merits before the end of 2015 were celebrated in the same year and used as points of motivation as we enter into 2016.

Aliko Dangote, President and Chief Executive of Nigeria's Dangote Group speaks during the final session of the World Economic Forum on Africa meeting in Cape Town June 6, 2008. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings (SOUTH AFRICA)
  1. Alinco Dangote is considered the first African legend in international business. Earning around $20 billion in 2015, he has amassed a fortune that makes him one of the 25 richest men in the world.

John Boyega2. John Boyega is a Hollywood actor whose humble beginnings started in England. He attended a drama school for ethnic minorities before gaining international fame through his outstanding performance in the Hollywood movie, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and also was recently named among Forbes 30 under 30 List.

femi oguns3. Femi Oguns faced racism and color discrimination across the movie industry in London as there continue to be limited opportunities for people of color. He took the bold step of establishing a drama school, which initially suffered in its patronage as the founder went to the streets to share hundreds of flyers in order to gain candidates. Femi Ogun’s graduate students became award winning actors (i.e John Boyega) which eventually attracted more candidates that are doing great in the drama school.

Dr. Omalu4. Dr. Bennet Omalu was the pathologist who discovered that concussions drive footballers crazy to the extend of killing themselves. Omalu’s proof was able to change the conditions for footballers playing in the NFL permanently. His story is portrayed in the 2015 critically acclaimed film “Concussion”.

adesokan5. Yakubu Adesokan, a physically challenged athlete made Nigerians proud by winning a gold medal in the just concluded African Games that was held in Congo. Adesokan lifted a massive 182.5 kg to take the African record.

Wellington6. Wellington Jighere, was the first African in world history to win the scrabble competition. Jighere won the trophy in Australia during the 2015 edition.

Dr. Olanusi7. Dr. Victor Olanusi broke the world academic record by being the first student to have the academic grade of 5.0 at the Russian National Research Medical University, Moscow (RNRMU) . Although he attended the school in 2013, The Federal Ministry of Education in Abuja honored his exemplary efforts in 2015.

Enyeama8. Vincent Enyeama was applauded in France for making Nigerians proud in the French diaspora. He was awarded by Marc Vivien Foe as the best African player in the French league.

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Center: Augustina Armstrong-Ogbonna

9. Augustina Armstrong-Ogbonna is a Nigerian Journalist who won the United Nations Foundation (UNF) gold medal as the world’s best Development Humanitarian reporter.


10. Dr. Rasheedat Mahamood is a researcher in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Johannesburg. She was one of four Nigerian women recognized for her exemplary work in science and received the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science award to pursue a post-doctoral fellowship from the organization L’Oreal South Africa.

Dr. Ola Akande11. Dr. Benjamin Ola Akande was the first Black man to be the president of Webster College in the USA. He secured the highest position in the Liberal Arts College after 165 years of existence on October 31, 2015.

Fatima-Bombom12. Fatima Bombom Sani changed the history of Nigerian Law School in Abuja at her call to the bar ceremony, she beat the record for most awards received at the ceremony. Ms. Fatima received nine awards (with the previous record being seven), in various categories of the school’s segmented programs for honor.


13. Bisi Adeleye Fayemi is a human rights activist and challenger of the current system of Nigerian politics. In December 2015 she called on the federal government to set up a separate entity to help regulate and support the social service sector in the country.

victor14. Victor Oshimen sweeps the world record as the highest goal scorer since the history of the Under-17 World Cup. Oshimen who scored ten goals in the 2015 Under-17 World Cup beat the existing nine goal record to make history.

Adeyemo15. Adewale Adeyemo was appointed by President Barrack Obama as the American National Deputy Security Adviser on international economic affairs. Adeyemo was chosen by Preident Obama due to his brilliant performance while serving at the US treasury department.