The 60 Nation Builders @60 Profile 

Lt. General Tukur Yusufu Buratai

Lt. General Buratai was born on the 29th of November 1960 to the family of Alhaji Yusufu and Shatu Buratai. His father was a noncommissioned officer who fought in the Second World War. Upon demobilization from the Royal West African Frontier Force, 

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Mrs. Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed

She was born on June 16, 1960, in Kaduna State. She graduated from Queen Amina College, Kaduna, in 1977; obtained IJMB ‘A’ Level at the School of Basic Studies, ABU, Zaria in 1979; 

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Dr. Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina (Mr. Bow tie)

Dr. Adesina is a Nigerian born on January 6, 1960. He is from the south-western region of Nigeria, Oyo state. He is a researcher, an innovator, and an economist. Dr. Akinwumi considers agriculture as an economic value;

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Dr. Mohammed Kyari Dikwa

Mohammed Kyari Dikwa born on the 3rd of January 1960 in the land of Dikwa has grown through thick and thin, guarding the beauty of his soul. Dikwa is a Local Government Area in Borno State. Its headquarters is in the town of Dikwa, which is also the seat of the Emirate. 

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Dr. Bolanle Olawale Babalakin

He is Dr. Wale Babalakin, born on July 1, 1960 in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital in Western Nigeria. His father, Justice Bolarinwa Oyegoke Babalakin is a retired Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, and his mother, Mrs. Ramotu Ibironke Babalakin, was a pioneer female hospital proprietress in Ibadan. 

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Bright Chimezie (Independence Boy & his Zigima Sound)

Bright Chimezie (born 1 October, 1960) is a musician from Nigeria. His music style became known as Zigima Sound. It is a genre which became popular in the Eastern part of Nigeria in the early 1980s.

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Bisade Ologunde (Lagbaja)

Bisade Ologunde (in Lagos, 1960) is a Nigerian afrobeat musician, singer-songwriter and percussionist. Widely known as Lágbájá for his signature use of mask which covers his identity. He believes in social reform through music.

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Bar. Kingsley Osadolor

Barrister Kingsley Osadolor was born some 45 days before Nigeria’s independence; on August 15, 1960. He is a journalist, lawyer, broadcaster, thinker, author, scholar, and philosopher, among other things. 

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Sen. Ahmad Sani Yerima

Senator Ahmed Rufai Sani Yerima was born on 22 July 1960 in Anka town. He was the Governor of Zamfara State from May 1999 to May 2007. He then served as Senator for Zamfara West and Deputy Minority Whip in the Senate.

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IGP Mohammed Dahiru Abubakar, CFR, Rtd. 

Mohammed Dahiru Abubakar, CFR, who was born on 5 May 1960, was a Nigerian policeman and former Inspector General of Police (IGP). He was appointed in 2012 to succeed Hafiz Ringim and was succeeded by Suleiman Abba in 2014. 

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Dr. Umar Ardo

Dr. Umar Ardo was born on September 29, 1960, Umar Ardo hails from Kojoli in Jada Local Government Area of Adamawa State. A Member of Historical Society of Nigeria, a researcher, author, and public policy analyst,

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Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas

Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas was born on 27 September 1960. He is the current and 22nd Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) of the Nigerian Navy. Ibas was born in Nko, Cross River State. He was appointed to the position on July 13, 2015 

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Sheikh Muhammad Auwal Adam Albani Zaria

Sheikh Muhammad Auwal Adam Albani Zaria was born on 27 September 1960. But he died on 1 February 2014. He was a Nigerian Islamic scholar who specialized in the field of Hadith, Islamic Law, mass communication, telecommunications engineering, and ICT.

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Mr. Tunde Folawiyo

Tunde Folawiyo was born on the 12th of April, 1960 in Lagos to (Late) Wahab Iyanda Folawiyo. His father was a well-known businessman and Islamic leader in Nigeria. Alhaji Abdulwahab Folawiyo was the founder of Yinka Folawiyo & Sons,

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Corps Marshal Boboye Olayemi Oyeyemi

Corps Marshal Boboye Olayemi Oyeyemi was born on November 26, 1960, in Ibadan Oyo State, to the family of Reverend Michael Babalola Oyeyemi, an indigene of Odo Owa, Oke Ero Local Government Area Council of Kwara State.

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Pastor Mike Bamiloye

He was born on Wednesday, April 13, 1960, at Ilesha, into the family of Pa Samuel Adejuyigbe Bamiloye and Mrs. Grace Ebun Bamiloye of Ijebu-Ijesha descent, in the same state. That same year, in the same Ilesha town, was when another son of destiny, Enoch Adejare Adeboye

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Prof. Charles Chukwuma Soludo

Prof. Charles Chukwuma Soludo a Nigerian, was born on the 28th of July 1960. He hails from Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State, Nigeria. He proceeded to the University of Nigeria, Nsukka to study economics after completing his secondary school education.

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Senator Musiliu Olatunde Obanikoro

He was born in Lagos and belongs to the Bakare family of Ita-Ado in Isale Eko, Ikare, and Ilashe in Amuwo Odofin Local Government of Lagos State, the Obanikoro (Ajayi-Bembe) family of Lagos and Idoluwole (Ojo Local Government of Lagos), and the Eletu-Odibo (Oshobile) family of Isale-Eko, Lagos. 

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Ms. Arumna Oteh

Arunma Oteh, OON, was the Treasurer and a Vice President of the World Bank. She became the Director General of the Securities and Exchange Commission in Nigeria in January 2010. In this position she was responsible for regulation of Nigeria’s capital markets, including the Nigerian Stock Exchange

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Muhammad Murtala Aliyu (Matawallen Gombe)

Aliyu was born in the Dawaki Quarters of Gombe in Gombe State on April 11,1960. He is married and the marriage is blessed with children. He was conferred the title of Matawallen Gombe, which means a senior member of the Gombe Emirate Council in 2001.

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Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq

He was born into the family of the first lawyer from the country’s northern region, late Abdulganiyu F. (AGF) Abdulrazaq (SAN) who holds the prominent traditional titles of Mutawallin Ilorin and Tafidan of Zazzau (Zaria). Gov. AbdulRazaq is married with children.

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Alhaji Abdulsamad Isyaku Rabiu

The Founder and Chairman of BUA Group and Bank of Industry (BoI), Abdulsamad Rabiu was born on 4 August 1960 in Kano. The son of Nigeria’s foremost industrialist, Khalifah Abdulsamad Rabiu, has taken after his father’s philanthropy and savvy entrepreneurial skills.

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Senator Smart Adeyemi

This renowned philanthropist who was born on August 18, 1960, was elected Senator for Kogi West Senatorial District in 2007. After an interlude, he returned to the Red Chamber of the National Assembly on November 30, 2019 after an epic battle with his challenger in the opposition party.

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Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar

Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar was born on April 9, 1960. He is the current Chief of Air Staff (CAS) of the Nigerian Airforce (NAF). He was appointed as CAS on July 13, 2015, by President Muhammadu Buhari. Air Marshal Abubakar was born in Azare, Bauchi State.

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Mr. DOTUN ADEBAYO, MBE

The ever smiling and charming Dotun Adebayo certainly came to the world as a gift to humanity. Born in the great city of Lagos, Nigeria, on the 25th of August in the year 1960, he was one of those special babies that welcomed in a new dawn for Nigeria as she gained her independence from the British colony. 

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Prince Ned Nwoko

Prince Ned Nwoko born Chinedu Nwoko on December 21, 1960, into the Nwoko royal family of Idumuje Ugboko Kingdom in Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta State is an astute business mogul, philanthropist cum politician. His ability to combine business development with technical applications….

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Pastor Bimbo Odukoya

Pastor Bimbo Odukoya also known as “Pastor Bims or Bimbo”(Née Abimbola Rosemary Segun-Williams) hails from Ogun State, South West Nigeria, was born on September 12, 1960. Until her death, she was a Nigerian pastor and televangelist who married to the founder of the Fountain of Life Church, Taiwo Odukoya.

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H.E Hadiza Isma el-Rufai

H.E Hadiza Isma El-Rufai was born on June 21, 1960, and she is a Nigerian writer (novelist), and wife to the current governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai. She was the founder of Yasmin El-Rufai Foundation (YELF), a non-profit literary organization.

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Senator Oluremi Tinubu

Senator Oluremi Tinubu was born on the 21st of September 1960. She hails from Ogun State, Nigeria. Oluremi Tinubu is the former First Lady of Lagos State and currently a Senator representing Lagos Central Senatorial District at the Nigerian National Assembly. .

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Remilekun Rasak Bakare

Bakare was born on April 24, 1960. He attended Ijero Baptist school, Ebute-Metta, Lagos from 1966-1972, and Ansar Ud-Deen Grammar School , Surulere, Lagos from 1973-1978. He also attended Yaba College of Technology from 1978-1980.

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Dr. Ojo Onukaba

Dr. Ojo Onukaba was born on March 9, 1960, to the family of Mallam Shuaibu Onukaba and Hajia Aisha Onukaba who hailed from Oboroke-Ihima, Okehi local council Kogi State, he did a Masters in Journalism and a Ph.D. in Performance Studies at New York University, New York, USA. 

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Prof (Mrs.) Patience Ogoamaka Osadebe

Prof (Mrs.) Patience Ogoamaka Osadebe (Nee Nwofor) was born on the 1st September 1960 to the family of late Mr. & Mrs. K. C. Nwofor of Umuenechi village, Awka, Anambra State of Nigeria. She attended St. Paul’s Practicing School, Awka and later finished up at Community Primary School Umuokpu, Awka.  

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Dr. Abdul-Aziz Ibrahim

Dr. Abdul-Aziz Ibrahim, the Finance and Accounting Director of the National Hospital, Abuja, born on September 13, 1960. Abdul-Aziz is the scion of Salihi and Hafsatu Ibrahim of Kano State. His father was a Sharia Court Judge and his family well known as the sanctuary of Islamic scholars. Some are also Sharia court judges in Kano like the patriarch of the family.

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AIG Nuhu Ribadu Rtd.

Nuhu Ribadu, Nigeria’s pioneer anti-graft policeman was born in Yola, Adamawa State, on November 21, 1960. He attended Aliyu Mustapha Primary School, Yola from 1966 to 1973, and Yelwa Government Secondary School, Yola from 1973-1977.

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Alhaji Ahmed Idris

As the Accountant-General of the Federation, Alhaji Ahmed Idriss, is the principal public functionary responsible for keeping and interpreting Nigeria’s financial records. This exceptional gentle man was born on November 25, 1960 in Kano city.

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Senator Olugbenga Obadara

Senator Olugbenga Obadara, born in Odeda  Town, Odeda Local Government Area of Ogun State on April 13, 1960 to the famous and illustrious Obadara family, has been initiating and completing various projects in Ogun Central Senatorial District. 

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Olufunmilayo Aduni Olayinka

Olufunmilayo Aduni Olayinka, née Famuagun (June 20, 1960 – April 6, 2013), was a Nigerian banker and politician who served as the deputy governor of Ekiti. She was born in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital. She attended Holy Trinity Grammar School, Ibadan.

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Christy Uduak Essien-Igbokwe, MFR

Christy Uduak Essien-Igbokwe, MFR (November 11, 1960 – June 30, 2011) was a musician and actress. She was well known for her song, Seun Rere, and as the Chairwoman and Managing Director of Soul Train Entertainment. 

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Justice (Mrs) Patricia Iroawuchi Ajoku

Justice (Mrs) Patricia Iroawuchi Ajoku, is an Owerri Amazon who shares the Independence year with Nigeria. She was born on March 7, 1960 and currently presiding at a temple of justice with a Federal High Court.

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Anthony Mkpe Ayine

In accounting, an auditor is someone who is responsible for evaluating the validity and reliability of any organisation’s financial statements. As the Auditor-General of the Federation, Anthony Mkpe Ayine, who was born on October 25, 1960, in Bokalum, Boki Local Government Area of Cross River State, is technically, the public finance policeman of Nigeria.

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Governor Nasir Ahmed El-Rufai

A Minister of the Federal Capital Territory from 2003 – 2007 under former President Olusegun Obasanjo, then Director Bureau of Public Enterprise up to the time of his voluntary exile and now governor in the last five years, el Rufai has maintained the same physique any jockey would be proud of: no extra ounce of fat, no protrusion in the midriff nor drooping jowls like the dewlaps of a bulldog.        

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Hajiya (Pharm), Amina Bala Zakari

Born on June 23, 1960, to the late Emir of Kazaure, Alhaji Husaini Adamu, and Hafsatu Jibir, Amina Bala Zakari, is an accomplished public servant and pharmacist. Amina Zakari, who hails from Jigawa State, was a former Acting Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC): Nigeria’s apex electoral management body.

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Sen. Chimaroke Nnamani

Nnamani was born on 30 May 1960 in Port Harcourt but began his primary education at Methodist Primary School, Agbani Road Enugu and then College of Immaculate Conception in the same Coal City. His teachers would have recognized Nnamani’s more than average intelligence from the onset, just as they did in College of Medicine, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, where he read Obstetrics & Gynecology, graduating among the top of his class. 

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Dr. Mohammed Abubakar Jika

That is a concise story of Mohammed Abubakar Jika, a renowned newspaper columnist, writer and commentator on public affairs born on Friday, January 15, 1960, in Yola, the capital city of Adamawa state. He was a Director of the defunct Gongola Broadcasting Corporation, a former Director, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), a former Director,..

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Dr. Ambrose Bryant Chukwueloka Orjiako (ABC)

Orjiako who was born on October 1, 1960, in Cross River State, to the family of Chief Daniel Obiesie and Rebecca Orjiako of Umuchima, in Uli Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra State, is the Chairman and co-founder of SEPLAT, a leading Nigerian oil and gas company listed on the London and Nigerian Stock Exchanges with a strategic focus on the Niger Delta region.

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Sen. Akon Eyakenyi

On February 24, 1960 at her birth, the relatively unknown Mbokpu Eyo-Akan village in Urue Offong/Oruko Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom, erupted with joy following the birth of the beautiful baby child, celebrated then as God’s gift to the Oro community.

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Sheikh Ja’afar Mahmud Adam

Sheikh Ja’afar Mahmud Adam was born on February 12, 1960. The town lies in a savanna zone at the intersection of roads from Katsina town, Kano, Zango, and Zinder (Niger). It is an ancient settlement that was founded by a queen and was ruled by women in the 9th and 10th centuries. 

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Prof. Labode Popoola

Professor Labode Popoola, B.sc, M.sc and Ph.D. Economics and Vice-Chancellor of Osun State University. He was born into the family of the Popoolas on September 28, 1960. He studied Forest Economics in 1983, Master’s degree programme in Forest Economics and Management (1987), and by 1990, he earned a PhD from the University of Ibadan.

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Prof. Ernest Maduabuchi Ojukwu

This legal icon was born on September 23, 1960 in Ahaba Imenyi. He attended the Methodist College, Uzuakoli, Government College Umuahia, and Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife where he received the Bachelor of laws…

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Mulikat Adeola-Akande

 Mulikat Adeola-Akande, an Amazon who was  born 60 years ago in Kaduna, a state that used to be the hotbed of Northern politics in the years of yore, to a business family of Alhaji and Alhaja Akande, a close knit polygamous family where love was all that they shared among themselves.

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Prof. Ruth Haruna Wazis

Ruth was born on January 12, 1960, at Gashaka in Hong Local Government Area of Adamawa State. She began her primary school education in 1967 at Bangshika. After her primary five in 1971, she was transferred to St Patrick’s Primary School in Maiduguri.

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Alhaja Sherifat Rauf Aregbeshola

She was born in 1960 in the Kaduna, a place that used to be the hotbed of Northern politics. She is a graduate of Catering and Hotel Management from the Lagos State Polytechnic. She is Sherifat Abidemi, wife of the former Governor of Osun State and the incumbent Interior Minister, Rauf Aregbesola.

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Mr. Akinosho Alfred Oluwatoyin

He was born   on May 17,1960 in  Apapa, Lagos. He attended Baptist school, Apapa, Lagos from 1966-1971, Baptist Academy, Obanikoro, Lagos,1972-1976; Federal School of Arts  and Science, Ogoja, 1978-1979; and Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife,Ife,1979-1983.

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Barr. James Obena Odok

Odok, fondly called Jimmy by friends and associates, was born on December 26, 1960, into the family of Mr. and Mrs. Leo Asu Odok of Okundi Town in Boki Local Government Area of Cross River State. Boki people known also as Nki, are a tribe found in Cross River.

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DIG Abdulmajid Ali Rtd.

Abdulmajid Ali, a retired Deputy Inspector General of Police who was born on August 28, 1960 in Minna, the Niger State capital. He had his primary education at Kankare Primary School, Zungeru and Central Primary School Kontagora, Niger State.

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Chief Innocent Chukwuma (IVM)

He is an illustrous son of Anambra State, born in Nnewi town on October 1, 1960. He is Chief Innocent Ifediaso Chukwuma, an astute entrepreneur, the Chairman of Innoson Group of Companies, and also the man behind Africa’s first indigenous motor brand, IVM.

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Professor Amina Bashir

She is Amina Abubakar Bashir, a professor who was born on June 8, 1960 in Potiskum, but grew up in Maiduguri.  This Independence baby hails from Daya, in Fika Local Government Area of Yobe State. Amina obtained her first degree in English Language from Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria in 1982

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Mr. Tade Ogidan

He was born Akintade Ogidan on July 16th, 1960, in Surulere, Lagos, to the family of Akinola and Racheal Ogidan. He started his education at Government Demonstration School before proceeding to Surulere Baptist School, Surulere, Lagos. In 1972, he moved to Ekiti Parapo College, Ido-Ekiti.

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Barr. Salamatu Hussaini Suleiman

Barrister Salamatu Hussaini Suleiman was born on October 27, 1960, in the famous fishing town of Argungu now in Kebbi State. Her father, late Alkali Hussaini Gwandu was an Islamic scholar and jurist from the legendary family of Alhaji Saadu, a scholar who taught as far as Egypt in the twentieth century.

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Chief Dele Momodu

Born as Ayòbámidélé Àbáyòmí Ojútelégàn Àjàní Momodu on the 16 of May 1960, Chief Dele Momodu, is one of Nigeria’s most celebrated journalist and publisher. An acclaimed businessman, and motivational speaker, Momodu is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and publisher of the popular Ovation…

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