– The word legend is not to be used carelessly to describe people
– This is because there are legends and there are impactful legends
– In Nigeria, impactful legends abound in their numbers and some of them were given birth to in the month of March
A living legend is a person who is both alive and either famous for doing something extremely well, or extremely famous.
In Nigeria, such people exist in their thousands, touching lives daily and contributing their own quota to the growth of the country.
To be a living legend in Nigeria, sustaining it, and ensuring the legacy is not tainted is another thing.
In this piece, Legit.ng lists Nigerian living legends who were born in the month of March.
1. Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye
A blessing to his generation and a distinguished prophet, 79-year old Adeboye is the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG). When the story of Nigeria’s Christian pentecostal revolution is told, the Osun-born preacher will feature prominently.
2. Chief Olusegun Aremu Okikiola Obasanjo
The former Nigerian president is not just a political enigma, he is the father of modern Nigeria. A reformer par excellence, detribalized, a distinguished military man, and one of the nation’s most successful farmers. At 84, Obasanjo is still actively contributing his quota to nation-building.
3. Chief Pete Edochie
It is not for nothing that the Anambra-born veteran actor holds the national honour of Member of the Order of the Niger (MON). At 74, Edochie has seen it all in the fastest-growing movie industry in the world – Nollywood. Even more importantly, he has stayed off controversy and earned the respect of all and sundry.
4. Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu
A leader of leaders. Tinubu’s political empire is one that transcends geopolitical zones, ethnic nationalities, and religious sects. The former Lagos state governor has paid his dues in the murky waters of politics and continues to be a strong influence in the nation’s political firmament.
5. Professor Yemi Oluleke Osinbajo
The current vice president of the country celebrated his 64th birthday recently and the outpouring of goodwill across the country towards the renowned professor of law shows how he is highly respected. Osinbajo is proof that decent men can join politics and not be tainted. Many are hopeful he will move from Nigeria’s number 2 citizen to the country’s number 1 citizen.
6. Alhaji Olasunkanmi Wasiu Ishola
He is popularly known as K1 De Ultimate. The 64-year old is a Nigerian Fuji musician who popularized a brand of the fuji genre based on the work of the fuji creator Ayinde Barrister known as Talazo fuji that appeals to all age groups, irrespective of tribe and background. He has been singing for decades and has held many spellbound with his fantastic talent.
7. Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo
Many young men and women in Nigeria owe their financial prosperity to the teachings of the 68-year old London-based preacher. Ashimolowo is the senior pastor of Kingsway International Christian Centre (KICC) in London, but more importantly, he has been spreading riches for decades through his practical teachings.
8. Ali Nuhu
He is the face of Kannywood. Little wonder, he is also known as the “Sarki” of the Hausa film industry headquartered in Kano, north-west Nigeria. At 46, Nuhu is already a legend as he combines his roles in Nollywood and Kannywood and has so far become the main bridge-builder between both industries.
9. Bishop David Abioye
There is a saying that to be a good leader, you first need to be a great follower. Bishop Abioye is the perfect example of a follower who has now grown to be an influential leader. Abioye is the First Vice President of the Living Faith Church Worldwide. He is the right-hand man of an equally living legend, Bishop David Oyedepo.
10. Ben Okri
Okri is a famous Nigerian poet and novelist considered as one of the foremost African authors in the post-modern and post-colonial traditions. Okri is one of those who have enhanced the image of the country globally with his creative prowess. He will be 62 on Monday, March 15.
Jerrywright Ukwu is an Abuja-based senior political/defence correspondent at Legit.ng. He is a graduate of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos and the International Institute of Journalism in Abuja. He is also a member of the Nigeria Union of Journalists. He spends his leisure-time reading history books. He can be reached via email at [email protected]