By Charles Segun Adegbite
1) Vice President Yemi Osinbajo (G.C.O.N, SAN, PhD)
This Vice President of Nigeria, a Professor of Law, Senior Advocate of Nigeria(SAN), is a pastor in the Redeemed Christian Church of God(RCCG).
He is the Chairman, Board of Trustees of the Redeemer’s University, owned by the RCCG.
Osinbajo who hails from Ikenne-Remo, Ogun State, was born on March 8, 1957 in Lagos State to the family Engr. Osinbajo.
2) Chief Olusegun Obasanjo(G.C.F.R, PhD)
A retired army general and one of the global leaders today, is a former Nigeria Head of State and the second executive president of the country. Obasanjo is the most influential leader Nigeria ever had, having ruled the nation the longest time and contributed in no small measure to the democratic existence of the country.
A holder of PhD in Theology, Obasanjo is an elder statesman, diplomat and former Chairman of African Union(AU).
He was born on 5 March 1937 in Owu, Abeokuta, Ogun State.
3) Pastor Enoch Adeboye(PhD, OFR,CON)
This great clergyman who was named one of the The World’s 50 Powerful People by Newsweek Magazine in 2009 is the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG). A former university lecturer and holder of PhD in Applied Mathematics(Hydrodynamics), is a Christian elder statesman whose spiritual roles have contributed to the elections of former Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo, Goodluck Jonathan and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
Adeboye who chaired United Nation Global Summit on the Road Map to a Culture of Peace in the Middle East in 2011, is the Visitor (Proprietor) to the Redeemer’s University and Founder of Dove TV. He was born on 2nd March 1942 in Ifewara, Osun State.
4) Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu
A chartered accountant, politician and business mogul was a
Senator of Nigeria from Lagos West (1993) and third elected governor of Lagos State (1999-2007) .
He is the referred National Leader of the ruling party in Nigeria, All Progressives Congress (APC), and one of the most influential politicians in the country today.
Tinubu holds the chieftaincies of the Asiwaju of Lagos and the Jagaban of the Borgu Kingdom in Niger State, Nigeria. He was born on 29 March 1952.
5) Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo
A notable clergyman and Founder/Senior Pastor of Kingsway International Christian Centre(KICC) since 1992. The church has branches in United Kingdom, Nigeria, Ghana and South-Africa.
With more than 30years experience in Christian ministry, Ashimolowo launched the UK’s first church-owned television channel KICC TV and radio station, The Winning Ways . He has published more than 90 books.
He was born in same month and same year with Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu on 17 March 1952.
6) Asiwaju S.K. Onafowokan (OON)
Foremost industrialist, business mogul, successful administrator, community leader and Vice President of the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA), Asiwaju Solomon Kayode Onafowokan is the Chairman, Board of Directors of Chellarams Plc.
Born on 22 March 1942 in Sagamu-Remo, Ogun State, Onafowokan is also the Chairman, Coleman Wires and Cables Ltd and Chairman, Yodeson Group of Companies.
Honoured with the national title of Officer of the Order of Niger(OON) over a decade ago, this septuagenarian is the Asiwaju of Remoland and past President of Lagos Chambers of Commerce and Industry(LCCI).
Eskay, as fondly called, will be 76 this month. 7) King Wasiu Ayinde Marshal
This Nigerian musician and King of Fuji Music who has taken his genre music to many nations of the world to entertain his fans and many others, came to limelight in 1984 with his Talazo 84.
Nicknamed K1 De Ultimate (or KWAM 1) is known for introducing the genre to the sounds of keyboards, saxophones and guitars.
Wasiu Ayinde Marshal whose parents are from Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State, was born on March 3, 1957in Agarawu, Lagos State.
8) Taribo West
Taribo West is a Nigerian former professional footballer who played as a defender. He had represented his country at the 1996 Summer Olympics, winning the gold medal.
After winning several major trophies with Auxerre in French football, West went on to play for both Milanese clubs, Internazionale and Milan. He also appeared in the top level leagues of England and Germany.
Internationally, West made 42 caps for Nigeria between 1994 and 2005, being a member of the team in two World Cups and two African Championships.
West was born on 26 March 1974.
9) Pete Edochie
A Nigerian veteran Nollywood actor who has featured in over 200 Nollywood movies and his prowess in the industry has won him many national and international awards.
He came into limelight in the 1980s when he played the lead role of Okonkwo in the Nigerian Television Authority’s adaptation of Chinua Achebe’s best selling novel, “Things Fall Apart”.
An indigene of Anambra State Nigeria, Edochie was born on March 7, 1947.
10) Ben Okri (OBE FRSL)
A poet and novelist of international repute,Okri is considered one of the foremost African authors in the post-modern and post-colonial traditions.
He has published a lot of novels, poetry, essay and short story collections.Among his notable works are: The Famished Road, A Way of Being Free, Starbook, A Time for New Dreams.
He has got a lot of awards and honours, like “Man Booker Prize” and the prestigious Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2001,
Born on 15 March 1959 in Minna, Nigeria, to parents of Urhobo and Igbo origin.
Christened Olamide Adedeji and nicknamed Olamide or Olamide Badoo, this young but great hip hop musical artiste, song writer and rapper of Yoruba descent is a multiple awards winner.
Born on 15 March 1989 in Bariga, Lagos State, he ventured into music at age 11 in 2000. When asked why music, he said: “I found out I was gifted in it so I had to explore it, it’s my life, my hustle, my world”.
In 2010, Olamide performed at The Hip Hop World Awards. He studied at Tai Solarin University of Education. In 2011, he released his debut studio album titled Rapsodi.
On 17 July 2013, Olamide became the first Nigerian to sign an endorsement deal with Cîroc. And on 24 October 2013, he signed a multi-million Naira deal with Guinness. In November 2013, he became an ambassador for Etisalat alongside Ice Prince .
12) Gen. Johnson T.U. Aguiyi-Ironsi
He was a major general and Nigeria’s first military Head of State who ruled between January 16 and July 29 1966.
He aborted the nation’s first republic and suspended Nigeria constitution to enable him rule the country after the young majors plotted coup and killed the nation’s Prime Minister and other top selected leaders in Nigeria but did not succeed in taking over the leadership of the military, which he headed then.
Aguiyi-Ironsi was born on 3 March 1924 in Umuahia, Abia State and was assassinated on 29 July, 1966.
13) Chief Obafemi Awolowo(GCFR, SAN)
This late eminent jurist, elder statesman, former Premier of the defunct Western Region and ex-Vice Chairman Federal Executive Council of Nigeria, was twice the presidential candidate of the old Unity Party of Nigeria(UPN).
He was the only Nigerian till date who did not become President but was awarded the highest honour reserved for the nation’s Presidents/Head of State in view of his immense contribution to the attainment of Nigeria’s independence. And for helping to win the Nigeria civil war of 1967-1970 to keep Nigeria one, which made late Chief Odumegwu Ojukwu described him as the Best President Nigeria never had.
He was born on March 6, 1909 in Ikenne-Remo, Ogun State, to David Sopolu and Mary Efunyela Awolowo family. He died peacefully in his Ikenne home on May 9, 1987.
14) Gen. Shehu Musa Yar’Adua
He was a retired Nigerian Army major-general who served as the Chief of Staff, Supreme Headquarters under General Olusegun Obasanjo’s 1976 – 1979 military government.
Born on 5 March 1943 in Katsina, in the present Katsina State to Alhaji Musa Yar’Adua (a first republic minister).
Shehu was a presidential aspirant and one of the most influential politicians during the aborted Nigeria Third Republic in 1992. He was the elder brother of late Nigeria 3rd executive president, Umar Musa Yar’Adua.
He died in December 8, 1997 while in prison during late Gen. Sanni Abacha’s military regime.
15) Gen Adeyinka Adebayo
Late Major General Robert Adeyinka Adebayo(OFR), former military governor of the now defunct Western State of Nigeria(1966-71) and the first indigenous Chief of Staff of the Nigerian Army (1964-65), was at a time the most senior military officer in Nigeria and the oldest general at the time of his death on March 8, 2017.
He was the Chairman of Yoruba Council of Elders (YCE) until he bade the world goodbye last year.
He was born into the family of Pa Isaiah Kayode and Victoria Adebayo of Iyin-Ekiti, (Ekiti State) on 9 March 1928.
16) Dele Giwa
A prominent journalist and founding Editor-In-Chief of Newswatch magazine, who was assassinated on 19 October 1986 via a parcel bomb delivered to him at home.
With the founding of Newswatch in January 1985 he, along with the trio of Ray Ekpu, Dan Agbese and Yakubu Muhammed, opened another dimension to the practice of journalism in Nigeria which enabled the profession to move to greater level.
He was born on 16 March 1947 in Ile-Ife, Osun State to a laundry man who was from Edo State.
In 2008 a street was named after him in Abuja by the Federal Government in recognition of his contributions to the development of the nation via his journalism and the supreme price he paid.