Notable SANigerians (12)
When Ighedo registered at Unisa she did not know that no black women had received their PhDs in pure mathematics in the history of the university. In fact, she was only made aware of this after she graduated. “So for me it is not really an issue because women of whatever race or ethnicity are as capable as men in all fields of human endeavour. I think Unisa can use my achievement positively because in this discipline, women generally, and black women in particular, are grossly under represented,” she explains.
Akin Omotoso (born 1974) is a Nigerian-born South African actor, writer and director best known for his role as Khaya Motene in the SABC1 soapie Generations.
He also had starring roles in the SABC3 soapie Isidingo and the e.tv sitcom Big Okes.
Born in Nigeria, Omotoso grew up in the university town of Ife where he found his first love, writing.
In 1992, his family moved to South Africa after his father (Bankole Omotoso) accepted a lectureship at the University of the Western Cape. Akin completed his A-levels in South Africa but struggled to get into university without a matric exemption.
Samuel Ogbu is Liberty Properties CEO. The company has a portfolio in excess of R15bn under management. Ogbu joined the property company from Old Mutual SA, where he was heading the large corporate business division. The Nigerian-born Ogbu jokingly says he came to SA for the beer. He was headhunted by SAB, where he was head of the brewery’s Soweto operations. Previously he was head of marketing at Sage. He has more than 10 years’ general management experience in sub-Saharan African countries. Ogbu is a UK-qualified chartered accountant and an MBA graduate.
Samuel is Chief Executive Officer of Liberty Group Properties, one of South Africa’s leading property groups which owns and manages such prestige assets as Sandton City, Nelson Mandela Square and Eastgate shopping mall among others. He is a UK qualified Chartered Accountant and MBA graduate who has spent the last 12 years in various general management roles in South Africa and other sub-Saharan African countries, and has over 20 years professional experience. Samuel is also President of the South African Property Owners Association (SAPOA), the foremost real estate industry organisation in the African continent.
Anele Beke is a professional South African actor, art director, script writer and a producer from Nigeria. Mr. Anele Beke is an entrepreneur with genuine passion for developing and empowering talented artiste in the media and entertainment industry. He owns Young Ane Productions-An entertainment company that he started at Huston TX. U.S.A in 1996.
His company is renowned for their high quality entertainment production that meets international standards. They facilitate productions ranging from short and feature films, music, music videos, advertising (commercials), TV productions and CD/DVD packaging.
Moky Makura is a Nigerian-born South African actress and presenter best known for her presenting on the news and actuality show Carte Blanche, and for her starring role as Folake Abayomi on the drama series Jacob's Cross.
Makura was born in Nigeria and educated in England where she received an honours degree in politics, economics and law from Buckingham University.
She worked in the UK for Redwood Publishing, Paragon Communications, Hill & Knowlton, PGC Promotions and Lynne Franks PR.
Kunle Ayo, probably Africa’s most celebrated guitarists, has earned several musical accolades, even comparisons with giants of the contemporary school like George Benson, Earl Klugh and locally based Jimmy Dludlu.
This dazzling live performer, returns with his 5th album “Best of Both Worlds”, pulling at the heartstrings of fans around the world. Promising to be soulful, jazzy, cheerful, and funky. Every show Kunle Ayo leaves his fans inspired and full of positive energy.
Born of Yoruba parents in Lagos, Nigeria, his parents clearly knew a star was born, writing his destiny in the stars by naming him Kunle loosely translated “abundance” in his native Yoruba tongue. Literally “Kun” means “to fill” and “le” stands for “house”. In a way perhaps he was destined to literally fill houses with beautiful music.
He played for ACB Lagos from 1987 to 1989 and moved to South African side Orlando Pirates. Okpara was the club's first choice goalkeeper from 1990 to 2002, losing his place to Congolese goalkeeper Michel Nzamongini Babale during 2002-03 season, then becoming an understudy to Thabang Radebe and Francis Chansa before retiring in 2005. He holds the record of Pirates' appearances with 375 matches, also being the club's longest serving player.
Uche is amongst the new breed of worship leaders that God is raising in these last days to bring forth revival, glory and power to the present generation through worship. Close to his heart is worship, evangelism by fire and raising a generation of God fearing worshippers.
Born into a ministerial family about 30 years ago and having being privileged by God to minister at prestigious gatherings like The Winners Chapel annual convention “Shiloh”, The Rhema convention, and The Making of Champions Conference at House of Praise RCCG, Ontario, Canada. He continues to travel around Africa and other parts of the world bringing men and women to the place of worship by engaging them in an intimate experience with God. His ministry has taken him to nations like Brazil, Islands of Seychelles, Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, Swaziland, Botswana, Lesotho, Canada, Ireland, Holland and Nigeria where he hails from.
Born of Igbo parentage in Nigeria, he has travelled all over the world in the quest and acquisition of the 'golden fleece'. He holds a PhD in economics and a Masters in Physics as well as an MBA.
He has been a professor extraordinaire, teaching economics to PhD students at the University of Pretoria and is currently Adjunct Professor of Economics at Fort Hare where he supervises Masters Students.
Bankole Ajibabi Omotosho (born 21 April 1943), also known as Kole Omotoso, is a Nigerian writer and intellectual known for his dedication and commitment to fusing a socio-political reappraisal of Africa and respect for human dignity into most of his works.
Kole Omotosho was born into a Yoruba family in Akure, Ondo state, Nigeria. He was raised by his mother and maternal grandparents after the death of his father.Though the lack of a father figure could crush a young Nigerian boy, the events of his early childhood contributed a great deal to his development as a man and also as a writer.Omotosho was educated at King's College, Lagos, and the University of Ibadan and then undertook a doctoral thesis on the modern Arabic writer Ahmad Ba Kathir at the University of Edinburgh.