These top 10 Nigerian celebrites were born in July
By Oritsetimehin Iyomere
For these top 10 Nigerian celebrities, July is the most important month to them because it is the month they were born. They have in one way or the other impacted and influenced lives of people and in return their fans have been wishing them well on different social media platforms.
RICHARD MOFE-DAMIJO (Actor, Model)
Born July 6, 1961
Richard Eyimofe Evans Mofe-Damijo popularly known as RMD is an actor and former Commissioner for Culture and Tourism in Delta State.
Mofe-Damijo was born in Aladja community of Udu Kingdom, near Warri, Delta State. He attended Midwest College, Warri and Anglican Grammar School and also continued his education at the University of Benin where he studied Theatre Arts.
Mofe-Damijo’s breakthrough came in the late 80’s television soap opera titled Ripples.
He has been featured in different movies like 30 Days in Atlanta (2014), The Wedding Party (2016), 10 Days in Sun City (2017) and The Wedding Party 2 (2017) amongst others.
RITA DOMINIC (Actress, Movie producer)
Born July 12, 1975
Rita Uchenna Nkem Dominic Nwaturuocha is a Nigerian actress and member of the Royal Nwaturuocha family of Aboh Mbaise local government area of Imo State.
The 44 year old actress attended the Federal Government College Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom State and also furthered her education at the University of Port Harcourt, where she graduated with a BA (Honors) Degree in Theatre Arts in 1999.
Rita Dominic starred in her first movie, A Time to Kill in 1998 and won the City People Awards 2004 as the Most Outstanding Actress.
She has starred in over 100 Nollywood productions and has won over 10 awards in the Nollywood film industry.
WOLE SOYINKA (Author, Nobel laureate)
Akinwande Oluwole Babatunde Soyinka popularly known as Wole Soyinka was born on July 13, 1934. He is a Nigerian playwright, poet and essayist.
He was awarded the 1986 Nobel Prize in Literature, the first sub-Saharan African to be honored in that category, Academy of Achievement Golden Plate Award 2009, Anisfield-Wolf Book Award Lifetime Achievement United States 2013, 2014: International Humanist Award, “Special Prize” of the Europe Theatre Prize2017 amongst many others.
PETER ODEMWINGIE (Retired footballer)
Born July 15, 1981
Peter Osaze Odemwingie is a retired Nigerian professional footballer who played as a forward and winger.
Odemwingie grew up in Uzbekistan and Russia and began his career with Bendel Insurance in the Nigeria Premier League. He then earned a move to European football with Belgian side La Louvière where he spent three seasons winning the Belgian Cup before moving to French side Lille.
The retired footballer represented the country over 60 times, including at two World Cups and four Africa Cup of Nations, as well as winning silver at the 2008 Olympics.
Born July 16, 1990
Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun professionally known as Wizkid, is a Nigerian singer and songwriter.
Wizkid began his singing career aged 11 old, recorded his first song with OJB Jezreel and also recorded a 7-track album under the stage name Lil Prinz.
He rose to prominence after releasing “Holla at Your Boy”, the lead single from his debut studio album Superstar in 2011 and became the first Nigerian musician to have over one million followers on Twitter In February 2014.
Mr EAZI (Musician)
Born July 19, 1991
As Oluwatosin Ajibade but better known by his stage name Mr Eazi in Port Harcourt, Nigeria.
He is the pioneer of Banku music, a fusion sound he describes as a mixture of Ghanaian highlife and Nigerian chord progressions and patterns.
Mr Eazi relocated to Ghana at age 16 to further his education, enrolling in the mechanical engineering program at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and also started recording music during his time at KNUST.
Mr Eazi’s music largely fits into the category of Afrobeats, a contemporary West African pop genre that marries global pop, highlife, and hip-hop. He’s known to be dating Temi Otedola, daughter of Nigerian billionaire Femi Otedola and sister to DJ Cuppy.
FOLORUNSO ALAKIJA (Business woman)
Born July 15, 1951.
She is a Nigerian billionaire businesswoman, involved in the fashion, oil, real estate and printing industries.
She is the group managing director of The Rose of Sharon Group which consists of The Rose of Sharon Prints & Promotions Limited, Digital Reality Prints Limited and the executive vice-chairman of Famfa Oil Limited.
In 2015, she was listed as the second most powerful woman in Africa after Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and the 87th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes. Alakija is ranked by Forbes as the richest woman in Nigeria with an estimated net worth of $1 billion.
JACOB BANKS (Recording artist)
Born 24 July 1991
A soul, R&B and hip hop singer and songwriter from Nigeria but grew up in Birmingham.
Jacob Banks won the 2012 MOBO Unsung regional competition in Birmingham and the Adidas “Are you in” music competition.
The singer has also worked with other artists such as Bondax, Jake Gosling, Knox Brown, Plan B and Wretch 32.
Banks is currently signed with American label Interscope Records.
MANUEL OBAFEMI AKANJI (Footballer)
July 19, 1995.
He is a Swiss professional footballer who plays as a defender for Borussia Dortmund and Switzerland national team though of Nigerian parentage.
Akanji made his debut in the senior team in the 2–0 win against Faroe Islands in the 2018 World Cup qualification match on 9 June 2017 and was included in the Swiss team 23 man squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
FRANK EDWARDS (Recording artist)
July 22, 1989.
He is an Igbo Nigerian contemporary gospel singer-songwriter and recording artist from Enugu, Enugu State.
He began singing at the age of ten. He learned to play the piano from his father when he was young. In his teenage years, he became a born-again Christian.
He is the founder and owner of the record label Rocktown Records, which is home to recording artists such as Edwards himself, Gil, Divine, King BAS, Nkay, David, Dudu, and Micah Heavens and among others.
He has six albums and many hit singles to his name.