15 Popular Nigerian Celebrities Who Were Born and Raised In Jos, Plateau State

Feb 23, 2020 5:57 P

Jos is a city in the Middle Belt of Nigeria located on the Jos Plateau at about 4,062 feet above sea level. During British colonial rule, Jos was an important centre for tin mining and now it has become the trading hub in the state as commercial activities are steadily on the rise.

Popularly called "J-Town", Jos is "melting pot" of race, ethnicity and religion making it one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Nigeria. It is the administrative capital of Plateau State.
Today, we have a list of popular Nigerian celebrities who were either born in Jos or grew up there.
1.      Bez

Emmanuel Bez Idakula is a Nigerian multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and composer, working in a genre known as "alternative soul", a hybrid of soul, rock, jazz and R&B.
He was born on the 10th of November 1983 into a musically inclined family, listening to gospel and country.
2.      Desmond Elliot

Desmond Elliot is a Nollywood Actor, producer, director, politician, an investor and a philanthropist.
He was born on 4th February 1974. His father is Yoruba from Olowogbowo, Lagos Island while his Igbo mother from Illah in Oshimili North, Delta State.
3.      Sarah Manyika

Sarah Ladipo Manyinka (born 7th March, 1968) is a British-Nigerian writer who spent much of her childhood in Lagos and Jos. Sarah inherited her maiden name (Ladipo) from her Yoruba father who was born in Ibadan.
Her mother is British. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and teaches literature at San Francisco State University.
4.      Segun Odegbami

Patrick Olusegun Odegbami (born August 27, 1952) is a retired Nigerian footballer who played as a forward.
He's nicknamed “Mathematical” for his precise style of play. He was famous for running down the touchline with the ball to prevent opponents from getting it.
5. Ahmed Musa

Ahmed Musa (born 14 October 1992) is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a forward and left winger for Saudi Arabian team Al-Nassr and the Nigerian National Team. 
He was born on the 14th of October, 1992. His father was from Borno while his mother is from Edo State.
6. Mikel Obi

Mikel John Obi was born on the 22nd of April 1987. He had his primary school education at Jos Metropolis Township primary School where he found his passion for kicking balls.
At age 12, his skills appealed to scouts and he was selected by the Pepsi football academy, one of the best in Nigeria. His first official team was the Plateau United.
7. Ogenyi Onazi

Ogenyi Eddy Onazi (born 25 December 1992) is a Nigerian footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Turkish club Denizlispor and the Nigeria national football team.
8. Sunday Mba

Sunday Mba (born 28 November 1988) is a Nigerian footballer who last played as a midfielder for Yeni Malatyaspor and the Nigeria national team.
9. Ice Prince

Panshak Henry Zamani (born 30 October 1984), is a Nigerian hip-hop recording artist, rapper, songwriter and actor. He rose to fame after releasing "Oleku", one of Nigeria's most remixed songs of all time.
10. Dayo Okeniyi

Oladayo Okeniyi (born June 14, 1988) is a Nigerian-American actor, popularly known for playing the role of Thresh in The Hunger Games and Danny Dyson in Terminator Genisys.
His Nigerian father was a Customs Officer before he moved with his family to the United States. His mother is Kenyan.
11. MI Abaga

Jude Abaga (born 4 October 1981) is a Nigerian rapper, a proficient record producer, songwriter, and instrumentalist.
He was CEO of Chocolate City from June 2015 to 2019.
12. Saint Obi

Obinna Nwafor (born November 16, 1965) is a veteran Nollywood actor, producer and director.
Saint Obi is best known for his roles in Candle Light, Sakobi, Goodbye Tomorrow, Heart of Gold, Festival of Fire, Executive Crime and Last Party. At the University of Jos, he studied Theatre Arts.
13. P-Square

Even though they are no more together, these twin brothers, Peter and Paul Okoye (born 18 November 1981) were born and raised in Jos, though they are natives of Ifite Dunu, Anambra State.
Over the years, P-Square has consistently made an enviable impact in Africa and this is evident with the massive success of their numerous concerts in the continent.
14. 2Baba

Innocent Ujah Idibia (born September 18, 1975) is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, philanthropist and activist.
He is from the Idoma ethnic group in the southern part of Benue State.
15. Tony Elumelu, MFR, CON

Tony Onyemaechi Elumelu (born 22 March 1963) is a Nigerian economist, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He is the chairman of Heirs Holdings, the United Bank for Africa, Transcorp and founder of The Tony Elumelu Foundation.
He hails from Onicha-Ukwu in Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta State.
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