100 Most Powerful People in Nigeria in 2023

by Winlade
100 most powerful people in Nigeria

100 Most Powerful People in Nigeria in 2023

Power comes in different forms. Political power, social power, and economic influence. Most of the powerful Nigerians on our latest list of 100 most powerful people in Nigeria get their power from politics, activism, economic, and religious influence.

Like every part of the world where the power that controls the event of things lies among a few people. The same story applies to Nigeria. A country with over 201 million population. Amidst these millions of people are few minorities who have been able to gather enormous power either through influence or authority. Or even both. 

Championing our latest update on the 100 Most Powerful Nigerians is the president of the country, President Bola Ahmed Adekunle Tinubu.
President Bola Ahmed Tinubu became the president of Nigeria in 29th May, 2023, after winning an election conducted in 25th February 2023. He has been christened many nicks, starting from “E mi lo kan” a statement the President uttered when he was still connecting for the post at the Primary Election level, to “Agbado” or “Corn” after boastfully saying Nigeria would not have to import food because “Agbado, cassava, Ewa, and Garri” are produced locally. 


It is not surprising that Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the Director-General for World Trade Organization steals the fifth spot of 100 Most Powerful People in Nigeria. Especially when you consider her national and international influence. One can now boldly say she is currently the most powerful Woman in Nigeria

Other big names to watch out for in the latest Insight.ng’s 100 Most Powerful People in Nigeria are David Hundeyin, (investigative journalist), Tony Elumelu (Chairman UBA), Nnamdi Kanu Leader, (ProBiafra Leader), and Alh. Aliko Dangote (the richest man in Africa).

Ladies, Gentlemen, below is the list of the 100 Most Powerful People Nigerians in 2023


RankNameOrganization & Position
#1President Bola Ahmed AdekunlePresident of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
#2Alh. Aliko Dangote
President, Dangote Group
#3Olusegun ObasanjoFMR Head of State
#4Bola Ahmed TinubuAPC National Leader
#5Alh. Saa’d Abubakar IIISultan of Sokoto
#6Ngozi Okonjo-IwealaDirector General, World Trade Organization
#7Pastor E. A. AdeboyeHead, RCCG
#8Nyesom WikeMinister of Abuja
#9Godswill AkpabioSenate President
#10Peter ObiPresidential Aspirant, 2023
#11Mr. Godwin EmefieleCBN Governor
#12Tony ElumeluChairman, UBA
#13Alh. Baba Gana KingibeFMR SGF
#14Maj. Gen. Farouk YahayaChief of Army Staff (COAS)
#15Nnamdi KanuLeader of IPOB
#16Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (IBB)FMR Head of State
#17Governor of Rivers State
#18Gen. T Y DanjumaFr. Chief of Army Staff
#19Nasir El-RufaiGovernor of Kaduna State
#20Lawal DauraDG, DSS
#21Cletus IbetoHead, Ibeto Group
#22Abdulkarim ChukkolChairman, EFCC
#23Amina J. MohammedFMR. Head of State
#24Mike AdenugaChairman, GLOBALCOM
#25Abdul Samad Rabiu CONChairman, BUA Group
#26Major Gen Babagana Monguno rtdNational Security Adviser (NSA)
#27IGP Ibrahim IdrisIGP
#28Abdullahi Umar Ganduje Governor of Kano State
#29Folorunsho AlakijaVice Chair, Famfa Oil
#30Christopher Gwabin MusaChief of Defence Staff (CDS)
#31Emir Sanusi Lamido SanusiEmir of Kano
#32Adewale AdeniyiCG, Customs
#33Oba Adeyeye OgunwusiOoni of Ife
#34Pascal Gabriel DozieFounder, Diamond Bank
#35Leo Stan EkehFounder, Zinox Group
#36Ogbeni Rauf AregbesolaMinister of Interior
#37Igwe Alfred Nnaemeka AchebeObi of Onitsha
#38M.C OluomoNURTW Chairman
#39Lai MuhammedMinister of Information
#40Babatunde Raji FasholaMinister, Works, Power & Housing
#41Rotimi AmaechiMinister for Transport
#42Babagana Umara ZulumGovernor of Borno State
#43Wale EdunMinister of Finance
#44Dr Kabir UsmanEmir of Katsina
#45Most Rev. Daniel C. OkohCAN President
#46Gen. Yakubu GowonFMR. President
#47Muhammad BuhariFMR, President
#48John OyegunChairman, APC
#49Dr Akinwumi "Akin" AdesinaPresident of the African Development Bank
#50Dr. Goodluck Ebele JonathanFMR. Head of State
#51Jim OviaChairman, Zenith Bank
#52Pastor W. F. KumuyiFounder, Deeper Christian Life Ministry
#53Abubakar MalamiAnthony General of the Federation
#54Bishop David OyedepoFounder, Winners Chapel
#55Abu Musab Al-BarnawiISWAP Leader
#56Nduka ObaigbenaPresident, NPAN
#57Senator Ovie Omo-AgegeDeputy Senate President
#58Most Rev. Matthew Hassan KukahBishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of Sokoto
#59Most Rev. John OnaiyekanCatholic Archbishop of Abuja
#60Chief Bisi AkandeFMR. Chairman, APC
#61Chief Emeka AnyaokuFMR. Secretary General, Commonwealth
#62Alh. Shehu IdrisEmir of Zaria
#63Gov. Aminu TambuwalGovernor, Sokoto State
#64Mr. John MomohChairman, Channels TV
#65Omoyele SoworeActivist/Publisher of Sahara Reporter
#66Pastor Chris OyakhilomeFounder, Christ Embassy
#67Gov. Aminu Bello-MasariGovernor, Katsina State
#68Dr. Kayode FayemiGovernor of Ekiti State
#69Oba Lamidi AdeyemiAalafin of Oyo
#70Lamido Sule LamidoFMR. Gov of Jigawa State
#71Oba Eheneden ErediauwaOba of Benin
#72Brig. Gen. Shuaibu IbrahimNYSC Director General
#73Rabiu KwakwansoFMR. Gov of Kano State
#74Rev. Father Ejike MbakaCatholic Priest and social critic
#75Prof. Pat UtomiFounder, CVL
#76High Chief Raymond DokpesiChairman, AIT
#77Dave UmahiGovernor, Ebonyi State
#78Willie ObianoGovernor of Anambra State
#79Dr. Daniel OlukoyaFounder, MFM
#80David HundeyinJournalist
#81Gov. Rauf AregbesolaMinister of Interior
#82Abubakar UmarFormer Military gov. of Kaduna State
#83Prof. Wole SoyinkaNobel Laureate, activist, Play wright and poet
#84Chief Ayo AdebanjoElder Statesman
#85Mr. Babatunde FowlerChairman FIRS
#86Chief Oba OtudekoChairman, FirstBank Group
#87Senator Mohammed MakarfiFMR. Gov. & Caretaker Chairman, PDP
#88Chief Edwin ClarkElder Statesman and Federal Commissioner
#89Pastor Tunde BakareFounder, Latter Rain Assembly
#90Mr. Segun AgbajeMD, GT Bank
#91Herbert WigweMD, Access Bank
#92Orji Uzor KaluFMR. Governor, Abia State
#93Abubakar Ibn Umar GarbaiShehu of Borno
#94Femi FalanaLawyer and human right activist
#95Donald DukeFMR.Governor, Cross River State
#96Oby EzekwesiliFMR. Minister and social Critic
#97Femi OtedolaChairman, Forte Oil
#98Femi Fani KayodeFMR. Minister of Aviation
#99Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu Gov. Lagos State
#100Governor Seyi MakindeGovernor, Oyo State
Ranking from 1 to 100 is the list of the 100 Most Powerful People in Nigeria in 2021

Editor’s Note:

Insight.ng updates this list every second we recognize changes in the swing of popular power in Nigeria. In other words, we update this list regularly to capture every new powerful people in Nigeria. We do this by replacing the obsolete ones in order to ensure we keep this list intact to only 100 people.

Furthermore, Email us at [email protected] for any inquiry, sponsorship, and partnership.

Chief Editors

Isreal Winlade

Taiwo Sotikare


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