The list of Igbo people includes notable individuals who have full or significant ancestry to the Igbo people of southeastern Nigeria. As the Igbo are an ethnicity, people listed come from variety of different nations, and may have other ancestry as well as Igbo.
The Igbo people (who are sometimes referred to as the Ibo(e), Ebo(e), Eboans or Heebo) (Igbo: Ndi Igbo) are an ethnic group in West Africa. Most Igbo people live in southeastern Nigeria where they are one of the three largest and most influential groups, the two others being the Hausa and Yoruba people. Further populations live in other nations out of Africa due to migration and to the effects of the Atlantic slave trade. The Igbo peoples involvement in the Nigerian Civil War (6 July 1967 – 13 January 1970) (or the "Nigerian-Biafran War") is well known as they were the main group calling for secession from and recognition by Nigeria of Biafra.
^Forsythe, Frederick (2006). Shadows: Airlift and Airwar in Biafra and Nigeria 1967–1970. ISBN1-902109-63-5.
^Hattenstone, Simon (10 July 2004). "The rainbow's end Arts". London: Guardian News and Media Limited. Life, he says, was always precarious for his parents in Nigeria – they belonged to the Christian Ibo tribe...
^Timberg, Scott (18 February 2007). "Living in the 'perfect metaphor'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 25 January 2009. But even before he became one of the rare Africans in the Phoenix Inn and one of the few blacks living in East L.A., Abani was what he calls "an outsider's outsider." He grew up in small Nigerian cities, the son of an Igbo educator father and a white English-born mother who'd met at Oxford, where she was a secretary and he was a post-doc student. Raised Roman Catholic, Abani studied in the seminary as a teenager.
^Ezenwa-Ohaeto (1997). Chinua Achebe: A Biography. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. p. 7. ISBN978-0-253-33342-1.
^Nixon, Rob (1 October 2006). "A Biafran Story". The New York Times Company. Retrieved 25 January 2009. Adichie may not have lived through the civil war, but her imagination seems to have been profoundly molded by it: some of her own Igbo family survived the Nigerian Civil War; others did not.
^ abSundiata, I. K. (1996). From Slaving to Neoslavery: The Bight of Biafra and Fernando Po in the era of abolition 1827–1930. University of Wisconsin Press. p. 149. ISBN0-299-14510-7.
^Curtis, Jake (17 November 2000). "BIG GAME / Brothers to Experience a New Family Rivalry". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 26 January 2009. It is understood that Nnamdi and Chijioke represent their family in everything they do, says Nnamdi, and that each accomplishment or each behavior flaw would reflect on the entire family, even relatives in Nigeria. In their Ibo tribal language, Chijioke means "God creates talent" and Nnamdi means "My God is alive."
^Snow, Mat (11 January 2009). "Christine Ohuruogu: Holidays are for wimps". London: Times Newspapers. Retrieved 25 January 2009. Her parents came to England from Nigeria in 1980 and the family name means "fighter" in their native Igbo tongue.
^McRae, Donald (2 August 2008). "Mirth and melancholy of a dreamer named Ohuruogu". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 25 January 2009. From Ohuruogu, "My mum and dad still speak their Igbo dialect which we were never taught. But we know odd words. Like when someone annoys you, you know how to insult them."
^Okoro, Marilyn. "Marilyn Okoro" (Interview). Interview with Spikesmag. Retrieved 26 April 2010. My mum and dad are of Nigerian origin and my tribe, the Igbo, is known for being tough, which you have to be in athletics.
^Jackson, Jamie (4 March 2000). "Why I've come out". London: Guardian News and Media. Retrieved 25 January 2009. My mother had travelled to Nigeria to support my father. She worked as a medic while he fought for Igbo, his ethnic group, in a civil war in which one million people died.
^Longman, Jere (31 December 2008). "2003 N.C.A.A. TOURNAMENT: TRUE STUDENT ATHLETE; Academics, And a Game To Back It Up". The New York Times Company. Retrieved 25 January 2009. Basketball has never been the top priority, said Pius Okafor, Emeka's father... Pius Okafor arrived in the United States in August 1976 from Nigeria, Africa's most populous nation, rich in oil but wracked through the decades by colonialism, military dictatorship, ethnic strife and pervasive corruption. He carried $400 in his pocket and a student visa. Education was paramount in his Ibo ethnic group, he said, and to study overseas meant you were large.
^ ab"Semi-final success unites Nigeria". BBC News. 11 February 2000. Retrieved 25 January 2009. Two of the Super Eagles' top international stars, Arsenal star Nwankwo Kanu and Paris St Germain's Augustine 'Jay-Jay' Okocha are Ibo.