Nigerian Australians

Nigerian Australians
Total population
5,819 Nigerian-born (2011 Census)
Regions with significant populations
English · Fulfulde · Hausa · Igbo · Yoruba · other Nigerian languages
Related ethnic groups
African Australians

Nigerian Australians are Australian citizens and residents of Nigerian origin or descent. The Nigerian-born form one of the fastest-growing migrant groups in Australia.[1]


The Nigerian population in Australia has been increasing rapidly. The 2011 Census noted there are 4,519 Nigerian-born people in Australia.[2] The population doubled since the previous census in 2006.[3] The vast majority are skilled and educated, with 82.4% of the Nigerian-born aged 15 years and over possessing higher non-school qualifications, compared to 55.9% of the Australian population.[4]

An NOIPolls survey found that 100% of Nigerians surveyed with relatives or friends living in Australia perceive Nigerians as having better living conditions in foreign countries. The only other continent with a similar response (of 100%) from Nigerians was South America.[5]


Students have become a rapidly growing source of Nigerian migrants to Australia.[6] Nigeria is predicted to become one of the top 10 sources of international students for Australian universities.[7] Australia’s streamlined visa processing for international students and its post-study work rights scheme have been given some credit for this. Many Nigerians come as engineering students planning to work in their country’s oil industry. Thus universities respected in engineering such as the University of NSW have seen massive growth in their Nigerian student numbers.[8]

In 2015 it was noted that Nigerians are one of the newer student populations experiencing huge growth in Australia, comparable to student populations from Pakistan, India and Bangladesh.[9]

Population distribution

One third of Nigerians in Australia live in Sydney, and one quarter reside in Melbourne.[10] Half of Australia’s Igbo-speakers live in Sydney.[11][12] There are many thousands of speakers of Nigerian languages, particularly Igbo, Yoruba and Fulfulde.[13]

Nigerian cuisine can be found in restaurants in the more diverse Australian cities such as Sydney and Melbourne.[14][15][16]

Notable Nigerian Australians

  • Liz Cambage - WNBA basketball player for Tulsa Shock
  • Joel Wilkinson - Australian rules footballer for Gold Coast Football Club
  • Akindeji (Akin) Falaki, PhD - Principal Policy Officer, Department of State Growth, Hobart
  • Olasunbo Olalere - Alumni of Australian and New Zealand School of Government; Ass Fellow Australasian College of Health Service Management. Director, HNEI & Breast Screen NSW HNE. Ministry of Health
  • Kunle Arogundade - Orthopaedic Surgeon & Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons; Senior Lecturer Deakin Medical School, Melbourne Australia
  • Adesoji Adesina - Professor of Chemical Engineering, UNSW Australia
  • Benedict Emechete, Radiologist. Fellow of Australian & New Zealand College of Radiologists, Founder Iris Imaging, Queensland
  • Sunday Oloyede - IT Consultant, Australian Government
  • Babatunde Salman - Orthopaedic Surgeon & Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
  • Francis Awaritefe - soccer player and TV commentator
  • Tunde Ibrahim - Physician and Medical Practitioner, Associate Professor, University of Melbourne
  • Olayide Ogunsiji PhD - Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Western Sydney
  • Bernie Ibini-Isei - soccer player for Club Brugge
  • Jamal Idris - rugby league player for Penrith Panthers
  • Taiwo Olalere - Chartered Accountant Australia & New Zealand. Certified Information Systems Auditor. ACT Government Australia
  • Vincent Olumuyiwa Oladele -Captain, Australian Army
  • Azubuike Monday Azubuike, Radiology Business Owner Victoria Australia
  • Ade Kassim - Oracle Solution Architect and Project Manager. Founder of Vitis Botanica
  • Ebenezer Fashogbon, Radiology Business Owner Victoria Australia
  • Adebayo Adeyemi, Consultant Obstetrician & Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
  • Keiynan Lonsdale - actor
  • Timomatic - singer
  • Olatunde Ayotola Lawal - Server And Storage Engineer (Microsoft Certified), Commvault Inc Sydney
  • Moses G Adepoju (PhD) Company Director/CEO, Clinical Social Worker, Counsellor, Personal and Executive Coach, Consultant and Mediator
  • Liz Adeniji, Head of Platforms at Oath Australia & New Zealand. The University of Sydney Business School, Sydney, Australia
  • Uche Okereke-Fisher- Barrister-at-Law, Specialist Advocate, Commercial Contracts Expert, State Chambers, Martin Place, Sydney
  • Bode Davies Muse - Former Banker, Businessman and Internet entrepreneur


  2. "Community Information Summary: Nigeria-born". Department of Immigration & Citizenship.
  4. "Community Information Summary: Nigeria-born". Department of Immigration & Citizenship.
  5. Ezeh, Chizom. "US, UK Top List Of Countries Most Nigerians Abroad Reside". Leadership.
  6. "Nigerian family spends first Australian Christmas in Newcastle". ABC News. ABC News. 28 December 2015. Retrieved 13 January 2016.
  7. "Big increase in number of Nigerian students at Australian universities". Australian Financial Review.
  8. "Big increase in number of Nigerian students at Australian universities". Australian Financial Review. 25 March 2015. Retrieved 13 January 2016.
  9. Chris Tolhurst (25 March 2015). "Foreign Investment Review Board new fee regime threatens lucrative overseas student market". Australian Financial Review. Retrieved 13 January 2016.
  10. "Community Information Summary: Nigeria-born". Department of Immigration & Citizenship.
  11. "20680-Language Spoken at Home (full classification list) by Sex - Sydney". Australian Census 2006.
  12. "20680-Language Spoken at Home (full classification list) by Sex - Australia". Australian Census 2006.
  13. "The People of Australia" (PDF). Western Australian Government. Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 May 2014.
  14. "African Food". africanOz.
  15. "Best African Restaurants in Sydney". LifeStyle FOOD. Telstra Media.
  16. "Taste of Africa". Sydney Morning Herald.
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