Explore the life and career of Bright Osayi-Samuel, the defender hailing from Nigeria

Explore the life and career of Bright Osayi-Samuel, the defender hailing from Nigeria

Ciku Njuguna
updated at January 22, 2024 at 11:31 AM
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Nigerian professional football player Bright Osayi-Samuel is the number 12 defender of Nigeria's national football team. Before joining Fenerbahçe, a top-flight club in the Süper Lig, the right-back defender climbed the ranks through Sky Bet League One to Sky Bet Championship. Scroll down for a deep dive into the personal and professional life of Bright Osayi-Samuel.

Bright Osayi-Samuel
Blackpool's Osayi-Samuel celebrates a score during an Emirates FA Cup match against Barnsley at Oakwell Stadium on January 17, 2017, in Barnsley, England. Photo by Michael Regan.
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Bright Osayi-Samuel's profile summary

Full name

Bright Osayi-Samuel



Date of birth

31 December 1997


29 years old as of January 2024

Zodiac sign


Place of birth

Okija, Nigeria




175 centimetres (5'7")


72 kilograms (158.7 lbs)



Relationship status



St. Michael's Catholic Primary School


Professional football player


Right-backer, midfielder

Current team

Fenerbahçe SK



Years active

2015 - present

Net worth

$1 - $5 million

Social media

X (Twitter), Instagram

How old is Bright Osayi-Samuel?

Born on the 31st of December in 1997, the right-back defender is 29 years of age as of January 2024. Bright's height is listed as 5 feet 7 inches (175 centimetres), and he weighs 158.7 lbs (72 kilograms).

Bright Osayi-Samuel's stats
Fenerbahçe's Osayi-Samuel in action against Fatih Karagumruk at Sukru Saracoglu Stadium on October 9, 2022, in Istanbul, Turkey. Photo by Orange Pictures/BSR Agency.
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Bright Osayi-Samuel's biography

The Fenerbahçe defender was born in Okija in Anambra State in Southeast Nigeria. He and his family moved to Spain before settling in Woolwich, London, at age 10. Despite being one of the most famous Nigerian wonder kids, details of Bright Osayi-Samuel's family, such as their names, have yet to be revealed to the public.

The 29-year-old winger grew up playing cage football, emulating players such as David Villa, Neymar and Robinho. However, he has disclosed in interviews that his family closely follows his career. Speaking to TV24 through All Nigeria Soccer after scoring his first Fenerbahçe goal, he said,

"They were very pleased. My father takes every match very seriously. Even if I score 5 to 6 goals, he says it is not enough for me. He always wants me to work hard. We analyse the match together. My whole family, in general, my sisters, were very happy.”
How old is Osayi-Samuel?
Fenerbahçe's Osayi-Samuel (left) is challenged by Adrien Truffert (right) of Stade Rennes during a UEFA Europa League on October 27, 2022 in Istanbul, Turkey. Photo by Francois Nel/UEFA.
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Where is Bright Osayi-Samuel from?

Osayi is one of the most renowned Nigerian players in Europe. His roots in Anambra, Nigeria, make him eligible to play for the country. Additionally, the Fenerbahçe player's English citizenship by naturalisation allows him to play for the Three Lions of England.


Sportsbrief has dug into the career trajectory of Bright Osayi-Samuel's teams, from youth clubs to the top of Europe's soccer leagues. The Nigerian talent’s career began at a development camp for promising players in West Ham before moving to Blackpool’s football academy. The winger has been of interest to various clubs, including Club Brugge KV, Rangers FC, and Celtic FC.

What positions does Osayi-Samuel play in?

According to various sources, the versatile soccer player can play in the right defence, forward and central, left and right midfielder positions. In an interview with the media, Bright spoke at length about his new position at Fenerbahçe as a right wing-back under Vítor Pereira, saying,

Which club does Osayi-Samuel play for?
Blackburn Rovers' Ryan Nyambe (right) and Blackpool's Osayi-Samuel (left) compete for the ball during an Emirates FA Cup match at Ewood Park in England on January 28, 2017. Photo by Matthew Lewis.
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"That is not usually my position. I have been an out-and-out winger, and he wanted me to come back as a full-back when we did not have the ball. He started teaching me the basics of defending, and from there, I started playing as a wing-back."

Which club does Osayi-Samuel play for?

As of January 2024, the right winger is playing for Super Liig’s Fenerbahçe Spor Kulübü. Being an English-Nigerian national, he has opted to play for Nigeria's Black Stars over England's national football team. Here is a summary of Bright Osayi-Samuel's transfer history from Blackpool's youth systems to Fenerbahçe.

Blackpool FC Under-18

Osayi's early career was filled by a couple of near misses. After suffering rejection from Charlton Athletic and a lost spot at Norchich City, the right-footed winger opted to join Blackpool's youth systems over Manchester United's junior clubs after a discussion with his parents. He played for the Seasiders until the age of 17 when he joined the club's senior team.

Where is Bright Osayi-Samuel from?
Blackpool's Bright Osayi-Samuel is tackled by Grimsby Town's Shaun Pearson during a Sky Bet League Two match at Blundell Park in England on December 31, 2016. Photo by Chris Vaughan/CameraSport.
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Blackpool FC

In the 2014/15 season, the English-Nigerian footballer debuted for the Tangarines' first team on the first of January 2015. He played for the club through two relegations before moving to QPR.

Queens Park Rangers

Osayi-Samuel transferred from Blackpool to Queens Park Rangers on the 31st of August 2017. At 19, the elite winger distinguished himself as one of the best players, earning a constant presence in the team's starting eleven. In interviews, the driven football player shared his determination to succeed, saying,

"Every time I play, I need to have an impact. Beat players, pick players out, crosses. I want to help my teammates. I base myself on my pace and power. Every time I play, I want to take players on."
Where is Osayi-Samuel from?
Bright Osayi-Samuel of Blackpool (in red) gets away during a Sky Bet League Two match against Exeter City at Wembley Stadium on May 28, 2017 in London, England. Photo by Catherine Ivill/AMA.
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Fenerbahçe SK

Four years following his arrival at the Queens Park Rangers, Bright's market value increased from $108,000 to $3.8 million. The January 28, 2021, transfer cost $553,000. At the time of his transfer, he had gained elite experience that earned Fenerbahçe its 2022/23 Turkish Cup Championship.

Bright Osayi-Samuel's stats

According to Transfermarkt, Osayi-Samuel has started in 65% of Fenerbahçe's 2023/24 matches at the time of writing. He netted 2 goals with one assist in the 13 appearances made in the season. Here are the right-back defender's goals and assists for each team.







Fenerbahçe SK

Trendyol Süper Lig

2014 - 2018




Queens Park Rangers

Sky Bet Championship

2018 - 2021




Blackpool FC

Sky Bet League One

2021 - 2025




Frequently asked questions

The 2022/23 Turkish Cup winner continues to enjoy an exciting career in top-flight clubs. The elite player has become a master dribbler, crosser and finisher with a signature move, the stepover that keeps defenders on their toes. Here are facts about the winger who plays for Fenerbahçe.

Where is Osayi-Samuel from?
Nigeria's Bright Osayi-Samuel (left) escapes Otavio of Portugal (right) during a friendly match against Portugal on November 17, 2022, in Lisbon, Portugal. Photo by Carlos Rodrigues.
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1. Is Bright Osayi-Samuel on Instagram?

The English-Nigerian soccer star has an active presence on major social media platforms. His Instagram account has 625,000 followers, while his X(Twitter) profile has 175,000 followers as of January 2024.

2. How much is Bright Osayi-Samuel's salary?

At the time of writing, Fenerbahçe players' salaries per week range between $157,174 and $3,562. According to Salary Sport, Osayi-Samuel earns a weekly wage of $50,815. The publication alleges that in the 2023/24 season, his annual salary has increased by $792,728 from $1,849,700. Other reports suggest that his $2,794,112 contract at Fenerbahçe earns a weekly salary of $26,866.

3. How much is Bright Osayi-Samuel's net worth?

Allegedly the winger’s net worth as of January 2024 is $9,425,547. Other publications reveal that his net worth ranges between $1 million to $5 million.

Bright Osayi-Samuel's stats
Fenerbahçe's Osayi-Samuel in action during a UEFA Champions League match against Dynamo Kyiv and Fenerbahce on July 20, 2022 in Lodz, Poland. Photo by PressFocus/MB Media.
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Final word

Bright Osayi-Samuel is a talent to watch out for. His budding career makes him a suitable addition to Fenerbahçe and future teams. The heights Bright has reached in his career have increased his net worth to over $8 million.

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Ciku Njuguna is a journalist with 3 year’s experience in content creation based in Kenya. She currently covers sports personnel as well as team biographies.