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List of the most popular authors from Nigeria, listed alphabetically with photos when available. For centuries authors have been among the world's most important people, helping chronicle history and keep us entertained with one of the earliest forms of storytelling. Whether they're known for fiction, non-fiction, poetry or even technical writing, the famous Nigerian authors on this list have kept that tradition alive by writing renowned works that have been praised around the world. You can find useful information below about these notable Nigerian writers, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

Examples of authors on this list include Olagunsoye Oyinlola and Uche Nduka.

This list answers the questions, "Which famous authors are from Nigeria?" and "Who are the best Nigerian authors?"

For further information on these historic Nigerian authors, click on their names. If you're a bookworm then use this list of celebrated Nigerian authors to discover some new books that you will enjoy reading.

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Okoi Arikpo is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
Okoi Arikpo The development of modern Nigeria, A testimony of faith

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Wole Soyinka is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
Wole Soyinka The Lion and the Jewel, Isara^! a voyage around Essay, Death and the King's Horseman

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Ken Saro-Wiwa is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
Ken Saro-Wiwa Sozaboy: A Novel in Rotten English, On a darkling plain, A month and a day

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Chinua Achebe is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
Chinua Achebe Things Fall Apart, A Man of the People, Arrow of God

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Nnamdi Azikiwe is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
Nnamdi Azikiwe Spiritual rebirth for Africa, A new breed of Nigerians, A matter of conscience

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Cyprian Ekwensi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
Cyprian Ekwensi An African Night’s Entertainment, The Rainmaker and Other Stories, Divided We Stand

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Obafemi Awolowo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
Obafemi Awolowo Blueprint for post-war reconstruction, Path to Nigerian freedom, Socialism in the service of new Nigeria

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Toyin Falola is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
Toyin Falola Nigerian History^! Politics^! and Affairs, Orisa, Pioneer^! Patriot^! and Patriarch

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Ben Okri is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
Ben Okri An African Elegy, The Famished Road, Starbook

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Babatunde Olatunji is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
Babatunde Olatunji The beat of my drum

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Purple Hibiscus, Half of a Yellow Sun, La Flor Purpura

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Chris Abani is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
Chris Abani Graceland, Song for Night, The virgin of flames

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Okello Oculi is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
Okello Oculi Malak, Discourses on African affairs, Song for the sun in us

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C. Odumegwu Ojukwu is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
C. Odumegwu Ojukwu On Aburi we stand, Address, Because I am involved

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Tanure Ojaide is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
Tanure Ojaide Ordering the African imagination, In the House of Words, The endless song

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Amos Tutuola is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
Amos Tutuola Simbi and the satyr of the dark jungle, My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, Pauper

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Atiku Abubakar is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
Atiku Abubakar Public policy and implementation

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Chimaroke Nnamani is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
Chimaroke Nnamani Chieftaincy and security in Nigeria, Poverty, Poverty in surplus

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Joseph Nanven Garba is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
Joseph Nanven Garba The honour to serve, Post-cold war realities, Diplomatic soldiering

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Biyi Bandele is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
Biyi Bandele Marching for Fausa, Resurrections, Aphra Behn's Oroonoko

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Olagunsoye Oyinlola is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
Olagunsoye Oyinlola Protecting our nascent democracy, The role of traditional rulers in the society, Moral question^! democracy and Nigerian politics

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Ola Rotimi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
Ola Rotimi The Gods Are Not To Blame, Ovǫnramwęn Nǫgbaisi, Issues in African Theatre

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Catherine Obianuju Acholonu is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
Catherine Obianuju Acholonu Motherism, The deal and who is the head of state?, Women in environmental development program

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Niyi Osundare is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
Niyi Osundare Early Birds, Midlife, A nib in the pond

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T. M. Aluko is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
T. M. Aluko Wrong ones in the dock, Government College, Ibadan

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Kole Omotosho is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
Kole Omotosho The scales, Fella's choice, Sacrifice

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Ifi Amadiume is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
Ifi Amadiume Male daughters^! female husbands, Voices draped in black, Passion Waves

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J. P. Clark is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
J. P. Clark Song of a goat, A decade of tongues, The example of Shakespeare

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Vincent Chukwuemeka Ike is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
Vincent Chukwuemeka Ike Curriculum development in Nigerian universities, Expo '77, The search

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Kelsey Harrison is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
Kelsey Harrison An arduous climb

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Ifeoma Onyefulu is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
Ifeoma Onyefulu Ebele's Favourite, Ogbo, Here Comes Our Bride!

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Bola Ige is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
Bola Ige Civil War in Nigeria, People, politics and politicians of Nigeria

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Helen Oyeyemi is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
Helen Oyeyemi The Icarus Girl, The Opposite House, Juniper's Whitening and Victimese

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Abubakar Tafawa Balewa is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Shaihu Umar, Nigeria speaks

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Osonye Tess Onwueme is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
Osonye Tess Onwueme Tell it to women, No vacancy!, Legacies

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Twins Seven Seven is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
Twins Seven Seven A dreaming life

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Yakubu Gowon is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
Yakubu Gowon Gowon's Nigeria

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Mabel Segun is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
Mabel Segun Friends, Nigerians, countrymen

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Olaudah Equiano is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
Olaudah Equiano The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, Sold as a Slave, Kidnapped Prince

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Buchi Emecheta is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
Buchi Emecheta The Bride Price, The Joys of Motherhood, Double yoke

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Elechi Amadi is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
Elechi Amadi The great ponds, The Concubine, Ethics in Nigerian culture

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Christopher Okigbo is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
Christopher Okigbo Limits, Collected poems, Heavensgate

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Sani Abacha is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
Sani Abacha Nigeria, the road to democracy

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Olusegun Agagu is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
Olusegun Agagu Towards 2003, Sound of change

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Anthony Enahoro is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
Anthony Enahoro Fugitive offender

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Lloyd A. Thompson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
Lloyd A. Thompson Romans and Blacks

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Ahmadu Bello is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
Ahmadu Bello Sir Ahmadu Bello, a legacy, My life

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Chuba Okadigbo is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
Chuba Okadigbo Consciencism in African political philosophy, A collection of writings, Power and leadership in Nigeria

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Mamman Jiya Vatsa is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
Mamman Jiya Vatsa The poetry of Abuja, Nigeria's capital, Ufuoma

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Niki Tobi is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
Niki Tobi The law of interim injunction in Nigeria, The Nigerian judge, A case book on the law of evidence