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List of famous writers from Nigeria, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Nigeria is home to many prolific writers, including those who write fiction, non-fiction, poetry, biographies and more. These are some of the best Nigerian writers that have ever lived, so if you're a native of Nigeria and an aspiring writer then use this list as inspiration to achieve your own writing goals.

List writers include Chris Abani, Gbenga Daniel and more.

This list answers the questions, "Who are popular Nigerian writers?" and "Which writers are from Nigeria?"

You can click on the names of these renowned writers of Nigeria in order to get more information about each one. Some of these historic writers may no longer be living in Nigeria, but they're all of Nigeria descent.

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Wole Soyinka is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria
Wole Soyinka age 83

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Alki David is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria
Alki David age 49

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Chinua Achebe is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria
Chinua Achebe Died at 83 (1930-2013)

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Babatunde Olatunji is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria
Babatunde Olatunji Died at 76 (1927-2003)

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Ben Okri is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria
Ben Okri age 58

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Chris Abani is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria
Chris Abani age 51

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Okello Oculi is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria
Okello Oculi age 75

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria

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Obafemi Awolowo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria
Obafemi Awolowo Died at 78 (1909-1987)

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Nnamdi Azikiwe is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria
Nnamdi Azikiwe Died at 92 (1904-1996)

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Akin Omotoso is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria
Akin Omotoso age 43

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Funke Akindele is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria

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Atiku Abubakar is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria

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C. Odumegwu Ojukwu is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria
C. Odumegwu Ojukwu Died at 78 (1933-2011)

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Olagunsoye Oyinlola is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria

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Ken Saro-Wiwa is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria
Ken Saro-Wiwa Died at 54 (1941-1995)

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Ishaya Bako is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria
Ishaya Bako age 31

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Cyprian Ekwensi is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria
Cyprian Ekwensi Died at 86 (1921-2007)

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Kelsey Harrison is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria

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Helen Oyeyemi is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria
Helen Oyeyemi age 33

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Thomas Ikimi is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria
Thomas Ikimi age 38

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Chimaroke Nnamani is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria

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Yakubu Gowon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria
Yakubu Gowon age 83

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Mabel Segun is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria
Mabel Segun age 87

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Julius Onah is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria
Julius Onah age 34

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Helon Habila is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria
Helon Habila age 50

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Tanure Ojaide is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria
Tanure Ojaide age 69

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Niyi Osundare is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria
Niyi Osundare age 70

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Ngozi Onwurah is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria
Ngozi Onwurah age 51

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Kole Omotosho is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria
Kole Omotosho age 74

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Buchi Emecheta is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria

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Ola Rotimi is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria
Ola Rotimi Died at 62 (1938-2000)

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Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abio... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria
Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola Died at 61 (1937-1998)

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Amos Tutuola is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria
Amos Tutuola Died at 77 (1920-1997)

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Lloyd A. Thompson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria
Lloyd A. Thompson Died at 65 (1932-1997)

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Vincent Chukwuemeka Ike is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria

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Ken Wiwa is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria
Ken Wiwa age 49

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Bola Tinubu is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria
Bola Tinubu age 65

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Elechi Amadi is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria
Elechi Amadi age 83

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Twins Seven Seven is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria
Twins Seven Seven Died at 67 (1944-2011)

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T. M. Aluko is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria
T. M. Aluko Died at 92 (1918-2010)

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Andy Amadi Okoroafor is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria

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Sani Abacha is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria
Sani Abacha Died at 55 (1943-1998)

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Biyi Bandele is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria
Biyi Bandele age 50

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Bola Ige is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria
Bola Ige Died at 71 (1930-2001)

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Tai Solarin is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria
Tai Solarin Died at 72 (1922-1994)

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Ifi Amadiume is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria
Ifi Amadiume age 70

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Abdullahi Adamu is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria

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Emeka Anyaoku is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria
Emeka Anyaoku age 84

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Uzodinma Iweala is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria