Writers Famous Authors from Nigeria

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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?"

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

Wole Soyinka is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
The Lion and the Jewel, Isara, a voyage around Essay Akinwande Oluwole "Wole" Babatunde Soyinka is a Nigerian playwright and poet. He was awarded the 1986 Nobel Prize in Literature, the first African to be honored. Soyinka was born into ...more

Ken Saro-Wiwa is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
Sozaboy: A Novel in Rotten English, On a darkling plain, A month and a day Kenule "Ken" Beeson Saro Wiwa was a Nigerian writer, television producer, environmental activist, and winner of the Right Livelihood Award and the Goldman Environmental Prize. ...more

Chinua Achebe is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
Things Fall Apart, A Man of the People, Arrow of God Chinua Achebe was a Nigerian novelist, poet, professor, and critic. His first novel Things Fall Apart was considered his magnum opus, and is the most widely read book in modern African ...more

Nnamdi Azikiwe is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
Spiritual rebirth for Africa, A new breed of Nigerians, A matter of conscience Chief Benjamin Nnamdi Azikiwe, P.C., usually referred to as Nnamdi Azikiwe, was one of the leading figures of modern Nigerian nationalism. He was head of state of Nigeria from 1963 to 1966. He ...more

Cyprian Ekwensi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
An African Night’s Entertainment, The Rainmaker and Other Stories, Divided We Stand Cyprian Ekwensi MFR was a Nigerian short story writer and author of children's books.

Obafemi Awolowo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
Blueprint for post-war reconstruction, Path to Nigerian freedom, Socialism in the service of new Nigeria Chief Obafemi Jeremiah Oyeniyi Awolowo, GCFR, was a Nigerian nationalist and statesman who played a key role in Nigeria's independence movement, the First and Second Republics and the Civil War. ...more

Toyin Falola is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
Nigerian History, Politics, and Affairs Toyin Omoyeni Falola is a Nigerian historian and professor of African Studies. He is currently the Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities at the University of Texas at Austin. ...more

Ben Okri is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
An African Elegy, The Famished Road, Starbook Ben Okri OBE FRSL is a Nigerian poet and novelist. Okri is considered one of the foremost African authors in the post-modern and post-colonial traditions and has been compared favourably to ...more

Babatunde Olatunji is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
The beat of my drum Babatunde Olatunji was a Nigerian drummer, educator, social activist and recording artist.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
Purple Hibiscus, Half of a Yellow Sun, La Flor Purpura Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a Nigerian novelist and short story writer. She has been called "the most prominent" of a "procession of critically acclaimed young anglophone authors ...more

Chris Abani is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
Graceland, Song for Night, The virgin of flames Christopher "Chris" Abani is a Nigerian author. He is part of a new generation of Nigerian writers working to convey to an English-speaking audience the experience of those born and ...more

Okello Oculi is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
Malak, Discourses on African affairs, Song for the sun in us Okello Oculi, is a Ugandan novelist, poet, and chronicler of rural African village life. Currently, he is a private political and social consultant based in Abuja, Nigeria. Before that, he ...more

C. Odumegwu Ojukwu is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
On Aburi we stand, Address, Because I am involved Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu was a Nigerian military officer and politician. Ojukwu served as the military governor of the Eastern Region of Nigeria in 1966, the leader of the breakaway Republic ...more

Tanure Ojaide is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
Ordering the African imagination, In the House of Words, The endless song Tanure Ojaide is a prolific Nigerian poet and writer. He is noted for his unique stylistic vision and for his intense criticism of imperialism, religion, and other issues. Ojaide, a Ph.D., has ...more

Amos Tutuola is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
Simbi and the satyr of the dark jungle, My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, Pauper Amos Tutuola was a Nigerian writer famous for his books based in part on Yoruba folk-tales.

Atiku Abubakar is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
Public policy and implementation Atiku Abubakar is a Nigerian politician, businessman and philanthropist, who served as the 2nd elected Vice-President of Nigeria from 1999 to 2007, on the platform of the People's Democratic ...more

Chimaroke Nnamani is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
Chieftaincy and security in Nigeria, Poverty, Poverty in surplus He is a Fellow of American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists Chimaroke Nnamani is a Nigerian politician from Enugu State. He was Governor of Enugu State from 1999 to 2007 and is ...more

Joseph Nanven Garba is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
The honour to serve, Post-cold war realities, Diplomatic soldiering Major General Joseph Nanven Garba was a Nigerian general, diplomat, and politician who served as president of the United Nations General Assembly from 1989 to 1990.

Biyi Bandele is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
Marching for Fausa, Resurrections, Aphra Behn's Oroonoko Biyi Bandele is a Nigerian novelist, playwright and filmmaker. Bandele is one of the most versatile and prolific of the UK-based Nigerian writers, having turned his hands to theatre, journalism, ...more

Olagunsoye Oyinlola is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
Protecting our nascent democracy, The role of traditional rulers in the society, Moral question Ọlagunsoye Oyinlọla, alias Omoba, became governor of Osun State in Nigeria in May 2003, and was reelected in 2007. He is a member of the ruling People's Democratic Party. On 26 November 2010 a ...more

Ola Rotimi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
The Gods Are Not To Blame, Ovǫnramwęn Nǫgbaisi, Issues in African Theatre Olawale Gladstone Emmanuel Rotimi, best known as Ola Rotimi, was one of Nigeria's leading playwrights and theatre directors. He has been called "a complete man of the theatre – an actor, ...more

Catherine Obianuju Acholonu is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
Motherism, The deal and who is the head of state?, Women in environmental development program Catherine Obianuju Acholonu was a Nigerian writer, researcher and former lecturer on African Cultural and Gender Studies. She served as the former Senior Special Adviser to President Olusegun ...more

Niyi Osundare is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
Early Birds, Midlife, A nib in the pond Niyi Osundare is a prolific poet, dramatist and literary critic. He gained degrees at the University of Ibadan, the University of Leeds and York University, Canada. Previously professor and Head ...more

T. M. Aluko is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
Wrong ones in the dock, Government College, Ibadan Timothy Mofolorunso "T. M." Aluko was a Nigerian writer.

Kole Omotosho is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
The scales, Fella's choice, Sacrifice Bankole Ajibabi Omotosho, also known as Kole Omotoso, is a Nigerian writer and intellectual best known for his works of fiction and in South Africa as the "Yebo Gogo man" in adverts ...more

Ifi Amadiume is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
Male daughters, female husbands, Voices draped in black Dr. Ifi Amadiume is a Nigerian poet, anthropologist and essayist. She joined the Religion Department of Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, U.S. in 1993.

J. P. Clark is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
Song of a goat, A decade of tongues, The example of Shakespeare John Pepper Clark-Bekederemo is a Nigerian poet and playwright, who has also published as J. P. Clark and John Pepper Clark.

Vincent Chukwuemeka Ike is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
Curriculum development in Nigerian universities, Expo '77, The search Vincent Chukwuemeka Ike, born in Anambra state, Nigeria is a Nigerian writer known for a mixture of lampoon, humor and satire. He owes a little bit of his style to his Igbo cultural upbringing. ...more

Kelsey Harrison is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
An arduous climb Kelsey Atangamuerimo Harrison is an emeritus professor of obstetrics and gynaecology and former vice-chancellor of University of Port Harcourt, who contributed immensely to studies of maternal ...more

Ifeoma Onyefulu is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
Ebele's Favourite, Ogbo, Here Comes Our Bride! Ifeoma Onyefulu is a Nigerian children's author and novelist. She is a member of the Igbo ethnic group of Nigeria, and a professional photographer. Most of her books are geared towards young ...more

Bola Ige is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
Civil War in Nigeria, People, politics and politicians of Nigeria James Ajibola Idowu Ige, SAN simply known as Bola Ige was a Nigerian lawyer and politician. He became Federal Minister of Justice for Nigeria. He was murdered in December 2001.

Helen Oyeyemi is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
The Icarus Girl, The Opposite House, Juniper's Whitening and Victimese Helen Olajumoke Oyeyemi is a British novelist. Oyeyemi wrote her first novel, The Icarus Girl, while still at school studying for her A levels at Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School. While studying ...more

Abubakar Tafawa Balewa is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
Shaihu Umar, Nigeria speaks Alhaji Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, KBE was a Nigerian politician, and the only prime minister of an independent Nigeria.

Osonye Tess Onwueme is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
Tell it to women, No vacancy!, Legacies Osonye Tess Onwueme is a Nigerian playwright, scholar and poet, who rose to prominence writing plays with themes of social justice, culture, and the environment. In 2010, she became the ...more

Twins Seven Seven is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
A dreaming life Prince Twins Seven Seven, born Prince Taiwo Olaniyi Oyewale-Toyeje Oyelale Osuntoki in Ogidi, Nigeria, was a Nigerian painter, sculptor and musician. Prince Twins Seven-Seven began his career in ...more

Yakubu Gowon is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
Gowon's Nigeria General Yakubu "Jack" Dan-Yumma Gowon was the head of state of Nigeria from 1966 to 1975. He took power after one military coup d'état and was overthrown in another. During his ...more

Mabel Segun is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
Friends, Nigerians, countrymen Mabel Segun is a Nigerian poet and writer. Born in Ondo, Nigeria, she attended the University of Ibadan, graduating in 1953 with a BA in English, Latin and History. She taught these subjects in ...more

Olaudah Equiano is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, Sold as a Slave, Kidnapped Prince Olaudah Equiano, known in his lifetime as Gustavus Vassa, was a prominent African in London, a freed slave who supported the British movement to end the slave trade. His autobiography, published ...more

Buchi Emecheta is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
The Bride Price, The Joys of Motherhood, Double yoke Buchi Emecheta OBE is a Nigerian novelist who has published over 20 books, including Second-Class Citizen, The Bride Price, The Slave Girl and The Joys of Motherhood. Her themes of child ...more

Elechi Amadi is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
The great ponds, The Concubine, Ethics in Nigerian culture Elechi Amadi is a Nigerian author of plays and novels that are generally about African village life, customs, beliefs and religious practices, as they were before contact with the Western world. ...more

Christopher Okigbo is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
Limits, Collected poems, Heavensgate Christopher Ifekandu Okigbo was a Nigerian poet, who died fighting for the independence of Biafra. He is today widely acknowledged as the outstanding postcolonial English-language African poet ...more

Sani Abacha is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
Nigeria, the road to democracy Sani Abacha was a Nigerian Army general and politician who served as the de facto President of Nigeria from 1993 to 1998. Abacha's regime is controversial: although it saw dramatic economic ...more

Olusegun Agagu is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
Towards 2003, Sound of change Olusegun Kokumo Agagu was a Nigerian politician who was Governor of Ondo State in Nigeria from 29 May 2003 until February 2009, when a court voided his re-election as governor on account of ...more

Anthony Enahoro is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
Fugitive offender Anthony Eromosele Enahoro was Nigeria's foremost anti-colonial and pro-democracy activists. He was born the eldest of twelve children in Uromi in the present Edo State of Nigeria. His Esan ...more

Lloyd A. Thompson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
Romans and Blacks Lloyd Arthur Thompson was a Nigerian classicist, and scholar.

Ahmadu Bello is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
Sir Ahmadu Bello, a legacy, My life Sir Ahmadu Bello KBE was a Nigerian politician, and was the first premier of the Northern Nigeria region from 1954-1966. He was the Sardauna of Sokoto and one of the prominent leaders in ...more

Chuba Okadigbo is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
Consciencism in African political philosophy, A collection of writings, Power and leadership in Nigeria Dr. Chuba Wilberforce Okadigbo, was President of the Senate of Nigeria. He was sometimes referred to as Oyi of Oyi in reference to his local government council area; he also held numerous ...more

Mamman Jiya Vatsa is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
The poetry of Abuja, Nigeria's capital, Ufuoma Mamman Jiya Vatsa was a Nigerian soldier and writer. He was a Major-General in the Nigerian army, Minister of the Federal Capital Abuja, and a member of the Supreme Military Council. He was ...more

Niki Tobi is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
The law of interim injunction in Nigeria, The Nigerian judge, A case book on the law of evidence Niki Tobi, CON is a former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. Tobi was born in Esanma, Bomadi LGA in what is now Delta State. Prior to his career in the bench, he was the dean of ...more