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?"

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

Birthplace: Cross River State, Nigeria

Birthdate: 1916-09-20

Nationality: Nigeria

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

Birthplace: Abeokuta, Nigeria

Birthdate: 1934-07-13

Nationality: Nigeria

Akinwande Oluwole Babatunde Soyinka (Yoruba: Akinwándé Oluwo̩lé Babátúndé S̩óyinká; born 13 July 1934), known as Wole Soyinka (pronounced ...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

Birthplace: Bori, Rivers

Birthdate: 1941-10-10

Nationality: Nigeria

Kenule Beeson "Ken" Saro-Wiwa (10 October 1941 – 10 November 1995) was a Nigerian writer, television producer, environmental activist, and winner of the Right Livelihood Award for ...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

Birthplace: Ogidi, Anambra, Nigeria

Birthdate: 1930-11-16

Nationality: Nigeria

Chinua Achebe (; born Albert Chinụalụmọgụ Achebe, 16 November 1930 – 21 March 2013) was a Nigerian novelist, poet, professor, and critic. His first novel Things Fall Apart (1958), often ...more

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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

Birthplace: Northern Nigeria Protectorate

Birthdate: 1904-11-16

Nationality: Nigeria

Nnamdi Azikiwe, PC (16 November 1904 – 11 May 1996), usually referred to as "Zik", was a Nigerian statesman who was Governor General of Nigeria from 1960 to 1963 and the first ...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

Birthplace: Minna, Nigeria

Birthdate: 1921-09-26

Nationality: Nigeria

Cyprian Ekwensi MFR (26 September 1921 – 4 November 2007) was a Nigerian author of novels, short stories, and 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

Birthplace: Ikenne, Nigeria

Birthdate: 1909-03-06

Nationality: Nigeria

Chief Obafemi Jeremiah Oyeniyi Awolowo, GCFR (Yoruba: Ọbáfẹ́mi Awólọ́wọ̀; 6 March 1909 – 9 May 1987), was a Nigerian nationalist and statesman who played a key role in Nigeria's ...more
Toyin Falola is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
Nigerian History, Politics, and Affairs

Birthplace: Ibadan, Nigeria

Birthdate: 1953-01-01

Nationality: Nigeria

Toyin Omoyeni Falola (born 1 January 1953 in Ibadan) is a Nigerian historian and professor of African Studies. He is currently the Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities at ...more
Ben Okri is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
An African Elegy, The Famished Road, Starbook

Birthplace: Minna, Nigeria

Birthdate: 1959-03-15

Nationality: Nigeria

Ben Okri OBE FRSL (born 15 March 1959) 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 ...more
Babatunde Olatunji is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
The beat of my drum

Birthplace: Lagos State, Nigeria

Birthdate: 1927-04-07

Nationality: Nigeria, United States of America

Babatunde Olatunji (April 7, 1927 – April 6, 2003) 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

Birthplace: Enugu, Nigeria

Birthdate: 1977-09-15

Nationality: Nigeria

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie ( (listen); (born on 15 September 1977 in Enugu, Nigeria) is a Nigerian novelist as well as a writer of short stories and of nonfiction. Adichie, who was born in the ...more
Chris Abani is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
Graceland, Song for Night, The virgin of flames

Birthplace: Afikpo, Nigeria

Birthdate: 1966-12-27

Nationality: Nigeria

Christopher Abani (born 27 December 1966) is a Nigerian and American author. He says he is part of a new generation of Nigerian writers working to convey to an English-speaking audience the ...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

Birthplace: Dokolo, Uganda

Birthdate: 1942-01-01

Nationality: Nigeria, Uganda

Okello Oculi (born 1 January 1942) 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. ...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

Birthplace: Zungeru, Nigeria

Birthdate: 1933-11-04

Nationality: Nigeria

Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu (4 November 1933 – 26 November 2011) was a Nigerian military officer and politician who served as the military governor of the Eastern Region of Nigeria in 1966 and ...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

Birthdate: 1948-01-01

Nationality: Nigeria

Tanure Ojaide (born 1948) is a Nigerian poet and academic. As a writer, he is noted for his unique stylistic vision and for his intense criticism of imperialism, religion, and other issues. He ...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

Birthplace: Abeokuta, Nigeria

Birthdate: 1920-06-20

Nationality: Nigeria

Amos Tutuola (20 June 1920 – 8 June 1997) was a Nigerian writer who wrote 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

Birthplace: Adamawa State, Nigeria

Birthdate: 1946-11-25

Nationality: Nigeria

Atiku Abubakar (born 25 November 1946) is a Nigerian politician, businessman, philanthropist and presidential candidate of the People's Democratic Party at the 2019 Nigerian general election. He ...more
Chimaroke Nnamani is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
Chieftaincy and security in Nigeria, Poverty, Poverty in surplus

Birthplace: Udi, Enugu

Birthdate: 1959-04-10

Nationality: Nigeria

Chimaroke Nnamani (born May 1960) is a medical doctor and Nigerian politician from Enugu State. He was Governor of Enugu State from 1999 to 2007. He subsequently served as a People's Democratic ...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

Birthplace: Langtang, Nigeria

Birthdate: 1943-07-17

Nationality: Nigeria

Major General Joseph Nanven Garba (17 July 1943 – 1 June 2002) 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

Birthplace: Kafanchan, Nigeria

Birthdate: 1967-10-13

Nationality: Nigeria

Biyi Bandele (born Biyi Bandele-Thomas; 13 October 1967) is a Nigerian novelist, playwright and filmmaker. Bandele is a UK-based Nigerian writer for fiction, theatre, journalism, television, ...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

Birthplace: Okuku, Cross River State, Nigeria

Birthdate: 1951-02-03

Nationality: Nigeria

Omoba Ọlagunsoye Oyinlọla (born 3 February 1951) became governor of Osun State in Nigeria in May 2003, and was reelected in 2007. He was a member of the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP). ...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

Birthplace: Ilesa, Nigeria

Birthdate: 1938-04-13

Nationality: Nigeria

Olawale Gladstone Emmanuel Rotimi, best known as Ola Rotimi (13 April 1938 – 18 August 2000), was one of Nigeria's leading playwrights and theatre directors. He has been called "a complete ...more
Catherine Obianuju Achol... 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

Birthplace: Orlu, Nigeria

Birthdate: 1951-10-26

Nationality: Nigeria

Catherine Obianuju Acholonu (26 October 1951 – 18 March 2014) was a Nigerian writer, researcher and former lecturer on African Cultural and Gender Studies. She served as the former Senior ...more
Niyi Osundare is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
Early Birds, Midlife, A nib in the pond

Birthplace: Ekiti State, Nigeria

Birthdate: 1947-01-01

Nationality: Nigeria

Niyi Osundare (born 1947 in Ikere-Ekiti, Ekiti State, Nigeria) is a prolific poet, dramatist and literary critic. He gained degrees at the University of Ibadan (BA), the University of Leeds (MA) ...more
T. M. Aluko is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Authors from Nigeria
Wrong ones in the dock, Government College, Ibadan

Birthplace: Ilesa, Nigeria

Birthdate: 1918-06-14

Nationality: Nigeria

Timothy Mofolorunso "T. M." Aluko (14 July 1918 – 1 May 2010) was a Nigerian writer.