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.