Famous Novelists from Nigeria

List of notable or famous novelists from Nigeria, with bios and photos, including the top novelists born in Nigeria and even some popular novelists who immigrated to Nigeria. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Nigerian novelists then this list is the perfect resource for you. These novelists are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known novelist from Nigeria is included when available.

List ranges from Wole Soyinka to Chris Abani and more.

This historic novelists from Nigeria list can help answer the questions "Who are some Nigerian novelists of note?" and "Who are the most famous novelists from Nigeria?" These prominent novelists of Nigeria may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Nigerian novelists.

Use this list of renowned Nigerian novelists to discover some new novelists that you aren't familiar with. Don't forget to share this list by clicking one of the social media icons at the top or bottom of the page. {#nodes}

  • Adaora Lily Ulasi (born 1932) was a Nigerian journalist and novelist. As a journalist she has worked for the BBC and Voice of America. As a novelist she wrote detective fiction in English, "adapting the genre of the crime thriller to an Igbo or Yoruba context".
    • Age: 91
    • Birthplace: 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, film and radio. He moved to London in 1990.
    • Age: 55
    • Birthplace: Kafanchan, Nigeria
  • Buchi Emecheta
    Photo: user uploaded image
    Florence Onyebuchi "Buchi" Emecheta OBE (21 July 1944 – 25 January 2017) was a Nigerian-born novelist, based in the UK from 1962, who also wrote plays and an autobiography, as well as works for children. She was the author of more than 20 books, including Second Class Citizen (1974), The Bride Price (1976), The Slave Girl (1977) and The Joys of Motherhood (1979). Most of her early novels were published by the London-based company Allison and Busby, where her editor was Margaret Busby.Emecheta's themes of child slavery, motherhood, female independence and freedom through education gained recognition from critics and honours. She once described her stories as "stories of the world…[where]… ...more
    • Age: 78
    • Birthplace: Lagos, Nigeria
  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
    Photo: Metaweb (FB) / Public domain
    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 city of Enugu in Nigeria, grew up as the fifth of six children in an Igbo family in the university town of Nsukka in Enugu State. While she was growing up, her father James Nwoye Adichie was a professor of statistics at the University of Nigeria. Her mother Grace Ifeoma was the university's first female registrar. The family lost almost everything during the Nigerian Civil War, including both maternal and paternal grandfathers. Her family's ancestral village is in Abba in Anambra State.In 2008, Adichie ...more
    • Age: 45
    • Birthplace: Enugu, 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 considered his masterpiece, is the most widely read book in modern African literature.Raised by his parents in the Igbo town of Ogidi in southeastern Nigeria, Achebe excelled at school and won a scholarship to study medicine, but changed his studies to English literature at University College (now the University of Ibadan). He became fascinated with world religions and traditional African cultures, and began writing stories as a university student. After graduation, he worked for the Nigerian Broadcasting ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 82 (1930-2013)
    • Birthplace: Ogidi, Anambra, 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 experience of those born and raised in "that troubled African nation".
    • Age: 56
    • Birthplace: Afikpo, Nigeria