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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.

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Adaora Lily Ulasi is a Nigerian journalist and novelist. As a journalist she has worked for the BBC and Voice of America. As a novelist she may be the first Nigerian to write detective fiction in English, "adapting the genre of the crime thriller to a Igbo or Yoruba context". ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 87

Birthplace: Nigeria

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Biyi Bandele is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Novelists from Nigeria
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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, television, film, and radio, as well as the fiction with which he made his name. He lives in London. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 51

Birthplace: Nigeria, Kafanchan, Africa

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Buchi Emecheta is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Novelists from Nigeria
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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 slavery, motherhood, female independence and freedom through education have won her considerable critical acclaim and honours, including an Order of the British Empire in 2005. Emecheta once described her stories as "stories of the world…[where]… women face the universal problems of poverty and oppression, and the longer they stay, no matter where they have come from originally, the more the problems become identical." ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 74

Birthplace: Nigeria, Lagos State, Lagos, Africa

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Novelists from Nigeria
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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 [that] is succeeding in attracting a new generation of readers to African literature". ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 41

Birthplace: Nigeria, Enugu, Africa, Enugu State, Enugu North

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