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Famous Playwrights from Nigeria

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

List contains people like Wole Soyinka, Hubert Ogunde.

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

Use this list of renowned Nigerian playwrights to discover some new playwrights 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}
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  • 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....  more
    • Age: 52
    • Birthplace: Kafanchan, Nigeria
  • Bolaji Odofin is a prize-winning Nigerian playwright. A journalist and former magazine publisher, Odofin currently works in the not-for-profit sector....  more
    • Chief Hubert Adedeji Ogunde, D.Lit. (10 July 1916 – 4 April 1990) was a Nigerian actor, playwright, theatre manager, and musician who founded the first contemporary professional theatrical company in Nigeria, the African Music Research Party, in 1945. He changed the name to Ogunde Theater Party in 1947 and Ogunde Concert Party in 1950. Finally, in 1960, he changed it to Ogunde Theater, a name which remained until his death in 1990. He has been described as "the father of Nigerian theatre, or the father of contemporary Yoruba theatre".In his career on stage, he wrote more than 50 plays, most of which incorporate dramatic action, dance and music, with a story reflecting the political and...  more
      • Age: Dec. at 74 (1916-1990)
      • Birthplace: Nigeria
    • Jimi Solanke is a Nigerian playwright, poet, folk singer and artist....  more