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. (8 items)
Biyi Bandele is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Playwrights 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: Kafanchan, Nigeria

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Bolaji Odofin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Playwrights from Nigeria
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Bolaji Odofin is a prize-winning Nigerian playwright. A journalist and former magazine publisher, Odofin currently works in the not-for-profit sector. ...more on Wikipedia

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Oloye Hubert Adedeji Ogunde was a Nigerian actor, playwright, theatre manager, and musician who founded the Ogunde Concert Party in, the first professional theatrical company in Nigeria. He has been described as "the father of Nigerian theatre, or the father of contemporary Yoruba theatre". Ogunde starred in Mister Johnson, the 1990 motion picture that also featured Pierce Brosnan. The movie was shot on location in Toro, near Bauchi, Nigeria. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 74 (1916-1990)

Birthplace: Nigeria

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Jimi Solanke is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Playwrights from Nigeria
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Jimi Solanke is a Nigerian playwright, poet, folk singer and artist. ...more on Wikipedia

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