Famous Poets from Nigeria

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

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

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  • Ben Okri
    Photo: Metaweb (FB) / Fair use
    • Age: 63
    • Birthplace: Minna, Nigeria
    • Age: Dec. at 82 (1930-2013)
    • Birthplace: Ogidi, Anambra, Nigeria
  • Christopher Okigbo
    Photo: user uploaded image
    • Age: Dec. at 35 (1932-1967)
    • Birthplace: Anambra State, Nigeria