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Famous Poets from Nigeria

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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 OBE FRSL (born 15 March 1959) is a Nigerian poet and novelist. Okri is considered one of the foremost African authors in the post-modern and post-colonial traditions, and has been compared favourably to authors such as Salman Rushdie and Gabriel García Márquez....  more
    • Age: 62
    • Birthplace: Nigeria, Minna, Africa
  • 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

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  • Christopher Ifekandu Okigbo (16 August 1932 – 1967) was a Nigerian poet, teacher, and librarian, who died fighting for the independence of Biafra. He is today widely acknowledged as an outstanding postcolonial English-language African poet and one of the major modernist writers of the 20th century....  more
    • Age: 88
    • Birthplace: Nigeria, Anambra State, Africa
  • Jimi Solanke is a Nigerian playwright, poet, folk singer and artist....  more