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Famous Writers from Nigeria

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List of famous writers from Nigeria, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Nigeria is home to many prolific writers, including those who write fiction, non-fiction, poetry, biographies and more. These are some of the best Nigerian writers that have ever lived, so if you're a native of Nigeria and an aspiring writer then use this list as inspiration to achieve your own writing goals.

List writers include Chris Abani, Gbenga Daniel and more.

This list answers the questions, "Who are popular Nigerian writers?" and "Which writers are from Nigeria?"

You can click on the names of these renowned writers of Nigeria in order to get more information about each one. Some of these historic writers may no longer be living in Nigeria, but they're all of Nigeria descent.
  • 1

    BirthplaceAbeokuta, Nigeria


    WorksKongi's Harvest, The Lion and the Jewel, Death and the King's Horseman, Ake, The past must address its present

    Akinwande Oluwole Babatunde Soyinka (Yoruba: Akinwándé Oluwo̩lé Babátúndé S̩óyinká; born 13 July 1934), known as Wole Soyinka (pronounced [wɔlé ʃójĩŋká]), is a Nigerian playwright, poet and essayist....  more

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  • 2

    Alki David

    Age: 52

    BirthplaceLagos, Nigeria

    NationalityNigeria, Greece, Cyprus

    WorksFishtales, Me and the Gods

    Alkiviades David (born May 1968; pronounced AL-kee) is a Greek billionaire heir, a member of the Leventis family, whose holdings include manufacturing, bottling plants, property and shipping. In...  more
  • 3

    Chinua Achebe

    Dec. at 83 (1930-2013)

    BirthplaceOgidi, Anambra, Nigeria


    WorksThings Fall Apart, Arrow of God, A Man of the People, The trouble with Nigeria, Anthills of the Savannah

    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...  more

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  • 4

    Babatunde Olatunji

    Dec. at 76 (1927-2003)

    BirthplaceLagos State, Nigeria

    NationalityNigeria, United States of America

    WorksThe beat of my drum

    Babatunde Olatunji (April 7, 1927 – April 6, 2003) was a Nigerian drummer, educator, social activist, and recording artist. ...  more
  • 5

    Ben Okri

    Age: 61

    BirthplaceNigeria, Minna, Africa


    WorksThe Famished Road, Starbook, An African Elegy, En arcadie, Die hungrige Straße

    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...  more
  • 6

    BirthplaceAfikpo, Nigeria


    WorksGraceland, Song for Night, Kalakuta Republic, The virgin of flames, Dog Woman

    Christopher Abani (born 27 December 1966) is a Nigerian and American author. He says he is part of a new generation of Nigerian writers working to convey to an English-speaking audience the...  more
  • 7

    BirthplaceUganda, Dokolo, Dokolo District, Africa

    NationalityNigeria, Uganda

    WorksMalak, Food and revolution in Africa, Kanta Riti, Prostitute, Song for the sun in us

    Okello Oculi (born 1 January 1942) is a Ugandan novelist, poet, and chronicler of rural African village life. Currently, he is a private political and social consultant based in Abuja, Nigeria....  more
  • 8

    BirthplaceEnugu, Nigeria


    WorksPurple Hibiscus, Half of a Yellow Sun, La Flor Purpura, One World: A Global Anthology of Short Stories, Americanah

    Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie ( (listen); (born on 15 September 1977 in Enugu, Nigeria) is a Nigerian novelist as well as a writer of short stories and of nonfiction. Adichie, who was born in the city of...  more
  • 9

    Obafemi Awolowo

    Dec. at 78 (1909-1987)

    BirthplaceNigeria, Africa, Ikenne


    WorksBlueprint for post-war reconstruction, Path to Nigerian freedom, Adventures in power, The strategy and tactics of the people's republic of Nigeria, Thoughts on Nigerian constitution

    Chief Obafemi Jeremiah Oyeniyi Awolowo, GCFR (Yoruba: Ọbáfẹ́mi Awólọ́wọ̀; 6 March 1909 – 9 May 1987), was a Nigerian nationalist and statesman who played a key role in Nigeria's independence...  more
  • 10

    Nnamdi Azikiwe

    Dec. at 92 (1904-1996)

    BirthplaceNigeria, Zungeru, Africa


    WorksSpiritual rebirth for Africa, Change, '83, A matter of conscience, A new breed of Nigerians

    Nnamdi Azikiwe, PC (16 November 1904 – 11 May 1996), usually referred to as "Zik", was a Nigerian statesman who was Governor General of Nigeria from 1960 to 1963 and the first President of Nigeria...  more
  • 11



    WorksMan on Ground

    Akin Omotoso is an actor, film producer and film director....  more
  • 12

    BirthplaceIkorodu, Nigeria



    Akindele Olufunke Ayotunde (popularly known as Funke Akindele) is a Nigerian actress and producer. Funke starred in the sitcom I Need to Know from 1998 to 2002, and in 2009 she won the Africa Movie...  more
  • 13

    BirthplaceAdamawa State, Nigeria


    WorksPublic policy and implementation

    Atiku Abubakar (born 25 November 1946) is a Nigerian politician, businessman, philanthropist and presidential candidate of the People's Democratic Party at the 2019 Nigerian general election. He...  more
  • 14

    C. Odumegwu Ojukwu

    Dec. at 78 (1933-2011)

    BirthplaceZungeru, Nigeria


    WorksAddress, On Aburi we stand, Because I am involved, The Ahiara declaration, As we go to Kampala

    Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu (4 November 1933 – 26 November 2011) was a Nigerian military officer and politician who served as the military governor of the Eastern Region of Nigeria in 1966 and the...  more
  • 15

    BirthplaceNigeria, Okuku, Cross River State, Africa


    WorksProtecting our nascent democracy, The role of traditional rulers in the society, The breakthrough--, Moral question, democracy and Nigerian politics

    Omoba Ọlagunsoye Oyinlọla (born 3 February 1951) became governor of Osun State in Nigeria in May 2003, and was reelected in 2007. He was a member of the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP). On 26...  more
  • 16

    Ken Saro-Wiwa

    Dec. at 54 (1941-1995)

    BirthplaceBori, Rivers


    WorksSozaboy: A Novel in Rotten English, On a darkling plain, Ethnicity and national development, Letter to Ogoni youth, Songs in a time of war

    Kenule Beeson "Ken" Saro-Wiwa (10 October 1941 – 10 November 1995) was a Nigerian writer, television producer, environmental activist, and winner of the Right Livelihood Award for "exemplary courage...  more
  • 17

    Ishaya Bako

    Age: 34

    BirthplaceKaduna, Nigeria


    WorksBraids on a Bald Head

    Ishaya Bako is a Nigerian film director and screenwriter....  more
  • 18

    Cyprian Ekwensi

    Dec. at 86 (1921-2007)

    BirthplaceMinna, Nigeria


    WorksAn African Night’s Entertainment, Divided We Stand, The Rainmaker and Other Stories, Trouble in Form Six, Juju Rock

    Cyprian Ekwensi MFR (26 September 1921 – 4 November 2007) was a Nigerian author of novels, short stories, and children's books....  more
  • 19

    BirthplaceNigeria, Rivers State, Africa

    NationalityNigeria, Finland

    WorksAn arduous climb

    Kelsey Atangamuerimo Harrison is an emeritus professor of obstetrics and gynaecology and former vice-chancellor of University of Port Harcourt, who contributed immensely to studies of maternal...  more
  • 20


    NationalityNigeria, United Kingdom

    WorksThe Icarus Girl, The Opposite House, Juniper's Whitening and Victimese, La Nina Icaro

    Helen Olajumoke Oyeyemi (born 10 December 1984) is a British novelist and writer of short stories. Since 2014 her home has been in Prague....  more
  • 21

    BirthplaceWestminster, London, United Kingdom



  • 22

    BirthplaceUdi, Enugu


    WorksPoverty in surplus, Poverty, Chieftaincy and security in Nigeria, Globalising in poverty, Gap crisis in transition democracy and the challenges of a proper expectation framework

    Chimaroke Nnamani (born May 1960) is a medical doctor and Nigerian politician from Enugu State. He was Governor of Enugu State from 1999 to 2007. He subsequently served as a People's Democratic Party...  more
  • 23

    BirthplaceKanke, Nigeria


    WorksGowon's Nigeria

    General Yakubu "Jack" Dan-Yumma Gowon (born 19 October 1934) is the former head of state (Head of the Federal Military Government) of Nigeria from 1966 to 1975. He ruled during the deadly Nigerian...  more
  • 24

    BirthplaceIbadan, Nigeria


    WorksFriends, Nigerians, countrymen, The Surrender and Other Stories, twins and the tree spirits

    Mabel Segun (born 1930) is a Nigerian poet, playwright and writer of short stories and children's books. She has also been a teacher, broadcaster, and a sports woman....  more
  • 25

    BirthplaceMakurdi, Nigeria


    WorksThe Girl Is in Trouble, Big Man

    Julius Onah (born February 10, 1983) is a Nigerian-American filmmaker....  more