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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.
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Wole Soyinka is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria
age 85
Akinwande Oluwole "Wole" Babatunde Soyinka is a Nigerian playwright and poet. He was awarded the 1986 Nobel Prize in Literature, the first African to be honored. Soyinka was born into ...more
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Alki David is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria
age 51
Alkiviades "Alki" David is a Greek billionaire heir, a member of the Leventis family, whose holdings include manufacturing, bottling plants, property and shipping. In 2008 he was the ...more
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Chinua Achebe is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria
Dec. at 83 (1930-2013)
Chinua Achebe was a Nigerian novelist, poet, professor, and critic. His first novel Things Fall Apart was considered his magnum opus, and is the most widely read book in modern African ...more
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Babatunde Olatunji is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria
Dec. at 76 (1927-2003)
Babatunde Olatunji was a Nigerian drummer, educator, social activist and recording artist.
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Ben Okri is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria
age 60
Ben Okri OBE FRSL 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 ...more
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Chris Abani is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria
age 53
Christopher "Chris" Abani is a Nigerian author. He is part of a new generation of Nigerian writers working to convey to an English-speaking audience the experience of those born and ...more
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Okello Oculi is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria
age 77
Okello Oculi, 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. Before that, he ...more
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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria
age 42
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a Nigerian novelist and short story writer. She has been called "the most prominent" of a "procession of critically acclaimed young anglophone authors ...more
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Obafemi Awolowo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria
Dec. at 78 (1909-1987)
Chief Obafemi Jeremiah Oyeniyi Awolowo, GCFR, was a Nigerian nationalist and statesman who played a key role in Nigeria's independence movement, the First and Second Republics and the Civil War. ...more
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Nnamdi Azikiwe is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria
Dec. at 92 (1904-1996)
Chief Benjamin Nnamdi Azikiwe, P.C., usually referred to as Nnamdi Azikiwe, was one of the leading figures of modern Nigerian nationalism. He was head of state of Nigeria from 1963 to 1966. He ...more
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Akin Omotoso is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria
age 45
Akin Omotoso is an actor, film producer and film director.
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Funke Akindele is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria
age 43
Akindele Olufunke Ayotunde is a Nigerian actress. In 2009 she won the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role.
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Atiku Abubakar is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria
age 73
Atiku Abubakar is a Nigerian politician, businessman and philanthropist, who served as the 2nd elected Vice-President of Nigeria from 1999 to 2007, on the platform of the People's Democratic ...more
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C. Odumegwu Ojukwu is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria
Dec. at 78 (1933-2011)
Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu was a Nigerian military officer and politician. Ojukwu served as the military governor of the Eastern Region of Nigeria in 1966, the leader of the breakaway Republic ...more
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Olagunsoye Oyinlola is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria
age 68
Ọlagunsoye Oyinlọla, alias Omoba, became governor of Osun State in Nigeria in May 2003, and was reelected in 2007. He is a member of the ruling People's Democratic Party. On 26 November 2010 a ...more
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Ken Saro-Wiwa is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria
Dec. at 54 (1941-1995)
Kenule "Ken" Beeson Saro Wiwa was a Nigerian writer, television producer, environmental activist, and winner of the Right Livelihood Award and the Goldman Environmental Prize. ...more
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Ishaya Bako is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria
Ishaya Bako age 33
Ishaya Bako is a Nigerian film director and screenwriter.
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Cyprian Ekwensi is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria
Dec. at 86 (1921-2007)
Cyprian Ekwensi MFR was a Nigerian short story writer and author of children's books.
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Kelsey Harrison is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria
age 86
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
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Helen Oyeyemi is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria
age 35
Helen Olajumoke Oyeyemi is a British novelist. Oyeyemi wrote her first novel, The Icarus Girl, while still at school studying for her A levels at Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School. While studying ...more
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Thomas Ikimi is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria
age 40
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Chimaroke Nnamani is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria
age 60
He is a Fellow of American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists Chimaroke Nnamani is a Nigerian politician from Enugu State. He was Governor of Enugu State from 1999 to 2007 and is ...more
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Yakubu Gowon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria
age 85
General Yakubu "Jack" Dan-Yumma Gowon was the head of state of Nigeria from 1966 to 1975. He took power after one military coup d'état and was overthrown in another. During his ...more
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Mabel Segun is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria
age 89
Mabel Segun is a Nigerian poet and writer. Born in Ondo, Nigeria, she attended the University of Ibadan, graduating in 1953 with a BA in English, Latin and History. She taught these subjects in ...more
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Julius Onah is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria
age 36
Julius Onah is a Nigerian-American filmmaker, who was raised in Arlington, VA and Washington D.C. after having lived in the Philippines, Nigeria, Togo, and the United Kingdom. He currently ...more