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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 84 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 50 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
Died 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
Died 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 59 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 52 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 76 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 41 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
Died 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
Died 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 44 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 42 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 72 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
Died 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 67 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
Died 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 32 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
Died 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 85 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 34 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 39

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Chimaroke Nnamani is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria
age 59 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 84 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 88 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 35 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

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Helon Habila is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria
age 51 Helon Habila Ngalabak is a Nigerian novelist and poet. He worked as a lecturer and journalist in Nigeria before moving to England to become the African Writing Fellow at the University of East ...more

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Tanure Ojaide is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria
Tanure Ojaide age 70 Tanure Ojaide is a prolific Nigerian poet and writer. He is noted for his unique stylistic vision and for his intense criticism of imperialism, religion, and other issues. Ojaide, a Ph.D., has ...more

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Niyi Osundare is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria
age 71 Niyi Osundare is a prolific poet, dramatist and literary critic. He gained degrees at the University of Ibadan, the University of Leeds and York University, Canada. Previously professor and Head ...more

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Ngozi Onwurah is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria
age 52 Ngozi Onwurah is a British-Nigerian film director, producer, model, and lecturer.

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Kole Omotosho is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria
age 75 Bankole Ajibabi Omotosho, also known as Kole Omotoso, is a Nigerian writer and intellectual best known for his works of fiction and in South Africa as the "Yebo Gogo man" in adverts ...more

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Buchi Emecheta is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria
age 74 Buchi Emecheta OBE is a Nigerian novelist who has published over 20 books, including Second-Class Citizen, The Bride Price, The Slave Girl and The Joys of Motherhood. Her themes of child ...more

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Ola Rotimi is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria
Died at 62 (1938-2000) Olawale Gladstone Emmanuel Rotimi, best known as Ola Rotimi, was one of Nigeria's leading playwrights and theatre directors. He has been called "a complete man of the theatre – an actor, ...more

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Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abio... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria
Died at 61 (1937-1998) Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola, often referred to as M. K. O. Abiola, was a popular Nigerian Yoruba businessman, publisher, politician and aristocrat of the Yoruba Egba clan. He ran for ...more

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Amos Tutuola is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria
Died at 77 (1920-1997) Amos Tutuola was a Nigerian writer famous for his books based in part on Yoruba folk-tales.

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Lloyd A. Thompson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria
Died at 65 (1932-1997) Lloyd Arthur Thompson was a Nigerian classicist, and scholar.

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Vincent Chukwuemeka Ike is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria
age 87 Vincent Chukwuemeka Ike, born in Anambra state, Nigeria is a Nigerian writer known for a mixture of lampoon, humor and satire. He owes a little bit of his style to his Igbo cultural upbringing. ...more

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Ken Wiwa is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria
age 50 Ken Wiwa, also known as Ken Saro-Wiwa, Jr, is a Nigerian journalist and author. As of 2013 he was serving as an aide to President Goodluck Jonathan as the Senior Special Assistant on Civil ...more

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Bola Tinubu is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria
age 66 Bola Ahmed Tinubu was elected Senator for the Lagos West constituency in Lagos State, Nigeria in 1993, just before a military take-over in December 1993. After the return to democracy, he was ...more

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Elechi Amadi is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria
age 84 Elechi Amadi is a Nigerian author of plays and novels that are generally about African village life, customs, beliefs and religious practices, as they were before contact with the Western world. ...more

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Twins Seven Seven is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria
Died at 67 (1944-2011) Prince Twins Seven Seven, born Prince Taiwo Olaniyi Oyewale-Toyeje Oyelale Osuntoki in Ogidi, Nigeria, was a Nigerian painter, sculptor and musician. Prince Twins Seven-Seven began his career in ...more

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T. M. Aluko is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria
Died at 92 (1918-2010) Timothy Mofolorunso "T. M." Aluko was a Nigerian writer.

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Andy Amadi Okoroafor is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria
Andy Amadi Okoroafor age 52 Andy Amadi Okoroafor is a film director, screenwriter, and film producer.

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Sani Abacha is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria
Died at 55 (1943-1998) Sani Abacha was a Nigerian Army general and politician who served as the de facto President of Nigeria from 1993 to 1998. Abacha's regime is controversial: although it saw dramatic economic ...more

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Biyi Bandele is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria
age 51 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, ...more

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Bola Ige is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria
Died at 71 (1930-2001) James Ajibola Idowu Ige, SAN simply known as Bola Ige was a Nigerian lawyer and politician. He became Federal Minister of Justice for Nigeria. He was murdered in December 2001.

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Tai Solarin is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria
Died at 72 (1922-1994) Augustus Taiwo "Tai" Solarin was a Nigerian educator and author. He established the famous Mayflower School, Ikenne, Ogun State in 1956. In 1952, Solarin became the principal of Molusi ...more

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Ifi Amadiume is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria
age 71 Dr. Ifi Amadiume is a Nigerian poet, anthropologist and essayist. She joined the Religion Department of Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, U.S. in 1993.

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Abdullahi Adamu is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria
age 72 Abdullahi Adamu was governor of Nasarawa State in Nigeria from 29 May 1999 to 29 May 2007. He is a member of the ruling People's Democratic Party.

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Emeka Anyaoku is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria
age 85 Chief Emeka Anyaoku, GCVO, CON, was the third Commonwealth Secretary-General. He is a Nigerian of Igbo descent.

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Uzodinma Iweala is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Writers from Nigeria
age 36 Uzodinma Iweala is an author, sociologist and physician who hails from Washington, DC and Nigeria. His debut novel, Beasts of No Nation, is a formation of his thesis work at Harvard. It depicts ...more