Famous Nigerian Writers

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 1 Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: September 15, 1977
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Nigerian

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a Nigerian writer and feminist. She is popular for writing novels, such as Purple Hibiscus and Half of a Yellow Sun. She is credited with popularizing African literature among a new generation of readers, especially in the United States. In 2015, she was named in Time magazine's list of 100 Most Influential People.

 2 Chinua Achebe

Chinua Achebe
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Famous As: Nigerian novelist
Birthdate: November 16, 1930
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Nigerian
Died: March 21, 2013

Chinua Achebe was a Nigerian poet, novelist, professor, and critic. Often described as Africa's greatest storyteller, Achebe is widely regarded as the father of modern African writing. He was the recipient of several awards and honors, including the Man Booker International Prize 2007. His novel Things Fall Apart is one of the most read books in Africa.

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 3 Wole Soyinka

Wole Soyinka
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Famous As: Author, Poet, Playwright
Birthdate: July 13, 1934
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Nigerian

Wole Soyinka is a Nigerian playwright, poet, and essayist. In 1986, he became the first sub-Saharan African to be honored with the Nobel Prize in Literature. As a young man, he worked with the Royal Court Theatre in London. In Nigeria, he was actively involved in the country’s freedom struggle. He has taught at various international universities.

 4 Ken Saro-Wiwa

Ken Saro-Wiwa
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Famous As: Writer, Poet, Screenwriter
Birthdate: October 10, 1941
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Nigerian
Died: November 30, 1995
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 5 Usman dan Fodio

Usman dan Fodio
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Famous As: Teacher
Birthdate: December 15, 1754
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Nigerian
Died: April 20, 1817

 6 Ben Okri

Ben Okri
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Famous As: Writer, Journalist, Novelist, Author, Poet
Birthdate: March 15, 1959
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Nigerian

 7 Buchi Emecheta

Buchi Emecheta
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Famous As: Writer, Novelist, Sociologist, Playwright, Editor, Children's writer
Birthdate: July 21, 1944
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Nigerian
Died: January 25, 2017
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 8 Gabriel Okara

Gabriel Okara
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: April 24, 1921
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Nigerian
Died: March 25, 2019

 9 Hubert Ogunde

Hubert Ogunde
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 10, 1916
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Nigerian
Died: April 4, 1990

 10 Gani Fawehinmi

Gani Fawehinmi
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: April 22, 1938
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Nigerian
Died: September 5, 2009

 11 J. P. Clark

J. P. Clark
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: April 6, 1935
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Nigerian

 12 Ola Rotimi

Ola Rotimi
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Famous As: Playwright
Birthdate: April 13, 1938
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Nigerian
Died: August 18, 2000

 13 Amos Tutuola

Amos Tutuola
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: June 20, 1920
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Nigerian
Died: June 8, 1997

 14 Okwui Enwezor

Okwui Enwezor
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Famous As: Curator
Birthdate: October 23, 1963
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Nigerian
Died: March 15, 2019

 15 Christopher Okigbo

Christopher Okigbo
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: August 16, 1932
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Nigerian
Died: 1967 AD

 16 Flora Nwapa

Flora Nwapa
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: January 13, 1931
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Nigerian
Died: October 16, 1993

 17 Cyprian Ekwensi

Cyprian Ekwensi
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: September 26, 1921
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Nigerian
Died: November 4, 2007

 18 Daniel O. Fagunwa

Daniel O. Fagunwa
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: 1903 AD
Nationality: Nigerian
Died: December 9, 1963

 19 Kola Ogunmola

Kola Ogunmola
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Famous As: Dramatist
Birthdate: November 11, 1925
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Nigerian
Died: 1973 AD

 20 Nnimmo Bassey

Nnimmo Bassey
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Nationality: Nigerian

 21 Kole Omotoso

Kole Omotoso
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: April 21, 1943
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Nigerian

 22 T.M. Aluko

T.M. Aluko
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: June 14, 1918
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Nigerian
Died: May 1, 2010

 23 Onuora Nzekwu

Onuora Nzekwu
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Famous As: Professor
Birthdate: February 19, 1928
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Nigerian
Died: April 21, 2017

 24 Solomon Babalola

Solomon Babalola
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: December 17, 1926
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Nigerian
Died: December 15, 2008

 25 James Ene Henshaw

James Ene Henshaw
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Famous As: Playwright
Birthdate: August 29, 1924
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Nigerian
Died: August 16, 2007