Top Six Nigerian Writers That Have Paved Ways for Themselves

Writing a good book goes beyond putting pieces of information together but it requires adequate hard work. When we see good writers they should be well celebrated.

We will be discussing writers that have got to that level of being recognised in their muse. For every book lover, their books are worth investing your resources.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The writer of Purple Hibiscus, Half of a yellow sun, Americana and other numerous books was born 15th September 1977 in Enugu an eastern part of Nigeria. She has paved ways for herself with her brilliant style of writing, one of which granted her the MacArthur Genius Grant award in 2008. She is a feminist and a human right activist with a popular line of ‘we should all be feminists’, a line that brought about the active movement of feminism in the world. Chimamanda has also delivered lectures at different Events like the TED Talks, Common wealth lecture of 2012 and many others. Her books which have gained international recognition are worth reading.

Helen Olajumoke Oyeyemi

The Nigerian born British novelist and writer was born 10th December 1984. Her first novel ‘The Icarus Girl’ was written while she was still studying for her A-levels. She went on writing other numerous books that has earned her different awards. In 2016 she was named as one of the ‘most gifted’ writers at work today. Her book ‘What is Not Yours is Not Yours’ won her the PEN America Open Book Award in 2017.

Ola Rotimi

Olawale Gladstone Emmanuel, the writer of the popular drama ‘our husband has gone mad again’’ was born April 1938 and died August 2000. Before his death in 2000, he was one of Nigerians leading playwright and directors who wrote series of plays; many of which were used for literature lessons in schools. From ‘The Gods Are Not To Blame’, ‘Kurunmi’, ‘Ovaonramven’ among others. This writer is a custodian of the African culture, an aspect of him that was displayed in a lot of his works. You might want to consider any of his books to learn more about the African culture.

Wole Soyinka

He is an icon in the writing industry and a force to reckon with in the industry. Akinwande Oluwole Babatunde Soyinka was born 13th July 1934 in Nigeria. Wole Soyinka is a respectable Nigerian playwright and a poet. The writer of ‘the lion and the jewel’ is the first Nigerian to be honoured with the Nobel Prize in literature, which he got in 1986 due to his recognized pieces of literature. Wole Soyinka still remains prominent even till this day not only in Nigeria but in the world at large. 

Buchi Emecheta

The writer of ‘The Joys of Motherhood’ was born in Nigeria on the 21st of July 1944. She writes plays, autobiography and also books for children. During her lifetime before she died in January 2015 she was an author to more than 20 books that sold around the world. She was also an activist for female independence in her books as seen in ‘the joys of motherhood’.

Chinua Achebe

Albert Chinụalụmọgụ Achebe was born on the 16th November 1930 in the eastern part of Nigeria. An English literature graduate from the University of Ibadan formerly known as the university college Ibadan. I call him a visionary writer as most of his work can be described as a foretell of things to come. His book ‘There was a country’ is an example of this as most things that we see happening in modern day Nigeria was actually stated in his book.

The writer of ‘Things fall apart’ is a dedicated and a witty writer as all of his work expresses wisdom to its readers. He is also an upholder of the African culture as many of his works details our culture in ways that will promote us to the world at large.

 

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