Couple of times I’ve come across Nigerian Fiction lovers who wonder why Nigerians haven’t caught unto writing fiction the way we’ve planted our footsteps in the sands of film, home video, music, comedy, tv.
Being a Nigerian Fiction writer myself, I decided to do some research and was surprised at the depth of works done by relatively new authors in the last ten years or so. I was also quite proud to see that quite a lot of the books are award winners. Take a look and do let me know if there are any names I’ve left out…
- The thing around your neck
- Half of a yellow sun
- Purple Hibiscus
Born in Nigeria in 1977 and grew up in the university town of Nsukka. She later moved to the United States to attend college, graduating with a major in Communication and a minor in Political Science. She holds a Masters degree in Creative Writing from Johns Hopkins and a Masters degree in African Studies from Yale. Purple Hibiscus won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award while Half of a yellow sun won the Orange Prize.
- A heart to Mend
Myne Whitman is a pen name. She has lived in Nigeria and the UK and now lives with her husband in Bellevue, Washington. She volunteers as an ESL tutor for a local charity and writes the rest of the time. She is the managing editor of Naija Stories, a critique website for Nigerian writers.
- Every thing good will come
- News from Home (Short Stories)
Sefi Atta was born in Lagos, Nigeria. She was educated there, in England and the United States. She is a graduate of the creative writing program at Antioch University, Los Angeles. She is the winner of PEN International’s 2004/2005 David TK Wong Prize and in 2006 for her debut novel - Everything Good Will Come and was awarded the inaugural Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa. Her short story collection, Lawless, received the 2009 Noma Award For Publishing in Africa. She lives in Mississippi with her husband Gboyega Ransome-Kuti, a medical doctor, and their daughter, Temi.
Song for night
Hands Washing Water
He is a Professor at the University of California, Riverside and the recipient of the PEN USA Freedom-to-Write Award, the Prince Claus Award, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, a California Book Award, a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, a PEN Beyond the Margins Award, the PEN Hemingway Book Prize & a Guggenheim Award.
- Waiting for an Angel
- Measuring time
- Oil on water
Helon Habila (born 1967) is a Nigerian novelist and poet. He won the Caine Prize for African fiction (short story) in 2001, and the Commonwealth Writers Prize (Best First Book, Africa Region) in 2003. He studied at the University of Jos and at the University of East Anglia and now teaches creative writing at George Mason University, Washington D.C.
- Walking with shadows
- The Mrs Club
- Can I be real
Love in Paradise
Love at Dawn
Lara Daniels (Olubunmi Akindebe) is a seasoned veteran reader of Romance novels. She grew up feeding off on novels published by Harlequin, Silhouette and Mills & Boons Romance. Her writing career started in High school where she wrote short fictional stories. She continued her love for writing in College, from where she relocated to the United States. http://laradanielswrites.com/
- I do not come to you by chance
Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani, won the 2010 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for the Best First Book for the Africa Region for her much praised debut novel about Nigerian email scammer – I Do Not Come To You By Chance.
- God has daughters too
- Kemi’s Journal
- Zack’s Story
Abidemi Sanusi was born in Nigeria but she lives in the UK. She is the author of several books. She is also a devotional writer, writing for well-known titles such as Inspiring Women Everyday(CWR) and Day by Day with God (BRF). Abidemi’s book, Eyo, was shortlisted for the 2010 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize.
FOLAKE TAYLOR MD
- The only way is up
Folake Taylor, MD was born in the United Kingdom to Nigerian-born parents in the early 70s and was raised in both countries before settling in the United States to live the American dream. She is a 2006 graduate of the Internal Medicine Residency Program of the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA. Folake loves to have fun, especially with her favorite people, her husband and little girl. She loves to travel, loves water sports (though a non-swimmer) and loves to read and watch great movies. “The Only Way is Up: The Journey of an Immigrant.” is a book about empowerment and hope, especially but not exclusively for women.
- Wayo Guy and other Nigerian short stories
- Zahrah the windseeker
- The shadow Speaker
- Who Fears Death
Nnedi Okorafor is a novelist of Nigerian descent known for weaving African culture into creative evocative settings and memorable characters. Her novels include Zahrah the Windseeker (winner of the Wole Soyinka Prize for African Literature), The Shadow Speaker (winner of the CBS Parallax Award) and Long Juju Man (winner of the Macmillan Writer’s Prize for Africa). Nnedi holds a PhD in English and currently is a professor of creative writing at Chicago State University.
- Fuelling the Delta Fires
Ayo Akinfe, born in Salford, Manchester, is a London-based journalist who has worked as a magazine and newspaper editor for the last 20 years. After working in journalism for 19 years, Ayo decided to switch to book writing after realising that there is simply too little out there on African history. Fuelling the Delta Fires is one of a series of novels aimed at highlighting Africa’s sorry plight and the misleading image peddled about her.
OGO AKUBUE OGBATA
Ọgọ is a writer, inspiring speaker and creative consultant. As well as writing fiction and nonfiction, she delivers training, coaching and consulting programmes that help professionals, organisations and communities maximise their creativity and overall potential.
- To Saint Patrick
Eghosa Imasuen was born on 19 May 1976. He is a medical doctor and lives in Benin City, Nigeria, with his wife and twin sons. His first novel, To Saint Patrick, an Alternate History murder mystery about Nigeria’s civil war, was published by Farafina in 2008.
Uwem Akpan, born May 19, 1971, is a Nigerian Jesuit priest and writer. Say You’re One of Them (2008) is a collection of five stories (each set in a different African country)and was picked by the Oprah Winfrey Book Club on September 17, 2009.
- Imagine this
Sade Adeniran was born in England, grew up in Nigeria and now lives in London. She started her writing career with BBC Radio 4. Imagine This is her first novel.
- 26a: A Novel
- The Wonder
Diana Evans was born in London and spent part of her childhood in Lagos, Nigeria. She studied Media Studies at the University of Sussex and was a dancer in the Brighton-based troupe Mashango before becoming a journalist and author.
- The Aireginan Dream
Loves to Read, Loves to write compelling stories. The Aireginan Dream is an account of a fictional story with challenges very similar to what we have in Nigeria; and the steps that country took to overcome their problems http://www.dupeolorunjo.com/
She teaches English and drama at a secondary school in Abuja, Nigeria.
- Pride must die
- Diary of a desperate Naija Woman
Loves to Muse think and Blog
- Sky High Flames
- The Iscarus Girl
- The opposite House
Helen Olajumoke Oyeyemi (born December 10, 1984) is a British novelist, born in Nigeria and moved to London when she was four. She wrote her first novel, The Icarus Girl, while still at school studying for her A levels at Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School.
Oyeyemi studied Social and Political Sciences graduating in 2006. In 2007 Bloomsbury published her second novel, The Opposite House. Her third novel, White is for Witching, was a 2009 Shirley Jackson Award finalist.
- Everyday is for the thief
- Open City
I was born to Nigerian parents and grew up in Lagos. My mother taught French. My father was a business executive who exported chocolate. The first book I read (I was six) was an abridgment of Tom Sawyer. At fifteen I published cartoons regularly in Prime People, Nigeria’s version of Vanity Fair. Two years later I moved to the United States.
- Eno’s Story
Ayodele is a Children’s story writer
SARAH LADIPO MANYIKA
- In Dependence
Sarah Ladipo Manyika was raised in Nigeria and has lived in Kenya, France, and England. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and currently teaches literature at San Francisco State University. Her writing includes published essays, academic papers, book reviews and short stories. Sarah’s first novel, In Dependence, is published by Legend Press (2008).
- On a lot of things
Osundolire Ifelanwa was raised in Ondo town and spent a huge chunk of his childhood there. He was Secondary ‘schooled’ at F.G.C Idoani and trained as an architect in Yabatech and Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. An adventure seeker by default, he joined the bandwagon of explorers to accompany the famed Dr. Newton Jibunoh to the Sahara desert, travelling from Lagos to London via road. He is currently a recipient of the British Council Innovation 360 awards and looks forward to a successful year at Birmingham City University both as a real estate professional and a writer.
- Onaedo – The blacksmith daughter
- Yellow Yellow
Kaine Agary. Ms holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology and Economics from Mount Holyoke College, USA and a Masters in Public Administration with a specialization in Public Policy from New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service in the United States of America. Ms. She Won the NLNG prize for literature in 2008.
UCHECHUKWU PETER UMEZ
- Sam and the Wallet
Uche Peter Umez (born January 1, 1975) is a graduate of Government & Public Administration from Abia State University. Sam and the Wallet, was the winner of the ANA/Funtime Prize for Children’s Literature and the runner-up for the 2007 Nigeria LNG Prize for Literature.
- Night of the creaking Bed
Toni Kan is an award winning poet, essayist and short story writer.
- The Abyssinian Boy
His debut novel won the 2009 T M ALUKO Prize for First Book and second prize at the 2009 IBRAHIM TAHIR Prize for Fiction, endowed by the Abuja Writers’ Forum.
- On Black Sister’s street
Chika Unigwe was born in Enugu, Nigeria, and now lives in Turnhout, Belgium, with her husband and four children. She won the 2003 BBC Short Story Competition for her story “Borrowed Smile”, a Commonwealth Short Story Award for “Weathered Smiles” and a Flemish literary prize for “De Smaak van Sneeuw”, her first short story written in Dutch. “The Secret”, another of her short pieces, was nominated for the 2004 Caine Prize.
- A fistful of tales
Ayodele Arigbabu studied Architecture at the University of Lagos, where he was the Librarian and then President of the Pen Circle, an association of young writers. His short story titled “You live to die once” was the winning entry at the 2001 Liberty Bank Short Stories Competition. His poem titled “Livelihood” received honourable mention, at the 2003 Muson Poetry competition while his first short story collection titled Blues Tones (published in The Three Kobo Book) was nominated for the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) / Lantern Books 2005 Prize for Short Stories.
E. C. Osondu is a Nigerian writer known for his short stories. His story “Waiting” won the 2009 Caine Prize, for which he had been a finalist in 2007. In 2010, he is an assistant professor of English at Providence College,