There are no doubt so many female Nigerian writers who are doing well both locally and internationally. However My top 5 Nigerian female writers was based mainly on the writers ability as a person to influence me through their words and ideas. Collectively, these women hold readers captivated with stories of fantastical worlds, suspense and drama, insights into the complexities of minority experiences and cultures, and fresh takes on societal issues and expectations.
1) CHIMAMANDA NGOZI ADICHE
It is pretty impossible to list the names of Nigerian authors without including Chimamanda’s name. Chimamanda is a novelist, writer of short stories, non-fiction and a proud feminist. Her work includes Purple Hibiscus, Half Of A Yellow Sun, Americanah and short story anthology titled The Thing Around Your Neck. If you haven’t read either one, then please what is you doing? Chimamanda is an undisputed badass female doing well both locally and internationally.
2) NNEDI OKORAFOR:
She is an international award-winning novelist of African-based science fiction, fantasy and magical realism for both children and adults. Born in the United States to two Nigerian immigrant parents, Nnedi is known for weaving African culture into creative evocative settings and memorable characters. Her work includes Binti, Who Fears Death, Alara Witch and many more.
3) SEFI ATTA:
She qualified as a Chartered Accountant in England, a Certified Public Accountant in the United States, and holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. Her debut novel Everything Good Will Come received several literary awards including the Wole Soyinka Prize for literature in Africa
4) LOLA SHONEYIN
Lola Shoneyin was born in Ibadan, Nigeria. She studied English at Ogun state University even though her dad wanted her to study law. She currently lives in Abuja, Nigeria where she teaches English and Drama at a local secondary school. She writes a weekly blog for Next newspapers, and also contributes articles in UK newspapers. She has published two volumes of poetry and numerous short stories She has four children and is married to Ola Soyinka, the son of Nobel Prize winner Wole Soyinka.
5) YEJIDE KILANKO:
Yejide Kilanko was born in Ibadan, Nigeria. She is a writer of poetry, fiction, and a therapist in children’s mental health. Her debut novel, DAUGHTERS WHO WALK THIS PATH, was first published by Penguin Canada in April 2012. Her novella, CHASING BUTTERFLIES, was first published by World reader in March 2015. A lover of good music and laughter, Kilanko and her family live in Ontario, Canada.