10 Greatest Literary Writers In Nigerian HistoryBy cheatmaster 06:34 Tue, 17 May 2016 Comments
Nigerians became much active in writing during the advent of nationalism and nationalistic movements. Since then Nigerians has gone far into writing especially in literary means.
Here are some of the writers that have left their footprints on the sands of history in Nigeria literary scene.
10. ELECHI AMADI
On number ten 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. He is Elechi Amadi who was born on 12th of May 1934 in Aluu in Ikwerre local government of Rivers state.
Amadi is best known for his 1966 first novel. The Concubine,which has been called “an outstanding work of pure fiction”. He bagged so many awards including Member of the order of the federal republic (MFR) in 2003.His books includes the concubine (1966), The Great ponds (1969), Sunset in Biafra (1973)and many others.
9. OLA ROTIMI
Olawale Gladstone Emmanuel Rotimi was born on the 13th April 1938 in Sapelle, Delta state in southern Nigeria, was a playwright, director, one time head lecturer at Obafemi Awolowo University, has also served as visiting professor, playwright and director in Germany and Italy, as well as at DePauw University and Wabash College. He died on the 18th of August 2000 at the age of 62.
Some of his works include to stir the God of Iron (1963), Our Husband has gone mad again (1966), The Gods are not to blame (1968), others include Kuwunmi (1969), Holding Talks (1970) and many other books. His awards includes two full bright scholarships.
8. BUCHI EMECHETA
Buchi Emecheta Obe is a female Nigerian novelist who has over 20 published books under her literary achievement. She focuses on child slavery, motherhood, female independent and freedom through education. These literary niches of hers have earned her considerable international awards and honours including an Order of the British empire 2005. Some of her works include In the Ditch (1972), Second Class Citizen (1974), The Slave Girl (1977), The Joys Of Motherhood (1979) and many others.
Some of her reputable awards include New Statesman Jock Campbell award for the slave girl, 1979 and also she has been honoured as one of Grantas “Best of the young British Novelists” 1983. She hails from Ibusa in Delta State.
7. AKACHI ADIMORA
Professor Akachi Adimora-Ezeigbo was born and raised in Eastern Nigeria, but now lives in Lagos. According to her website @ akachiezeigbo .org, she is the first child of Joshua and Christiana Adimora and has five siblings. Raised partially in a rural environment and partially in the city, she combines these two factors, as background and setting for her children stories and adult fiction.She has traveled extensively in Africa, Europe and in the USA. Prof. Akachi is a lecturer, writer, novelist. Critic, essayist, journalist and administrator, she was appointed a professor of English at University of Lagos in 1999. she is married to Professor Chris Ezeigbo and they have three children.
She has written many books including Trafficked (2008), Wing of Dawn (2006), Roses and Bullets (2011), etc. among her literary awards are Flora Nwapa prize for women writing in 2002, NLNG prize for literature in 2007 and too many others.
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