100 Must Read Nigerian Novels (1938 - 2013)

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Nigeria has a rich literary culture. With that heritage in mind, we present our list of 100 must-read Nigerian novels published between 1938 and 2013. From Zaynab Alkali to Amos Tutuola, we included works by writers both male and female and from all across the nation. The novels range from stories of love to child-rearing to war – and sometimes all three. The list is by no means exhaustive – if we haven’t included your favourite, do add it in the comments section.

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100 Must Read Nigerian Novels (1938 - 2013)

  1. 1. Must Read Nigerian Novels (1938 – 2013) zodml.org | @ZODML
  2. 2. A Man of the People by Chinua Achebe
  3. 3. Against The Odds by Ben Igwe
  4. 4. Amina by Mohammed Umar
  5. 5. An African Night’s Entertainment by Cyprian Ekwensi
  6. 6. Anthills of the Savannah by Chinua Achebe
  7. 7. Arrow of God by Chinua Achebe
  8. 8. Arrows of Rain by Okey Ndibe
  9. 9. Beasts of No Nation by Uzodinma Iweala
  10. 10. Becoming Abigail by Chris Abani
  11. 11. Behind the Clouds by Ifeoma Okoye
  12. 12. Biafra Testament by Kalu Okpi
  13. 13. Bitter Leaf by Chioma Okereke
  14. 14. Blackbird by Jude Dibia
  15. 15. Bottled Leopard by Chukwuemeka Ike
  16. 16. The Bride Price by Buchi Emecheta
  17. 17. Burma Boy by Biyi Bandele
  18. 18. City of Memories by Richard Ali
  19. 19. Daughters Who Walk this Path by Yejide Kilanko
  20. 20. Diaries of a Dead African by Chuma Nwokolo, Jr.
  21. 21. Efuru by Flora Nwapa
  22. 22. Enstrangement by Elechi Amadi
  23. 23. Everything Good Will Come by Sefi Atta
  24. 24. Eyo by Abidemi Sanusi
  25. 25. The Famished Road by Ben Okri
  26. 26. Fine Boys by Eghosa Imasuen
  27. 27. Forest of a Thousand Demons by D.O. Fagunwa
  28. 28. Goodbye Lucille by Segun Afolabi
  29. 29. Graceland by Chris Abani
  30. 30. Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Adichie
  31. 31. Heroes by Festus Iyayi
  32. 32. I Am Directed by Augustus Adebayo
  33. 33. I Do Not Come To You By Chance by Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani
  34. 34. I Saw The Sky Catch Fire by T. Obinkaram Echewa
  35. 35. Idu by Flora Nwapa
  36. 36. The Forest of God by Gabriel A. Ajadi
  37. 37. Imagine This by Sade Adeniran
  38. 38. In Dependence by Sarah Ladipo Manyika
  39. 39. Innocent Victims by Abubakar Gimba
  40. 40. Iska by Cyprian Ekwensi
  41. 41. Jagua Nana by Cyprian Ekwensi
  42. 42. The Joys of Motherhood by Buchi Emecheta
  43. 43. Just Before Dawn by Kole Omotoso
  44. 44. Kolera Kolej by Femi Osofisan
  45. 45. Lemona’s Tale by Ken Saro-Wiwa
  46. 46. Mr. Fox by Helen Oyeyemi
  47. 47. My Life in the Bush of Ghosts by Amos Tutuola
  48. 48. My Mercedes is Bigger than Yours by Nkem Nwankwo
  49. 49. The New Tribe by Buchi Emecheta
  50. 50. Nine Lives by El-Nukoya
  51. 51. No Longer at Ease by Chinua Achebe
  52. 52. Not With Silver by Simi Bedford
  53. 53. Oil On Water by Helon Habila
  54. 54. On Black Sisters’ Street by Chika Unigwe
  55. 55. Onaedo: The Black Smith’s Daughter by Ngozi Achebe
  56. 56. One Man, One Matchet by T.M. Aluko
  57. 57. Open City by Teju Cole
  58. 58. People of the City by Cyprian Ekwensi
  59. 59. Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Adichie
  60. 60. Roses and Bullets by Akachi Adimora-Ezeigbo
  61. 61. Second-Class Citizen by Buchi Emecheta
  62. 62. The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives by Lola Shoneyin
  63. 63. Sozaboy by Ken Saro-Wiwa
  64. 64. A Squatter’s Tale by Ike Oguine
  65. 65. Sterile Sky by E.E. Sule
  66. 66. The Stillborn by Zaynab Alkali
  67. 67. Sunset at Dawn by Chukwuemeka Ike
  68. 68. The Abyssinian Boy by Onyeka Nwelue
  69. 69. The Activist by Tanure Ojaide
  70. 70. The Concubine by Elechi Amadi
  71. 71. The Fourth World by Ifeoma Okoye
  72. 72. The Interpreters by Wole Soyinka
  73. 73. The Last Duty by Isidore Okpewho
  74. 74. The Last of the Strong Ones by Akachi Adimora-Ezeigbo
  75. 75. The New Man by Femi Ademiluyi
  76. 76. The Only Son by John Munonye
  77. 77. The Passport of Mallam Ilia by Cyprian Ekwensi
  78. 78. The Potter’s Wheel by Chukwuemeka Ike
  79. 79. The Return of Ikenga by Chukwuemeka Ohuka
  80. 80. The Second Chance by Nyengi Koin
  81. 81. The Shadow Speaker by Nnedi Okorafor
  82. 82. The Spider King’s Daughter by Chibundu Onuzo
  83. 83. The Street by Biyi Bandele
  84. 84. The Triumph of the Water Lily by Stella Ify Osammor
  85. 85. The Voice by Gabriel Okara
  86. 86. The Virtuous Woman by Zaynab Alkali
  87. 87. The Icarus Girl by Helen Oyeyemi
  88. 88. The Palm-wine Drinkard by Amos Tutuola
  89. 89. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
  90. 90. Tides by Isidore Okpewho
  91. 91. Trail of Sacrifice by Abubakar Gimba
  92. 92. Unbridled by Jude Dibia
  93. 93. Violence by Festus Iyayi
  94. 94. Waiting for an Angel by Helon Habila
  95. 95. Walking with Shadows by Jude Dibia
  96. 96. War Games by Jude Dibia
  97. 97. Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor
  98. 98. Yellow-Yellow by Kaine Agary
  99. 99. Zahrah the Windseeker by Nnedi Okorafor
  100. 100. Borrow all these and much more at our Community Library: 196 Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, Lagos State
  101. 101. “Knowledge is like one’s farm. If it is not cultivated, it cannot be harvested.” - Nigerian Proverb
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