Happy International Women’s day. I’m glad there is a day where the whole world celebrates women, women should be celebrated everyday of course because we are AMAZING. So this post was supposed to be published next month but I decided to move it up to today because of what this day represents. I want to celebrate Female Nigerian Authors today and here is a list of some of the great Nigerian female authors who are taking Nigerian literature to the world and rocking the literary scene.
TOMI ADEYEMI: Well if you haven’t heard of her then you have been living under a rock my friend. She is the author of Children of Blood and Bone which was published on the 6th of march and is already making waves all over the world. She also has a blog where she teaches creative writing and shares her writing journey. Her story about how she decided to write her book is inspiring. I read a few chapters of her book and I was blown away, it is set in a fictional version of Nigeria and draws inspiration from Yoruba folklore and I just had to look for a way to get a copy of her book. A movie based on the books is already in the works and I cant wait to see more black girl magic on the big screen.
Adeyemi has said she wanted to write a fantasy novel set in West Africa so that “a little Black girl [could] pick up my book one day and see herself as the star…I want her to know that she’s beautiful and she matters and she can have a crazy, magical adventure even if an ignorant part of the world tells her she can never be Hermione Granger. – Wikipedia
NNEDI OKORAFOR: If you have been following my blog you will know that I am a big fan of Nnedi Okorafor. I read her book Binti last year and it totally changed the way I view science fiction. Her stories are an amazing fusion of fantasy, science fiction and African culture. She is an award-winning author with a PhD in English from University of Illinois, Chicago and is an associate professor of creative writing and literature Art at University of Buffalo. She has written several books including the Binti trilogy, Who fears death which is being made into a TV series by HBO , Lagoon, Akata witch and recently the Black Panther : Long live the king comic series.
AYOBAMI ADEBAYO: She is the author of Stay with me, a novel about a childless woman and the lengths she goes to have a child as well as the consequences of her actions. Her novel has been shortlisted for several awards and was named a Notable book for the year by The New York Times and best book of the year by the Guardian and many others. I haven’t read this book completely yet cause I’m scared of the feelings it might evoke in me, cause I know fully well how society treats childless women but I will get to it soon so watch out for my emotional review of it. Stay with me is Ayobami Adebayo’s debut novel and I cant wait to see what other books she writes in future.
BUCHI EMECHETA: She is the author of Joys of Motherhood, Second class citizen, In the ditch and other great books. Most of her stories draw from her life experiences, she was married at 16 yrs, stuck in an unhappy marriage and after she left her husband she took care of her five kids alone while writing her stories. Joys of motherhood was the first novel I read written by her and though I was a little too young to understand some themes in it, it is about the struggles women face in Nigerian society, motherhood, tradition and everything in between although it ends on a sad note but the lessons I got from that book have stayed with me through the years. I would love to re-read it now that I am older. Buchi Emecheta passed away on the 25th of January 2017 at the age of 72 , but her works live on and may she rest in peace. You can also read this article written by her son about her life.
CHIMAMANDA ADICHIE: This list wouldn’t be complete without the queen herself. She is one of the most prominent African authors and has written several books which include; Purple Hibiscus, The thing around your neck, half of a yellow sun, Americanah which have received several awards. She is also a feminist and recently wrote a book called Dear Ijeawele or a feminist manifesto in fifteen suggestions as well as her speech, we should all be feminists. She has been invited for TED talks and several other events and she is really showing the world that Nigeria has a lot to offer. Here is one of her TED talks titled the danger of a single story which I recommend you all to watch if you have the time. It’s really eye-opening.
These are just some of the great female authors we have in Nigeria. There are a lot more nigerian female authors that I can list that this blog page might not be able to contain them. I am celebrating them all.They are all inspirations to Nigerian girls like me who love writing.
Who are your favourite female authors from your country? I would love to know and once again Happy International Women’s Day. Cheers to all women from all races and all parts of the world. Have a great day.
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