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For International Women's Day: 8 Award Winning Books Written by Nigerian Women

By Comfort Olukogbon on Fri, 06/03/2015 - 18:17

It's women history month and Zodml is delighted to recognize the literary output of Nigerian women writers. Here we look at 8 award winning books by Nigerian female authors who have contributed to the depth and success of Nigerian Literature.

Buchi Emecheta’s The Slave Girl (1977) won the New Statesman Jock Campbell Award.

Chika Unigwe‘s On Black Sisters’ Street was long-listed for the 2011 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and won the 2012 Nigeria  Literature Prize for Literature (NLNG Prize), the country’s biggest literary prize.

Chimamanda Adichie’s  Half of a Yellow Sun in 2007 was awarded the Anisfield-Wolf Book , David T. Wong International Short Story Prize 2002/2003 (PEN Center Award)and joint winner with Martha Collins, for Blue Front.

Nnedi Okorafors's  Who Fears Death, a magical realist novel that combines African literature and science fiction, won the 2011 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel and the Carl Brandon Kindred Award. It was also a Nebula and Locus Awards nominee.

Sefi Atta debut novel – Everything Good Will Come and was awarded the inaugural Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa in 2006.

Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani’s  I Do Not Come To You By Chance won the 2010 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for the Best First Book for the Africa Region.

Kaine Agary’s Yellow Yellow won the NLNG prize for literature in 2008.

Helen Oyeyemi‘s White is for Witching won a 2010 Somerset Maugham Award and was 2009 Shirley Jackson Award finalist.

The list is unlimited. Kindly Share your award wuinning books with us in the comment section.

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