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Naming Game: Who are your favourite Writers?



We believe on Bookaholic that one of the secrets to being a fantastic writer is to read about good writers (their works and interviews); we snooped this one out for you…

Pambazuka interviews Binyajavanga Wanaina, Kenyan founding editor of Kwani here; he talks about many things including his desire to start an online course in Creative Writing soon. When asked for five favourite authors, Binyavanga mentioned six:

  • Kojo Laing, writer of Search Sweet Country, the greatest novel to come out of Africa.
  • Saul Bellow – love his riff and sentences…
  • Ahmadou Kourouma, Waiting for the Wild Beasts to Vote, was a beautifully structured novel, and worked sooo well.
  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Half of a Yellow Sun, is a book of true commitment and love – I love many things about it, most of all I love the idea of somebody writing about Biafra, which happened after she was born. A huge task, fraught with risks, but she did it.
  • Chinua Achebe – I love all his work, feel very privileged to work with him at Bard College.
  • Witold Gombrowicz – love his absurd, dense books, with so many tiny human and natural transactions…

Who are your favourite writers? Let us know on Bookaholic


  1. chayoma

    June 23, 2009 at 2:14 am

    love “half of a yellow sun” and “purple Hibiscus” ….Adiche is awesome…
    Achebe is a genius.
    Ekenu Onu….modern.

  2. Evadelicious

    June 23, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    Ifeoma Chinwuba -Fearless, Waiting for Maria, Merchants of Fles
    Bankele Thomas
    Ben Okri
    G.G. Marquez
    Jean Rhys
    Dionne Brand
    and the list….kai is endless O.

  3. Nkem

    June 23, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    Sefi Atta, Adichie, Ekwensi, Soyinka, Echewa, Emecheta, Achebe, Nwapa and my new favorite book, “I do not come to you by chance” by Adaobi Nwaubani — I just love Nigerian/African writers. I suppose their works are something I can relate to very well

  4. DatgirlJ

    June 24, 2009 at 3:25 am

    I’m a book whore, however, a few of the authors in my bookshelf are, Chimamanda Adichie
    Ekene Onu
    Chris Abani
    James Patterson
    Karen Kingsbury
    Chinua Achebe
    Wole Soyinka
    Sefi Atta
    Mitch Albom
    Carloz Ruiz Zafon, and many more.
    And yes, they are all my fave!

  5. Chinny

    June 24, 2009 at 11:03 am

    I read widely(anything i lay me hands on) bt afew of my fave authors-chinua Achebe, Chimamanda N Adichie(drowns u in2 her fictional world with tresses of words),Wole Soyinka,patterson,Yancey

  6. randommer

    June 24, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    people on my book shelf
    chinua achebe
    roald dahl
    agatha christie
    sophie kinsella/madeleine wickham
    chimamanda adichie
    sefi atta
    ekene onu

  7. Vicki

    June 28, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    I like works of Adichie, Achebe, Soyinka et al but this guy Helon Habila was genius in Waiting for an Angel and Measuring Time. Kudos to African writers worldwide!

  8. amina

    June 28, 2009 at 11:49 pm

    the concubine by elechi amadi.

  9. Bobby Taylor

    June 29, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    Ekene Onu
    Oyinkan Braithwaite
    Chiedu Ifeozo

  10. Chinwe

    June 30, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Nigerian authors who made me fall in love with reading:

    Cyprian Ekwensi
    Eddie Iroh
    Wole Soyinka

    I loved CALL ME MICHAEL, I can’t for the life of me remember who wrote the book

  11. Mina

    July 1, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    Haven’t read a lot of books though, but i’m about to start and build a diverse library, but so far…

    Chinua Achebe
    Chimamanda Adichie

  12. medi

    September 6, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    sidney sheldon, Jackie collins, Dan Brown, any time, anyday..

  13. ammy

    July 1, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    chinua achebe, chimamanda adichie, helon habila, athol fugard: “Sizwe Bansi is dead” and ” old man and the meda,l” emechetta, mariama ba: “so long a letter.” believe me i can go on and on

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