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The Top 10 Bestselling Books of 2016 on OkadaBooks #LiterallyWhatsHot



2016 was an interesting year for books in Nigeria, as we saw a diverse range of material from Science Fiction to Non-Fiction making a strong sales showing on the OkadaBooks platform. But despite all the diversity, “romance” is still king when it comes to books in Nigeria as is evidenced from the list below.

The bestsellers book list also featured a dominating appearance by women, with over 80% of the Top 10 bestselling books of the year written by female authors. We don’t see these trends changing by much in 2017 but again we can’t really predict the future we can only analyze the information we have. And that information, is the top 10 list of books that grossed more on OkadaBooks than any other in 2016.

Take a look through and see what you can learn about the reading habits of Nigeria, and maybe pick yourself up a book for some cool 2017 harmattan reading.

1. “On Becoming” By Toke Makinwa

Toke never envisaged that she would be a successful media personality. She began her journey as a bubbly child but grew into a lonely teenager after the devastating loss of both her parents. On Becoming is the real Toke Makinwa telling us what it is like to be one of the most talked about celebrities in Nigeria. She reveals the truth behind her 14-year relationship with the man she finally married and lots more.

Read the book here “On Becoming”

2. “The Fourth Finger” by Sally Kenneth Dadzie

If you want to know what happens in a marriage where a woman cheats on her husband with his best friend, read this. It’s not just a juicy story. It runs deep. It’s a collection of true stories that talks about love, hate, revenge, forgiveness, abuse, faith and yes, even incest. The Fourth Finger is a deep emotional journey into the complications of the modern day Nigerian relationship. You won’t regret reading it.

Read the book here “Fourth Finger”

3. “29, Single & Nigerian” by NaijaSingle Girl

Edikan is naïve, materialistic, incredibly thirsty and bordering on delusional. This lady has nothing going for her and is completely unprepared for ‘adulting’. You would think the reverse would be the case, considering her background, but it turns out growing up in poverty doesn’t necessarily make you realistic. This book is absolutely hilarious; but it’s not all fun and games and in the midst of the humor, the author touches on some serious issues.

Read the book here “29, Single and Nigerian”

4. “Fish Brain Madhouse” by Sally Kenneth Dadzie

Fish Brain Madhouse is a sequel to Fish Brain Clan and Fish Brain Games and Fish Brain Vows. Crazy takes on a different face in this volume as things spiral out of control for Amaka and her beau. Kyenpia finds herself on the verge of making a life commitment to one man while her heart is stuck on another. Fiyin still struggles with staying faithful in her relationship and Leonel bags the scum of the year award by an act of unfaithfulness. While some hearts break, some find love and healing. This concluding book gives closure to all your favorite characters in the Fish Brain Series.

Read the book here “Fish Brain Madhouse”

5. “Living In Gidi” by Isaac Newton Akah

Living in Gidi is a collection of experiences from the lives of regular Nigerians who live in Lagos (Gidi). It follows the accounts on the streets, providing insight into this intrigue that is a city. It is written with a lot less seriousness, an irony Lagos would rather have avoided—if it could object. The book strives to be as interesting as the city is and the photos in the pages help project the images the stories are trying to paint.

Read the book here “Living In Gidi”

6. “Clueless” by Tomi Adesina

Description courtesy of Dissatisfied with her life, and in a bid to discover herself and her rightful place in the world, would-be, but clueless artist Sharon Amadi decides to leave Abuja where she’s lived all her life for Lagos, a place she has never even visited hoping she’d find answers there. Of course things do not go as planned, and Sharon in no time discovers that life, or more accurately Lagos, isn’t a bed of roses.

Read the book here “Clueless”

7. “Guardians of The Seal” by Tunde Leye

On the day Imani was supposed to get the crown jewel of her meteoric rise, she encountered a world she never imagined was there. With a plot ranging from the very beginning of creation, enter a world of angels, demons, dragons, swords, magic and love as we race with the Guardians of the Seals to save heaven and earth from a rampaging force that threatens to destroy everything.

Read the book here “Guardians of The Seal”

8. “With Love, From The Grave” by Tomilola Coco Adeyemo

A dead guy strongly believes his wife murdered him. And since he’s not got much to do in the after life anyway, he decides to stalk her from Heaven to confirm his suspicion. Except, he is not ready for half of the things he discovers. With Love, From The Grave is a simple short story which poses one of the most controversial questions in modern times; What happens when The One stops being The One? 

Read the book here “With Love, From The Grave”

9. “Fish Brain Games” by Sally Kenneth Dadzie

Fish Brain Games is a sequel to Fish Brain Clan; a character-driven romantic comedy about the love lives of Amaka (a young clueless girl), her friends and their lovers. In Fish Brain Games, the ladies take a trip to Abuja on a quest set by Amaka’s pastor, Ishi, to fix the sore edges in her relationship. The trip then leads them to Warri for a wedding where friendship and love are tested.

Read the book here “Fish Brain Games”

10. “Fish Brain Vows” by Sally Kenneth Dadzie

Fish Brain Vows is the third book in the Fish Brain Series, a sequel to Fish Brain Clan and Fish Brain Games. In this volume, Amaka and her friends finally take on the responsibilities that come with committed relationships. Amaka finds herself protecting her marriage from a determined ex; the obsessive baby mama, Onagite, seeks new diabolic means to entrap her son’s father; Kyenpia loses her mind when the two men in her life take rivalry to a whole new level; and Fiyin battles with staying faithful in her relationship. If you found the first two books engaging, you wouldn’t want to miss this!

Read the book here “Fish Brain Vows”

11. “Bound To Ransom” by Kiru Taye (Bonus)

Since the death of her mother, Gloria Rawlins’ life has been a string of disappointments by the people she cares about; first by her father and then in a series of disastrous relationships that have shattered pieces of her heart one after another. She knows she’s no angel and refuses to make herself vulnerable to anyone again. Until one man threatens to strip away the wall shielding her heart. Bound to Ransom is a story about breaking the cycle of self-destruction, finding redemption and the powerful love that endures.

Read the book here “Bound To Ransom”

NOTE: To see the Top 25 bestselling books on OkadaBooks for 2016 click the image below or visit here.


  1. Sevenade

    January 2, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    2016 was the year Toke really became………. I want to liken Toke to Donald Trump. Despite the campaign of calumny against them, they still went ahead to achieve extraordinary feats. Toke’s book might not be a New York Times Best Seller, but it’s still a best seller.

    • LemmeRant

      January 2, 2017 at 4:59 pm

      Nope just goes to show that people are more interested in gossip than anything else

  2. Cocolette

    January 2, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    Please why is there no okadabooks app on iTunes Store? It’s killing me…kindly do something about it this year, please. Or is there one and I’m not aware of it? ‘Cos I’ve searched

  3. Tourpaline

    January 2, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    Well deserved!!!!

  4. Blueberry

    January 2, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    Okadabooks has me buying most of the books already. Great strategy 🙂

  5. Chiamaka

    January 2, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    Read most of the books on this list and they’re excellent! Sally, Toke, and NaijaSingleGirl are the bomb.

  6. hystericalexis

    January 2, 2017 at 10:12 pm

    Wow! Audrey tims deserves a spot on the top 10. Thats one prolific writer.

  7. Karo's Story Blog

    January 2, 2017 at 11:43 pm

    Nice list. Well deserved.

  8. Baymax

    January 3, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    I’m sorry but NaijaSingleGirl was overhyped. I expected so much based on the reviews I read but was disappointed. Sorry but that’s my opinion.

    Toke’s book on the other hand was just gist that many people if not everybody wanted to know.

  9. Adaugo

    January 3, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    Naija singlegirl’s book does it for me. It was a page turner indeed. Toke’s was good too. I am yet to read the rest.

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