This year’s Top 6 bestselling okadabooks.com authors come from very diverse backgrounds.
The list includes a celebrity first time author, a fruit seller writing erotic romance stories in Hausa, an anonymous debut writer of fictional romance, a full time lawyer writing award winning novels, a blogger turned bestselling author and an international writer of passionate multicultural romance stories!
Their books have stimulated very interesting conversations across our platform this year and we are so excited not for what they have done but what they can and will do in 2017. We present the official Top 6 OkadaBooks Authors of The Year 2016.
#6 Umari Ayim
Lawyer, feminist and award winning writer Umari Ayim has been able to transform her umariayim.com blog writings into a series of powerful books that captivate audiences across Nigeria.
Her books range from the legal and powerful Gentlemen of the Bar to her award winning Twilight at Terracotta Indigo the ANA/NDDC Flora Nwapa Prize for women writing in 2011.
Her fan base is strong, her writing talent is undeniable and despite holding down a full time job as a lawyer, Umari Ayim is still killing it in the Nigerian publishing industry. Watch out for her 2017 release, the Guardian of The Fall published by Quramo Publishing.
Discover more Umari Ayim books here
#5 Naija Single Girl
Who is she? Nobody knows yet … that’s why we had to borrow a picture of Beyonce for her.
But the kick-ass funny but anonymous Naija Single Girl is no stranger when it comes to writing captivating content. Her blog, NaijaSingleGirl.com, is one of the most viewed in Nigeria. It’s where she shares her crazy experiences as a single babe surviving Nigeria. Check out her classic, My ‘Boyfriend Hunting’ Experience In COZA Church, and you will definitely be filled with spiritual laughter … it is that same enthusiasm and humor that she brought to her debut novel 29, Single and Nigerian which in a way is a fictional exaggeration of her life in Nigeria (although she might deny it).
We still don’t know who she is or what she looks like, and we are willing to offer N1,000,
000 to anyone that can reveal her true identity … but knowing her hustling spirit, she might just end up revealing herself and collecting all the money. But with her book sales rising like crazy, we are pretty sure her identity will be hidden for a long time.
Read her debut novel 29, Single and Nigerian here
#4 Musa Ajayi
Musa is a testament of what happens, when you remove the middle man from the publishing process.
A fruit sales man from Nasarawa state, Musa Ajayi writes Erotic Romance novels in Hausa. His marketing strength is his ability to organize and turn his community of fans into voracious readers of his books.
So successful is Musa Ajayi, that he has introduced a brand new market of Hausa readers to the OkadaBooks platform. We even we recently hired a Hausa speaker to assist us with engaging his growing fan base. If you told me that a fruit seller in Nasarawa state writing erotic romance novels in Hausa would sell, I would have said “impossible.” But Musa Ajayi at #4 is proving it is possible! According to a 2016 article by the BBC, there is a growing population of Romance Novels writers emerging from the North and Musa Ajayi is one such author giving a strong digital voice to that movement.
Read Musa Ajayi’s erotic Hausa novels here
#3 Kiru Taye
The first time I came across a Kiru Taye book, I assumed it was one of those regular Mills and Boon romance novels I used to see scattered around my older cousin’s bedroom. Until I read it and realized that her book was not normal romance, but the 50 shades of Grey type romance.
For a very conservative nation like Nigeria that’s afraid to discuss sexuality and the pleasures of sex, Kiru Taye is a rebel whose writing challenges with no apologies the status quo of “silent” sex. And not to mention she is also a damn good writer … But her marketing? Her marketing is stellar, from beautifully designed book covers to cross platform marketing on several websites across the world. In a nutshell, Kiru Taye gets marketing/branding!
Think it’s a joke? Just google sex+romance+authors+Nigeria and her name would surely to pop-up in less than 0.043 seconds depending on your internet speed.
Read Kiru Taye’s sensual books here
#2 Sally Kenneth Dadzie
Sally was the first OkadaBooks, authors to crack N150,000 in sales in a single month. And since then she has not looked back. With the most books listed on the OkadaBooks Top 10 bestselling books of 2016, Sally has proved herself to be literary power house with hit after hit that leaves her fan base craving for more.
The most exciting thing about Sally’s success is that none of her books are printed, they are all e-books generated from her numerous and exciting moskedapages.com blog series. And her success is gradually showing that every day bloggers and authors like you and me can actually make a living from our writings.
But her success is not just in her content, but also in the community of readers she has been able to build and leverage to drive sales by rewarding them with engaging content consistently! She plans to debut some new novels in 2017 and we are sure she will crack yet another record!
Read Sally Kenneth Dadzie’s romance novels here
#1 Toke Makinwa
Unless you have been sitting under a rock, you would probably have heard about Toke Makinwa’s debut book On Becoming. It has been talked about here, here and here and even here and definitely over here. So much so that the fastest way to get abused on bellanaija.com in 2016 was to do a book review of On Becoming, like this one here by Sisi Yemmie, just read the savage comments!
But I think that’s what the bestselling authors are able to do, they find a way to be the center of our conversations whether we like it or not. While many might argue about the writing talents of Toke, what they can’t argue about is that her marketing has been epic. She has been able to package her controversy in a beautiful book and sell it for millions of Naira across the globe and that’s why she is the #1 top grossing author of 2016 on okadabooks.com
And please don’t stone us, but just in case you have not read On Becoming, you can do so here
PS: okadabooks.com would like to finally announce that after months and months of getting the question “Why is OkadaBooks not on the Apple App Store?” we have finally developed the OkadaBooks.com app for Apple and it looks very beautiful … so beautiful that you might sell your generator to buy an Iphone or Ipad!
Go to okadabooks.com/app to download the free IOS app today!
NOTE: They also have a flash light IOS app in case you sell your generator.
Thanks as always for
riding rising with us in 2016 as we celebrated 100,000+ users!