Nigerian romance novels have taken a beautiful new turn. Find below our top ten Nigerian Romance books.
- The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives is a scandalous, gripping tale of sexual politics and family strife in modern-day Nigeria. The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives Longlisted for the 2011 Orange Prize, won the 2011 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Award and won two awards. Translated into seven languages, published in Italian as Prudenti Come Serpenti.
2. The spider’s daughter by Chibundu Onuzo-: The Spider King’s Daughter is a novel centred around two characters: Abike and Runner G. Abike is a 17-year-old spoiled brat, child of the Spider King- a mysterious, very wealthy man in Lagos. One day as she is chauffeured home from school, she spots a handsome hawker, Runner G, selling ice cream on the street. (his title is the winner of a Betty Trask Award, Shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize and the Commonwealth Book Prize, Longlisted for the Desmond Elliot Prize)
3. A Love Rekindled- Myne Whitman originally called Nkem Okocha: When Efe Sagay receives a transfer to the branch of a prestigious hotel chain in the Nigerian capital, she accepts it, happy to return home to family after years in the United States. Seven months later, Efe is facing her ex, Kevwe Mukoro, swamped by emotions she’d thought were dead.
4. Nothing Comes Close – Tolulope Popoola: This is an intriguing romantic suspense tale about love, life, friendships and relationships.
The Author has won 3 awards from Nigerian Writers Awards.
5.Thread of Gold beads by Nike Campbell Fatoki: The well-kept secret thought to have been dead and buried resurrects with the flash of a thread of gold beads. Amelia must fight for her life and what is left of her soul. She is a Redhenpress Fiction Award Finalist
6. In Dependence by Sarah Ladipo: This is Tayo and Vanessa’s story of a brave but bittersweet love affair. It is the story of two people struggling to find themselves and each other – a story of passion and idealism, courage and betrayal, and the universal desire to fall, madly, deeply, in love.
- His Treasure- Kiru Taye: Daku is forced to marry Obinna against her will. Her heart is with the prince, and she refuses Obinna in all ways. She has won Nigerian Writers Award
8.Melodies of Love by Amaka Azie: After her teenage romance with now-famous music star, Aristar, ended in a disastrous heartbreak twelve years ago, Adaora finds herself thrust back into his life when her financial firm is employed to organise Aristar’s finances. She has a fortress built around her heart and finds it hard to trust.
- The Mrs Club- Ekene Onu: Smart, sexy and successful; These three Nigerian American girls have everything going for them, but still wanted more.
- The Officer’s Bride by Lara Daniels: It’s the nineties, and a violent dictator rules Nigeria with an iron fist. Nafisah knows firsthand the chaos that results from this type of rule, so when she meets Eddy, an aide to the current leader, and a top member of the Nigerian intelligence service, she believes her situation just went from bad to worse. But Eddy completely contradicts her expectations, and she finds herself falling for him, only to discover that he carries a secret that could about topple the nation.