Writertain Creatives (Publishers)| Top Science fiction/fantasy novels Nigerian

Wow, 2020 is an interesting year , but we are grateful for being alive despite this pandemic. Now, we bring you our top ten Nigerian Fantasy Novels- the A-List or those that have been for a long time, and those that are not relenting. 

1. Zarah the Flame Keeper by – NNEDI OKORAFOR Zarah the Windseeker | Top Science fiction/fantasy novels Nigerian

Here, monkeys tell fortunes, plants offer wisdom, and a teenage girl is the only one who can save her best friend’s life. It received:

  • 2008 Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature
  • The Black Excellence Award for Outstanding Achievement in Literature (Fiction).

2. Children of Blood and Bone by – TOMI ADEYEMIChildren of Blood and bone  | Top Science fiction/fantasy novels Nigerian

Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against a king. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Awards

  • Won the 2019 Audie Award for best audiobook 
  • Runner-up for best Young Adult audiobook
  • Adapted for movie

3. Beast Made of Night by – TOCHI ONYEBUCHIBeast of the Night | 	Writertain Creatives (Publishers)| Top Science fiction/fantasy novels Nigerian

Another YA that  features mythical creatures made from sin. Taj is a sin-eater, indentured to a mage to slay the sin beasts. Most sin-eaters eventually go mad. Beasts Made of Night is full of political intrigue and injustice

– It won the 2018 Ilube Nommo Award for Best Speculative Fiction Novel by an African.

4. The Icarus Girl by Helen Oyeyemi The Icarus Girl by Helen Oyeyemi | 	Writertain Creatives (Publishers)| Top Science fiction/fantasy novels Nigerian

This a 2005 novel that is still amongst the top A-List fantasy and psychological fiction. This is a story about a young girl named Jessamy Wuraola Harrison, an interracial child from an English father and a Nigerian mother. She doesn’t feel a sense of belonging in her school because of her extraordinary imagination. It is until when she visits Nigeria and makes a friend named Tillytilly that she feels acceptance and familiarity, but Jess soon realizes that ‘A book should not be judged by his cover’.

5. Children of Virtue and Vengeance by – TOMI ADEYEMIChildren of Virtue and Vengeance

Children of Virtue and Vengeance is the breathtaking sequel to Tomi Adeyemi’s ground-breaking West African-inspired fantasy Children of Blood and Bone. After battling the impossible, Zélie and Amari have finally succeeded in bringing magic back to the land of Orïsha.

It became New York #1 Bestseller in 2019

6. Ikenga by Nnedi OkaraforIkenga 	Writertain Creatives (Publishers)| Top Science fiction/fantasy novels Nigerian

From the author of Akata witch, Binti and who fears death, Nnedi brings in a mixture of history with fantasy. This book centres on a man called Nnamdi who wishes to avenge his father and he is later granted power by an old artefact. Ikenga means ‘Place of Strength’ in Igbo.

7. Rosewater by Tade ThompsonRosewater

Rosewater is more science fiction than fantasy. An alien biodome mysteriously appears in Nigeria, healing some when it opens, but also reanimating corpses. Kaaro is a reluctant secret psychic agent, and as his fellow psychics start dying of a mysterious illness, he becomes enmired in something he doesn’t understand but must figure out.

8. Who Fears Death by Nnedi OkaraforWho Fears Death

Onye embarks on a journey during which she grapples with nature, tradition, history, true love, and the spiritual mysteries of her people in an apocalyptic Africa.

9. Riot Baby by – TOCHI ONYEBUCHIRiot Baby Tochi Onyebuchi

This is his first novel for adults about a lady called Ella who can see things that haven’t happened yet and as her power grows, her brother Kevin tries to protect her from it but he ends up being jailed. This is a story about family, power, racism and injustice.

10. The Palmwine Drinkard by Amos TutuolaThe Palmwine Drinkard

The novel was the first Nigerian book to achieve international fame. The story is a classic quest tale in which the hero, a lazy boy who likes to spend his days drinking palm wine, gains wisdom, confronts death, and overcomes many perils in the course of his journey.

11. Akata Witch/What Sunny Saw in the FlameAkata Witch/ What Sunny Saw in the Flame

The novel was the first Nigerian book to achieve international fame. The story is a classic quest tale in which the hero, a lazy boy who likes to spend his days drinking palm wine, gains wisdom, confronts death, and overcomes many perils in the course of his journey.

12. The Infinite Leap by Patience Agbabi

This is a time travel fantasy novel that brings us into an era where kids born on the 29th of February possesses the ability to travel through time.

Bibi-imbele receives a warning from the future and now it is up to her to find out the reason why kids like her are disappearing. This definitely will remind young ones out there about ‘The Flash’.

13. Time of the Supermen by Tope Apoola	Writertain Creatives (Publishers)| Top Science fiction/fantasy novels Nigerian

A group of wise men have found a tiny clue to an emerging hypothesis that there existed a deliberate design, somewhere on the face of the planet Mars. If this is found to be true, then they would have a reason to suspect that a legion of superior creatures once lived on Mars.

14. Memory of Stone by Chio ZoeMemory of Stone by Chio ZOe

18-year-old Nyx, a top criminal is forced to leave n infamous rundown city nicknamed The Bottoms to rescue her only friend.  Her path crossed Loran’s Blade, a mask-wearing commander and a living legend at only eighteen. Their emotions were tested.

15. Dooms Wing by The Legend of TellamDoom of Wing

. It is a fictional epic tale about a boy Tellam and his odysseys through life. It is about his search for the answers about his life; the mystery of his birth and his family.

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