You probably didn’t know this before now, but chances are that your favourite Nigerian celebrity has written and published a book.
From actors, to musicians, to socialites, many Nigerian celebrities are now finding extra purpose in penning down some of their life experiences and sharing with their fans to help whoever needs it better navigate this journey called life. Needless to say that most of the books featured on this list are memoirs/autobiographies, but what you’d also find interesting are some amazing works of fiction and some self-help books that’ll probably leave you wondering why the author didn’t first launch their career as a writer.
Without further ado, I give you the list of Nigerian celebrities who have published books (here on OkadaBooks).
Toke Makinwa – On Becoming
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. A marriage that ended in an atrocious scandal that nearly brought her to her knees. In the wake of the peaks and troughs that characterize Toke’s experiences, she now shares her struggle with blinding betrayal, finding forgiveness and drawing strength from her faith in God. Start HERE.
Onyeka Onwenu – My Father’s Daughter
My Father’s Daughter is a riveting narration of Onyeka Onwenu’s enthralling journey through life. We are held captive as she takes us into her world – from the heart-warming affection of her father to living through the anguish of the Nigeria-Biafra war, from a remarkable mother’s love to family intrigues, from feminism to a career that has put her in the limelight for decades. Her reflections and reviews are expressive and stroke our senses; nothing is left out. Read HERE.
Olori Supergal – From Social Media Misfit to Social Media Hero
Writing this book was a challenge Tosin ‘Olori Supergal’ Ajibade took on to connect with people around the world. It’s not a presentation of a perfect person but one who is on a journey. It’s a story of how she fell in love with social media and journeyed in even though she wasn’t sure where the road would lead. Read HERE.
Ice Prince – The Nigerian Dream: The Ice Prince Story
This book follows Ice Prince from his time as a fledgling in Northern Nigeria to his breakout years in Lagos and his exploits around the globe. It references his lessons, retells his experiences and recalls the subtle leaps that makes him a celebrated Nigerian story. Read HERE.
Eva Alordiah – 11: A Collection of (Sexy) Short Stories
Elohor Eva Alordiah is a Nigerian Rapper/Entertainer, and a Writer with a skill for wordplay. 11 is her first collection of stories and she plays smoothly in the semi-erotic genre, captivating readers and holding them spell bound till the finish. Read HERE.
Akin Alabi – Small Business, Big Money
Small Business Big Money is a book that enlightens on how to start, grow and turn your small business into a cash generating machine. Read HERE.
Chika Ike – Boss Up!
Boss UP! is a 41 chapter book that cover most of the obstacles we all confront–fear, convention, love, money, self-esteem. Some are internal, existing only in our minds, and some are external, found in other people’s attitudes. It gives you a guide on how to overcome such obstacles by some of the lessons and experiences of Chika Ike. Read HERE.
Brymo – Oriri’s Plight
Oriri sought the mysteries of the unknowns and prevailed against all adversities to become the king of Uzi kingdom. It’s a powerful body of fiction from Ọlawale ‘Brymo’ Ọlofọrọ. Read HERE.
Seyi Makinde – Thinking it Out
In Thinking It Out, Engr. Seyi Makinde shares his philosophy about life, principles, values, and orientation, providing insights into his private, business, and political experiences like never before. It is the story of a man who rose from obscurity to the zenith of his profession and business, despite a humble beginning. Read HERE.
Emma Ugolee – A Hundred Random Light Bulbs
Some books are not meant for a one time read. Constantly opened for steady referencing. This is one of those rare kinds that has you helplessly mutilating pages with your marker and subconsciously influencing everyday conversation as you flip through the pages.
A collection of lessons and nuggets from a hundred random topics setting off the light bulbs in your head abounds with every page you flip. Read HERE.
Jane Michael Ekanem – April the 29th
A fighter and an achiever, Jane Michael Ekanem went from having something, to having nothing, and then to having everything. This book is a walk through her difficult childhood shadowed by child abuse and being homeless, to an equally challenging teenage life of suffering and being hopeless, to become the successful adult that she is today. Read HERE.
Toyin Lawani – Be Unstoppable: The Business Mogul’s Guide
Toyin Lawani is the a Nigerian serial entrepreneur. She rote this book to impart young entrepreneurs with her knowledge and vast experience in running businesses. Learn from her mistakes, wins and joys. Read HERE.
Teju Babyface – Secrets of the Streets
What Teju himself has to say about his book: “While it is my hope that this book will provide answers for millions of young people across Africa who desire to have a successful career in the entertainment industry, it is more than just a book written to that industry. Even though the experiences are personal (of course), the principles remain universal and will be instructive for young people who desire success in any industry at all.” Read HERE.
Omoni Oboli – The Stars are Ageless
Omoni Oboli has played as many roles in life as she has on the big screen. But a movie ends and life goes on. The Stars are Ageless presents the true story of the woman hailed as “The Box Office Queen” of Nigerian cinema. Read HERE.
Laura Ikeji – How to Make Money on Instagram
This book puts the tools Laura Ikeji used to change her life in your hands. You too can make money and achieve your dreams through Instagram. Enjoy! Read HERE.
Juliana Olayode – Rebirth From Grace to Grass
From Grass to Grace. Juliana Olayode tells of the many hurdles she had to scale and the obstacles she had to surmount in becoming one of the most sought after actresses in Nollywood. Read HERE.
Toyosi Etim-Effiong – Now You Know me Better
Now You Know Me Better is a collection of non-fictional short stories. Told in a witty, friendly voice, these stories revolve around Toyosi’s life experiences—from being torn between the two extremes of her parents’ family backgrounds to finding her path as a young woman while dealing with loss, uncertainty, and growing into herself. The stories explore themes of identity, risk, faith and growth, offering insights into the experiences of one African woman and the ways she views herself, her communities, and the world at large. Read HERE.
Honourable mentions not available on the OkadaBooks mobile reading app:
- Juliet Ibrahim – A Toast to Life
- Skuki Peeshaun – How to Make Your Man Fall in Love With You Over and Over Again
- Luvvie Ajayi – I’m Judging You: The Do Better Manual
- Betty Irabor – Dust to Dew
- Koffi Idowu-Nuel – Beauty of the Beast
- Julius Agwu – Jokes Apart, How Did I get Here?
- 2Face Idibia- A Very Good Bad Guy
How many books on this list by Nigerian celebrities have you read? Tell me in the comments.