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Promoting Nigerian Books and Authors 2023

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In recent years, there has been an increased focus on promoting diverse voices and perspectives in literature, which has led to a greater interest in novels from Nigerian authors. Nigerian Authors and their books not only serve as a form of Education, Entertainment, Cultural Preservation, and Language development but also brings about a significant impact on African literature, culture, and society. A lot of Authors from the Nigerian geographic location are missing from the Wikidata and Wikipedia databases due to lack of visibility, Nigerian books often face difficulties in gaining visibility on a global scale due to a lack of representation and promotion within the international literary community. One of the major issues is that Nigerian authors and stories are often overlooked and underrepresented. This lack of representation makes it harder for Nigerian books to gain visibility and reach a global audience. This project aims to put the subject of Nigerian books and their Authors in the forefront thereby promoting not only Nigerian books but also the cultural background embedded in the books.

This project seeks to go a step further and promote Nigerian Literature and the Authors on Wikidata and Wikipedia and also improve existing Wikidata items and Wikipedia articles.

List of Nigerian Books[edit]

List of articles on Nigerian Books
Wikipedia Wikidata Wikicommons What to do
A Man of the People Q3312551 File:ManOfThePeople.JPG added relevant citations to this article and expand wikidata item
A Particular Kind of Black Man Q109127158 File:A Particular Kind of Black Man.jpg added relevant citations to this article and expand wikidata item
A Small Silence Q109127440 File:A Small Silence.jpg added relevant citations to this article and expand wikidata item
A Squatter's Tale Q47947821 add image added relevant citations to this article and expand wikidata item

Program Goals[edit]

1. Training and recruitment of participants. This training will enable them to create items and edit articles to the best of their capability.

2. Provide the new editors and the existing editors with the necessary tool needed to improve Wikidata and Wikipedia. we will be providing them with all the necessary information they need to participate.

3. Training participants on how to contribute to the various Wikimedia projects that the training focuses on;

  • Creating a Wikidata/Wikipedia account.
  • Understanding the core content policies and the general editing principles.
  • Creating new items on Wikidata and improving articles on Wikipedia.

4. The outreach dashboard will be used to keep track of all contributions made by the editors during the edit-a-thon.

5. Giving out prizes to the Top 4 contributors as incentives to motivate them at the end of the campaign.

Program Execution[edit]

1. Mobilizing and sensitizing participants on the various uses of the Wikimedia project and changing their perception of Wikidata, Wikipedia and other sister projects with the help of related associations.

2. Recruiting participants

3. Generating diverse contents

Data-a-thons: This activity will be a series of Wikidata training/data-a-thon to raise awareness about the available data on Literature-related topics in Nigeria to identify the gaps by introducing the participants to Wikidata query service and how to use it to track items. We will also increase awareness of the importance of creating these data as a worklist that will guide participants on how to create /improve items identified. Furthermore, participants will be trained to run queries to know the existing data gap and create and improve items on Wikidata.

Edit-a-thons: We will carry out edit-a-thons to train the participants how to perform minor edits (adding citations, Wikilinks, Category, Infoboxes, and descriptions, among others) on Wikipedia articles related to Literature topics in the Nigerian context.


[ Register] to join the Reading Wikipedia in the Classroom-Nigeria [WhatsApp group] for one-on-one training and support during the program. please note: This program runs from April to June 2023.

How to participate

1 Sign in or Create a New Account on Wikipedia.

2 Enroll on the Promoting Nigerian Books and Authors 2023 Outreach Dashboard to track your contributions.

3 [Sign up] in the participants section on this page.

List of Participants[edit]

To participate you need to sign up on the participants section and join the dashboard to track your contributions.

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Resources/List of Articles[edit]

Nigerian Books

List of Books needing attention
Title Wikidata image
Zahrah the Windseeker Q16968404 File:Zahrah THE WINDSEEKER.jpg
My Life in the Bush of Ghosts Q6945881 File:MyLifeInTheBushOfGhosts.jpg
Omenuko Q7090080
The Looming Fog Q7748387 File:The Looming Fog.jpg
Anthills of the Savannah Q4011016 File:AnthillsOfTheSavannah.jpg
Starbook Q7601476 File:StarbookNovel.jpg
A Man of the People Q3312551 File:ManOfThePeople.JPG
Chike and the River Q5097408 File:Chike and the River - book cover.jpg
Sozaboy Q7572055 File:Sozaboy Cover.jpg
The Concubine Q7727308
Gwendolen Q5623474 File:Gwendolen (novel).jpg
Goliath Q111442660 File:Goliath (Onyebuchi novel).jpeg
Blackbird Q17019628 File:Blackbird (Dibia novel).jpg
One Man Q19902740 File:OneManOneMatchet.jpg
Lokotown and Other Stories Q19902698 File:Lokotown and Other Stories.jpg
The Narrow Path Q20002577 File:Movie poster for The Narrow Path.jpg
The Virgin Q19902833
The Interpreters Q3772120 File:TheInterpreters.jpg
Kinsman and Foreman Q23307395
The Fishermen Q20992380 File:The Fishermen.jpg
People of the City Q23307463 File:PeopleOfTheCity.jpg
Season of Anomy Q23307171 File:Soyinka Seasonof Anomy.jpg
Behind the Rising Sun Q24255771
Wand of Noble Wood Q24255809
Jagua Nana Q24255818
Blackass Q26964695 File:Blackass.jpg
Oil on Water Q106527769
Home Q29096956 File:Binti Home.jpg
Every Day Is for the Thief Q30594405
The Day Ends Like Any Day Q29344780 File:The Day Ends Like Any Day.jpg
The Slave Girl Q30069225 File:The Slave Girl (a novel).jpg
The Only Son Q39078656
Lagoon Q48815704 File:LagoonNovel.jpg
A Squatter's Tale Q47947821
Second Class Citizen Q3678378 File:Second Class Citizen (book).jpg
In Arcadia Q85769133 File:In Arcadia.jpg
Kehinde Q85773900 File:Kehinde (novel).jpg
An Orchestra of Minorities Q85741422 File:An Orchestra of Minorities (Chigozie Obioma).png
Astonishing the Gods Q85743432 File:Astonishing the Gods.jpg
Sweet Sixteen Q105759776 File:Sweet Sixteen (novel).jpg
Remote Control Q106838971 File:Remote Control (Okorafor novel).jpg
Speak No Evil Q107377333 File:Speak No Evil (Iweala novel).jpg
David Mogo Q107490320
Beasts Made of Night Q107599411 File:Beasts Made of Night.jpg
Riot Baby Q108089920 File:Riot Baby cover.jpg
Foreign Gods Q107968761 File:Foreign Gods, Inc. novel cover.png
In the Name of Our Father Q108089925 File:In the Name of Our Father.jpg
Of Women and Frogs Q108092866 File:Of Women and Frogs novel cover.jpeg
The Mechanics of Yenagoa Q108089928 File:The Mechanics of Yenagoa.jpg
The Madhouse Q108208050 File:The Madhouse (novel).jpg
The Voice Q108208219 File:The Voice (novel).jpg
Becoming Abigail Q108092870 File:Becoming Abigail.jpg
Sugar Girl Q110608227
Ruwan Bagaja Q86714429
Born on a Tuesday Q108325553 File:Born on a Tuesday.jpg
Be(com)ing Nigerian Q108325521 File:Be(com)ing Nigerian.jpg
Eze Goes to School Q108176864
The Spider King's Daughter Q108377484 File:The Spider King's Daughter.jpg
Welcome to Lagos Q108377522 File:Welcome to Lagos (novel).jpg
Waiting for an Angel Q108377610 File:Waiting for an Angel.jpg
Prison Stories Q108392107 File:Prison Stories.jpg
Head above Water Q108392233 File:Head above Water.jpg
The Rape of Shavi Q108392345 File:The Rape of Shavi.jpg
Double Yoke Q108392232 File:Double Yoke.jpg
An African Night's Entertainment Q108402953
Children of Virtue and Vengeance Q108415545 File:Children of Virtue and Vengeance.jpg
The Survival of Molly Southbourne Q96354643 File:The Survival of Molly Southbourne.jpg
In the Ditch Q108444422
The New Tribe Q108443785
Ikenga Q108502459 File:Ikenga (novel).jpg
One Week One Trouble Q108501967
Grace Jones Q108672547
Butterfly Fish Q108739340 File:Butterfly Fish (novel).jpg
Chronicles from the Land of the Happiest People on Earth Q108887906 File:Chronicles from the Land of the Happiest People on Earth.jpg
Arrows of Rain Q108806934 File:Arrows of Rain.jpg
Songs of Enchantment Q109228825 File:Songs of Enchantment.jpg
The Age of Magic Q109228956 File:The Age of Magic.jpg
On Black Sisters Street Q109229031 File:Fata Morgana Book.jpg
Destination Biafra Q109237709 File:Destination Biafra.jpg
Naira Power Q109236375 File:Naira Power.jpg
Travelers Q108916505 File:Travelers 2019 book cover.png
The Chibok Girls Q109099827 File:The Chibok Girls by Helon Habila book cover.png
On Ajayi Crowther Street Q109099522 File:On Ajayi Crowther Street.jpg
A Particular Kind of Black Man Q109127158 File:A Particular Kind of Black Man.jpg
A Small Silence Q109127440 File:A Small Silence.jpg
Beneath the Tamarind Tree Q109127304 File:Beneath the Tamarind Tree.jpg
The Freedom Artist Q109237318 File:The Freedom Artist.jpg
Sankofa Q109558118
One Man Q42186127
Chief the Honourable Minister Q42184300
Danda Q109346837
My Mercedes Is Bigger than Yours Q109347583
The Last of the Strong Ones Q109535065
This Hostel Life Q109535649 File:This Hostel Life.jpg
Ogadinma Q110517343 File:Ogadinma.jpg
The Returnees Q110516907 File:The Returnees.jpg
Akata Woman Q110833771 File:Akata Woman.jpg
Bitter Q110815241 File:Bitter (novel).jpeg
Yinka Q110839693 File:Yinka, Where Is Your Huzband?.jpeg
Unbridled Q111915809 File:Unbridled (novel).jpg
Obi Q111914726
Seesaw Q111936270
Vagabonds! Q112228502 File:Vagabonds!.jpg
The Carnivorous City Q111232879
Onyeka and the Academy of the Sun Q115862167 File:Onyeka and the Academy of the Sun.jpg
Every Leaf a Hallelujah Q116825236

New Wikidata Items/Articles on Nigerian Authors/Books[edit]

S/N Name of Book Name of Author Created items
1 When We Were Fireflies Abubakar Adam Ibrahim https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q117472867
2 Babel and Boys Leonard Ifeanyi Ugwu Jr. https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q117465366
3 A Woman Has Many Names Karimot Odebode https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q117466313
4 Devil's Pawn Kukogho Iruesiri Samson https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q117599957
5 Don't Answer When They Call Your Name Ukamaka Olisakwe https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q118120717
6 Rose and the Burma Sky Rosanna Amaka https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q117604940
7 I Am Still With You Emmanuel Iduma https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q117536511
8 Dazzling Chikodili Emelumadu https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q117600055
9 Daughters of Oduma Moses Ose Utomi https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q117600225
10 Stay With Me Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀ https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q111383169
11 We Who Sowed Hurt and Beaded Pains Kukogho Iruesiri Samson https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q117478191
12 I Said These Words: A Collection of Poems Kukogho Iruesiri Samson https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q117478075
13 Words of Eros Kukogho Iruesiri Samson https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q117478370
14 What Can Words Do? Kukogho Iruesiri Samson https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q117477870
15 Grief on Painted Sheets Adedayo Agarau https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q117492667
16 PARADOX OF LITTLE FIRES Jide Badmus https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q117241272
17 Flowers and Thorns: A collection of poems Olowo Qudus https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q117661904
18 LUST ALPHABETS Jide Badmus https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q117602372
19 Obaluaye Jide Badmus https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q117602994
20 What Do I Call My Love For Your Body? Jide Badmus https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q117601307
21 The Arrival of Rain Adedayo Agarau https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q117474160
22 For Boys Who Went Adedayo Agarau https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q117474281
23 Mek We Yan Eriata Oribhabor https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q117493310
24 Ducks & Drakes Eriata Oribhabor https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q117538115
25 Crossroads & the Rubicon Eriata Oribhabor https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q117540117
26 Random Thoughts on Poetry Eriata Oribhabor https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q117542562
27 Twenty Eighteen: ...moving Poetry Vehicle Eriata Oribhabor https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q117661296
28 Walking Truths Eriata Oribhabor https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q117662440
29 Abuja Na Kpangba: An Oda Puem-dem Eriata Oribhabor https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q117665217
30 Beautiful Poisons Eriata Oribhabor https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q117802965
31 Colours and Borders Eriata Oribhabor https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q117601014
32 ONE LEG FORWARD, TWO LEG BACKWARD Eriata Oribhabor https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q117628650
33 The Other Names of Grief Rasaq Malik Gbolahan https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q117465092
34 Like Butterflies Scattered About by Art Rascals Umar Abubakar Sidi https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q117625522
35 The Poet of Dust Umar Abubakar Sidi https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q117661761
36 Sacrament of Bodies Romeo Oriogun https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q117687517
37 Nomad Romeo Oriogun https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q117858825
38 The Gathering of Bastards Romeo Oriogun https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q117657249
39 A Love Like This: A Short Story Abubakar Adam Ibrahim https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q111478817
40 The Whispering Trees: Short Stories Abubakar Adam Ibrahim https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q117855709
41 Season of Crimson Blossoms Abubakar Adam Ibrahim https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q48798438
42 A Coastline Is an Immeasurable Thing: A Memoir Across Three Continents Mary-Alice Daniel https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q117837936
43 Hope and Glory Jendella https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q117837830
44 Colloquial Yoruba Antonia Yetunde Folarin Schleicher https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q117834323
45 Yoruba Love Stories Olola Olabode Ogunlana https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q117751718
46 The Quest for the Rare Leaf and other Yoruba Tales Olola Olabode Ogunlana https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q117817109
47 The Rare Leaf: Yoruba Legends and Love Stories Olola Olabode Ogunlana https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q117659307
48 Yoruba Legends M. I. Ogumefu https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q117474121
49 Osun Seegesi Diedre Badejo https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q117812671
50 Ìrèké Oníbùdó Daniel O. Fagunwa https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q113493281
51 Alikanze: An Igbo Folk Tale Nwakego P. Ihenach https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q117711999
52 There's Rice At Home Mayowa Precious Agbabiaka https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q117472080
53 Akuko Ifo Umuaka: 20 Short African Folktales Chikamgaefe Ahumibe and Chisom Ekomaru https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q117469138
54 After God is Dibia John Anenechukwu Umeh https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q117467438
55 Ribar Kishi: Hausa Novel Haris Aliyu https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q117466253