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<strong><u>Ways to Empower the Next Generation of Female Authors</u></strong>

Ways to Empower the Next Generation of Female Authors

As we approach International Women’s Day, it’s essential to reflect on how we can empower the next generation of female authors. In Nigeria, where education is highly valued, fostering young talent, especially among female writers, is crucial for building a diverse literary landscape. This blog post explores the importance of uplifting new female talents, the challenges they face, and actionable ways to support and empower them.

Unlocking the creativity of these young girls and strengthening their authorial ambitions will allow precious feminine perspectives to colour the vibrant fabric of Nigerian literature.

The Importance of Uplifting New Female Talents

If we want the stories and literature of Nigeria to represent the true diversity of experiences in our country, it is crucial that we nurture and elevate emerging female writing talents. Though there have been influential Nigerian female authors like Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani, Lola Shoneyin and Igoni Barrett who have made immense cultural impact, they are still too few compared to their male counterparts. We need to drastically multiply these empowered voices.

Lifting up young girls who display literary promise serves many purposes. Firstly, it challenges the lingering gender stereotypes that attempt to box women into limiting roles and downplay their intellectual capacities. Seeing more young female authors succeed demonstrates to wider society that creative self-expression through writing is for girls too.

Additionally, emerging female writers inspire other young girls to boldly pursue their authorial aspirations when they may otherwise succumb to external pressure to stifle their voices.

Most importantly, we desperately need wider representation of the full range of female experiences in Nigerian literature. The feminine perspective is starkly underserved. Uplifting more young female storytellers and essayists ensures crucial stories around girlhood, womanhood, motherhood, careers, relationships and aging are told in all their complexity – by those who’ve lived it.


Despite the progress made in recent years, young aspiring female writers still face numerous challenges. Lack of visibility, Gender stereotypes discouragement, societal expectations, limited access to writing education and networks, financial constraints, and difficulty balancing their literary goals with familial expectations can hinder their literary journey. 

However, there are impactful ways we can promote their literary journey and motivate these promising voices.

Ways to Empower the Next Generation of Female Authors

Firstly, we need to highlight accomplished Nigerian female authors as inspirational role models. Writers like Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Buchi Emecheta, Zaynab Alkali, and Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani have broken barriers and paved the way for new talents. Exposing young girls to their work and journeys can motivate them to persevere.

Secondly, grants, scholarships, writing workshops, and mentorship programs specifically for teen girls and young women writers will provide critical early support. We should advocate for more of these literacy initiatives targeted at this demographic.

Additionally, magazines, journals, and platforms dedicated to publishing young female writers’ works would greatly encourage blossoming talents and give them vital first publication credits.

Furthermore, successful authors can give inspirational and educational talks at schools and universities. Direct access to these writers’ journeys firsthand can demystify the creative process for aspiring young female storytellers.

Finally, supportive writing communities amongst female authors themselves, whether online or in-person writing groups, can help combat isolation and champion one another’s works.

Nigerian female author Role models children can emulate:

Moreover, as we strive to empower tomorrow’s female authors, the writers who have come before them light the way. Their paths hold profound lessons for thwarting limitations and embracing creativity. Let’s highlight five extraordinary Nigerian women authors whose footsteps can inspire our young girls.

1. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Her novels unflinchingly examine the complex dynamics of identity, race, immigration and feminism in Nigeria and beyond. She proves the pen’s might amid injustice. Her most famous works are Purple Hibiscus (2003) which won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize in 2005, Half of a Yellow Sun (2006) which won the Orange Prize in 2007 and Americanah (2013).

2. Oyinkan Braithwaite –

Catapulted to fame by her daring, darkly satirical thriller “My Sister, the Serial Killer” in 2018, Oyinkan’s works explore moral grey areas while shining light on the complexities of sisterhood and women’s societal conditioning.

3. Ayobami Adebayo –

With her highly acclaimed debut “Stay With Me” laying bare the anguish of balancing tradition and personal dreams amid fertility crises, stillbirth grief and polygamy pressures in modern Nigeria, Ayobami writes poetic tales that resonate at the crossroads of the old and new Africa.

4. Sefi Atta –

This award-winning novelist fearlessly confronts corruption, gender inequality, dashed ambitions of girlhood and the secrets of Lagos’s upper-middle-class life. Her works pulse with gritty authenticity.

5. Buchi Emecheta –

The first internationally prominent female Nigerian novelist, Buchi overcame staggering adversities to pave the way for countless women authors who came after her. Her autobiographical works of familial resilience continue to inspire.


Empowering the next generation of female authors is essential for creating a more inclusive and vibrant literary community. By providing support, resources, and opportunities, we can help young girls overcome barriers and fulfil their writing potential. As we celebrate International Women’s Day, let us reaffirm our commitment to nurturing female talent and amplifying their voices in the literary world. Together, we can create a brighter future where every girl has the opportunity to share her story and make a lasting impact through her words.

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