Reading is a great way for us to live out our wildest fantasies (even if only in imagination). We live vicariously through the character(s) we read about in a novel.

From Romeo and Juliet in Shakespeare’s infamous novel to Gatsby and Daisy in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, we’ve all ridden the long and loopy rollercoaster of love and enjoyed the ride authors across the world have taken us on.

Here’s a list of five fictional Nigerian couples I believe we all couldn’t help but fall in love with!

1. Ifemelu and Obinze from Americanah.

Ifemelu and Obinze had real love. The kind of love you only dream of. They went from secondary school sweethearts to young lovers to adulterers to whatever they were going to be after that very confusing ending, and we were here for it all. Their love was transatlantic. It spanned the years. And even though it had its fair share of exes and heartbreak, it was always present.

2. Vivek and Osita from The Death of Vivek Oji.

This couple was so wrong and so right at the same time!!!

In spite of the fact that it was incestuous (and illegal), the love between these two was just so cosmic you could feel it in every page. You could feel it in the way Osita mourned Vivek. The downward spiral he went through. He had so much love to give, and that love ruined them both.

3. Reza and Hajiya Binta from Season of Crimson Blossoms.

Reza! The Hausa agbero¹ that crept in and stole our hearts. It’s almost impossible to imagine such a pairing in everyday life. The pairing of these two is so unconvential. Just imagine it; a pious Muslim grandmother and a twenty-something year old hemp smoking miscreant.

4. Kambili and Father Amadi from Purple Hibiscus.

Reading about Kambili’s girl crush on Father Amadi made me feel seen in ways I can’t even describe. It was really all the proof the world needed to know that though naive, young people (Nigerian young people) can love just as intensely as the old folks do.

5. Vanessa and Tayo from Independence.

If you read this novel without holding onto hope of Vanessa and Tayo reuniting in the end, you really need to see a doctor. I genuinely believe your heart is made of stone.

That’s my list! What are some of yours? Let me know in the comments below!

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Amarachi Ike writes from Enugu, where she is currently studying Medicine at the University of Nigeria. She is an essayist, fiction writer, blogger and aspiring author.


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