Olusegun Obasanjo

Though many may not like him for his frankness or crudeness, former NIgerian President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has authored more books than any President or head of state that has ruled this nation.

The former head of state who bagged Ph.D in Theology has authored 24 books. No Nigerian leader has ever done that, it is a fact.

Even former President, Goodluck Jonathan, who also has a Ph.D can only boast of writing only one book, titled, “My Transition Hours.”

In 1964, Nigeria’s first Prime Minister, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, authored the book, “Nigeria speaks: Speeches made between 1957 and 1964.”


Some former leaders had books written about them by other authors and not themselves. Such is former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon. His biography was written by John D Clarke, in the book, “Yakubu Gowon: Faith in United Nigeria,” in 1887.

Another is “Gowon: The Biography of a Soldier-Statesman,” published on January 31, 2009 by J Isawa Elaigwu.

Books written by Obasanjo

  • My Watch Volume 1: Early Life and Military
  • My Watch Volume 2: Political and Public Affairs
  • My Watch Volume 3: Now and Then
  • My Command
  • Nzeogwu
  • The Animal Called Man
  • A New Dawn
  • The Thabo Mbeki I know
  • Africa Through the Eyes of A Patriot
  • Making Africa Work: A handbook
  • Forging a Compact in U.S. African Relations: The Fifth David M. Abshire Endowed Lecture, December 15, 1987.
  • Africa in Perspective
  • Letters to Change the World: From Pankhurst to Orwell.
  • Not my Will
  • Democracy Works: Re-Wiring Politics to Africa’s Advantage
  • My Watch
  • Challenges of Leadership in Africa
  • War Wounds: Development Costs of Conflict in Southern Sudan
  • Guides to Effective Prayer
  • The Challenges of Agricultural Production and Food Security in Africa
  • Addressing Africa’s Youth Employment and food security Crisis: The Role of African Agriculture in Job Creation.
  • Dust Suspended: A memoir of Colonial, Overseas and Diplomatic Service Life 1953 to 1986
  • L’Afrique en Marche: un manuel pour la reussite économique
  • Africa’s Critical Choices: A Call for a Pan-African Roadmap