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WAEC/NECO Recommended Literature Texts 2026-2030

WAEC recommended literature texts for the next six years are discussed in this article. The texts for fro 2026-2030 are listed and some summary provided. We halve also provided links to the summary of some WAEC recommended literature texts for 2024-2025 in this article for you.

West African Examinations Council (WAEC) is an educational branch of ECOWAS that aims to unify the different peoples of West Africa through various means, including education. Every four years, WAEC recommends a few textbooks or literary texts— prose, drama, and poetry— for WAEC students or candidates to read, and their literary teachers are expected to teach the students from these textbooks to enable them to succeed in the WAEC exam. Additionally, students or candidates from other bodies like NECO and GCE can also use the WAEC-recommended literature Texts/Books for the years 2026 to 2030.

This article by HQ Words lists all the literary texts – Prose, Drama, and Poetry, recommended by WAEC to its candidates and readers with some synopsis of those books.

Prose 

Two novels written by Africans, especially those written by West Africans, and two written by non-Africans, are recommended to WAEC, NECO, GCE, etc., candidates for four years. The textbooks— prose, drama, poetry— recommended to the candidates of these examination bodies have a four-year duration.

African Prose 

  1.  So The Path Does Not Die— Pede Hollist

The novel written by a Sierra Leonean was first published in 2014. The story centers on a girl known as Fina whose father commits taboo in his quest to save his daughter from the brutal ancient tradition of mutilating a female organ. 

Fina’s parents were against the tradition, whereas her grandmother was fully in support of it. Before a girl will grow into adulthood and be embraced by society, she must pass through this rite. Being irritated by the tradition, the family escaped the village to the city with curses laid on them. In the city, they found a new life. 

Fina, the protagonist of the novel, later moved to the United States where she began to encounter another form of hatred from anti-immigrants, African Americans, and Caribbeans.

2. Redemption Road — Elma Shaw

Shaw intends to capture the part of Liberia unknown to the world, using a tone of recovery and desperate pursuit of peace in the country torn by war caused by power-mongering fellows.

Liberia is a West African country that began to witness tumultuous changes in the 1980s, which resulted in a conflict that cost the country plenty of lives and its already crawling economy. 

The author, in this novel, tries to tell the world the stories of his people after Charles Taylor ceased to be the steering of the country.

Non-African Prose

1. To Kill a Mockingbird — Harper Lee

Published in 1960, ‘To Kill a Mockingbird‘ is one of the most-assigned school books in the United States due to its balanced portrayal of racial injustice in 1960s America. The novel became a huge success and won a Pulitzer Prize. 

The novel, written by an American, is about the prevalence of racial injustice in 1960s America. As a bildungsroman, the novel tracks the events unfolding around a young American girl.

2. Path of Lucas: The Journey He Endured– Susanne

Based on the true-life story in the birthplace of the author, Ontario, Canada, the novel tells the story of Lucas Clarkson who has so much love to offer but is always struck down by the ups and downs of life. 

Lucas, after facing tribulation and trials, becomes a successful farmer, a vocation he later leaves for a mechanic. Susanne stylishly comments on the life of his father who is peaceful and loving but faced different challenges in his life.

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The Bride Price by Buchi Emecheta

I Do Not Come To You By Chance – A Summary of The Story and The Characters

Summary of The Life Changer by Khadija Abubakar Jalli

Drama

There are two African and two non-African dramas or plays on the list of literature textbooks recommended to WAEC, NECO, and GCE candidates in the years 2026-2030. 

African Drama

Here are the two African dramas:

1. Once Upon an Elephant— Bosede Ademilua-Afolayan

2. The Marriage of Anansewa — Efua Sutherland

Non-African Dramas

1. An Inspector Calls — J. B. Priestley

2. A Man for All Seasons— Robert Bolt

Poetry

Apart from the prose and dramas on the WAEC list of books for students preparing for WAEC, six African poems, and six non-African poems are also assigned to such students to read and enrich their knowledge.

African Poetry

  1. Once Upon a Time – Gabriel Okara (Nigerian)
  2. New Tongue— Elizabeth L. A. Kamara(Sierra Leone)
  3. Night— Wole Soyinka (Nigerian)
  4. Not My Business— Niyi Osundare (Nigerian)
  5. S.O.H. Afriyie -Vidza: Hearty Garlands
  6. The Breast of The Sea— Syl Cheney-Coker (Sierra Leone)

Non-African Poetry

  1. She Walks in Beauty— Lord Byron
  2. The Nun’s Priest’s Tale—Geoffrey Chaucer
  3. Digging— Seamus Heaney
  4. Still, I Rise — Maya Angelou
  5. The Telephone Call—Fleur Adcock
  6. The Stone—Wilfrid Wilson Gibson

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