New JAMB Recommended Literature in English Novels & Books 2023/2024 Academic Session Released

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Are you searching for JAMB Recommended Literature in English Novels? Annually, the joint Admission and Matriculation Board JAMB do conduct CBT Examination for Jambite who which to gain admission as an undergraduate. Therefore, the New JAMB Recommended Literature in English Novels and Textbook has been made available for 2023/2024 JAMB Registration Candidates.

On this note, it has been released in this update so has to enable JAMB Recommended Literature in English Novels get student prepared for the forth coming 2023/2024 JAMB UTME Examination. Do well to note the basic novels while you have access to the books in a book shop ahead of time.

New JAMB Recommended Literature in English Novels and Textbook for 2023/2024 Session

The new JAMB Recommended Novel has been changed which will be used for 2023 examination and will be in effect. The following are the new Literature in English Novels and Textbook;

  1. ‘Lion and the Jewel’ by Wole Soyinka;
  2. `Look Back in Anger’ by John Osborne;
  3. `Second Class Citizen’ by Buchi
  4. Emecheta and `Unexpected Joy at
  5. Dawn’ by Alex Agyei Agyiri.
  6. “ `Heights’ by Emile Bronte


JAMB Literature Poetry Texts

Here are the JAMB Literature Poetry Texts;

  1. The Panic of Growing Older by Lenrie Peter.
  2. Vanity by Birago Diop.
  3. The Leader and the Led by Niyi Osundare.
  4. Ambush by Gbemisola Adeoti.
  5. The Song of the Woman of my Land by Oumar Farouk Sesay.
  6. Piano and Drums by Gabriel Okara.
  7. The Dining Table by Gbanabam Hallowell.


JAMB Recommended Textbooks for Literature in English

Frank Ogodo Ogbeche: Harvest of Corruption
William Shakespeare: Othello

Amma Darko: Faceless
Richard Wright: Native Son

Birago Diop: Vanity
ii. Gbemisola Adeoti: Ambush
iii. Gabriel Okara : Piano and Drums
iv. Gbanabam Hallowell: The Dining Table
v. Lenrie Peter: The Panic of Growing Older
vi. Kofi Awoonor: The Anvil and the Hammer


JAMB Syllabus for Literature in English



Candidates should be able to:

  1. Identify the various types of drama.
  2. Analyse the contents of the various types of drama.
  3. Compare and contrast the features of different dramatic types.
  4. Demonstrate adequate knowledge of dramatic techniques used in each prescribed text.
  5. Differentiate between styles of selected playwrights.
  6. Determine the theme of any prescribed text.
  7. Identify the plot of the play.
    Apply the lessons of the play to everyday living.
  8. Identify the spatial and temporal setting of the play.



Candidates should be able to:

  1. Differentiate between types of prose.
  2. Identify the category to that each prescribed text belongs.
  3. Analyse the components of each type of prose.
  4. Identify the narrative techniques used in each of the prescribed texts.
    determine an author’s narrative style.
  5. Distinguish between one type of character from another.
  6. Determine the thematic pre-occupation of the author of the prescribed text.
  7. Indicate the plot of the novel; identify the temporal and spatial setting of the novel.
  8. Identify the temporal and spatial setting of the novel.
    relate the prescribed text to real-life situations.



Candidates should be able to:

  1. Identify different types of poetry.
    compare and contrast the features of different poetic types.
  2. Determine the devices used by various poets.
  3. Show how poetic devices are used for aesthetic effect in each poem.
    deduce the poet’s preoccupation from the poem.
  4. Appraise poetry as an art with moral values.
  5. Apply the lessons from the poem to real-life situations.


  1. Unseen passages/extracts from Drama, Prose and Poetry.
  2. Seen passages from Drama, Prose and Poetry

General Literary Principles


Candidates should be able to:

  1. Identify literary terms in drama, prose and poetry.
  2. Identify the general principles of Literature.
  3. Differentiate between literary terms and principles.
  4. Use literary terms appropriately.

JAMB Recommended Literature in English Text Books


  1. Gbemisola, A. (2005)Naked Soles, Ibadan: Kraft
  2. Hayward, J. (ed.) (1968) The Penguin Book of English Verse, London Penguin
  3. Johnson, R. et al (eds.) (1996) New Poetry from Africa, Ibadan: UP Plc
  4. Kermode, F. et al (1964) Oxford Anthology of English Literature, Vol. II, London: OUP
  5. Nwoga D. (ed.) (1967) West African Verse, London: Longman
  6. Senanu, K. E. and Vincent, T. (eds.) (1993) A Selection of African Poetry, Lagos: Longman


JAMB Recommended Use of English Text Books

  1. Attah, M. O. (2013) Practice in Spoken English for Intermediate and Advanced Learners, Maiduguri: University of Maiduguri Press
  2. Bamgbose, A. (2002) English Lexis and Structure for Senior Secondary Schools and colleges (Revised Edition), Ibadan: Heinemann
  3. Banjo, A. et al (2004) New Oxford Secondary English Course Book Six for Senior Secondary Schools, Ibadan: UP Plc.
  4. Caesar, O. J. (2003) Essential Oral English for Schools and Colleges, Lagos: Tonad Publishers Limited
  5. Daniel Jones (2011) Cambridge English Pronouncing Dictionary,
  6. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
  7. Egbe, D. I (1996) Mastering English Usage and Communication Skills, Lagos: Tisons
  8. Elugbe, B. (2000) Oral English for Schools and Colleges, Ibadan: Heinemann
  9. Grant, N. J. H, Nnamonu, S. Jowitt, D. (1998) Senior English Project 3, (New Edition) Harlow: Longman
    Idowu, O. O, Sogbeson, T. S, Adofo, A.
  10. K. Burgess, D. F and Burgess, L. J. (1998) Round-up English: A Complete Guide, Lagos: Longman
  11. Idris, U. (2001) Oral English at Your Fingertips for Schools and Colleges, Lagos, M. Youngbrain Publishers
  12. Igiligi, E. C. and Ogenyi, S. O. (2010)Grammar and Composition in the G.S.M. Age, Enugu: Joe Hills Production Services
  13. Jauro, L. B. (2013) Oral English for Schools and Colleges: A teaching and Learning Approach, Yola: Paraclete Publishers.
  14. Nnamonu, S. and Jowitt, D. (1989) Common Errors in English, Lagos: Longman
  15. Ogunsanwo, O. Duruaku, A. B.C,
  16. Ezechukwu, J and Nwachukwu, U. I (2005) Countdown English Language, (Revised Edition), Ibadan: Evans
  17. Olatoye, S. (2006) The Silent Teacher, Ado-Ekiti: Segun and Sons Enterprises
    Oluikpe, B. O. A, nnaemeka, B. A, Obah,
  18. T. Y, Otagburuagu, E. J. Onuigbo, S. and Ogbonna, E. A. (1998) Intensive English for Senior Secondary School 3, Onitsha: Africana – FIRST Publisher.
  19. Tomori, S. H. O (2000) Objective Tests for School Certificate english: Practice in Lexis, Structure and idiom (Reprinted Edition), Ibadan: Heinemann
  20. Ukwuegbu, C, Okoro, O., Idris, A. U.,
  21. Okebukola, F. O. and Owokade, C. O. (2002) Catch-up English for SSCE/UME, Ibadan: Heinemann


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