Adult Works

  • Food Culture
  • Illustrating
  • Poems
  • Satire
  • Short Stories

Rhapsody: a Celebration of Nigerian Cooking and Food Culture

Lagos, Mabelline Publications, 2007

Rhapsody: A Celebration of Nigerian Cooking and Food CultureThis presentation of Nigerian food provides a wealth of multicultural information. This includes thought-provoking food-related proverbs, the motives behind food taboos and their dire penalties, the grandeur of yam and fishing festivals, food symbolism in child-naming ceremonies, rhapsodies by chanting food hawkers, the solemn kolanut ritual and delectable poems eulogizing certain foods. The introductions to the over eighty recipes are personal and humorous, often spiced with anecdotes about Nigerian idiosyncracies. The international relevance of the weights and measures used in the recipes makes them easy to use anywhere in the world.

Illustrating for Children

Ibadan, CLAN, 1988

Illustrating for ChildrenIllustrating for Children is the report of the first ever illustrators' training workshop in Nigeria. The workshop was designed to give graphic artists and illustrators the foundation for developing their visual communication skills in the area of children's literature through theoretical instruction and guided practice.

This book will be useful to illustrators, authors, editors, publishers, production managers and all those concerned with the education of children not only in Nigeria but also in other African countries where there is a need to upgrade the visual presentation of children's books.

Conflict and other Poems

Conflict and other PoemsIbadan, New Horn Press, 1986

This volume brings together for the first time all the poems of Mabel Segun, one of the earliest Nigerian writers to gain recognition. They span a period of thirty years and reflect the evolution of history and consciousness in Nigeria and Africa over that period. Many of the poems have widely anthologised and Mabel Segun's directness of style makes her work readily accessible to a general audience of poetry readers.


Sorry, No Vacancy

Ibadan, Oxford University Press, 1977

Sorry, No VacancyIn this collection, Mabel Segun has put together some of her most light-hearted and amusing stories about the Nigerian way of life. These were first broadcast in the NBC programmes Off Beat Views, In the Round, This and That, and Oddity between 1961 and 1974.

Her lively and witty anecdotes cover the whole range of Nigerian experience, from the pitfalls of applying for work and the joys of polygamy to the hazards of Lagos and the rewards of Independence.

The Surrender and other Stories

Essex, Longman Group Limited, 1995

The Surrender and other StoriesIn this collection of short stories, written over a time span of forty years, Mabel Segun portrays the situation of women in Nigerian societies showing some of the changes which have occurred in their status over the decades. All of life is here, from traditional rural life to contemporary cosmopolitan Lagos; from the vibrant nationalism of the days preceeding independence, to the horrors of the Civil War.

In all of these stories, Mabel Segun explores the emotions of both men and women, and examines the stresses and pressures of life that can so easily break the spirit.

The Surrender - the title story of this collection - won the 1954 National Festival of Arts Literature Prize