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List of famous writers from Ethiopia, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Ethiopia is home to many prolific writers, including those who write fiction, non-fiction, poetry, biographies and more. These are some of the best Ethiopian writers that have ever lived, so if you're a native of Ethiopia and an aspiring writer then use this list as inspiration to achieve your own writing goals.

List features writers like Mengistu Lemma, Nikos Papatakis and more!

This list answers the questions, "Who are popular Ethiopian writers?" and "Which writers are from Ethiopia?"

You can click on the names of these renowned writers of Ethiopia in order to get more information about each one. Some of these historic writers may no longer be living in Ethiopia, but they're all of Ethiopia descent.

Nikos Papatakis was a Greek-born naturalised French filmmaker, who lived in France. ...more

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Birthplace: Addis Ababa, Africa, Ethiopia

Nationality: Greece, Ethiopia

Works: The Photograph

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Haile Gerima is an Ethiopian filmmaker who lives and works in the United States. He is a leading member of the L.A. Rebellion film movement, also known as the Los Angeles School of Black Filmmakers. His films have received wide international acclaim. Since 1975, Gerima has also been an influential ...more

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Birthplace: Gondar, Ethiopia

Nationality: Ethiopia

Works: Morning Dew, Bush Mama, Ashes and Embers, Imperfect Journey After Winter: Sterling Brown

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Nega Mezlekia is an Ethiopian writer who writes in English. His first language is the Amharic language, but since the 1980s he has lived in Canada so speaks and writes in English. Nega was born in Jijiga, the oldest son of Mezlekia, a bureaucrat in the Imperial government. Although initially ...more

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Birthplace: Jijiga, Ethiopia

Nationality: Canada, Ethiopia

Works: The god who begat a jackal, Notes from the Hyena's Belly, Dans le ventre d'une hyène

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Dinaw Mengestu is an Ethiopian-American novelist and writer. In addition to three novels, he has written for Rolling Stone on the war in Darfur, and for Jane Magazine on the conflict in northern Uganda. His writing has also appeared in Harper's, The Wall Street Journal, and numerous other ...more

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Birthplace: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Nationality: Ethiopia

Works: Children of the Revolution, The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears

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Mengistu Haile Mariam is an Ethiopian politician who was the most prominent officer of the Derg, the Communist military junta that governed Ethiopia from 1974 to 1987, and the President of the People's Democratic Republic of Ethiopia from 1987 to 1991. Mengistu has ethnic Konso ancestry from his ...more

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Birthplace: Ethiopia

Nationality: Ethiopia

Works: Shaping the constitution, Founding congress of the Workers' Party of Ethiopia

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Hama Tuma is an Ethiopian poet and writer in the Amharic and English languages. ...more

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Birthplace: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Nationality: Ethiopia

Works: Democratic Cannibalism, Give Me a Dog's Life Any Day, The case of the socialist witchdoctor and other stories

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Loret Tsegaye Gabre-Medhin was Poet Laureate of Ethiopia, as well as a poet, playwright, essayist, and art director. ...more

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Birthplace: Africa, Ethiopia

Nationality: Ethiopia

Works: Collision of altars, Oda oak oracle

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Sahle Sellassie

Berhane Mariam Sahle Sellassie is an Ethiopian author who has written in three languages: Gurage, English, and Amharic. He wrote the first novel in Chaha, a Gurage dialect, which was translated into English by Wolf Leslau for publication with the title Shinega's Village. This was followed by several ...more

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Nationality: Ethiopia

Works: Shinega's village, The Afersata [an Ethiopian novel

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