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Famous Writers from Zimbabwe

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

Writers include everything from John Eppel to Alexander Kanengoni.

This list answers the questions, "Who are popular Zimbabwean writers?" and "Which writers are from Zimbabwe?"

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


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    Alexander Kanengoni is a Zimbabwean writer, formally a member of ZANLA, took part in Zimbabwe's war for independence. He is a graduate of Kutama College. He is also a graduate of the University of Zimbabwe more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Zimbabwe
    • Nationality: Zimbabwe
    • Works: Effortless tears, When the rainbird cries, Pacesetters - Vicious Circle, Echoing silences
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    Alexandra Fuller is an author who currently lives in the U.S. state of Wyoming. more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Glossop, United Kingdom
    • Nationality: Zimbabwe, United States of America, United Kingdom
    • Works: Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight, Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness, Piel Blanca
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    Cain Mathema

    Cain Ginyilitshe Ndabazekhaya Mathema is a Zimbabwean politician who is the Governor and Resident Minister of Bulawayo. In late February 2008, he was present at rally supporting ZANU-PF candidate Sikhanyiso Ndlovu's bid for the Pelandava-Mpopoma constituency seat. more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland
    • Nationality: Zimbabwe
    • Works: Newspapers in Zimbabwe, ZANU (PF) and economic independence, I drew for the liberation struggle, Silubhekise ngaphi?, Wealth and power + 7 more
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    Catherine Buckle or Cathy Buckle is a Zimbabwean writer and blogger living in Marondera, Zimbabwe. She and her former husband bought "Stow Farm" in Marondera in 1990 and managed to make the farm productive and viable. However, in 2000 they lost their farm during the chaotic Land redistribution program ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Harare, Zimbabwe
    • Nationality: Zimbabwe
    • Works: Beyond tears, African Tears, The litany bird, Lobster Kids' Guide to Exploring Halifax, Rusty velvet
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    Charles Shemu Joyah

    Charles Shemu Joyah is an award winning producer and director from Malawi. He was born in Zimbabwe. His first movies 'Seasons of a Life' became popular in film festivals world wide and received award nominations. His second movie, The Last Fishing Boat has also been nominated for international awards. more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Zimbabwe
    • Nationality: Zimbabwe
    • Works: Seasons of Life, The Last Fishing Boat
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    Chenjerai Hove

    Chenjerai Hove, is a Zimbabwean poet, novelist and essayist who writes in both English and Shona. "Modernist in their formal construction, but making extensive use of oral conventions, Hove's novels offer an intense examination of the psychic and social costs - to the rural population, especially, of ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Zimbabwe
    • Nationality: Zimbabwe
    • Works: Blind moon, Ancêtres, Shadows, Rainbows in the dust, Ancestors + 8 more
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    Chirikure Chirikure is a Zimbabwean poet, songwriter, and writer. He is a graduate of the University of Zimbabwe and an Honorary Fellow of University of Iowa, USA. He worked with one of Zimbabwe’s leading publishing houses as an editor/publisher for 17 years, until 2002. He now runs a literary agency ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Gutu, Zimbabwe
    • Nationality: Zimbabwe
    • Works: Hakurarwi
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    Dambudzo Marechera was a Zimbabwean novelist and poet. His short career produced a book of stories, two novels, a book of plays, prose, and poetry, and a collection of poetry. more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Rusape, Zimbabwe
    • Nationality: Zimbabwe
    • Works: The black insider, Scrapiron blues, Cemetery of mind, Mindblast, or + 7 more
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    Daniel Carney was a Rhodesian novelist. Three of his novels have been made into films. He is a brother of Erin Pizzey, also a writer. more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Warrington, United Kingdom
    • Nationality: Zimbabwe, United Kingdom
    • Works: Whispering Death, The Square Circle, The Wild Geese, Under a raging sky, Macau + 1 more
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    Joshua Mqabuko Nyongolo Nkomo was the leader and founder of the Zimbabwe African People's Union and a member of the Ndebele tribe. He was a trades-union leader, who became president of the banned National Democratic Party, and was jailed for ten years by Rhodesia's white minority government. After his ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Southern Rhodesia
    • Nationality: Zimbabwe
    • Works: Nkomo: The Story of My Life, The new Zimbabwe
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    Kevin Malcolm Curran was a Zimbabwean international cricketer. Born in Rusape, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, he played in both the 1983 Cricket World Cup and 1987 Cricket World Cup. He was also a Zimbabwean cricket coach from August 2005 to September 2007. At the time of his death, he was head ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Rusape, Zimbabwe
    • Nationality: Zimbabwe
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    Dominic Benhura is a Zimbabwean sculptor. Benhura was born in Murewa, to the northeast of Salisbury. His father died before his birth, and he was raised by his mother. As he was an excellent student, it was suggested that he be sent to Salisbury for further studies. His uncle had a home in the suburb of ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Murewa, Zimbabwe
    • Nationality: Zimbabwe
    • Works: Dominic Benhura, sculptor
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    MK Asante is an American author, filmmaker, rapper, and professor at Morgan State University. He is best known for his memoir Buck. Born in Zimbabwe and raised in Philadelphia, he is the son of scholar Molefi Kete Asante and choreographer Kariamu Welsh. more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Harare, Zimbabwe
    • Nationality: Zimbabwe, United States of America
    • Works: 500 Years Later, Buck: A Memoir
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    Edgar Zivanai Tekere, nicknamed "2 Boy", was a Zimbabwean politician. He was the second and last Secretary General of the Zimbabwe African National Union who organised the party during the Lancaster House talks and served in government before his popularity as a potential rival to Robert Mugabe caused ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Southern Rhodesia
    • Nationality: Zimbabwe
    • Works: A lifetime of struggle
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    Olivia Nyembezi Muchena is a Zimbabwean politician and the former Minister of Higher Education in the Cabinet of Zimbabwe. She has also served as the Minister of Science and Technology Development and as the Minister of Women's Affairs. She studied for a PhD in Agriculture Extension Education with ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Nationality: Zimbabwe
    • Works: Women and development in Zimbabwe
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    Evert Hoek

    Evert Hoek FREng born in 1933 in Southern Rhodesia, is a South African-Canadian Civil Engineer specialized Geotechnical Engineering and a leading international expert in rock mechanics. Hoek began his research for Rock Mechanics 1958 and in 1965 at the University of Cape Town PhD. From 1965 he was at ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Southern Rhodesia
    • Nationality: Zimbabwe
    • Works: Underground excavations in rock, Support of underground excavations in hard rock, Rock engineering; inaugural lecture, 9 February 1971, Rock slope engineering + 1 more
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    Robert Gabriel Mugabe is the current President of Zimbabwe, serving since 31 December 1987. As one of the leaders of the rebel groups against white minority rule, he was elected as Prime Minister, head of government, in 1980, and served in that office until 1987, when he became the country's first ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Zvimba District
    • Nationality: Zimbabwe
    • Works: Robert Gabriel Mugabe, prime minister of Zimbabwe, War, peace, and development in contemporary Africa + 4 more
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    Fay King Chung is a Zimbabwean educator and an independent candidate for the March 2008 Zimbabwean senatorial election. She is one of the early public supporters of independent presidential candidate, Simba Makoni, who announced his presidential candidacy in early February 2008. She was Deputy Secretary ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Southern Rhodesia
    • Nationality: Zimbabwe
    • Works: Re-living the second Chimurenga
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    John Eppel was born in Lydenburg, South Africa. He moved to Colleen Bawn, a small mining town in the south of Southern Rhodesia, at the age of four. He was educated at Milton High School in Bulawayo, and later attended the University of Natal in South Africa, where he completed his English Masters ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Lydenburg, South Africa
    • Nationality: Zimbabwe
    • Works: The giraffe man, Songs my country taught me, Hatchings, Spoils of war, D.G.G. Berry's The great north road + 6 more
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    Tendai Laxton Biti is a Zimbabwean politician who served as Zimbabwe's Minister of Finance from 2009 to 2013. He was the Secretary-General of the Movement for Democratic Change political party and a member of Parliament for Harare East. more on Wikipedia
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    • Nationality: Zimbabwe
    • Works: Zimbabwe
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