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Famous Writers from Zimbabwe

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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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    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

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    • Birthplace: Rusape, Zimbabwe, Africa
    • Nationality: Zimbabwe
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    M. K. Asante
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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

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    • Birthplace: Harare, Zimbabwe
    • Nationality: Zimbabwe, United States of America
    • Works: 500 Years Later, Buck: A Memoir
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    Robert Mugabe
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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

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    • Birthplace: Zvimba District
    • Nationality: Zimbabwe
    • Works: Robert Gabriel Mugabe, prime minister of Zimbabwe, War, peace, and development in contemporary Africa, + more
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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

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    • Birthplace: Zimbabwe
    • Nationality: Zimbabwe
    • Works: Seasons of Life, The Last Fishing Boat
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    Alexandra Fuller is an author who currently lives in the U.S. state of Wyoming.more

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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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    Fay Chung
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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

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    • Birthplace: Southern Rhodesia
    • Nationality: Zimbabwe
    • Works: Re-living the second Chimurenga
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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

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    • Nationality: Zimbabwe
    • Works: Zimbabwe
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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

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    • Birthplace: Rusape, Zimbabwe
    • Nationality: Zimbabwe
    • Works: The black insider, Scrapiron blues, Cemetery of mind, Mindblast, or, + more
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    Joshua Nkomo
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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

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    • Birthplace: Southern Rhodesia
    • Nationality: Zimbabwe
    • Works: Nkomo: The Story of My Life, The new Zimbabwe
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    Edgar Tekere
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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

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    • Birthplace: Southern Rhodesia
    • Nationality: Zimbabwe
    • Works: A lifetime of struggle
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    Jonathan Moyo
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    Jonathan Nathaniel Moyo is a Zimbabwean politician who has served in the government of Zimbabwe as Minister of Information since 2013. He previously served as Minister of Information from 2000 to 2005, and he was elected to the House of Assembly of Zimbabwe as an independent candidate in 2005 and 2008.more

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    • Birthplace: Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland
    • Nationality: Zimbabwe
    • Works: The politics of administration, Voting for democracy, Politics of the national purse, Generational shifts in African politics
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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

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    • Birthplace: Zimbabwe, Africa
    • Nationality: Zimbabwe
    • Works: Blind moon, Ancêtres, Shadows, Rainbows in the dust, Ancestors, + 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

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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, + more
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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

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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, + 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

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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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    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

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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, + more
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    Olivia Muchena
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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

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    • Birthplace: Southern Rhodesia
    • Nationality: Zimbabwe
    • Works: Women and development in Zimbabwe
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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

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    • Birthplace: Gutu, Zimbabwe
    • Nationality: Zimbabwe
    • Works: Hakurarwi
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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

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    • Birthplace: Murewa, Zimbabwe
    • Nationality: Zimbabwe
    • Works: Dominic Benhura, sculptor
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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 Zimbabwemore

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    • Birthplace: Zimbabwe, Africa
    • Nationality: Zimbabwe
    • Works: Effortless tears, When the rainbird cries, Pacesetters - Vicious Circle, Echoing silences
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