authors Famous Authors from Ethiopia

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List of the most popular authors from Ethiopia, listed alphabetically with photos when available. For centuries authors have been among the world's most important people, helping chronicle history and keep us entertained with one of the earliest forms of storytelling. Whether they're known for fiction, non-fiction, poetry or even technical writing, the famous Ethiopian authors on this list have kept that tradition alive by writing renowned works that have been praised around the world. You can find useful information below about these notable Ethiopian writers, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

Examples include Tsegaye Gabre-Medhin and Eleni Zaude Gabre-Madhin.

This list answers the questions, "Which famous authors are from Ethiopia?" and "Who are the best Ethiopian authors?"

For further information on these historic Ethiopian authors, click on their names. If you're a bookworm then use this list of celebrated Ethiopian authors to discover some new books that you will enjoy reading.
Nega Mezlekia is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Authors from Ethiopia
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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 supporting the revolution that deposed Emperor Haile Selassie, he grew strongly critical of the regime of Mengistu Haile Mariam. As a late teenager he abandoned his mother and siblings and set off with his best friend to join one of the armed rebel groups. In 1983 he left his position at Haramaya University to accept an engineering scholarship and study at Wageningen University. After two years in the ...more

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

Birthplace: Jijiga, Ethiopia

Birthdate: 1958-01-01

Nationality: Canada, Ethiopia

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Dinaw Mengestu is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Authors from Ethiopia
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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 publications. He is Lannan Chair of Poetics at Georgetown University. Since his first book was published in 2007, he has received numerous literary awards, and was selected as a MacArthur Fellow in 2012. ...more

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

Birthplace: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Birthdate: 1978-01-01

Nationality: Ethiopia

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Mengistu Haile Mariam is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Authors from Ethiopia
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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 mother side and Oromo ancestry from his father. Effectively a dictator, he oversaw the Ethiopian Red Terror of 1977–1978, a campaign of repression against the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Party and other anti-Derg factions. Mengistu fled to Zimbabwe in 1991 at the conclusion of the Ethiopian Civil War and remains there despite an Ethiopian court verdict finding him guilty in absentia of genocide. ...more

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

Birthplace: Ethiopia

Birthdate: 1937-05-21

Nationality: Ethiopia

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Tsegaye Gabre-Medhin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Authors from Ethiopia
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Loret Tsegaye Gabre-Medhin was Poet Laureate of Ethiopia, as well as a poet, playwright, essayist, and art director. ...more

Works Written: Oda oak oracle, Collision of altars

Birthplace: Ethiopia

Birthdate: 1936-08-17

Nationality: Ethiopia

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