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

Dinaw Mengestu is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Authors from Ethiopia
Children of the Revolution, The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears 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 ...more

Mengistu Haile Mariam is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Authors from Ethiopia
Shaping the constitution, Founding congress of the Workers' Party of Ethiopia 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 ...more

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

Mengistu Lemma is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Authors from Ethiopia
Mengistu Lemma was an Ethiopian playwright and poet. Mengistu was born in Harar, to Aleqa Lemma Hailu and Wro Abebech Yilma. After undertaking traditional religious studies at the Tiqo Mekane ...more

Haddis Alemayehu is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Authors from Ethiopia
Haddis Alemayehu, also transliterated Hadis Alamayahu, was a Foreign Minister and novelist from Ethiopia. His Amharic novel Fəqər əskä Mäqabər is considered a classic of modern ...more

Sahle Sellassie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Authors from Ethiopia
Sahle Sellassie Shinega's village, The Afersata [an Ethiopian novel 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 ...more

Hama Tuma is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Authors from Ethiopia
Democratic Cannibalism, Give Me a Dog's Life Any Day, The case of the socialist witchdoctor and other stories Hama Tuma is an Ethiopian poet and writer in the Amharic and English languages.

Kebede Bekere is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Authors from Ethiopia
Kebede Bekere Kebede Bekere is an Ethiopian non-fiction writer. He was born in western part of Ethiopia from parents who did not have formal education. Though they were not educated, his parents sent him to ...more

Eleni Zaude Gabre-Madhin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Authors from Ethiopia
Eleni Zaude Gabre-Madhin Transaction costs^! institutions^! and contractual choices in the Ethiopian grain market Eleni Zaude Gabre-Madhin is an Ethiopian economist and a former Chief Executive Officer of the Ethiopia Commodity Exchange. She has had many years of experience working on agricultural markets - ...more

Asfa-Wossen Asserate is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Authors from Ethiopia
Le'ul Dr. Asfa-Wossen Asserate, is a Consultant for African and Middle-Eastern Affairs, a political Analyst and a bestseller author writing in German. He is a member of the Imperial House of ...more

Afevork Ghevre Jesus is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Authors from Ethiopia
Āfeworq Gebre Īyesūs was an Ethiopian writer, who wrote the first novel in Amharic, Libb Wolled Tarik. Bahru Zewde writes, "Few people before or after him have demonstrated such superb ...more

Moges Kebede is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Authors from Ethiopia
Moges Kebede Damotra Moges Kebede, sometimes credited as Moges Kebede Damte or Moges Damte, is an Ethiopian author, essayist, and editor. He is the publisher of Mestawet Ethiopian Newspaper, a monthly magazine for ...more

Mammo Wudneh is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Authors from Ethiopia
Mammo Wudneh was a playwright, journalist and President of the Ethiopian Writers' Association. He was actively involved as a peacemaker between Ethiopia and Eritrea working on an interfaith ...more

Demese Tsege is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Authors from Ethiopia
Demese Tsege Demese Tesege is an Ethiopian author and journalist. He works for the Addis Zemen newspaper. He writes in the Amharic language.

Kidist Bayelegne is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Authors from Ethiopia

Taddasa Liban is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Authors from Ethiopia
Tāddasa Lībān is an Ethiopian writer known for the collection Maskaram from 1956.